Weekend in Madrid


A unique city, full of history, culture, art, historical architecture and also avant-garde and with great fashion centers. One of the cities with the greatest nightlife in Europe.

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Puerta del Sol


The nerve center of Madrid

  • A large part of the capital's main pedestrian streets start from the Plaza Mayor: Arenal, Montera and Preciados streets take you to Gran Vía and Plaza de Callao.


  • The streets to the south of Puerta del Sol are Calle del Correo or Esparteros, which lead to the squares of Santa Cruz and the Province. And the pedestrian Carretas street that takes you to Plaza Jacinto Benavente and Plaza Santa Ana, the most prominent in the area.


  • The other famous street that leaves from Puerta del Sol, is Calle de Alcalá that takes you to Puerta de Alcalá.


  • Puerta del Sol is, together with the Plaza Mayor and Plaza Cibeles, one of the most important and well-known spots in all of Spain.


  • Kilometer zero, the Clock of the Post Office, where the chimes of twelve at night welcome the new year, along with thousands of people.


  • The monument of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, more than representative of the city, is part of its coat of arms. Another detail is the ever present Tío Pepe poster.


  • The statue of Mariblanca next to the start of Calle del Arenal, is a copy of the original one that can be seen in Casa de la Villa.


  • We begin our weekend in Madrid at its Puerta del Sol, the zero kilometer of Spanish roads, the place where the new year is received. You will pass a thousand times here and you will always find something to discover.


  • Sol station is the nerve center in Madrid and from here you can travel by train or metro to different places in the city and its surroundings.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Plaza del Callao


One of the busiest squares in the world

  • To get here from Puerta del Sol you can do it on foot because it is only a few minutes, you can take any of the pedestrian streets that start at Puerta del Sol, but the most recommended is Preciados street.


  • On the top floor of the Corte Inglés building, you have one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Madrid.


  • In the center of the square there is a tourist information service open every day of the year, where you can get all the information you need to visit the city.


  • If we take the Plaza de Callao as a reference, to the right we will have the most commercial area. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the shops even if you do not intend to buy, many of them are old theaters or historical buildings that are worth visiting.


  • The Capitol Building, one of the most representative buildings in the square, is known for being part of some scenes from Spanish films such as the famous El día de la Bestia.


  • Also department stores specialized in technology, movies, music and books overlook the Plaza de Callao.


  • If you face the Gran Vía in the middle of the square, on your left you will find the Opera and Plaza España area, Madrid's Broadway, cinemas, theaters and the best musicals in the city. Towards your right you will come to the neighborhoods of Malasaña, Chueca and Alcalá.


  • We continue our route to Plaza de Callao, one of the most central and busiest areas in all of Madrid, since it converges on Gran Vía. The buildings that surround it have a great personality.


  • Gran Vía is one of the most recognized streets in the city, to visit by day and night, it offers us the best shopping and leisure alternatives in the city.


  • Accompanied throughout its journey by large elegant and ancient buildings preserved to perfection, which make our walk pleasant.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Fuente de Cibeles


The most famous of all sources in Madrid

  • The fountain is in a magnificent location, you get to it from various points in the city, through Gran Vía, Paseo del Prado, Calle Alcalá and Paseo de Recoletos.


  • It is one of the most photographed places in the city, feel comfortable taking endless photos here.


  • The Fuente de Cibeles, designed by Ventura Rodríguez in 1782, represents the goddess Cibeles on a chariot drawn by lions.


  • In its beginnings, the fountain was placed in front of the Buenavista Palace, looking towards the Neptune fountain. It supplied water to the people of Madrid until 1895, when it was transferred to the center of the Plaza de Cibeles, becoming the emblem that it remains today.


  • Around the fountain we find part of the most representative buildings of the city, such as the palaces of Cibeles, Linares, Buenavista and the Bank of Spain. Each of them belongs to a different neighborhood in Madrid.


  • You will be enjoying the most emblematic of all the fountains of the city and the country, the Plaza de Cibeles, the fountain with its imposing carriage, the buildings that accompany it and the intersections of the most recognized streets of the city, make this a lovely site.


  • That is why this is the most remarkable tourist landmark in Madrid. The same where Real Madrid fans gather to celebrate their great triumphs.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Palacio de Comunicaciones


The most modern palace in Madrid

  • A building that is recommended to visit inside and outside, since it is one of the most photographed in the city next to the Cibeles fountain.


  • From the viewpoint on the eighth floor of the central tower, and from the restaurant at the top, you have great views of the city. For the viewpoint you must pay an entrance fee.


  • It is interesting to visit its cultural center that houses exhibitions, reading rooms and artistic exploration, you can even consult the daily press. It has a bookstore, cafeteria and cultural and tourist information office.


  • The formerly known as Palacio de Comunicaciones, is one of the most representative in the history of Madrid.


  • Throughout its entire façade there are numerous vertices, initially designed as supports for the telegraph wires, shields and figures.


  • The white color of the facade is due to the use of white Novelda stone.


  • The grandiose entrance staircase and the main hall are particularly striking.


