10 places you have to visit in Madrid
These are the 10 places that if you go to Madrid you can not miss. There are more places and obviously depending on your tastes there will be some that call you more attention and perhaps some that you miss.
Depending on the time you have, you can reach everyone by walking.
La Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate)
Puerta del Sol is one of the most famous and crowded squares in Madrid. There you will find three well-known places, such as the Post Office, it is the oldest building in the square and the most famous because that is where the bells of December 31 of each year are issued.
The Bear and the Madroño: it is the symbol of Madrid, at the moment it is in the corner with the Alcalá street.
The Kilometer zero: it is the point where the radial roads of Spain begin, the typical thing is to take a picture of him.
Poster of Tío Pepe: they have restored it and they have changed it of building, in 2009 it was declared historical heritage of the people of Madrid.
Main Square: Plaza Mayor
Very close to the Puerta del Sol is the Plaza Mayor, it began to be built in the 15th century, it is a rectangular porticoed square, with three-storey buildings and 237 balconies. Of the 9 doors of the square the most famous one is the Arc de Cuchilleros. What you can not miss in the Plaza Mayor is the calamari sandwich.
Royal Palace and Cathedral of the Almudena
Following the Calle Mayor you arrive at the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. The Royal Palace is built where there used to be a 9th century Muslim fortress that was destroyed in a fire in 1734. It is the official residence of the King although he does not live there and is used for official acts. The Almudena Cathedral was built between the 19th and 20th centuries and admission is free.
I think it’s my favorite neighborhood in Madrid, it’s of medieval origin, it’s in the center, if you’re in the Plaza Mayor and you go down the stairs of the Arco de Cuchilleros, you can get there by walking in 2 minutes. Here Madridians and tourists mix, since it is full of bars, pubs, traditional taverns, you can not leave Madrid without eating or drinking something in the Cava Baja. It is very close to where the Rastro is made on Sundays.
El Rastro de Madrid
El Rastro is an outdoor market that is held on Sundays, is located around the Ribera de Curtidores and has more than 400 years of history. You can find everything from antiques, clothes, music to furniture. If you like flea markets this is the flea market par excellence, the ideal is to go in the morning and then take the appetizer in La Latina. It is two minutes from the cellar walking down. The trail officially begins at 9 o’clock in the morning, and closes at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
Puerta de Alcalá
It is the most famous door in Madrid. It is located in the Plaza de la Independencia, although everyone refers to this square as the Puerta de Alcalá. Carlos III sent it to build Francesco Sabatini, architect of the Royal House at the time, designed and built it between 1774 and 1778. It is just opposite one of the main entrances of the Retiro Park. It is the first triumph arch built in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, even before that of Paris or that of Brandenburg in Berlin.
Park “El Retiro”
Its full name is Parque del Buen Retiro. It is the main and largest park in the center of Madrid. There are many things to see, from the lake where you can take a boat ride, to the crystal palace, the monument to King Alfonso XII, the former Royal Ceramic Factory, the army museum, the Paseo de la Argentina …
It is an ideal place to walk, relax, have a drink … It is worth spending a good time, it is also ideal if you have children.
The Prado Museum is one of the most important and well-known museums in the world, not only for the works it has exhibited, but also for the immense amount of works that it has in deposit and can not exhibit due to lack of space.
It had to be expanded a few years ago, taking advantage of the space of the cloister of the church of los jerónimos. In its web it has itineraries depending on the time you want to dedicate it.
Plaza de Cibeles
It is located in the center of the city, at the intersection of Calle Alcalá, Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado. In the center of the square is the Fuente de la Cibeles, it is one of the most important symbols of Madrid, it was built in 1777 and 1782.
In the corners of the square they find El Palacio Cibeles, the most beautiful building from my point of view, which is now the seat of the City Council. The Banco de España building, the Buena Vista Palace, which is the headquarters of the Army and the Linares Palace that was built in 1873 and in its gardens is the Casa de América.
Gran Vía. Plaza de España. Temple of Debod
The Gran Vía should be the most famous street in Madrid, it is full of shops, there are three cinemas, if you fancy seeing a movie I recommend any of the three, theaters with a great variety of musicals.
Buildings to be highlighted: Metropolis Building, Telefónica Building: it was the first European skyscraper with 89 meters high, Matesans House, Press Palace, etc.
If you continue along the Gran Vía, you arrive at the Plaza de España, which is at the western end, in the center of the square there is a monument to Miguel de Cervantes with bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Around here there are many sites of interest, but if you do not have too much time I would not miss the Templo de Debod, it is next to Parque del Oeste, it is a monument of Egyptian origin, with 2200 years old and was opened in 1972
These are the 10 places you can not miss in Madrid from my point of view. The first 5 you can see in one day, with the exception of the Rastro that is only on Sundays and holidays. Then you can combine them according to your interests.
If you have any questions or want to recommend an itinerary, do not hesitate to write me!
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