8 Attractions You Must See in Madrid
The one street you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Madrid. It has one of the city’s most important shopping areas and also contains a large number of hotels and large movie theaters. But what makes this street so special is the architectural design of the large buildings nearby called grand ‘edificios.’
The Retiro Park was created as a royal park; it belonged to the Real Sitio del Buen Retiro palace. The palace was built by King Philips IV in 1632 as a retreat for the Royal family. Retiro stands for retreat, hence the name of the park and palace.
Plaza de Cibeles
When at Plaze de Cibeles go to the center to see the Fuente de la Cibeles. This fountain, named after Cibele (or Ceres), roman goddess of nature, is seen as one of Madrid’s most important symbols. The Cibeles fountain resembles the goddess in a chariot pulled by two lions. Whenever Real Madrid wins a cup, fans flock around the fountain to celebrate.
Plaza Mayor is located at the heart of Madrid. It’s a grand arcaded square very popular with tourists as well as the locals. Since its creation in 1617, Plaza Mayor has been the center of festivities, bull fights, royal coronations and executions with more than 50,000 visitors.
Puerta del Sol
This car-free square is constantly bustling with people leading them to Plaza Mayor, the Opera House and Plaza de Cibeles. They say the name Puerta del Sol came from a sun hitting the fence, “Sun Gate.”
The Edificio Metropolis is one of the most famous buildings in Madrid. The eye catching structure, decorated with various sculptures, illuminates the most at night. It was built in 1911 at the grand corner of Gran Vía.
Today this art museum is one of the most visited attractions in Madrid, gathering the attention of lovers of great art from around the world with its expansive collection of works. The main attempt for this museum was to boast the same amenities as other capitals in Europe, similar to other cities like Rome, Paris and London.
Plaza de España
The square is located at the end of the beautiful Gran Via, one of Madrid’s busiest streets. The square is surrounded by streets and a lot of green grass. It features a large fountain and famous statue honoring the Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, author or Don Quixote.