Madrid is the Capital of Spain and its most populous city. It’s also the third biggest city of the European Union after Paris and London, in that order, and of course the official language there is the beautiful and extensive Spanish. Since Spain belongs to the Eurozone, the official currency is the Euro. Is it enough reason for you to visit Madrid? Well… There is more.
Spain’s capital city mixes the ancient and historical beauty of Europe with its attractive and modernism, both complementing themselves and creating a marvelous mixture of history, Mediterranean food, beautiful nature, breath-taking sunsets, art and great weather that makes it a very tourist-friendly city. So, in the lines below, you will learn about some of the uncountable places where you can go if you visit Madrid.
There’s something about Madrid: even though it is such a multicultural place since it is one of the favorite European cities to visit by tourists from all over the world, is its authenticity, it screams Spain everywhere you go and you will find very gentle people in every corner. So, are you already convinced to visit Madrid? What? Are you already on your way? Alright, but first read this options:
When you visit Madrid, you will realize that it is a city that can satisfy every taste, even the pickiest ones. There are so many things to do! You will have several options to choose from when you visit Madrid. Now, Is there a better way to visit a city than walking around and getting into the culture of its streets? That’s what you should do once you get there.
Actually, in the Center of the city you will find its most varied and iconic places, so the first recommendation when you visit Madrid is to visit and, if possible, find accommodation at that part of the city, right on the “jaleo”, where the party takes place.
Parque El Retiro de Madrid
After leaving your bags in your host family’s house you may begin your journey at the public historical garden “Parque El Retiro”; this is a must when you visit Madrid. This park is peaceful and beautiful, and there you’ll find pieces of art, sculpture, landscapes, and architecture, in which regard the Crystal Palace deserves special mention, with a 22 meters dome that will give provide you with a magical welcome to Madrid. It is advisable to go there in the evening.
Museo Nacional del Prado
Having been founded two hundred years founded, this is one of the most famous museums of the world and a good option for art lovers, It has free access during evenings.
Puerta de Alcalá
A few steps from El Retiro, you will find La Puerta de Alcalá, an iconic monument of Madrid, this is the place that welcomes you to the right center of the city. You should take a selfie here when you visit Madrid.
Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol is one of the most famous squares of Madrid, There you will find the point where the radial network of Spanish Roads converges (Km 0), as well as the Sculpture “El Oso y el Madroño” (the Bear and the Madroño Tree), the heraldic symbol of Madrid. Moreover, this place has the famous clock whose bells have been an icon of Spain’s New Year’s celebration since 31 December 1962. This is why this is Madrid’s most concurred place.
Well, it’s been a lot of walking and taking pictures so far, it is time for a break and there is no better way to take one than with chocolate, so near to the Square is the Chocolatería San Ginés, open 24 hours, 365 days of the year, you will enjoy the best churros with chocolate you have ever tasted. Enjoy!
Mercado de San Miguel
Next to the Plaza Mayor, you will find the Mercado de San Miguel, which is a market where you´ll find gastronomic specialties.
La Gran vía
This is the place where you will come across the most famous stores of the world. It is also a very photogenic place to go when you visit Madrid.
Palacio Real de Madrid
It is a must that you can’t miss when you visit Madrid. This is the Royal Palace where Kings and Queens used to live during the eighteenth and ninteenth centuries.
Palacio de Cibeles
Here you will enjoy one of the most beautiful sights of Madrid from the rooftop of the building.
Templo de Debod
We will end up this tour with a magical sunset at the Templo de Debod, an egalitarian monument that was moved to Madrid piece by piece. The light variations in this place will take your breath away.