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What to see and what to do in Madrid?
A travel guide for you to have a dream vacation.
Madrid is a happy city and awake all year round; Knowing her will be a wonderful idea. But so that you are clear where to start, I have prepared a travel guide that will undoubtedly help you.
15 essential places you should know in Madrid
1. Plaza Mayor
The Plaza Mayor in Madrid stands out as one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is a beautiful, rectangular plaza measuring 129 meters long and 94 meters wide.
It is surrounded by large buildings, bakeries and other architectural jewels such as the Arco de los Cuchilleros and the Statue of Felipe III.
The Plaza Mayor of Madrid is one of the historical places of the city, which was the scene of meetings and announcements of a civil nature.
Several architects participated in the construction of the square, among them Juan de Herrera and Juan Gómez.
In the main square you can find places of special interest, among them is the Statue of Felipe III, created in 1616 by Juan de Bolonia and Pietro Tacca. The house of the Bakery is also nearby, which is a very important building, which began to be built in 1950.
And finally there is the Arco de los Cuchilleros, which is part of the access door to the main square.
2. Puerta del Sol
Another of the emblematic sites of the city. La Puerta del Sol is a very old meeting place, in one of the busiest streets in Madrid.
And it counts as one of the most important historical monuments of the city; and the meeting point for the locals.
Puerta del Sol is a perfect view to enjoy the entire capital. Near it, you will find the historic San Ginés cafeteria, or a homemade Neapolitan in La Mallorquina.
In the square you will find several places of interest, among them the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree; You will also find the famous Tío Pepe advertising poster and the statue of Carlos III.
3. Plaza de la Villa
The Plaza de la Villa is one of the few places in Madrid that still preserves its medieval style.
Near it you can enjoy very old buildings such as the Casa y Torre de Lujanes and the Casa de la Villa. These were the headquarters of the City Council.
It is located throughout the historic center of the city. During the Middle Ages, the square had the name of El Salvador. This is because at the corner of the square, on Calle Mayor, was the parish of San Salvador.
In the center of the square you can enjoy the statue of the sailor Álvaro de Bazán, who faced several battles against the Turks in the Mediterranean.
He was appointed as Captain General of the Galleys of Spain, by Felipe II.
4. Plaza España
Another must-see in Madrid is to take a tour of the Plaza de España. It is one of the largest in the entire country, and counts as one of the most beautiful in the city.
It is worth investing some time in this square on your tour.
Near it you will find monuments and historical buildings, which have a modernist design; such as the Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, and the Asturiana de Minas company building. There is also the imposing Edificio España.
5. The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
It is considered one of the most emblematic places to see in Madrid and Spain. It is the home of the Real Madrid team, and one of the most popular destinations for soccer fans.
The famous Santiago Bernabéu was built in 1947, and is one of the most visited in all of Spain.
Inside the stadium you can enjoy a museum, which exhibits objects belonging to the team, such as trophies and photographs.
6. Plaza de Cibeles
The Plaza de Cibeles was presided over by the beautiful Cibeles fountain. This is a venue for the Real Madrid titles.
In the surroundings of the square you can enjoy the Buenavista Palace, the Linares Palace and the Bank of Spain.
7. Royal botanical garden
It is known as one of the lungs of the city. It is a large and beautiful garden that is worth exploring.
It was founded in 1755 by order of King Ferdinand VI, and has become one of the most important sites in Europe. The botanical garden has more than 5000 species of plants, from all over the world.
This garden is divided into four terraces, where you can find two greenhouses and a display pond.
Inside the exhibition you can find a special area where hundreds of bonsai and plants from America stand out.
8. Temple of Debod
And you cannot leave Madrid without visiting the Debod temple. This beautiful building is considered as a gift from Egypt by the government, in the preservation of several temples.
The temple was inaugurated in 1972 and was rebuilt two years later.
Over time it has become a place for incredible exhibits on Egyptian history, culture and the hundreds of hieroglyphs carved on the walls.
9. Barrio de las Letras
It is known as the literary heart of the city; Well, great masters of literature such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, or Quevedo lived in this area.
To get to the neighborhood, you must pass the route of the nerve center, reach the Plaza Santa Ana and from there walk through all the streets of the neighborhood, enjoying the traditional taverns.
In the neighborhood you will also find important places to visit such as: the convent of the Trinitarians, the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, and the Congress of Deputies.
10. The Almudena Cathedral in Madrid
This is a beautiful religious temple that you must know. Construction began in 1883 and was completed in 1993. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul the Second, and was established as the first consecrated cathedral outside of Rome.
This cathedral stands out for its modernist design, which is exhibited through impressive and colorful stained glass windows; which becomes a real sight for the eyes.
Inside the temple, you will find a museum with 12 rooms, where you can learn about the history of the diocese of Madrid.