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With the holidays looming on the horizon, many travelers are looking for a change of pace and scenery. Now is as good a time as any to plan a vacation to Europe. In fact, those wanting to get away from it all will find a true gem in Madrid, Spain's capital and largest city. With landmarks ranging from the Royal Palace of Madrid to the city's National Library, and such revered museums as the National Archaeological Museum of Spain and Prado Museum, this place truly brims with history and culture. 

The city has gained prominence as a major hub for international commerce, making it an ideal place for the business-minded. Nightclubs, theaters, parks and galleries abound, offering something to fit pleasure seekers' unique tastes as well.

A great way to reach the heart of the city is via Paseo de la Castellana, one of Madrid's longest avenues. Various financial buildings and government offices lie along this tree-lined stretch, as does Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which is slated to host the 2010 Union of Football Associations (UEFA) Champion Leagues Final. After a busy day of work or sightseeing, travelers can call it a night at the nearby Hotel Hesperia Emperatriz, which features rooms decorated in a classic style. Also gracing La Castellana is the posh Hesperia Madrid. Designed by Pascua Ortega, who's also credited with designing the renowned Royal Theater, this 5-star retreat is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

Madrid's city center is heralded for its striking architecture, and travelers know a visit to Spain isn't complete without taking pictures of the area's awe-inspiring buildings. Even H10 Villa de la Reina, a 4-star property on Gran Via, sports 20th century architectural details. Hotel El Coloso is also easily accessible, offering a restaurant, social lounges and business area.

Head northeast and you'll reach the district of Salamanca. One of Madrid's wealthiest neighborhoods, it is yet another great place to immerse yourself in history, not to mention shop at fashionable stores and boutiques. Once travelers are ready to put the shopping bags down and unwind, they can stay at the modern Hotel ZenitAbeba. Further, Confortel Suites Madrid is also convenient to Salamanca and lies in close proximity to the M-30 motorway and Juan Carlos I Exhibition Center.

Whether you're a history buff, avid shopper or simply in need of a refreshing alternative to the daily grind, there's no question that Madrid rivals and is included among the world's must-see destinations.

Author: Jeff Martinez

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away. -Anonymous.

Traveling is an amazing experience, exposing us to different cultures, people, foods, and drinks. Europe is such a continent that is an amalgamation of innumerable cultures, which will surely reveal to you a certain part of yourself that you may not ever have discovered before. Europe offers its travelers countless destinations which make it that more difficult to decide on which are the best travel spots. Europe is a continent that houses so many beautiful cities in the world, the debate of which are the best travel spots continues. In this article, I will discuss some of the top vacation spots in Europe based on popular demand.

Best Travel Spots In Europe:

An Overview:
Europe is world-renowned for its history and culture but in the past few decades, it has developed magnificently and most of the cities are classic examples of vibrant culture and modern development. If you are looking to visit cities that have a mixture of both old and new, there is no better continent to visit than Europe. Below are a few of the best travel spots in Europe for you to consider.

Paris, France
Also, known as the "city of lights". Paris is one of the world's most preferred vacation destinations. The highlights of sites to visit in Paris are the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame and the Versailles palace. Paris has become the financial and business hub of Europe. The richness of architecture and beauty of this city makes it one of the most romantic destinations for lovers. For those interested in the richness of history should visit architectures in Paris designed by some of the most renowned architects of the world.

Madrid, Spain
Madrid is Europe's liveliest capital. Your first thought and your parting one maybe that on one sleeps in this town-visit any of the neighborhood restaurants, mesones or tapas bars around midnight for a loud and friendly confirmation. Top sites: Bullfights At La Plaza De Las Ventas, El Rastro, Palacio Real, El Prado, Retiro Park.

London, England
A city of contrasts, London is simultaneously the cradle of pomp, pageantry and history of and the birthplace of all things groundbreaking and cutting edge. Once the immutable capital of fish and chips, it's now a cheerful chameleon, brilliantly reinventing itself when no one is looking, then preening nonchalantly when the global spotlight turns its way. Top sites: Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, St. Pauls' Cathedral, Tower OF London, Westminster Abbey.

Rome, Italy
A republic was declared in Rome in 509 BC and all roads have led there ever since. A very busy city of leisurely citizens, Rome serves up a jolt of big-city life with the warmth of a small provincial town. Top sites: Basilica Of Santa Maria Maggiore, The Coliseum, The Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Foundation, and Vatican City.

List of Some Other Best Travel Spots In Europe:
As you glance through the list of European countries, you will discover that every country is filled with a mixture of past and modern developments. Whether you are looking for the best beaches or honeymoon spots, Europe offers something for all ages.

- Armenia
- Austria,
- Belgium
- Croatia
- Czech Republic
- Denmark
- England
- Germany
- Hungary
- Italy
- Ireland
- Switzerland
- Netherlands
- Norway
- Poland
- Portugal
- Romania
- Russia
- Turkey

Since there are so many top destinations in Europe it is best to contact a travel planner for the ultimate travel experience. Happy Trails!

Author: By Anna G Molin