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“A leafy boulevard, rich with character, atmosphere and many attractions....”
Review of Paseo del Prado

Paseo del Prado
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Literary Quarter and Paseo del Prado Guided Tour in Madrid
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“A leafy boulevard, rich with character, atmosphere and many attractions....”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

We've discovered before that sometimes when you prioritise and focus on "must see" Attractions, there's a risk that you may miss-out on some of the charm of the route that brings you to your target destinations. We were at risk of doing just that in relation to the Paseo del Prado - we touched on it in getting to the highly-regarded Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and travelled it again heading for the incomparable Museo del Prado, without really paying much attention to its various features on either occasion.

Happily, we made up for our negligence - or maybe it was just casualness? Anyway, on one of the later days of our visit to the wonderful City of Madrid, we took a long walk back to our Hotel (the excellent "Catalonia Las Cortes") from the upmarket shopping area around Calle Serrano (we looked in a lot of windows & made very few purchases!), eventually bringing us from Calle de Alcala to the junction with Paseo del Prado.

For starters, at the Plaza de la Cibeles - and allowing for the frustrating motor traffic - we could now observe the statue/fountain honouring the goddess of that name. Fascinating to recall that King Carlos III was so taken with the Cibeles monument that he wanted to re-locate it to the Royal Gardens, and even more interesting that he had to back-off appropriating it due to the extremely bad vibes emanating from ordinary madrilenos - even kings, apparently, didn't always get their way. And in the modern era, it was interesting to note that this is the assembly point for Madridistas (Real Madrid fans) celebrating victories - most recently "La Decima".

We continued along the pleasant "Paseo", enjoying our surroundings, and passing close to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, we arrived at another past and present landmark, the Plazo de Neptuno, with another impressive fountain. This one, we're told has at least the same significance for Atletico de Madrid fans as "Cibeles" for Madridistas - here, the "junior" Madrid club fans, apparently "go wild" when they win, and it must surely have been interesting at this fountain at the conclusion of "La Liga"!

On the day of our leisurely walk, we were turning right here onto Carrera de San Jeronimo, (instead of going straight-on towards Museo del Prado), but were far from unhappy as we had enjoyed the stroll - sometimes though, when you're on foot, you can resent car traffic, and this was one of those days...

Visited May 2014
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“Best Place for Jetlag”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

On our first day in Madrid, we took a nice long walk (with many breaks) in this green area and the parks. The fresh air and filtered sunshine was a great antidote for our jetlag! The nice cafes and restaurants in the area provided great refreshment for our many breaks.

I was nervous having read about pickpockets aplenty in Madrid, but in this area, we felt so safe.

Visited May 2014
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“Excellent place”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Excellent place with a Palace,sculpture-man with horses,great concentration of people in this area,many shops and coffeteries,boutiques.Its time for relax there.

Visited May 2014
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“The most beautiful street in Madrid”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A lovely stroll that takes you by the main museums: El Prado and the Reina Sofia. Perhaps the most beautiful part of Madrid as well. Many coffee shops, cafes; very close to the Retiro Park.

Visited May 2014
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“Great walk”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I enjoyed going for a walk here It's a beautiful walk! There were little shops everywhere.There were benches to sit and enjoy the weather under shade. Going for a walk in Madrid on that street was definitely one of our favorite.Will come back

Visited May 2014
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