10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions In Madrid

Madrid, Spain, could be the choice for your holiday destination. In Madrid you will find many fascinating tourist attractions. As Cosmopolitan city and Major Financial Center in Southern Europe, Madrid is home to the Royal Family of Spain. Madrid city is identical with Cultural, History, Gardens, Parks, Tapas, Wine, Bernabeu Stadium, and bullfighting.

As the center of Spain, Madrid is definitely a great metropolis. In Europe, Madrid became one of the favorite tourist destinations, no matter what age, gender, cultural beliefs, social status. In Madrid everything you’re looking for, there must be here. Destination Options to visit such as museums, castles, tasting the best tapas, enjoy a night full of excitement at the flamingo bar, party till the morning and then relax in one of the parks and botanical gardens in Madrid.

Here are famous tourist attractions in Madrid you must visit:

1. Puerta del Sol

Puerta del SolPuerta del Sol is located right in the heart of Madrid. Here you will find a lot of cafes, shops, buildings from the 19th century. This is Madrid’s most famous and most central square, located just a short walk from the Plaza Mayor. Originally it was the site of one of the city’s gates, which faced the east and was adorned with an image of the sun, hence the square’s name. The square is actually almost semi-circular in shape and owes its current form to the major renovation work carried out between 1854 and 1860. This is now Madrid’s most central location, it is an excellent area to in which to stay and there are many hotels, and tourist apartments nearby.

2. Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of MadridRoyal palace or Palacio Real is the official residence of the Spanish royal family. The palace is located on the street Bailen, in the west of the city center of Madrid and is accessible from the Opera Metro station. The palace is open to the public, except when used for formal occasions. Palacio Real is one of the most important tourist attractions. It is a place of many exceptional art exhibitions. Architectures ranging from medieval to modern, with neo-classical, gothic and baroque styles here.

Royal Palace, is Madrid’s largest building and most beautiful. The palace itself contains furniture, tapestries, paintings and ceramics as well as other important works of art and frescos by Tiépolo. Velázquez, Goya, Giordano and Mengs are all represented here amongst the dozens of valuable tapestries and paintings, making the palace one of Europe’s most important museums

3. Plaza Mayor

Madrid Plaza MayorThe Plaza Mayor is Madrid’s main square. It is located right in the centre of the city, just a few minutes walk from the Puerta del Sol. The centre of the square is occupied by a statue of Philip III who was responsible for the construction of the square. The Plaza Mayor was once the focal point of the old city, where bullfights, royal coronations and even the inquisition took place. Despite the rather high prices charged by the restaurants and cafés under the arches that skirt the square, this is still a marvellous place to sit out, try some good Spanish wine, sample some tasty tapas and watch the passers-by.

4. Madrid Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena)

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Royal of La AlmudenaMadrid Catedral (the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena) is built on 1883 and not completed until 1993. The building is a mixture of styles with a neoclassical exterior, a gothic revival interior, and a neo-romanesque crypt. It is constructed of granite and marble, with a large neoclassical cupola and two towers at the main entrance. Unusually for a church, it is not oriented east and west, but has its orientation north and south, as it was originally conceived as an integral part of the Royal Palace complex. A second entrance, in the Calle Bailén, has impressive bronze doors by the sculptor Sanguino, depicting the discovery of the image of the Virgin.

5. Prado Museum

Museo Nacional del PradoThe Prado Museum or Museo del Prado is one of the finest museums in Europe. It is a such a large museum. The Prado Museum is Madrid’s top tourist attractions. Located in the eponymous street, El Paseo del Prado, its dazzling display of works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch (among other major Italian and Flemish artists), is housed in an 18th-century Neo-Classical building that opened as a museum in 1819.

6. Puerta de Alcala

Alcala gateThe Puerta de Alcalá (Alcalá Gate) is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia (Independence Square) in Madrid, Spain. It stands near the city center and several meters away from the main entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro. There are six ornamental statues that adorn the top of the gate. These were the work of sculpture artists, Francisco Gutiérrez and Roberto Michel. The raised central part at the gate’s highest point has a plaque, which reads: “REGE CARLO III ANNO MDCCLXXVIII.” This commemorates the date of the gate’s inauguration by King Carlos III.

7. Retiro Park

Monument to Alfonso XIIThe park was originally a palace garden. The tourists usually visit this place to get away from the noise of the busy city. Inside the park there is a lake and a fountain that add its charm. Situated behind the Prado museum, it is the most popular and most visited park in Madrid. On a Sunday afternoon you will see Madrileños walking with their families in the park and being entertained by the multitude of street entertainers. Retiro is also a central meeting point for all sorts of people, from the roller skating youngsters and older men playing ‘petanca’ (boules) to football players and joggers of all ages.

8. Templo de Debod (Temple of Debod)

Templo de DebodTemplo de Debod is An authentic 2nd Century BC Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid. The temple was rebuilt in one of Madrid’s parks, the Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972. With a surrounding park from where it is possible to admire the Guadarrama mountains and the Spanish capital’s most outstanding sunset. Further below is an attractive rose garden, the Rosaleda. On the temple itself you may admire some carved reliefs, and upstairs in the museum there are photographs depicting the monument’s history. The temple is laid out in the same way as it was orientated in Egypt, from east to west.

9. Reina Sofia Museum

Reina Sofia MuseumEl Reina Sofia, or simply The Sofia is Spain’s national museum of 20th century art. The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992 and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. Along with its extensive collection, the museum offers a mixture of national and international temporary exhibitions in its many galleries. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso’s painting Guernica. The Reina Sofía collection has works by artists such as: Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Julio González, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, Pablo Gargallo, Pablo Serrano, Lucio Muñoz, Luis Gordillo, Jorge Oteiza and José Gutiérrez Solana

10. Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de CibelesThe monumental Cibeles Fountain has become a Madrid icon. Located in the heart of the city. it shows Cybele, the Greek goddess of fertility and nature holding a sceptre and a key while being pulled by two lions on a chariot. The pull of the wild lions symbolize the power of nature or of the goddess. Plaza de Cibeles is Central square where Real Madrid celebrates championship wins and home to the Bank of Spain.

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