  • The Madrid City Council is a modern palace that is very different from the traditional palaces of the world, located in a very typical and busy corner of the capital.


  • Viewpoint: € 2.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: El Mirador is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, and between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The Palacio de Cibeles restaurant and the terrace bar, from Monday to Sunday, from 10 to 2 in the morning. Town Hall, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed every Monday.


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Puerta de Alcalá


The great gate of Madrid

  • If you walk down Calle Alcalá from Puerta del Sol, on this tour you will previously pass by the Metropolis building, the most recognized in the city, and by the Bank of Spain, a traditional building.


  • The Cibeles fountain, Paseo de Recoletos, El Retiro Park and the Archaeological Museum are very close to here, they all deserve to be seen.


  • The Puerta de Alcalá has been one of the five entrances that the walled city had and was built during the reign of Carlos III between 1769 and 1778, it is an emblem of the city and a landmark.


  • It was the first arch-shaped door to be built after the fall of the Roman Empire, being a model for other great emblems such as the Arc de Triomphe or the Brandenburg Gate.


  • It is located in the roundabout of the Plaza de la Independencia, in front of one of the entrances to the El Retiro park, between the Salamanca and Retiro neighborhoods.


  • After the Spanish Civil War, it served as a mass altar for the celebration of the “liberation of Madrid”.


  • We now continue our way to reach the Puerta de Alcalá. The main entrance to the walled city and the most imposing of all, its image is extremely grand and remains with the beauty of the first day.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Parque El Retiro


The largest park in the capital

  • You can get here by walking through the multiple routes, as it has 17 entrances. Each of them offers you a different ride and they are all very beautiful.


  • It has 125 hectares and more than 15,000 trees. Among its gardens, the Vivaces garden, the Cecilio Rodríguez gardens, the gardens of the Architect Herrero Palacios, the Rose Garden and the French Parterre with the Calvo Cypress stand out.


  • The Crystal Palace is one of the main examples of iron architecture in Spain. And the Palacio de Velázquez, both currently function as exhibition halls.


  • El Estanque Grande offers you various activities, such as rowing boats, solar boats and the Municipal School of Canoeing.


  • It contains large sculptures and prominent fountains. Like the statue of the Fallen Angel, the only sculpture in the world to the devil. The Paseo Argentina is the most characteristic.


  • Special mention should be made of La Ermita de San Pelayo and San Isidoro and the Puppet Theater.


  • It is time to enjoy El Retiro, the most representative, largest and oldest park in Madrid. It is one of the favorite places for locals and tourists to go for a walk, do outdoor activities or simply relax in the lung of the city.


  • If you go with children, it is an ideal place since you can enjoy with them one of the many play areas of the Park.


  • Throughout the park you will find toilets and public services and small places to have a drink.


  • The tour inside the park offers you various places of interest from parks, museums and activities.


  • If you are passionate about botany and the specimens of yesteryear, be sure to visit the ahuehuete, probably the oldest tree in Madrid, around 400 years old.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: every day from April to September 6 to 24 hours and from October to March 6 to 22 hours.


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Palacio de Cristal


Dazzling palace in Retiro Park

  • Touring the palace and admiring it from the outside is a very beautiful experience.


  • It is a great place to take pictures outside.


  • You will always have the opportunity to see a free temporary exhibition at the Museo Reina Sofía, which I recommend not to miss.


  • It was created in 1887 as a greenhouse that housed an exhibition of tropical flora dedicated to the Philippine Islands.


  • The palace is made up of three spaces, in its center a large dome almost 23 meters high.


  • Its last reform was carried out in 1975, since then it looks like this.


  • The palace is surrounded by a beautiful artificial lake, a waterfall and a bridge where you can take some wonderful photos.


  • It has operated since 1990 as one of the headquarters of the Reina Sofía contemporary art museum.


  • We continue in the Retiro Park and now move to the Palacio de Cristal, an old greenhouse that today functions as a particularly beautiful exhibition center thanks to its glass structure.


  • Undoubtedly the most elegant and beautiful corner of the entire park.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: From November to March from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From April to September 10 to 22 hours. From 1-30 October 10 to 19 hours. On Tuesdays it is closed for visits.


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Cuesta de Moyano


An open air book market

  • If you are looking for a particular book or a specific edition, consult the booksellers, they have many books that are not exposed.


  • The offer of books is very wide and they are generally very cheap books, there are second-hand books, new books, old books and even books that you will only find here.


  • Some booths offer very particular books like booth 16 has a collection of 60 books with funny covers; in the 27 books with more than 50 years of antiquity in the 17 brings books not distributed in Spain of Latin American authors of the XX century; and booth 11 collects and sells everything about Moby Dick, this site is highly valued by fans of reading and if you are, you cannot miss it.


  • The slope is next to the Botanical Garden, the Glorieta de Carlos V and the Retiro Park, it is a small pedestrian street, full of booths where books are sold.


  • It dates back to 1925, when some wooden huts were set up here with very few amenities exclusively for books.


