5 places you have to visit in Madrid
Madrid is a truly amazing historic city. This city in central Spain has been a hub of activity since the very ancient times. The Moors, however, were responsible for the location of the modern city of Madrid, when they established a fort in the area and from that time on, the city has gained stature and prominence.
If you have the chance to come on holidays to marvelous Madrid, you will soon discover that this city is a place that deserves more than a quick visit. Rent one of the old town apartments Madrid, kick back over some Tapas, and take it all in. Even if you can’t stay long, there are some spots that you simply must visit before moving on.
1. Palacio Real
Once the residence of Spanish Monarchy, the Palacio Real de Madrid is now only used on special state occasions. Fortunately, however, this gorgeous palace is open to the public year-round. The lavish 2800 (Two thousand eight hundred) rooms are absolutely striking in their design and décor. The Throne Room is extremely fascinating and has been preserved completely intact since the reign of Charles III. The Royal Armory boasts a world-renowned collection of medieval armor and weapons, and the palace gardens are a gorgeous spot to unwind at the end of your day.
2. Parque del Buen Retiro
This 350-acre park dates back to the 16th century. The park, which was once part of the royal grounds, is one of the most favorites spots among most of Madrid’s population. Statues are scattered throughout the park and the charming lake is often filled with rented rowboats. Make sure to stop by the Palacio de Cristal before heading on to your next destination.
3. Plaza de Toros de las Ventas
Even if you’re not a big fan of the bullfights, you can’t visit Madrid without visiting Las Ventas. This is one of the most famous bullfighting rings in the world – not to mention one of the largest – and its unique architecture draws tourists from all over the world. Bullfights are not always on, so it is better to check the schedule in advance if you want to catch the show.
4. The Golden Triangle
Madrid is famous for its outstanding art museums, and the best ones are located in an area known as the “Golden Triangle”. The Prado museum has long been drawing visitors, and Madrid has since opened the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia museums. Each holds a virtual treasure trove of classic and contemporary art, and each boasts its own unique touches.
5. Plaza Mayor
Situated at the heart of Old Madrid, you’ll find the Plaza Mayor, which is one of Madrid’s most popular meeting spots. Though the buildings surrounding the plaza you will have the chance to admire classic and modern architecture together, while feeling the Spanish essence at its best. This is the perfect place to enjoy some great food and wine, listen to great music, and watch the nice street performers that flock to this spot that is still very much the heart of the city.
So, here you are, 5 spots for a quick visit to the Spanish capital.