Must See Sites in Madrid

Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Madrid is full of many must see sites. For those that want to have an authentic Spanish experience, there are many sites that will reflect just that. There are also quite a few spots where you can escape some of the hustle and bustle and just enjoy the enchantment of the city.

Plaza De Cibeles
This is Madrid’s most famous plaza. It’s adjacent to Paseo del Prado. The architecture is what brings in a lot of tourists. The Palace of Communications, which used to be a post office, is now the city’s mayor’s office and the main building in the plaza. Another popular spot for tourists to visit at the Plaza De Cibeles is the fountain that features the Roman goddess of Cybele. Not all of the Palace is available for tourists to visit. However, the observation deck is open to the public and offers amazing views of the city.

Parque Del Buen Retiro
Also, known as Retiro Park, Parque Del Buen Retiro features 300 acres of lush greenery, lakes, gardens, playgrounds and cafes. It used to house Felipe IV’s palace, but it burnt down in the middle of the 18th century. After that time the park became open to the public. Some of the more popular spots to visit include the rose garden that features over 4,000 roses, the Palacio de Cristal that has art exhibitions and Estanque lake where visitors can rent a paddle boat. The park can be easily accessed by the Atocha, Ibiza or Retiro metro stations.

Plaza Mayor
This plaza has a lot going on. There are numerous cafes and bars to get a bite to eat or drink at. There are also street performers that put on many entertaining acts. During the Christmas season there are also a variety of Christmas markets to attend. The plaza starts getting lively in the afternoon and goes well into the night. It is located west of Puerta del Sol.

Palacio Real
This famous royal palace once housed the kings of Spain from the mid-1700s to the 1900s. It’s still considered the royal family’s official residence despite the fact that they no longer live there. It consists of 3,000 rooms and is Western Europe’s largest royal palace. The rooms open to the public include the royal pharmacy and armory room.

Mercado San Miguel
Located just outside of Plaza Mayor and west of Puerta del Sol, this cast iron market is a favorite among tourists. There’s such a variety of items to eat here that many visitors claim they could stay at the market all day. Favorites include the tapas and seafood. If you visit here, keep in mind there isn’t a lot of seating so you may have to stand up and eat.

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