  • The market is made up of at least 30 stalls where books of all literary styles, comics and magazines are bought and sold.


  • The statue of a great of the Spanish letters, accompanies the bookstores, Pio Baroja.


  • We continue our tour of one of the most beloved corners of Madrid by the locals and that tourists enjoy as they pass, the Cuesta de Moyano book market, where you will find great treasures.


  • It is one of the most charming corners of the city, you will discover it yourself.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Sunday from: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía


The house of Guernica

  • It has additional services such as a library, elevators, a restaurant and audio guides.


  • The museum also has two locations, one in the Velázquez Palace and the other in the Crystal Palace, both in the Retiro Park, which host temporary exhibitions.


  • On the museum's website you will find details about the visits and its permanent and temporary exhibitions.


  • Also by obtaining the ticket online you have a discount on the cost of it.


  • We recommend visiting the website before organizing the visit, there are certain times for some exhibitions and the option of a guided tour.


  • The Museum offers a journey through the history of contemporary Spanish art divided into three different itineraries: The irruption of the 20th century: utopias and conflicts (1900-1945) Is the war over? Art for a divided world (1945-1968) From revolt to postmodernity (1962-1982)


  • The star of the museum is El Guernica, one of Picasso's most important paintings, where the pain of the victims of the bombing of Guernica on April 27, 1937 is expressed.


  • It has more than 30,000 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photographs and artistic installations.


  • The prestigious work of Picasso is accompanied by works by Miró, Dalí, Juan Gris, Delaunay, Braque, Yves Klein, Motherwell and Bacon, among other authors.


  • We started our afternoon at the Paseo del Arte, where three great museums stand out, the Reina Sofía Museum being one of them.


  • It is a great museum where incredible and important paintings are housed, standing out above all Picasso's Guernica, works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris who accompany it.


  • On Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., admission is free, in the same way on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


  • General admission, collection and temporary exhibitions: € 10 Free: Monday to Saturday, except Tuesday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Free: every day at all times the entrance to the Retiro Park headquarters.


  • 91 774 1000


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday and Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The whole museum is open, from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., only itinerary 1 and an exhibition are open temporary, the rest of the Museum will be closed. Tuesday closed, including holidays.


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Real Basílica Nuestra Señora de Atocha


Atocha, the protector of the Kings

  • From our previous point we walk in about ten minutes along the Paseo de Atocha and Avenida Ciudad de Barcelona, if you wish the closest metro station is Menéndez Pelayo (line 1), if you prefer is the car, you have a parking steps from the basilica.


  • We recommend paying special attention inside the basilica to the stained glass windows that represent the mysteries of the Rosary.


  • The wooden sculpture of Santo Domingo de Guzmán also deserves special mention.


  • The mural painting of the Good Shepherd, which you will find at the end of the hall of the confessional, is not to be missed.


  • At the exit to the cloister, at the end of the church, you find a crucified Christ, very worthy of admiration.


  • It was in 1863 at the request of Queen Elizabeth II, that Pope Pius IX consecrated it as a basilica and it is one of the six that the city has.


  • Its current building dates from 1951 in the central nave, it has a height of 13.25 meters in which the stained glass windows of a modern interpretation of the Romanesque style stand out and that represent the mysteries of the Rosary according to a design by the painter Carlos Pascual de Lara. It was rebuilt, after the fires suffered during the Spanish Civil War.


  • The Virgin of Atocha, is the oldest patron of the city, venerated since Visigoth times. She has always been considered the protector of the kings of Spain and the patron saint of the monarchy.


  • The Kings maintain the tradition where the queens and princesses must go to present the princes and infants before the Virgin after their birth. So did Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía with their children and the same did Don Felipe and Doña Leticia with Leonor and Sofía.


  • We continue in one of the most important and beloved basilicas in Madrid, the one dedicated to the Virgin of Atocha. Sober, elegant and outstanding, its floors and stained glass windows deserve special attention.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sundays and solemnities from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


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Museo Nacional del Prado


The most important museum in Spain

  • Located on the Paseo del Prado, one of the most beautiful streets in the city and a few minutes from our previous point.


  • It is a highly crowded museum, so it is advisable to purchase your ticket in advance on its website.


  • The ticket includes a visit to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and is valid for the whole day. In the case of temporary exhibitions with capacity control, it is necessary to acquire the corresponding time pass.


  • It is considered the most important art museum in Europe and is among the most visited museums in the world. Its neoclassical building, built at the end of the 18th century, was practically destroyed by the French invasion. During the Civil War almost all of his works were transferred to Geneva to be preserved and returned to their original museum once completed.


  • It contains 35,000 objects including more than 8,000 paintings, 10,000 drawings and 6,000 engravings.


  • They stand out, Las Meninas de Velázquez; The Garden of the Delights of El Bosco; The Forge of Vulcano by Velázquez; The Three Graces of Rubens Boys on the beach of Sorolla; The gentleman with the hand on El Greco's chest; Goya's naked maja; The Cardinal of Rafael; David Victor from Goliath by Caravaggio.


