How to plan your Madrid sightseeing tours
“Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures, with a large cultural and artistic heritage. A legacy of centuries of exciting history from one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe to Real Madrid’s stadium. Discover the most popular Madrid sightseeing!” ~ Madrid
Explore Spain’s capital and learn about its past and present story, from its Arab and medieval dawnings. Learn about the Moorish roots of the age-old buildings of the Barrio de la Moreria. Or absorb the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of the Habsburg era in Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa.
Revel in the architecture of the elegant Barrio Salamanca and Parque del Oeste quarters, while travelling through the commercial and financial areas. Not forgetting the in vogue boulevards: Gran Vía and Paseo de la Castellana. See modern-day icons such as Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and take a walk around the city’s newest park.
Madrid sightseeing top 10:
- Paseo del Arte
This area, known in English as Art Walk, boasts art and beauty as you’ll see nowhere else in the world.
- Royal Palace
Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid’s Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain.
- Puerta del Sol
Central and bustling, Puerta del Sol is one of the city’s best known squares with several busy historical streets, and some of the city’s best known landmarks.
- Plaza Mayor
This portico lined square is situated at the heart of Hapsburg, the old part of the city and one of the capital’s most charming districts.
- Puerta de Alcalá
The gate was built by Sabatini in 1778 as part of the city decoration restorations promoted by Charles III.
- Cibeles Fountain
The Cibeles Fountain, created in 1782 and situated in its current location since 1895, has ended up lending its name to one of the most emblematic squares of the city.
- Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Real Madrid is one of the three great Madrid teams in the Professional Football League, alongside Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano.
- Las Ventas Bullring
Based on a project by José Espelius, who died during its construction, it was completed by Manuel Muñoz Monasterio in 1931 and opened in the same year.
- El Retiro Park
This green oasis in the centre has 125 hectares and is home to over 15,000 trees. From the botanical point of view, the Park includes some very important gardens.
- The Rastro
Always full of locals and visitors, it is an attraction no one should miss if they visit the city on a Sunday or a public holiday.
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<p>If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 – Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year ‘Hospitality Management in Development Program’ in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it’s been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!</p>