Things to see in Madrid

There are many things to see in the capital of Spain, making it difficult to compile a “10 Must-sees” list for your in the city. However, here are our suggestions:

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

Probably one of the most emblematic places in the city, famous for its “Kilometer Zero”, the famous bear and tree statue, El Madroño; the well-known “Tío Pepe” sign, the equestrian statue of Charles III, and the clock-tower of the “Casa de Correos” that all of Spain watches at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve.

Prado National Museum

Prado National Museum

Undoubtedly, it is one of Madrid’s major attractions and one of the most important art galleries in Europe and in the world. Some of its most important pieces are: The Nude Maja, The Family of Felipe IV (Las Meninas), The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Three Graces and The Surrender of Breda. The Prado Museum forms part of what is known as the “Triangle of Art”, which also houses Reina Sofía Museum (known for Picasso’s “Guernica”) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. You can visit the Prado every day of the week. For more information on schedules and prices, see: http://www.museodelprado.es/

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

This impressive building, official residence of the Spanish Kings, combines baroque and classical styles and was built in the 18th century. It is one of the largest royal palaces in Europe and is surrounded by stunning gardens. The inside is worth visiting.

Almudena Cathedral

Just a few meters from the Royal Palace is the imposing Neo-Gothic cathedral. Its style is very interesting and it receives many visitors throughout the year.

Retiro Park

Retiro Park

The gardens in this park are considered the “green lungs” of the capital. It is the most important and expansive park in Madrid. Rest and tranquility unite in this charming location. It’s pond and Crystal Palace stand out.

Gran Vía

Gran Vía

This is Madrid’s main thoroughfare. Along its 1,500 meters, you can find cinemas, theaters, shops, and buildings of great significance.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

This important square is located in the heart of the city near the Puerta del Sol, and it dates back to the 15th century when the main market was located there. Be sure to visit the Coat of Arms of Charles II, El Arco de Cuchilleros (Arc of Cutlers) and the statue of Philip III.

Puerta de Alcalá monument

Puerta de Alcalá monument

Charles III ordered the building of this iconic monument. Grand and solemn, it captivates visitors.

Temple of Debod and Oeste Park (Temple and Park)

This ancient Egyptian temple was a gift from Egypt to Spain in 1968 for their aid in the campaign carried out by UNESCO to save the temples of Nubia that were threatened by the construction of the Aswan Dam. Of incalculable value and beauty, it is very close to Oeste Park, perfect for a walk without straying too far from the center of Madrid.

Paseo de la Castellana

Covering 6.5 km, it is one of the longest streets in Madrid. It’s not very touristy, as it is used as an artery for traffic, but on either side of the street you will encounter places of interest such as Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Nuevos Ministerios, the Cuatro Torres Business Area (CBTA), and the Kio Towers.