Paseo del Arte

This area, known in English as the “Art Walk”, boasts art and beauty as you’ll see nowhere else in the world. Along a stretch of just over one kilometre, you’ll find the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum, as well as a number of other institutions and buildings well worth visiting.

Palacio Real

The Palacio Real takes us on a journey through the history of Spain. Though it is no longer the royal family´s home, it continues to be their official residence.  In addition, you can visit the fantastic Royal Kitchen, which probably is one of the most outstanding examples of historical kitchens of European royal residences, preserved to this day.

Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is located in the heart of Madrid a few meters from the Puerta del Sol and the Palacio Real. This arcaded square is a great example of the  Madrid de los Austrias .  Inside the square we can find the Casa de la Panaderia (built around 1950 by Diego Sillero). Currently, it is the Tourism Center´s venue of Madrid.

Parque del Retiro

Until you walk through the Parque de El Retiro, you will not complete your visit to Madrid. The Retiro´s Garden is a green oasis in the center of the city. There you’ll find a lot of interesting monuments and gardens, including the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (Andalusian-inspired classicistic gardens), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rosaleda rose garden and the Parterre Francés, which is nearly 400 years old and, it is believed to be the Madrid’s oldest tree.

Puerta del Sol

The Puerta de Sol is one of the city´s most famous sites. His bustling square is located in the center of Madrid. You will find three of the most representative elements of the city: the famous clock of the Casa Correos, the plate of Kilometre 0 and the Bear and the Madroño´s statue´s.

Fuente de Cibeles

The Cibeles fountain, built in 1782, has become a symbol of the capital. The fountain represents the Roman goddess of the same name, symbol of land, agriculture and fertility, in a chariot pulled by lions. The fountain is surrounded by the buildings of the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palacio de Linares, the Palacio de las Comunicaciones and the Banco de España.

Puerta de Alcalá

Located in the center of the Plaza de la Independencia, the Puerta de Alcalá was built by Sabatini in 1778 as part of the beautification reforms of the city, promoted by Carlos III. The door was located at the entrance of the city, next to the road lead to Alcalá de Henares, hence receiving that name. In the facade there are the four cardinal virtues (Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude).

El Rastro

If you visit Madrid on Sunday or holiday, one of the essential places of the city is the Rastro, in the neighborhood of La Latina. The market takes in a large block, almost triangular, bounded by the streets of Toledo, Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo. Depending on the area we walk through, you can find different articles. 

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