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7 Things to do in Madrid

Updated on September 22, 2015
Things to do in Madrid
Things to do in Madrid
Places to visit in Madrid
Places to visit in Madrid

As Joaquin Sabina well said , Madrid is a city of confluence, where paths cross: not only for being the capital in which all the imagery that makes Spain accumulates. There are many things to do in Madrid, also because in it, to be located geographically in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, It is the kilometer 0 from which all distances in Spain are calculated.

A place where culture is mixed, thanks to spectacular museums and a great deals about art, is also a meeting place of different nationalities and political and economic center of the country. Therefore, the grand capital of Spain is not only an indispensable city to visit, but also to live it.

In it, from the first moment you feel the festive and a cozy atmosphere by its inhabitants. The locals will make you feel at home in Madrid. Would you like to know it a little more closely?

Check out this short tour of the capital of Spain with these 7 places to visit in Madrid!

1. Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía

The neighborhood of Puerta del Sol is the center, the heart of the city, and in it are the 5 main streets leading to the city's most famous attractions of Madrid: Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, Gran Vía, Puerta de Alcalá and Paseo del Arte.

Thus, the Puerta del Sol is definitely the ideal place to start a tour of Madrid on foot. In this square, you'll find some of the most important attractions of the capital: the first is undoubtedly the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree, symbol of Madrid, located at the beginning of the street Alcalá.

And you can also see the clock the Post Office building, known to be the one who starts the countdown to the New Year and the end of each year where thousands of people come to eat the grapes.

Moreover, from the Puerta del Sol you can access the Gran Via, which, as its name implies, is the main street of Madrid, with many shops, connected to the Puerta del Sol for three pedestrian streets always crowded.

2. Plaza Mayor

Things to do in Madrid; Plaza Mayor
Things to do in Madrid; Plaza Mayor

If you continue walking down Main Street from the Puerta del Sol, you will reach the center of the square where the statue of Felipe III is. The atmosphere of the Plaza Mayor will invite you to sit and eat tapas in one of the many small bars located under the arches.

3. Royal Palace and Opera

Things to do in Madrid; Royal Palace and Opera
Things to do in Madrid; Royal Palace and Opera

You can visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, where you will see the armory, the real pharmacy and the living in official ceremonies. We recommend also that you do not miss the changing of the guard every Wednesday at 11am.

4. Paseo del Arte and Retiro Park

The most visited museums in Madrid are what is known as the Paseo del Arte. Should start the route from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, located in the middle of along the Paseo del Prado, where you will witness a large exhibition of works from the Italian Renaissance to modern painting, with paintings as "The Annunciation" by Van Eyck world renowned.

Within walking distance of Thyssen are the majestic Prado, one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. In this maze which contains more than 8,000 paintings, the art of Spanish painters, Italian, Flemish, German and Dutch is depicted. The most important paintings that can be seen are "Las Meninas" by Velazquez, as well as "The Shootings of May 3rd" of Goya.

You continue along the Paseo del Prado, arrive at the Atocha station, and right in front can access the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia. The most important work you will see in this space, undoubtedly, is the Guernica of Pablo Picasso, located in a room dedicated exclusively to painting.

5. La Latina

Madrid Attractions; La Latina
Madrid Attractions; La Latina

Worth visiting, this medieval district of Madrid, La Latina, one of the most traditional and oldest in the city, located in the center of Madrid near the Plaza Mayor. Not a neighborhood known for tourists, but it is certainly one of the most frequented by the locals, especially on weekends because of taverns, tapas bars and restaurants are concentrated in the streets Cava Alta and Cava Baja, and Almond Street.

6. Malasaña y Chueca

Madrid Attractions; Malasaña y Chueca
Madrid Attractions; Malasaña y Chueca

Lovers of Madrid and its bright colors can not ignore the visit of the this places; Malasaña and Chueca, both located near the Gran Vía, the famous centers of Madrid's nightlife.

The two districts are geographically separated only by the Fuencarral street, but inside are very different: Chueca is the gay neighborhood of Madrid, a little lively, cosmopolitan and fun neighborhood; the neighborhood revolves around the Plaza de Chueca, hence the name, branch off from the square to many streets with bars, taverns and shops.

Across the street Fuencarral, you'll also find this alternative Malasaña, where you can pass among the crowd of local rock, some beers in the Plaza 2 de Mayo or enjoy the old streets and features of Madrid.

7. Lavapiés

Things to do in Madrid; Lavapiés
Things to do in Madrid; Lavapiés

Lavapies is the most colorful district of Madrid, this area was in the Middle Ages the Arab quarter and remains the multicultural neighborhood of Madrid. Located near the city center, the Lavapies was upgraded from 80 to 90, starting to become a trendy among young people and artists.

The Lavapies neighborhood is bounded by Calle Atocha Street Ambassadors east and west. The features of this area make it a charming and curious place, and where are the real facets of the city, a walk through its streets is definitely one of the things to do in Madrid.

Tell us your favorite places in town!

Do you know more places to visit in Madrid?

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      Alyssa Dillon 

      3 years ago from Missoula, MT


    • betozg lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Alberto Zumaya 

      3 years ago

      The museum? oh, how did I miss it!, it is beautiful indeed, thank you very much!

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      Alyssa Dillon 

      3 years ago from Missoula, MT

      Great Hub! The Reina Sofia is my favorite place on Earth, but Madrid is filled with plenty to see and do.


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