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The Puerta de Alcalá, located in center of Plaza de la Independencia, is on calle de Alcalá, where you will also find Fine Arts Museum and Casino.
At other end of street is Puerta del Sol.
Moving along to Plaza Colón, you will find monuments dedicated to Colombus and his travels. In center of this square are Gardens of Discovery, towered over by huge blocks of stone, inscribed with details of Colombus´ travels.
Madrid is famous for its museums and a major attraction is Prado Museum, housing world´s greatest collection of Spanish paintings.
Two other museums well worth a visit are Museo Thyseen-Bornemisza in Palacio de Villahermosa, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Madrid also has many pleasant parks and gardens, main one being huge, 12-hectare Parque del Buen Retiro with its two palaces and central lake.
Madrid is also noted for its beautiful fountains, for example, la Cibeles in central Plaza de la Cibeles, and Fountain of Neptune, close to Prado Museum.
So ... make your way to Madrid. You´ll love it!
Linda Plummer is webmistress of Top Tour of Spain providing comprehensive information on Spain for travel, food, language or living.