This Spanish Capital City never ceases to surprise the travelers. With bustling Café Culture, tapas bars, happening nightlife scene, beautiful gardens, and grand architectural delights, this city is everything that a traveler seeks. Thankfully most of the major tourist spots of this city are centrally located, which means that they are easily accessible. During festive seasons, this city turns into a pure beauty. But if you cannot visit the place during festive season, no worries, wait till the dusk, it is too when the city comes to life, and you can feel all the good vibes. Between the iconic landmarks, and a long lost history, this city is also known for its culinary delights, so foodies you got hop on the next plane to Madrid. So here we are with some of the best things to do when in Madrid.
Plaza Mayor – Its history dates back to 1619. It was a commercial centre which was also used events like coronation of new king, knight tournaments, public executions, dramatic performances and even bull fights. Still to this date, this place continues to be a gathering point of Spanish people. The cobblestoned plaza has many cafes and bars surrounding it, making it a perfect place to hang out.
Royal Palace – Built in the 18th Century, this grand palace is one of the largest palaces in the western Europe. IT is the official residence for the Spanish Royal Family and has more than 3000 rooms, of which all are intricately designed with some of the popular ones being, Armory Room, Pharmacy Room, and the Throne Room. It is decorated with paintings of El Greco, Goya, Rubens, and many more.
El Retiro Park – Spread across 350 acres and studded with more than 12000 trees, this green space of Madrid comprises of lakes, gardens, playgrounds, fountains, and buildings. IT began as a monastery in 15th century till the Spanish king in 16th century took it over to convert into a royal park. It was opened to public in late 19th century. One of the major highlights of the park is the Crystal palace.
Prado Museum – Built in 19th century, this is one of the most popular attraction of Madrid. It houses more than 8000 paintings, and more than 700 sculptures dating from 12th century to 19th century. Some of the works displayed here are top rivals to those of Louvre Museum in Paris. Some of the top works displayed here are Las Meninas, Adoration of the Shepherds, and The Third of May 1808.
Puerta Del Sol – It translates from Spanish into, Gateway of the Sun. It is also known as Kilometer Zero point of Madrid from where all the distances to highway are measured. It was built in the 16th century and is known for its New Year Celebrations. The place is studded with many cafes, restaurants, and even night clubs. Here you get to see the vibrant vibe of Madrid. The statue of bear here is symbol of Madrid.
Gran Via – It also known as Spanish Broadway, and was home to many luxurious hotels and movie theaters. It was built in start of 20th century and is the street that never sleeps. The major highlight here is Telefonica Building which was once tallest building in Europe, with a Baroque styled clock at the top. It has many cafes, restaurants, and bars, and is also the best shopping avenue in Madrid.
Bernabeu Stadium – The home of Real Madrid, is one thing that should be on your Madrid Travel list. This stadium has a seating capacity of over 80000 people and has been entertaining audience since more than 70 years. You can take the tour of the stadium, dressing room, press room, and the exhibits that hold the history of Real Madrid, and trophies it has won. Views from the top are too good.
Debod Temple – This Egyptian temple are formerly built in 2nd Century BC in Egypt on the banks of River Nile. But in mid of 20th century it was dismantled to avoid the destruction of the temple by flooding, and brought to Madrid. It is dedicated to Egyptian gods, Isis and Amun. It is an architectural delight, which now consists of a fountain, garden, and the remains of the temple.
Plaza de Cibeles – It is one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. The complex consists of structures built in the neo classical style of architecture, by marble. The major highlight of the plaza is, Cibeles Fountain. It depicts the roman goddess Cybele mounted on a chariot driven by group of lions. The goddess is also a part of symbol of Real Madrid. On every win a parade is held that end at Cibeles.
Almudena Cathedral – It is the official seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The construction of the cathedral began in late 19th Century, but was interestingly completed in 1993. It is a Baroque cathedral which stuns visitors with its architecture. It has hosted royal marriages, and is also resting ground of royals and cardinals. It has Neo Gothic interiors and the only one with Pop Art in a religious place.
Madrid is real deal!