Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

Articles Aug 11, 2020 12:14

Barcelona has Gaudi, Granada has Alhambra... but if you are looking for a perfect destination in the city of Madrid, here are the best tourist attractions for you.

Spain's capital and largest city, Madrid is the top destination for many tourists. It's a vibrant city that's affordable by Western European standards, with outstanding culture, architecture, art, and nightlife. But it's also quite a modern city, so you'll discover that much of the architecture dates back to the 20th century - which can sometimes surprise many travelers looking for an ancient Europe experience. That said, this is a city full of energy...

A list of the most prominent tourist destinations in Madrid

Madrid Cathedral

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

According to many experienced travelers, this is the most remarkable destination in Marid. The Catedral de la Almudena was completed near the end of the 20th century, which is where the Prince and Princesses of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia, married in 2004. Official state ceremonies are held here, and though not the most beautiful church in Europe, its roof offers some of the best views of the Madrid skyline. The church is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM (9 AM to 8:30 PM in low season). Admission is free, but you must contribute 1 euro.

Plaza Mayor

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

The most famous of the city and the starting point for most of Madrid's tours, this plaza used to host bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments and even executions. Now it has a lot of travel shops, cafes and restaurants. It's a good place to enjoy a good bar (although quite expensive) and sometimes concerts and events.

Mercado de San Miguel

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

Near Plaza Mayor is an indoor market, Mercado de San Miguel. It used to be a major central market before it fell into a mess. Nowadays it has become a trendy place with a lot of restaurants and stalls. The food here is surprisingly delicious and cheap considering its central location. At night, it's busy with locals looking for after-hours drinks and tapas. You will visit this place if you go on a Spanish culinary tour, and it is well worth a visit. It is open from 10 AM to midnight.

El Rastro flea market

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

This is one of the largest markets in Europe and is scattered across the streets between Plaza Mayor and Puerta de Toledo, with nearly 1000 stalls selling antiques, books, jewelry and clothing. It opens at 7 AM and lasts until 2:30 pm.

Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

Coming to this Madrid tourist destination, you can learn about the country through its cuisine and traditions. You can explore all over Huertas and get a literal and figurative taste for almost every aspect of the Spanish diet. From churros with chocolate to ham made with acorn seeds to cheese, tapas or drinks, you really get it all with interesting stories, histories and travel tips.

Gran Vía

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

Gran Vía is like Madrid's Broadway, a large ornate boulevard that runs along the center and near the famous Plaza del Sol. But even though it's big, it's easy for you to turn down a side road and get lost for hours here. In addition, Gran Vía has every big store you could want, like lots of Zara, Mango and everything else for fashionista.

Prado Museum

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

Prado is Spain's largest art museum. This Madrid tourist destination will definitely feel like an art pilgrimage. It is also one of the leading art galleries in the world that boasts works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch, among others.

Buen Retiro Park

Discover the most famous tourist attractions of Madrid

El Parque del Buen Retiro is a large old public park in the center of Madrid. As a nature lover, you will be happy to find a large green space like this in the city’s center.

There's a lake that you can paddle around, lots of gardens and terraces where you can sit in the sun, or take a nap on the grass after a long morning at nearby museums.

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