  • We finished our afternoon of art in one of the most important museums in the world, a container of unpublished works, temporary and permanent exhibitions that attract thousands of daily visitors.


  • From Monday to Saturday from 18 to 20 and Sundays and holidays from 17 to 19, the entrance to the museum is free.


  • General admission € 15. Free: Monday to Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 5 to 7 p.m., admission to the museum is free.


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: From 10:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday From 10:00 to 19:00 on Sundays.


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Plaza de Santa Ana


Santa Ana and El Angel, night in the letters

  • Santa Ana is a place to enjoy on one of its many terraces, one night it is charming.


  • You can also enjoy a very pleasant moment on the terrace of the prominent hotel in the square if you coincide when it is open.


  • After enjoying a delicious dinner, drink or coffee here, it is recommended to take a tour until you reach the Plaza del Ángel.


  • Pay special attention to the floor of the Plaza del Ángel and you will discover a secret of it.


  • Santa Ana is not a site of great monuments or fountains, like other squares in the city, but it has a supreme charm, it is beautiful by day, all illuminated at night, beautiful.


  • Santa Ana combines culture and leisure, since 1810, when King José I Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother, ordered it to be built, demolishing an old convent.


  • In the square the Spanish Theater stands out, the unmissable photo of Madrid when it is illuminated. The monument to Calderón de la Barca and the simple statue of García Lorca.


  • Plaza del Ángel, is on an old convent from 1660, where there was a precious painting of the Holy Guardian Angel and hence its name.


  • In this square you will not be able to avoid that your eyes deviate towards a corner, and there is a great hotel there, which takes you directly to Plaza Santa Ana. 200 years ago it was a very famous palace for its selective festivals.


  • We save for tonight a wonderful place in Madrid. You cannot say that you have been to Madrid if you have not visited Plaza Santa Ana. It will be enough for you to know it to assert this statement.


  • Barely 300 meters away we find the Plaza del Ángel, who gives one hand to the Plaza Santa Ana and another hand to the Plaza Jacinto Benavente, this square that may seem unnoticed, is a square with a lot of identity and endless secrets.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Barrio de las Letras


The neighborhood of the great writers of the golden age

  • In the entire traffic-free zone, you will not be able to access or park your car here, but if you wish, you have an underground car park in Plaza Jacinto Benavente.


  • It is recommended to take a walk through Calle Huertas, accompanied on your journey by well-known fragments of works by the best authors of Spanish literature, written on the ground.


  • If you are fond of reading, there are bookstores where you can find very old copies, art galleries, decoration and antique shops.


  • On the first Saturday of each month, the Mercado de las Ranas is organized, where local merchants take their products to the streets and offer special promotions, while concerts and street theater enliven the atmosphere. If you agree on your trip, it is a tour that I recommend you do.


  • It is the place where some of the most distinguished writers of the Golden Age of Spanish Letters resided during their years in Madrid, such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Quevedo and Tirso de Molina.


  • Plaza Santa Ana, is the neuralgic center of the neighborhood where you find the statues of Calderón de la Barca and Federico García Lorca, and the Spanish Theater. Calle Álvarez Gato famous for appearing in a passage of Luces de Bohemia, a theatrical work by Valle-Inclán.


  • The Lope de Vega House Museum, the Convent of the Trinitarias, where the tomb of Cervantes is located, stand out within the neighborhood.


  • Plaza Jacinto Benavente, Calle Cruz and Carrera de San Jerónimo and Calle Atocha.


  • We will start the day in the Barrio de las Letras, it is one of the most charming and attractive places in Madrid. It is located in the heart of the city center. And it is lovely both day and night to enjoy walking very quietly.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Plaza Jacinto Benavente, Calle Cruz and Carrera de San Jerónimo and Calle Atocha.


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Plaza Mayor


The most outstanding main square in Spain

  • You can get to it on foot since it is in the heart of Madrid. If you do it from Puerta del Sol, taking the main street towards Bailén street, you will find several entrances to the square, accompanied by small pedestrian streets full of shops.


  • At Christmas the most important Christmas market in Madrid is installed. If you visit the city at that time, you cannot miss it.


  • On Sundays and public holidays in the morning, the stamp collecting and coin collectors market is set up, which is recommended to visit.


  • The square is a great place to make a short stop on your journey and enjoy its terraces and bars.


  • Imposing with its 120 meters long and 94 wide, it is accessed through 10 different entrances, which you will recognize by its large arches.


  • Historic shops from the last century and the house where Pedro Calderón de la Barca lived (the smallest in Madrid) are part of its charm.


  • The most relevant building in the square is the Casa de la Panadería, which is located on its north side, built simultaneously with the square, in 1590.


  • On the other side of the square is the Casa de la Carnicería, a former general meat store.


  • In the middle of the square, the statue of Felipe III, is one of the most characteristic meeting points of the city.


  • Next to it you will find the Mercado de San Miguel, another highlight of the city, an old market that today contains an attractive gastronomic offer.


  • The Plaza Mayor in Madrid is undoubtedly its most prominent place.


