Excursions in Madrid
Top 10 attractions in Madrid
Madrid has many tourist attractions such as the famous Prado Museum of European Art or the picturesque Plaza Mayora. But let's not go deep into listing the most popular tourist routes, but rather, in order, consider the places worth visiting.
1. Plaza Mayor
The most famous square in Madrid. This square is very significant for Spain, because on this very square there used to be markets, bullfighting and public executions of prisoners and heretics during the Spanish Inquisition. You should definitely visit the Plaza Mayor , wander through the old traditional shops and cafes.
2. Royal Palace
The official residence of the royal family , it stands proudly in all its pristine glory. This is a magnificent building and is definitely worth a stroll to see it from all angles, only so you can appreciate its true size. If you have time, take your time to leave, find some shade and relax in the Campo del Moro Gardens or the Sabotini Gardens. They are so quiet and beautiful that it seems like you are far from the city.
3. Prado Museum
The Prado Museum is Spain's premier national art museum and one of the most visited places in the world as the "greatest museum of art". It features the world's finest collections of Spanish and European art dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century. If you are not a fan of art, you should still go , because the museum is not only a collection of works of art, it is also a beautiful building.
4. Park Buen Retiro
Park Buen Retiro, also known as the green lungs of Madrid, is one of the largest parks in the city. The park originally belonged to the Spanish monarchy, but at the end of the 19th century it became a public park. It is the ideal place for walking , contemplating great monuments and relaxing on the grass. With plenty of shade to hide from the ruthless daytime sun.
5. Temple of Debod
Here you will definitely feel like Indiana Jones when you visit this ancient Egyptian shrine that was donated to Spain as a token of gratitude for helping Egypt. Debod is located on a hill in the Oeste Park. The area around the temple is a popular spot with locals who like to get out here for a picnic and is one of the best places in Madrid to relax. We recommend that you go here in the evening to see the sunset, the temple looks brighter against the sunset.
6. Atocha station
Not just a transportation hub, it is home to an indoor botanical garden and home to a large colony of turtles. Opened in 1992, the rows of tropical trees and plants stretch for 3.96 km. under the arched roof of the station. You can relax under leafy palms and watch the turtle pond . For a better view of this creation, take the escalator to the upper level.
7. Almudena Cathedral
The cathedral is opposite the Royal Palace. There is a museum in the temple itself, where state and church relics are presented. On weekends, the cathedral often hosts concerts of chamber and organ music. An interesting fact is that the cathedral is the place where the current king and queen of Spain held their wedding ceremony.
8. Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol is the most central place in all of Madrid and this is where all the city's roads begin. This square is located close to shops, hotels and restaurants and is not only a tourist destination, but also one of the main centers of public transport in Madrid. It is always a bustling place where locals, tourists, street vendors and artists gather. This is the meeting place for friends.
9. Cibeles Palace
Cibeles Palace is a Gothic building that was once the main post office of Madrid, but has been the City Hall of Madrid since 2007. Plaza de Cibeles is primarily a square that serves as the cultural center of many events throughout the year. If you wish, you can go inside the palace and enjoy its interior . On the top floor there is a terrace and an observation deck, but to get there you need to stand in line.
10. City of Toledo
Madrid has very good transport links, so if you are here for more than 3 days, be sure to go to the former capital of Spain, Toledo. It is a medieval hilltop town, very picturesque and beautiful. The sights of Toledo include the Cathedral of Saint Mary, the Alcazar Fortress, the El Greco Museum, the Santo Tome Church and the Santa Cruz Museum. Take a walk around the city and just enjoy the history of the city. The town is not big, you may need only half a day.