Madrid's royal palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid, former residence of the Spanish monarchs, turns out to be one of the largest in Europe and the rest of the world. Felipe V had it built after the fire of the old fortress, that happened in the middle of Christmas Eve 1734. Decided to start from scratch in another location, which served to expand its foundations and adopt the classicist style that accompanied the time. By the time the works finished, His successor Carlos III was the first to settle and his later generations continued.. At present, the Kings of Spain use their facilities only for ceremonies and occasional official acts. This allows the rest of the time to remain open to the public so that citizens can contemplate the great heritage left by Spanish sovereignty..

Address: Bailén street, s/n, 28071 Madrid. It is accessed by the Almudena esplanade, except groups that enter from Requena street.

National Prado Museum

The Prado National Museum, named in its beginnings as the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture, pick up from 1819 a large collection of artistic works from around the world from the 16th to the 19th centuries, full modern era full of transitions. The exhibition has become a reference for future master painters and is already part of the history of Spain. Exemplary paintings such as The Garden of Earthly Delights stand out (Bosco), The Immaculate Conception by Murillo and Las Meninas by Velázquez, among others.

Address: Ruiz de Alarcón Street, 23, 28014 Madrid
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Phone: 917 94 84 12

Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum

The history of the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid dates back centuries, where he built one of the most emblematic hospitals of modern times in Madrid. After different modifications over time, just a few decades ago, its function was reconverted and devoted to the Arts. At present, since 1990, brings together in Spain a contemporary and international art exhibition, characterized by avant-garde revolutionary movements and the interwar period lived in the postmodern era.

Address: Santa Isabel Street, 52, 28012 Madrid
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Phone: 917 74 10 00

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum

The Thyssen Museum is a large gallery that collects around a thousand works, reflecting in them the history of the western artistic movement from the 13th to the 20th century. In this collection you can find distinguished stamps such as those of Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin… in addition to the temporary collections that come to surprise the most select lovers of painting.

Address: Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid
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Phone: 917 91 13 70

Sorolla Museum

Entering the Sorolla Museum is equivalent to entering the painter's home and learning about his history. Joaquín Sorolla, together with the architect Enrique María Rapullés, managed to merge his home with his workshop, where his imagination was nurtured accompanied by his family and the beautiful views that his garden gave him. After his death, many undelivered works and experimental scraps were preserved in situ. A good part was preserved to found this museum in memory of the painter, where it helps to connect the viewer with Sorolla's story.

Address: Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37, 28010 Madrid
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Retirement park

The Retiro Park is the most emblematic of Madrid, due to its large dimensions (nail 125 hectares with more than 15000 trees), its many gardens and its ancient trees (where Ahuehuete stands out, the oldest in town, with some 400 year old). Originally, the renowned Count-Duke of Olivares devised it for the enjoyment of Felipe IV, until in 1868 was permanently opened to the public. After that, recreations and exhibitions were added such as the Crystal Palace that collects samples from the interwar period.

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.

Alcala Gate

The Puerta de Alcalá is one of the five old royal gates that the monarch Carlos III ordered to be built after his coronation. Its style is neoclassicist inspired by the ancient Roman arches, and was considered along with the other doors as the quintessential entrances to the city of Madrid.

Address: Independence Square, s/n, 28001 Madrid

Almudena Cathedral

After the Revolution of 1868, the Congregation of the Virgen de la Almudena managed to rebuild a church destroyed by the brawl, the current Almudena Cathedral. You can see a neo-Gothic architecture, with a semicircular main part and five chapels that surround it. It is dedicated to the Virgin who bears her name and served as a place of responsibility for Doña María de las Mercedes, queen and wife of Alfonso XII.

Address: Bailén street, 10, 28013 Madrid
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National Archaeological Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is one of the wonders of Madrid that collects one of the richest samples of international history in the world. It was founded by the Catholic Queen Elizabeth II, pretending to continue with the current tradition of the time: commemorate museums that collect the historical memory of different countries, from Prehistory to the Contemporary age.

Address: Serrano Street, 13, 28001 Madrid
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Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian relic from the 2nd century BC.. containing a long and curious story. It was a chapel, built near the beginning of the Nile, in honor of the gods Amun de Debod and Isis de Filé. It remained for centuries submerged in the depths of the immense river until it was rescued in an expedition of the 60 and was donated to Spain for its historic rescue campaign.

Address: Ferraz Street, 1, 28008 Madrid
Schedule: From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Puerta del Sol

Sun Gate

Puerta del Sol is one of the most recognized squares in the city of Madrid. In it we can find several points of interest: On one side, Kilometer Zero, that separates the national highways. You can also see the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, representing the shield of the city. And we must not forget the majestic clock of the Casa de Correos, point of reference not only for Madrilenians, but also for the rest of Spaniards during Spanish New Year's Eve, where their bells ring announcing the beginning of the new year.

Address: Puerta del Sol Square, Madrid

Main Square

Located a few meters from Puerta del Sol, there is another of the most important squares in Madrid, main square. Reveal the old town, previously called "El Arrabal", where the Lonja was located years ago, the merchants square.

Address: Main Square, 28012 Madrid

Gran Via

Avenida de Gran Vía is one of the most fundamental in the city, ranging from Calle Alcalá to Plaza de España. It marked the beginning of Spanish architectural Postmodernity with the development of the first skyscrapers that resembled the great American cities. Thus, It is known as "the Broadway of Madrid".

Address: Gran Vía Street, s/n, 28013

The Plaza de Cibeles

The Plaza de Cibeles is an important tourist landmark, where it works as a separator from Paseo del Prado and Calle Alcalá, the quintessential areas of the city of Madrid. The imposing building of the Bank of Spain stands out, the Palaces of Linares and Buenavista, and the fountain of the goddess from which the square is named. It is represented on a chariot pulled by two lions and forms a roundabout that is very popular with citizens in their day-to-day life..

Address: Plaza de Cibeles, s/n, Madrid

Spain Square

The Plaza de España in Madrid has an approximate dimension of 37000 m2 and therefore it is one of the largest in Spain. In the times of Philip II, It was the base of its old Court until at the beginning of the XX years it was transformed into the set of long landscaped avenues that we know today. Its boundaries connect with the old part of the city and with certain imposing buildings, like the Tower of Madrid. In the center of its axis is the renowned statue in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, where just opposite the figures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza stand on the back of their steeds.

Address: Spain Square, 28008 Madrid