Madrid, what’s up?
Nobody wants to come back from a Paris trip without having seen the Eiffel Tower, right? In Madrid too, there are places you can NOT miss! Amongst all the things to see and do, I made a top 10 not to miss out… VAMOS!
Let’s start with the place in the capital where you have the more chance to take a selfie with Felipe VI…
The Royal Palace
The palace was built from 1738 to 1755 and is officially the residency of the Royal family. If you don’t get a chance to see the family though, it might be because they are actually living in the Zarzuela Palace, located 10 kms away from the center. For only 11€, you will be able to visit this monument full of arts made by Velasquez or Goya, the Royal Armory as well as other collections that have a historic importance.
2. Puerta del Sol
This crossing of the three main metro lines is the central place to meet up with friends. You will enjoy seeing artists playing their shows, by day and night. You will also be able to realize your childhood dream to meet Mr. Bean or to talk with the Minions!
More historically, the square was the place where people received messages from abroad; Casa de Correos is the clock where, every December 31, thousands of people gather here to eat the twelves grapes to celebrate the New Year at midnight. A tradition!
3. Retiro Park
The Retiro Park and its magnificent Chrystal palace. Having a walk, going for a run, enjoying the sunset, or a picnic when the good weather arrives… This park is the most famous of the city, only a few minutes from Gran Via, the main avenue of Madrid center.
4. Plaza Mayor
Rectangular and located a few meters away from Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor was built in 1619 by Juan Gomez de Mora. The tourism office is located right below the most decorated facade called Casa de la Panaderia. Must-have for your album of souvenirs, you can have a picture of you and the King Philip III on a horseback. Don’t miss the market San Miguel: at the North East gate. This mercado is very touristy but worth having a look. You can also grab a bite of Spain with some specialities; paella, tapas or sweet treats. Bon app!
5. Plaza de Espana
The Plaza de Espana is the place you will find walking on the East direction of Gran Via… One the picture below is the gigantic “Building of Spain” (Edificio Espana to be more correct)… and do you know to whom does it belong?
To Wang Jianlin! In 2014, the first Chinese fortune negotiated the building that belonged to the Santander Group since 2005, has been closed since 2006.
6. Templo de Debod
My absolute favorite place in Madrid; the Egyptian temple close to the Plaza de Espana! The reflection of the monument in the water makes it even more beautiful and special. The best times to go there are at sunrise or at night: the temple remains illuminated until approximately 11pm.
7. Gran Via
Literally, the “big way” is the main street of Madrid that connects the Plaza de Espana to the Retiro Park (one side to the other of Madrid). Always busy, the unconditional place for all the shopping lovers. All international brands have shops here: ZARA, two H & M, a huge Primark, Kiko, NYX, Nike…
You can have this amazing view from the 9th floor of El Corte Ingles (Callao) side Gourmet experience.
8. Chocolateria San Gines
If the churros is one of the most known Spanish specialties, the chocolateria San Ginés is an institution in Madrid. Open 24 hours a day, churros lover, you can also try the famous Porras. Anytime of the year as they have a heated terrace, you’ll enjoy this place located right by Sol.
9. Rooftop Bellas Artes
If you have the time to go to only one rooftop during your Madrid trip, I would definitely recommend you to pick up this one! The 4€ to go on the top are worth it, best angle to see the city. Enjoy!!!
10. Prado Museum
You’ll need a map not to get lost in this huge Museum! For only 9,50€, you can spend hours in the most famous Art Museum of Spain… the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. You can also visit the museum for free during the Open house days!
I hope you have found the article helpful and that it has given you a general idea of the activities and places in Madrid you can not miss! Feel free to write me and to tell me what you have preferred.
Have a great trip,