What to see in Madrid
Madrid offers so many beautiful places to visit and enjoy, these are some of them:
5 places not to miss in Madrid:
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid. Not to miss the monument to the symbol of the city: the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (El Oso y el Madroño) and the Zero Point, origin of the main spanish roads.
Very close to Puerta del Sol and to the Royal Palace, we find Plaza Mayor, the Main Square of Madrid, one of the oldest in Spain, built in the XVIIth century by Juan Gómez de Mora.
La Gran Vía is the most famous street of Madrid, with some of the most important cinemas and theatres in the city and lots of shops. A street that never sleeps.
El Retiro is the most famous park in Madrid, former royal garden opened to the public in the XIXth century. A place not to miss with children.
Puerta de Alcalá
Puerta de Alcalá or Alcalá Gate is one of the most representative monuments of Madrid, built by architect Francisco Sabatini during the reign of Carlos III.
Other places not to miss:
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though nowadays they actually live at the Palace of La Zarzuela. I was built from 1738 to 1764 and it is one of the biggest palaces in Europe.
The Catedral of Our Lady of La Almudena is the most important religious building in the city. The current King and Queen of Spain got married in it.
Templo de Debod
The Debod Temple is one of the hidden treasures of Madrid. It was a gift from Egypt to Spain, for the collaboration in saving the Nubian temples such as Abu Simbel.
The Four Tours (or Cuatro Torres) define the new skyline of Madrid and have become the highest buildings in Spain, with a height of 250 meters.
El Rastro is an open air flea market, that takes place on Sundays and Holidays in the old city center of Madrid, in the famous quarter La Latina.
Visits in the outskirts of Madrid:
Palace of El Pardo
The Palace of El Pardo was a royal hunting palace since the XVth century. Dictator Francisco Franco lived there from 1939 until 1975 and nowadays it is the residence of Heads of State when in official visit to Madrid.