  • The mother of all the squares in the country and one of the most beautiful of all. A cozy place every day of the year.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Mercado de san Miguel


The culinary cultural center of Madrid

  • The market offers high quality products and elaboration, with a very good price-quality ratio.


  • You will not only find stalls where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables and fish. This market also has a great offer of food and drinks to taste.


  • Typical international food, fresh fish, and according to the best oysters, you will try them here.


  • It is a place that is always well visited by locals and tourists, noon and night are the moments where the most public is concentrated.


  • In addition, the Market sometimes serves as a space for conferences, recitals and concerts.


  • This market is one of the main attractions in Madrid, with its dual function as a traditional market and a tapas market.


  • Its building is a large iron structure inaugurated in 1916, where a church previously existed.


  • The stalls and their offers are varied and constantly renewed, currently the kitchen includes chefs with a Michelin star.


  • It is the last iron market that exists today in the city, its glazing gives the last charm that the site lacks, which since 2000 has been a Site of Cultural Interest in the Monument category.


  • Our tour takes us to the Mercado de San Miguel, a distinguished one of the city. The market of the Spanish markets.


  • A place where you can let yourself be carried away by the sight and aroma of all the foods that make it up, as well as a very pleasant place to have an aperitif right there.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 10 to 24 hours. Friday, Saturday and the eve of holidays from 10 to 1 in the morning.


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Plaza de la Villa


The most medieval corner of Madrid

  • At the foot of our route along Calle Mayor, we find the entrance to this square, which I recommend you visit.


  • The buildings that you will see here are some of the most outstanding medieval buildings that still remain in the capital.


  • Some of the oldest streets of Madrid emerge from the interior of the square, the very narrow Calle del Codo to the east, Calle del Cordón to the south and Calle de Madrid to the west below the elevated walkway between the Casa de la Villa and the House of Cisneros.


  • The square, which houses the excellently preserved buildings, has in its center a monument to Don Álvaro de Bazán.


  • This square has had different purposes throughout history, municipal meetings, the town jail, a wheat warehouse, a butcher's house and a supply market for residents.


  • But its historical importance is given by the fact that originally in 1693 it housed the town hall of the city of Madrid.


  • We continue in another of the most visited points of the city, the square where time has not passed, the most medieval in the Capital, an enchanted place, where there is no place for shops.


  • In this place you can see three old buildings of the city: Casa y Torre de los Lujanes (XV century), Casa de Cisneros (XVI century) and Casa de la Villa (XVII century).


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Iglesia Catredral de las Fuerzas Armadas


A retailer and much loved church in the city

  • Right next to it you find the Palace of the Dukes of Uceda.


  • Do not forget to stop inside, which has a dazzling decoration attached to its distinguished dome.


  • Another great detail to keep an eye on inside is its tall columns topped with delicate ornaments that match the entrance of light.


  • Its origin dates back to the founding of the Bernardas Nuns Convent in 1616, it is also known as the Church of Sacramento.


  • The initial project in the form of a Latin cross corresponds to Juan Gómez de Mora. It has a simple façade configured around a central relief that represents the glorification of San Bernardo. The ceiling of the portico houses a painting of angels playing.


  • On Good Friday, the Christ of the Halberdiers leaves the Royal Palace and, after a tour of the Madrid de los Austrias, returns to its place in the Cathedral of the Armed Forces, it is one of the most important processions in the city.


  • We continue our steps to now see the Cathedral of the Armed Forces, a large church that stands out in sight, but has its greatest charm inside it.


  • Free


  • 15 min - 30 min


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: opening, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Masses, Monday through Friday and Sunday from 9:30 am and 7:30 pm. Saturdays and the eve of holidays, 7:30 p.m.


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Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena


The patron saint of Madrid

  • You can get to La Almudena as everyone knows it in Madrid, walking from Calle Mayor, or through Calle Bailen, both from the crossing of the Segovia viaduct or if you come through the Opera area, keep in mind that here you will not be able to to park the car.


  • Inside the Cathedral there are many other chapels on the sides, among which the Baptistery stands out, which I recommend you to know in detail.


  • Its stained glass windows are very beautiful, they reveal its modernity, another great highlight.


  • Keep in mind that the Cathedral cannot be visited during worship celebrations, other than the mass site itself.


  • This cathedral, unlike most cathedrals, has a North-South orientation. Its main facade faces the southern facade of the Palace.


  • It is the most modern cathedral in Spain and was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993, the first consecrated by a Pope outside of Rome.


  • Its dome is part of your visit if you wish and has perfect views of the Royal Palace armory square halfway up. Its maximum view is outside the dome with a 360-degree view of the entire city.


  • It also has a Museum, the images of the patrons of the city, the Virgin of Almudena and San Isidro Labrador.


  • It has an independent crypt, made up of more than 400 columns and also houses 20 chapels such as the one dedicated to the Virgen del Rosario.


  • To end our morning we pass to the Almudena Cathedral, which is next to the Royal Palace a postcard of Madrid that you cannot miss, this imposing Cathedral is surprising from the inside and is in total harmony with the Palace that it looks at and accompanies.


