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The Madrid Atocha railway station does not lose sight of the city from its portentous and distinctive reddish façade. This station houses high-speed trains and commuter and medium-distance trains. Not only trains, but also illusions and rest areas. Within the station you can find all kinds of services and even a garden full of exotic plants and animals like turtles and goldfishes.
It was in 1992 when we started hearing the word AVE. Why this year? What does AVE mean? In 1992 the first high-speed line was put into operation, linking Madrid with Seville. AVE stands for Spanish High Speed ??and since then, the AVE has not ceased to amaze by its speed and effectiveness.
Before the arrival of the AVE, the station of Atocha already existed, although it was different. It was smaller and it was known as Estación de Mediodía, Estación del Sur or Embarcadero de Atocha. It was inaugurated in 1851. In 1888 the new station began to be built under the direction of Alberto de Palacio. Between 1985 and 1992, the architect Rafael Moneo was in charge of the extension and the reform of this prominent railway installation. It was necessary to build new structures around the existing one, which became a covered tropical garden accompanied by bars and restaurants. At the end of the 2000s an urgent need was detected: it was necessary to increase the capacity of the facility as the number of travellers was increasing more and more.
Now, the Madrid Atocha station is of unequalled size and consists of three main services: first, for Long Distance and AVE services, secondly, for the arrival and departure of Cercanías, Media Distancia and some long distance train and finally for the connection with the Metro.
As already mentioned, the first line was Madrid-Sevilla. A posteriori, in 1997, the line of high speed that would unite the cities of Madrid, Saragossa, Barcelona and the French border started to be constructed. Further work was continued to increase the connections on the AVE rail network. New lines were inaugurated every year. The AVE is a constant advance, always towards improvement. Some of the new lines were Madrid and Toledo in 2005. Madrid with Cordoba and Málaga in 2007. The Madrid-Valladolid line was also inaugurated and in 2013, after years of work and work, the Madrid-Zaragoza - Barcelona - French border route was completed.
As soon as we leave the station, we find several emblematic buildings such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Military Government and the Astronomical Observatory.
The railway axis of Madrid - Zaragoza - Barcelona is among the most used because it does not only join these important cities, it also makes intermediate stops in others, and this depends on which AVE train is used. There are some High Speed ??trains that do the direct route, but others stop at different points. This is one of the reasons for its popularity.
We also have the Chamartín railway station which has a privileged situation, from which you can take advantage of to visit the Cuatro Torres de Madrid, a very modern area next to Paseo de la Castellana. As for museums, the National Archaeological Museum is very close to the station.
In addition, the AVE provides another advantage, it is very common that on certain dates such as for the Madrid festivities of San Isidro, Christmas, Sant Jordi, etc., the number of AVE Barcelona Madrid tickets is reinforced and numerous promotions and discounts facilitate the purchase and do not allow anyone to run out of his or her AVE ticket.
More about Madrid
Madrid is the city with more inhabitants in Spain and is the capital of Spain. A very interesting city from the historical, cultural and artistic point of view.
The centre is full of monuments and places worth seeing. Also, Madrid has several museums of an exceptional category. For example, we find the Prado Museum. It contains some of the most valuable paintings in the world and focuses on painting prior to the twentieth century. Some of the most outstanding works of art are: The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, Las Meninas by Velázquez and La Maja Desnuda and the Black Paintings of Goya.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía should not go unnoticed by lovers of contemporary art and the history of Spain, as you will find art from the late 19th, 20th and 21st century and many of the works are from Spanish artists, such as Picasso, Dalí, Tàpies Gargallo, Chillida and Miró.
Madrid has also an extensive are of parks and gardens. Near the station of Atocha we find the Royal Botanic Garden, which opens to the Paseo del Prado and, of course, the Prado Museum. The green area par excellence is found in the Parque del Retiro, an immense park that is located in the heart of the city. The ideal place to walk under the trees and appreciate the Crystal Palace, the Parterre and the fountain of the Artichoke, among others. In addition, if you fancy, you can get on a boat in the Big Pond and relax enjoying a nice and quiet view.
The gastronomy of Madrid stands out for its stew, the callos, the tortilla de patatas or the baked bream. Among its sweets we have the Roscos del Santo and churros with chocolate.
The nightlife in Madrid does not rest. This city is very lively! From the Puerta del Sol to Argüelles, different bars, discos and restaurants offer their services to spend unforgettable moments. In summer, Madrid has countless terraces, nothing better to enjoy the summer and in winter, Madrid is transformed and opens the doors to old cafes.