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Discover Madrid in 3 days
Capital of Spain and commonly known as Villa y Corte, Madrid is the largest city in the country and the second in the European Union, with a population of more than 3 millions of inhabitants. As capital of Spain, Madrid has the seat of the Government, the Cortes and is also the official residence of the Kings of Spain. On the economic plane, Madrid houses the headquarters of a large part of the national and international companies. In the cultural, Madrid has world-famous museums such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum.
- Sun Gate
Address: Puerta del Sol Square, Madrid
- Cibeles Fountain
Address: Plaza de Cibeles, s/n, Madrid
- Alcala Gate
Address: Independence Square, s/n, 28001 Madrid
- Retirement park
Address: Independence Square, 7, 28014
Schedule: In April – September, 06:00 – 0:00 h and in the October season – March, 06:00 – 22:00 h.
We will start our route by Sun Gate (1), middle key place in the center of Madrid. We will not be able to leave there without finding the acclaimed statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (symbol of the city and its shield), contemplate the large Post Office clock that gives us the chimes that inaugurate the new year and see the multiple automobile routes that lead to the Kilometer 0.
After, we will move to the east of the center along Alcalá street, where we will meet the Cibeles Fountain (2) with her goddess represented in a beautiful carriage drawn by two lions. This intermediate point offers beautiful views of the beginning of the Paseo del Prado and the City Hall located a little further south.
After this little pause, We continue along Calle Alcalá where in a few meters we will find one of the real entrances to the city and the downtown area for centuries, the Puerta de Alcalá (3). With this, we will immerse ourselves in the Retiro neighborhood, one of the most important and closest to the urban center. In front, we will see the immense park that bears the same name as the district and we will enter its depths. We will take a little walk to end the day, where we can enjoy the natural views and the tranquility that the Retirement park (4).
- Main Square
Address: Main Square, 28012 Madrid
As we will already know where the Puerta del Sol is, We will start our new route there and this time we will move towards the west by Calle Mayor. A short distance away is main square (1), which represents one of the oldest places in Madrid, the one that centuries ago was the main market of many villagers.
Once we finish admiring the history of the square, We will continue along the Calle Mayor until we reach the end. Finally, we will stop at the Almudena Cathedral (2), where its interior deserves a good visit.
Then, We go out again and go up Bailén street until we reach the Madrid's royal palace (4), located a few steps from the cathedral. We will spend a large part of the day in knowing the old residence of the Spanish monarchs, where afterwards we can always stay for a walk around the area and eat in several distinguished places.
The last day we will spend it to finish visiting the northwest area of the center, which will consist of a walk in a more natural environment. We will meet at the Royal Palace, already known in the previous route, to move a little further north along Bailén street. In a matter of minutes, we will find the famous Spain Square (1) where we will walk through its extensive gardens and look for the statue of Cervantes with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza at his feet.
We will continue the itinerary a little further west where we will find the curious Temple of Debod (2), the Egyptian relic that they gave to Spain several years ago. We will stop to admire its riches and for those who want to stay longer, We recommend you contemplate it with the sunset.