  • Free entry to the Cathedral and the Crypt. Joint Museum and Dome ticket € 6.


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., the months of July and August its closure extends until 9 p.m. The museum and the dome can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With La Cripta you can freely visit every day from 10 am to 8 pm.


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Palacio Real de Madrid


One of the largest Royal Palaces in the world

  • The Royal Theater, the Plaza de Oriente, the Almudena Cathedral and the Sabatini and Moro Gardens, accompany the Palace in its surroundings. All these sites hide great interests and are worth visiting.


  • You can visit the Royal Palace with guided tours throughout the year or make your visit freely.


  • If you have the possibility, do not miss the opportunity to see the changing of the guard that takes place every Wednesday from October to July at 11 in the morning.


  • This palace was built on the Palace of the Habsburgs, destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 1734, seventeen years later King Carlos III was the first to inhabit it.


  • With an area of 135,000 square meters and 3,418 rooms, almost double that of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Versailles, it is the largest royal palace in Western Europe and one of the largest in the world.


  • Despite being the official residence of the Kings, it has not been inhabited since Alfonso XIII at the beginning of the 20th century.


  • Currently it is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies and official events.


  • The visit includes Official Rooms, the throne room, the Royal Armory, armor, shields and weapons of all kinds that constitute one of the most important collections in the world. Real Pharmacy.


  • Our afternoon begins in this wonderful and dazzling palace, history and tradition will embrace you as soon as you enter it.


  • It is visited by more than a million people a year.


  • Inside the Palace you will find a very nice and accessible cafeteria.


  • Adults: € 11. (Guided visit € 14). Students, over 65 and under 16: € 6.


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: From October to March every day from 10 am to 6 pm. From April to September: every day: from 10 am to 8 pm.


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Jardines de Sabatini


The green that accompanies the Royal Palace

  • The best way to fully contemplate the gardens is from the railing on Calle Bailén, which will allow us a panoramic view and the best place to get photos of their entirety.


  • After the photo session, enjoy the gardens visiting each of its corners below.


  • Surrounding the pond are statues of ancient Spanish kings, pay attention to them.


  • The gardens are located on the north face of the Royal Palace and share its east side with the Plaza de Oriente. On the west side, under the cornice, are the Campo del Moro Gardens.


  • Its large rectangular pond in the center of the Garden, surrounded by fountains, trees and white marble sculptures, stand out in their beauty.


  • They were created in 1930 in the place occupied by the stables built by Sabatini for the Royal Palace, hence their name.


  • Leaving the Royal Palace we find the Sabatini Gardens next to it. A garden in which even the smallest detail was taken into account in its construction so as not to break the harmony necessary to accompany the Royal Palace.


  • It is a beautiful place at all times of the day, but if you have the possibility, you will enjoy great sunsets here.


  • Free


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: October-April from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from May-September from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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Templo de Debod


The best sunsets in Madrid

  • It is located behind the Plazas España and de Oriente, on Ferraz street. If you want to get there by metro, the best options are the Plaza de España and Ventura Rodríguez stops (lines 3 and 10).


  • It is a place to visit at any time of the day, but if you have the possibility to do it before sunset, you will be able to appreciate the details in the graffiti of the temple.


  • From the viewpoint at the end of the park there is one of the most beautiful views of the southeast of the capital.


  • The entrance to the temple at times is usually suspended, but this does not prevent you from being able to observe and appreciate its beauty from the outside and get to know the park that surrounds it.


  • It was originally built around 200 BC in honor of the gods Amun and Isis. Originally, it was located on the banks of the Nile River, in the Nubian desert in southern Egypt.


  • It was finished building and decorating during the mandate of the emperors Augustus, Tiberius and Hadrian, later being forgotten.


  • In 1968, it was dismantled stone by stone and brought to Spain as a gesture of appreciation to the Spanish archaeologists who worked to save the monuments after the Lake Nasser flood. It was inaugurated in 1972 in its new Madrid location.


  • The temple was placed in such a way as to preserve the exact same orientation as in its place of origin, from east to west.


  • To end the day we will have the privilege of knowing a place with the best sunsets in the city, in the city itself and without having to climb to the height of the viewpoints, this is the essential place for it, if you add history to that More than two thousand years old, this site has become unique.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Debod Park and Exterior of the Temple 24 hours. Inside the temple from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Last access 15 minutes before closing.


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La Latina


A great area for a night out

  • The Cava Alta and Cava Baja stand out where you will find bars and restaurants and places with live music, totally recommended and with more than 300 bars in just a few streets.


  • This night area of Las Cavas is a secret for many tourists, not everyone takes it into account, since not everyone has it on their route.


  • One of the emblematic places in the area is the Berlin Cabaret, from Monday to Thursday it displays all the fantasy of its provocative shows.


  • Flamenco has its space with several established venues. One of the best tablaos in the city is located here, El Corral de Morería.


  • One of the most beautiful parts of the area is Las Vistillas, here with views of the Almudena, you will find places to eat and have a drink.


