No doubt, Madrid is a cultural referent in the European destinations. Museum, palaces, galleries and monuments adorn the streets of the city everywhere. There are many faces of Madrid but all of them are worst to visit. The best way to see the most within no time is to book a walking tour, you will learn more about the city while enjoying being guided through the most interesting places in Madrid.
Since Madrid was designated as the capital of the Spanish Kingdom in 1561, the best national and international architects have constructed its design in the city. A walk through the core of the city beginning in Plaza Mayor. This square is famous for being the center of the Castile’s culture in Madrid. It was built during Philip III\'s reign following the neoclassical model, a rectangular floor-plan surrounded by tall buildings with balconies facing the plaza. The big public space is guard now a days by the Giambologna\'s equestrian statue of Philip III placed in 1848.
Follow the glorious moments of Madrid visiting the Royal neighborhood known as Madrid de los Austrias, including the Royal Palace and the most emblematic squares built along the reigns of Kings Phillip II, Phillip III and Phillip IV. Walk by Arenal, Mayor, Alcalá and Carrera de San Geronimo looking for the royal presence in the city. Get to the Puerta del Sol originally a city gates in the 15th century, turn into a public space in the Habsburg Era and now a days consider the busiest place in Madrid. Also, take a walk along the Lavapies district were the biggest Spanish flea market takes places every Sunday. The Rastro, the name of the market, is an incredible show places in the best possible scenery the street of Madrid.
The Almudena Cathedral, just in front of the Royal Palace, was built in neo-gothic style. It is places over the antique mosque of the city, taken during the reconquered Madrid. Even though the idea to build a cathedral for the new capital of Spain started in 1561, its construction suffer several delays and La Almudena was not completely finished until 1993.
Madrid has pass by many urban interventions, provably one of the most important have been the one done by the Bourbons monarchs, including The Buen Retiro Park, the Paseo del Prado, La Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains. There are many interesting building constructed in national styles, like Las Ventas Bullring in neo-mudejar style –a Spanish interpretation of the Arab medieval style- or El Escorial in Herreriano style –a Barroque and Rococo Spanish interpretation.
Now a days, Madrid is a modern city with incredible buildings signed by the best architect in the world, like Atocha Station and its incredible tropical garden by Rafael Moneo. Take a walk along the Paseo de la Castellana and enjoy the best modern architecture in Madrid starting from Kio Towers, Picaso Tower or the Cuatro Towers business area.
Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid are the two city teams and the duel between them is served every season. Since, soccer is almost like a religion in Spain, visiting the local team stadiums is a fellow duty.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium shows its stunning structure in the middle of the Paseo de la Castellana. It is the second-largest stadium in Spain with a capacity for 81,000 spectators. The Real Madrid Museum, inside the stadium, displays an interesting exhibit with photos, videos and object that belonged to the team players along its 100 years of existence. Also in the museum the fan can enjoy watching an impressive collection of trophy won by their favorite team.
Vicente Calderon Stadium is the home of the second local team and one of the finest Europe football club, Atletico de Madrid. Located in the Arganzuela district, this stadium has a capacity for 55,000 spectators. Also like its eternal rival, Atletico de Madrid has a museum showing its triumphs and its glories inside its stadium.
A good fan of Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid should visit the city site were the teams celebrated its triumphs: Cybele’s Square and Neptune Fountain.
Besides being a cultural reference, Madrid is one of the best cities to live in Europe. Its enormous amount of green areas allows the city stressed people to spend holidays and weekend surrounded by the calming nature.
El Retiro Park or Buen Retiro Park is not only one of the largest parks in Madrid, but also the most emblematic one. It became a public park in the 19th century, but was created in 1474 as part of the Royal area surrounding the Jeronimos monastery.
La Casa de Campo the biggest public park in Madrid and occupies and area equivalent to five times New York Central Park. It was the reserved hunting area of the Spanish monarchs during centuries, until it became a public park in the 19th century.
Madrid has more than thirty public and private museum and more a hundred galleries. Art is everywhere in the city! Even though the big amount of art institutions, most of the tourist only have time to visit the Golden Triangle museum. This so called golden area, includes El Prado Museum, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. This three institutions contain together an incredible amount of paintings, sculptures and art objects regarding every important period of the human history.