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Madrid Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Madrid

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Puerta Del Sol Gate
The Puerta Del Sol surrounds the city since the 15th century and is one of the most popular and busiest locations, not just amongst tourists but also with the local Madrilènos. Translating in Spanish as the Gate of the Sun, it is the center from where Madrid Roads are measured and is facing the East direction. Hence this is point zero or kilometer zero for road measurements in the city.

The Puerta Del Sol is a square that houses the renowned clock of which the bells depict the traditional eating of twelve grapes and the start of a new year. This is the occasion when thousands of people gather to celebrate this moment. It also has the famous status of a bear climbing the madroño tree, depicting the sign of Madrid and the statue of Charles III of Spain, popular for his public works program. In addition, popular buildings and landmarks are in this landmark namely the Old Post Office (used by the office of the President of Madrid, the head of the regional Government)... read more arrow
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Playa Mayor
Plaza Mayor reflecting monumental Madrid, Spain, is the center of the city. Originally known as Plaza Del Arabal, was redesigned after a series of fires. Juan De Villanueva was the architect responsible for reconstructing the building in 1790. Following this episode, the Plaza has undergone several names - Plaza Real, Plaza De La Constitucion, and Plaza De La Republica until it was finally named as Plaza Mayor. A symmetrical square in design, the Plaza Mayor measures 129 by 94 meters. It is surrounded by residential buildings with 237 balconies that overlook it. With nine entrances, it is poplar for the frescos that glamour all the interiors. The Casa de La Panaderia which serves for municipal and cultural functions is a symbolic establishment here... read more arrow
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Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado, or Prado Museum, is located on the Calle Ruiz de Alarcón in Madrid. It is arguably Spain's most famous art museum. To reach Museo del Prado take the light blue line metro to the Atocha stop or the red line metro to the Banco de España stop. It is open from 9am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is 8€ ($11) for adults, with discounts for students and seniors. Admission on Sunday is free.

The building which holds the Museo del Prado was commissioned by King Charles III in 1785. When it was completed it held the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures. It was opened to the public in 1819, as the Museo Nacional del Prado. The original aim of the curators was to prove that Spanish art was just as good as the rest of Europe's... read more arrow
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Parque del Buen Retiro
Parque del Buen Retiro is located in the heart of Madrid, Spain. It is best accessed through the Alcala Gate. You can reach it by taking the metro to the Retiro or Ibiza stops. This scenic park is open all year round, but the weather is best in the spring and fall. Sundays are especially crowded with families enjoying the greenery and weather. However, Sunday is also the best time to see a wide variety of street performers.

Buen Retiro is a roomy 350 acres park. It was originally developed by King Philip IV in 1632. The royal family would come here for vacations, hence its name: the Park of Good Rest. For about 200 years palaces and fountains were built at the park Buen Retiro. In 1868, it was opened to the public... read more arrow
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The largest Royal Palace in Western Europe spanned over 135000 m sq with approximately 2800 rooms, Palacio Real is the largest building and architectural splendor in Madrid, Spain. Originating from the 18th and 19th century, it is the official residence of the Royal Family, though not being used currently as a residence but instead only on occasions. Situated on Bailen Street, East of Manzanares River, it is open as a tourist attraction to see the Royal glory in 50 rooms with the Hall of Columns, Throne Room, China Collection, Royal Chapel, the Imperial Ballroom, the Royal Guest Chambers and the porcelain rooms amongst others. The Palace was the brain child of King Felipe V and planned and designed by the Italian architect Sabatini. The work was undertaken between 1738 -1770.

With art, frescos and paintings by Tiépolo, Velázquez, Goya, Giordano, this palace is a popular spectacle and photo opportunity... read more arrow
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The Museo Arqueológico Nacional, or the National Archaeological Museum, is located at the corner of Calle de Serrano and Calle de Jorge Juan in Madrid, Spain. Take the Serrano or Retiro stops on the metro. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8:30pm and on Sundays from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Admission is 3€ ($4) for adults. The cost is free for seniors and children. On Saturday and Sunday it is free for everyone. The museum is housed in an enormous neoclassical building that it shares with the National Library.

The collection of the Museo Arqueológico Nacional starts with the prehistoric and continues up until the Renaissance. Much of its collection comes from Spain, but the rest of Europe and some Spanish colonies are also represented. Religious art is the most represented type of work at the National Archaeological Museum... read more arrow
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The entrance to the Teleférico is located on Paseo del Pintor Rosales. It is accessible from the Arguelles metro stop. It is open every day from the first week of April to the second week of September. During the winter months it only runs on weekends and holidays. Price for an adult round-trip ticket is approximately 5€ ($7). The price is reduced for children and seniors. One-way tickets cost less.

The Teleférico de Madrid is a cable car ride that takes you through 2.5 km of Madrid's city center. It was inaugurated in 1969, by the then mayor of Madrid. The route takes you from Paseo del Pintor Rosales and drops you down at Casa de Campo, Madrid's most popular park. The journey takes about 11 minutes. The Teleférico de Madrid has 80 cars, each which hold five passengers... read more arrow
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is on Paseo del Prado in Madrid. You can get there by a variety of bus lines, at the Banco de España stop on the underground, and the Recoletos and Atocha stops on the train. It is open year round from 10am to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are 7€ ($10) for the permanent collection; there is an additional fee for temporary exhibits. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups.

The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is housed in the Villahermosa Palace. The site was first developed in the 17th century and the palace was completed in the early 19th century. It served as a private residence for some time and then became an annex to the Prado Museum. In 1989, it became the permanent home of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza... read more arrow
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Think of flea markets and of Madrid, Spain, then the name El Rastro will spark up. Also known as El Rastro De Madrid, it is the most bustling open air Sunday market known as the flea market. It is also organized on any other public holiday as well between 9 am to 3 pm. It is located in the barrio de Embajadores near Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo. It is closely monitored and regulated by the Madrid Council and is permitted to have not more than 3500 stalls at a time. It is easily accessible from various metro stations. It was considered to be the border of Europe and Africa, making it a melting pot for diverse cultures.

This market is immensely popular for new and used commodities including much sought after antiques... read more arrow
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Part of the Golden Triangle in Madrid is the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Museum. Inaugurated in 1992 by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofía, is known for showcasing 20th century work. The building designed in the 18th century by the architect Sabatini, has undergone several transformations. It was an artistic monument which was made into a national museum in 1988. Located near the Atocha roundabout directly opposite the botanical garden and in close proximity to the Prado Museum makes it a scenic delight with its attractive location.

Today it is marked as the most important contemporary museum in the world as it bases Picasso's best painting 'Guernica' that artistically portrays the Spanish Civil war and the bombing of the town... read more arrow

* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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