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Madrid is one of the most lively cities in Europe, attracting millions of visitors each year. Because of its popularity, many cruise lines have included it as a port of call or departure port for their European cruise itineraries. There is a wide variety of activities to enjoy on Madrid cruises, including museums, the countryside and culinary tours.
Two of the most popular sights in Madrid are the Prado and the Royal Palace. The Prado is 1 of the most impressive museums in the world, housing works of art by famous artists including El Greco, Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez. The Royal Palace, which has been called one of the greatest palaces in Europe, contains more than 2,000 rooms showcasing amazing antiques, including furniture, tapestries, paintings, chandeliers and sculptures.
The historic convents are another point of interest in Madrid. The Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales and the Monasterio de la Encarnación, both once used as Hapsburg monasteries, are now fascinating museums holding religious relics. The Escorial Monastery, also used as a convent, serves as a mausoleum for the ashes of the Spanish kings from the last 500 years. With it, the Valley of the Fallen, houses the tomb of former Spanish dictator Generalismo Franco.
While wandering through the city's various plazas, including the Plaza de Oriente, Plaza de la Paja, the Latina District and Plaza Mayor, you can also enjoy the fabulous architecture created by the Spanish, Austria and Bourbon Crowns. Other interesting sights include the Atocha Railway Station and the Art Avenue and Retiro Gardens.
A trip to the Sierra Pobre area of the Madrid countryside, a path less traveled, will provide breathtaking views from atop the hills in Parque del Oeste, Las Vistillas. The scenic landscape includes beautiful fields of flowers, forests, lakes and mountains. The town of Buitrago de Lozoya in Sierra Pobre is home to a small museum celebrating the life and works of Pablo Picasso.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises visit Madrid between May and October on 7- and 12-night Mediterranean cruises and 11 to 16-night cruisetours. Royal Caribbean is a family-friendly cruise line with shipboard activities for guests of all ages. Many ships feature a rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, mini golf and the Royal Promenade shopping mall. Royal Caribbean also has a great children's program. Celebrity Cruises, considered the upscale sister of Royal Caribbean, is known for its exceptional service, award-winning cuisine and the most spacious accommodations at sea.
March 24, 2010 new by amy.h