Bienvenidos a Madrid, the capital of Spain! As the capital city, Madrid is the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain and the most visited city in the country. It is the largest municipality in the country and the third-largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin. Madrid exhibits a historic look with preserved neighbourhoods, the Royal Palace, Templo de Debod and more. The Royal Palace houses the Spanish monarchy represented by King Felipe VI and his wife Queen Letizia and stands adjacent to the Catedral de la Almudena. Just a 12-minute walk up the street from the Royal Palace is Templo de Debod an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid in 1968 as a sign of gratitude to Spain for helping to save the Abu Simple temples in Egypt. Aside from these historical landmarks, Madrid is also famous for housing the “Golden Triangle of Art,” which includes three important museums: El Prado Museum, The Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
My trip to Spain with my first host family was a wonderful time full of sightseeing, museum hopping, churros and chocolate, calamari sandwiches, more delicious food, a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu and a whole lot of walking!