The capital city of Madrid in central Spain boasts some of the world-famous attractions such as the 17th-century Royal Palace and the town square, Plaza Mayor. Spain’s capital and largest city is perfect for exploring world-class art museums, architecture, coffee stops, tapas and bars that are too hard to be missed. Visitors won’t want to pass up the opportunity to see these top sights. Not only Madrid’s most popular destinations are centrally located, but it is also the heart of the city filled with festivals, gatherings and street performers. Today, we are going to discuss some of the best places that every tourists must go in Madrid, Spain.
Mercado de San Miguel
Situated just within the walking distance of the Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel is a popular shopping destination. Not only you can find assortments of local foods and delicacies such as salted fish, oysters, pastas and cakes, but the attractive architecture which features glass walls attracts visitors from a distance. This what makes Madrid so special, there is something unique factor that keeps pulling people as a center of attraction. The Mercado de San Miguel stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends only, but it is more than enough for anyone who wants to enjoy the nightlife and enjoy drinks, tapas, or appetizers. Of course, you can definitely expect nothing less as this place also plays an important role for events and other special occasions such as concerts, cooking classes and private parties.
Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol, Spanish for ‘Gate of the Sun’ is a public square in Madrid and one of the best known and busiest places in the city. Located in the center of Madrid, thousands of visitors gather each during the New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year celebration. Every year, you will hear the clock that chimes at Casa de Correos, the city’s governmental headquarters. What makes Puerta del Sol so special is that is has transformed into a visitor hot spot where visitors can stroll and admire the architectural wonders that makes Madrid so famous until today. Visit the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree that is considered a symbol and modern pop culture of Madrid.
It is undoubtedly that Gran Via is the most famous and popular touristic street in Spain. Why? This is because Grand Via is filled tenants that are mostly dedicated to entertainment such as cinemas, theaters, musicals, night clubs, bars and so much more. You name is and Gran Via has it all. It is no wonder that Gran Via is given the name ‘the street that never sleeps,’ and it is not hard to see why. Completed back in 1910, the Gran Via is lined with hundreds of shops, restaurants and businesses that will keep you entertained all night long. Stroll around the streets and spot signature and popular landmarks such as the Telefonica Building, The Capitol, Callao Square and Plaza de Espana Square.
The Museo del Prado is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Madrid. Located in the street of El Paseo del Prado, Prado Museum houses more than 7,000 works of art representing culture and history from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Therefore, it is impossible to see everything in a single visit. So, get ready for more visits to the magnificent Museo del Prado. Visitors can visit the museum’s collection of Spanish artists including Goya, El Greco, da Ribera and Velazquez, the best collection of Spanish paintings in the world.
Madrid’s grand central square is one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain combining amazing architecture, historical tales and vibrant street life wandering across its cobblestones. Of couse, there is rich history dating back in 1619 where the most famous of Madrid’s many stately plazas was once used to host bullfights. Also, you will witness the statue of Philip III on horseback stands in the middle of the plaza.