  • The La Latina neighborhood is one of the oldest and most charismatic in Madrid. Its streets preserve the layout of that Villa from 1656.


  • La Latina stands out among other places when it comes to nightlife. It has large and renowned theaters, tablaos, and trendy restaurants.


  • Any place in La Latina can be welcoming to LGTBI people, in fact, its streets are known as Little Chueca. Some spaces stand out for their tradition of respect for diverse sexualities.


  • We dedicate this night to the La Latina area, a lively area at any time of day but especially in the late evening when its terraces and tapas bars invite you to spend a pleasant time.


  • Late at night, you will find here, the famous La Latina Theater, many cocktail bars, discos and flamenco tablaos.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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El Rastro


The largest open air market in Spain

  • It is a market that is worth visiting even if there is not much shopping done.


  • The usual starting point for the Rastro is the Plaza de Cascorro, on Calle Ribera de los Curtidores, where the statue of Eloy Gonzalo stands. Taking this square as its vertex, the Rastro extends through the triangle formed by Toledo Street, Embajadores Street and Ronda de Toledo


  • Throughout its tour it is accompanied by bars and restaurants where you can enjoy some tapas to regain energy.


  • El Rastro is one of the largest open air markets in the world. Some 100,000 people a day come to visit it, most of them from Madrid, beyond being a real tourist spot.


  • Here you will find endless second-hand or new items for sale, often objects that can only be found here.


  • Jewelry, hardware, books, magazines, fashion accessories, electronics, clothing, kitchen items, auto parts, paintings, fans, old furniture, candles, umbrellas, watches, and an endless list of things.


  • The lowest part of the Rastro, the one closest to the Puerta de Toledo, gathers those interested in exchanging stickers and other objects. The stalls in this square are full of used books, magazines, music and film CDs and vinyls.


  • There is no Sunday without the Rastro, therefore, our tour cannot begin anywhere other than this immense market in the streets of the La Latina neighborhood.


  • Practically everything that can be sold is sold in this market.


  • It is a market that is worth visiting even if there is not much shopping done.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: every Sunday and holidays in the morning, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.


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Teleférico de Madrid - Estación Rosales


The city from the air

  • You can get there on foot from our previous point, for a journey of about 30 minutes, or if you prefer, the nearest metro stations are Argüelles (L3, L4, L6), Batán and Lago (L10), the latter in Casa de Countryside. It is also very easily reached by walking through the Roselada park.


  • If you wish, you can take your bicycle on the Cable Car without paying any supplement, you just have to inform the box office and they will adapt a cabin, it is a great idea, because in Casa de Campo, the next point of the route you can enjoy it, and Madrid counts with a large network of rental bikes.


  • The starting station is at Paseo Pintor Rosales, where it intersects with Calle Marqués de Urquijo and Paseo de Camones. The arrival station is in the center of Casa de Campo.


  • The Cable Car flies over the greenest part of the city where all its beauty can be appreciated from above, it is one of the most typical attractions that Madrid offers us.


  • It has 80 cabins, with capacity for six people. It takes 11 minutes to complete the journey, where it travels a distance of 2,457 meters reaching a maximum height of 40 meters, at the same time, a locution tells us what we are seeing about the city.


  • From the cabin we will see the Parque del Oeste and the Rosaleda, the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral, as well as the Torre de Madrid and the Edificio España, emerging from the Plaza de España and the Temple of Debod.


  • The Manzanares River, the Casa de Campo and the Sierra de Madrid, accompany in the background. Finally, the amusement park.


  • Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices of the Rosales and Casa de Campo stations.


  • Our tour now takes us on the cable car of the city, the moving viewpoint that Madrid has and that allows us to have a view of a large part of the city.


  • Adults: € 4.50, € 6.00 round trip. Junior (4 to 12 years old): € 4.00, round trip € 5.00. Infant (Under 4 years old), free.


  • 30 min - 1 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: Its opening hours are from 12 noon, its closing varies according to the days between 7 and 9 p.m. It is recommended to monitor your website.


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Casa de Campo


One of the largest urban parks in the world

  • It is recommended to arrive here by cable car to add another attraction to your visit, you can also arrive by metro through the stations, Batán (L10), Casa de Campo (L5, L10) and Lago (L10), but you should know that the The journey by metro is longer than by cable car.


  • The complex is made up of different attractions, the Amusement Park, the Casa de Campo Lake, the Zoo, fairgrounds, the Madrid Arena multipurpose pavilion, but the Lake is the most frequented area, then the amusement park and the zoo , depending on your available time.


  • The Lake is surrounded by places to buy drinks and food to enjoy a break right here.


  • The park is attached to Monte de El Pardo and its extension is five times bigger than Central Park in New York.


  • The Casa de Campo was the historic property of the Spanish Crown and a royal hunting ground, and later in 1931 it was ceded to the town and became a public park.


  • The Lago sector is one of the most visited due to its easy access by car and its proximity to the Lago subway station. It has a jetty where it is possible to rent pleasure boats or get on a small motor boat.


