The capital of Spain, Madrid, appears in most traveller’s bucket lists. The city was founded in the 9th century and is home to over 3m people.
Madrid is one of the most unique cities of its kind. One of the forefronts of modern architecture, the city still holds elements of its past and rich history for travellers and visitors to enjoy.
We could spend all day writing a list of what we’d love to do in Madrid, however, for your benefit we’ve decided to shorten it to our favourites below!
See the Sights!
Plaza Mayor – Plaza Mayor is where the famous statue of Felipe III is. The statue was created in 1616 and commemorates the former King of Spain.
As well as the statue, the square is surrounded by three residential buildings – which in total have 237 balconies facing the square. The main building to see is the Casa de la Panadería (Bakery House).
Puerta de Alcalá – Also known as the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch built in Europe, Puerta de Alcala was originally the gates of the former Walls of Philip IV.
Now the arch is a popular tourist attraction mainly due to its history but also because of the interaction more modern celebrities have had with it.
Royal Palace of Madrid – The official home of the Spanish family is situated right next to the Catedral de la Almudena in Madrid. The palace is the largest palace in Europe and also proves to be a fantastic photo opportunity for tourists.
Unfortunately, however, the chances of seeing the Spanish royal family are quite slim as they mainly reside at the Palace of Zarzuela which is on the outskirts of Madrid.
The Gran Via – Madrid’s busiest street Gran Via runs for over a kilometre and is filled with Shops, bars and even a casino line. Many locals and tourists visit the street because of its beautiful architecture and also its array of shops.
A fine example of Madrid’s historic/modern twist is that quite a few of the shops in Gran Via are converted from old cinemas.
The Paseo de la Castellana – Also known as Madrid’s financial centre, the Paseo de la Castellana is also another perfect place to see the latest and greatest shops Madrid have to offer.
As well as being home to a plethora of shops the road is also home to one of Madrid’s biggest attractions.
Explore More of Madrid
Santiago Bernabeu – One of the world’s most famous football stadiums in the world, the Santiago Bernabeu is home to footballing giants Real Madrid.
The stadium has been the home of Los Galacticos for nearly 70 years and in that time has seen some of the greatest footballers grace its pitch. You can either base your Madrid trip around a Real Madrid game or take a tour of the stadium with a knowledgeable guide,
Chocolatería San Ginés – A must try! This famous little cafe in Madrid offers the best churros around – which you simply have to taste!
The hotspot attracts tourists all year-round and although the queue is most likely to be long, it’ll definitely be worth the wait!
Get Ready to Party – Madrid’s streets are filled with plenty of bars and clubs for you and your friends to let your hair down.
Clubs such as Kapital, Shoko and Ochoymedio will have tunes for all-comers to enjoy – especially after a few glasses of cava!
Book Your Madrid Stay Today!
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