Madrid is a modern city with hundreds of picturesque places to visit, numerous plans to enjoy with friends and family. In short, a destination that offers endless possibilities.
Today we wanted to make a list of 10 things you can not miss in Madrid.
1. Take a walk in the park El Retiro:
With 125 hectares and more than 15,000 trees, El Retiro Park is one of the lungs of Madrid. No one can resist to visit its gardens, or take a boat ride on the big pond. Furthermore, in the Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal, you can visit different art exhibitions.
2. Taste a chocolate with churros at San Gines
Everyone who comes to Madrid can not resist tasting the typical chocolate con churros in the mythical San Ginés chocolate Shop, one of the oldest in Madrid.
3. Visit the Royal Palace and the Jardines de Sabatini
The Royal Palace is one of the most popular tourist spots in Madrid. It was built to defend the ancient city of Madrid from attacks, and in times of Felipe II became the palace and residence of the monarchs. Currently you can visit the inside of the palace, which has more than 3,000 rooms, and the Royal Armouries, where weapons and armor dating from the thirteenth century are preserved.
Across the Palace, we can go down to the Gardens of Sabatini, a true delight for the senses, and resting place for locals and tourists.
4. The flea market ‘El Rastro’
On Sundays, one of the spots you should visit is the flea market ‘El Rastro’. It is the most famous and authentic market of Madrid. The tradition of El Rastro dates back to the eighteenth century, where, traditionally, second hand articles were sold. Today it has become the most famous flea market of Madrid, where every Sunday brings together hundreds of vendors and thousands of people walking through its streets, where you can buy all kinds of products from antiques, decorative items, clothing, gifts and much more. After the shopping, many people take the opportunity to drink some beers in the numerous bars and terraces of the area.
5. Shopping on the Golden Mile
Those who prefer to go to shops rather than markets, will be thrilled to take a walk around the streets of Salamanca District, and the ‘Golden Mile’, where the most exclusive boutiques of the capital are located. Between the streets of Jose Ortega y Gasset, Serrano and Claudio Coello, you will find the pure luxury.
6. Visit to the Art Triangle
The Center of Art Reina Sofía, along with the Museum El Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza make up the so-called Triangle of Art of Madrid, and is a must-see for tourists and locals.
The Reina Sofia is one of the most important museums in Madrid, where works of art of the twentieth century and contemporary art are exhibited. It houses works of renowned artists such as Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
The Prado Museum opened in 1819, and since then has become one of the most important museums in the world, and one of the most visited. Given its large size and the many exhibits, it’s hard to see everything in just one visit. A good option is to plan your journey. The website of the Prado, propose different itineraries that will help you plan your visit.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum completes the triangle of art. Here you can delight in a large collection of permanent art works that trace the history of the European painting from the Middle Ages until the late twentieth century. Also, throughout the year, numerous exhibitions of different artists are on display.
7. Visit the Temple of Debod
The Temple of Debod was built in Egypt over 2,000 years ago, and was donated to the Spanish government in 1968. The transfer of the temple was made brick by brick and is the oldest monument in Madrid. Besides its cultural and historical interest, the temple occupies a privileged place to see spectacular sunsets.
8) Taste some tapas
Madrid can boast of many things, and one of them is the active social, cultural and entertainment life that permeates the city.
One of the favorite activities for visitors to Madrid (and also for those who live here!) is to go out and have some beers accompanied by tapas, in any of its neighborhoods. Madrid Centro area is one of the busiest one, where you will find hundreds of terraces, bars, cafés and restaurants to enjoy with family or friends.
9. Visit the Puerta del Sol and Km 0
The Puerta del Sol is one of the most representative places of Madrid. Here we receive the New Year with the chimes of the Post House’s clock. The Km 0 is also located in the Puerta del Sol, where the plaque marks the origin of the spanish national roads.
Also in the square you will see the statue of the bear and the tree, icon of Madrid.
10. Visit the Puerta de Alcalá
The Puerta de Alcalá, located in the Plaza de la Independencia, is one of the most symbolic monuments of Madrid. Traditionally this was one of the five gates through which one could access to the ancient city of Madrid. Currently, it has ceased to be a gateway to the city, to become one of the busiest central points of the city. Its central location, within walking distance of El Retiro, Plaza de Cibeles and the Paseo del Prado, makes that, daily, many tourists include a stop on the Puerta de Alcalá in their city tours.
These are just some ideas to enjoy Madrid, but the city offers many leisure plans and places worth seeing. The list could be endless! If you’re considering a visit to Madrid, do not hesitate… Escape with us!
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