  • We finished our morning in Casa de Campo, the largest urban park in the city.


  • A great leisure alternative awaits us at this site, which also allows us to rest and enjoy nature.


  • It is one of the most popular places for outdoor sports, walks, picnics. In summer its pool is one of the most attended in the city.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Hours: 24 hours. The entrances to the Zoo, Amusement Park, Paseo de Extremadura and the Lake area are closed from 01:00 - 06:00 hours.


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Argüelles


The Princess of tourist areas

  • Its main commercial nucleus is found at the junction with Alberto Aguilera street, right at the Argüelles metro station.


  • Here you will find all kinds of commercial offers, especially clothing, electronics, large and recognized brands, and a great alternative in restaurants, since it is also a prominent night area.


  • A different one in the area is the Museo del Traje, which traces the history of clothing from the 16th century to the present day, and has a restaurant and a pleasant outdoor terrace, I recommend you visit it and enjoy a coffee here.


  • The tourist area of Princesa is really very large and it is not only a very commercial area but we can find many attractions that make your visit indispensable.


  • On the way we will find the Arc de Triomphe, the Air Force Headquarters and the Moncloa Lighthouse.


  • The Plaza de España, an essential part of the city, but which today is completely closed due to a major reform that is being carried out and its opening is scheduled for February 2021.


  • Ferraz streets, Paseo del Pintor Rosales, and Alberto Aguilera street are great companions on your journey.


  • In this same area is also the Palacio de la Moncloa, headquarters and official residence of the President of the Government of Spain.


  • We start the afternoon with a walking tour, on Calle Princesa, a great shopping street to explore that is also surrounded by great historical buildings.


  • Calle Princesa is nothing more and nothing less than Gran Vía, past Plaza España and extends to Moncloa station.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Chueca


The neighborhood of colors and fun

  • The streets of Barquillo, Hortaleza and Fuencarral, are the highlights in Chueca and its indisputable meeting point, recommended to visit all of them.


  • Around Augusto Figueroa street, there are sample shoe stores where it is possible to find loose pairs of footwear from other seasons at very attractive prices, another point on the map that you should not overlook.


  • Another recommended is the visit to the San Antón Market, with its terraced restaurant, it is a great attraction and a perfect place to end the afternoon with a delicious aperitif.


  • Chueca is not only nightlife and fun, art and history are also part of this neighborhood.


  • The Museum of Romanticism, houses an interesting collection of paintings, furniture and decorative arts from the 19th century, representative of the cultural, political and daily life of Romantic Madrid, is another highlight of Chueca.


  • The Palacio de Longoria, one of the few completely modernist buildings that exists in Madrid crowned with an impressive iron and glass dome, deserves a visit through its door.


  • The House of the Seven Chimneys, current headquarters of the Ministry of Culture, is another of the places to consider in this neighborhood.


  • The LGTBI Pride Festivities Madrid, in Chueca are recognized throughout the world, they adorn the neighborhood with colors every summer.


  • We finish our Sunday afternoon, in the most colorful neighborhood of the city, shops, culture, outstanding cuisine and the inevitable fun accompany Chueca, known worldwide for being a very cosmopolitan neighborhood and one of the favorites of the LGTBI community.


  • Walking around the neighborhood, you will find a large number of hostels, designer shops and a great variety of cuisine, where traditional bars and restaurants mix with modern ones aimed at the gay public, especially on Hortaleza street.


  • Free


  • 2 h - 4 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


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Plaza del Dos de Mayo


An old neighborhood, but very modern and bohemian

  • It is a neighborhood to walk almost necessarily, with small streets that are born as labyrinths, pedestrian streets and squares.


  • The terraces are a hallmark of this neighborhood, most of them are concentrated in the Dos de Mayo, San Ildefonso and Plaza de la Luna squares.


  • Calle del Pez is the new star with dozens of very trendy bars.


  • Formed by Gran Vía to the south, Fuencarral street to the east, Carranza street to the north and San Bernardo street to the west.


  • Its most commercial area is Fuencarral street, a neighbor of the Chueca neighborhood.


  • The protagonists of the Plaza Dos de Mayo are small shops dedicated to vintage fashion, both first and second hand, or to comics.


  • A characteristic note of the Malasaña neighborhood is that you come across some sculptures at street level, as if they were just another stroller.


  • You will notice that you are in Malasaña, even if you don't have a map in hand, this is the neighborhood with the most bohemian and modern neighbors in the city. A benchmark of retro fashion and underground culture, his attitude is surprising, his own style makes him unique, one of the best nights in Madrid is here.


  • Free


  • 1 h - 2 h


  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed



3 Ratings

viajera_de_corazon

viajera_de_corazon

Soy de provincia y quería conocer la capital, gracias a esta guía lo logré, El Museo del Prado me emocionó al igual que el Jardín de las Vistillas, todo fuera de serie.

19/08/2020

jorgem

jorgem

Todo y más tienes en esta Guía.

06/08/2020

familiadiazrosas

familiadiazrosas

Encantadora ciudad. Excelente guía.

19/07/2020