Top 5 Places to Visit in Madrid

Plaza Mayor by Sebastian Dubiel - WikipediaMadrid is one of the most unique cities in Spain. It has a rich history thus making it a great tourist destination.

However, due to the numerous sites in the city, most people leave without even getting to sample the best of the best. It is therefore important to know at least the top 5 places in Madrid that are essential to visit.

1. Puerta Del Sol
Located right at the heart of Madrid, it is convenient to access making it the best place to start exploring the city. The square consists of numerous shops and cafes that are hosted in buildings that date back to the 19th century. The architecture employed in both the ancient and new buildings make the Puerta Del Sol square unique. It is really hard not to notice the distinct shape it bears. Puerta Del Sol also has a bustling nightlife with most shops and night spots remaining open late into the night for revelers.

2. Gran Via
For everyone visiting  Madrid, Gran Via street is one not to miss! The street has a collection of the best architectural buildings from the 20th century. The tall buildings complete with symbolic art and sculptures create an artistically impressive view as you ride through the street; visitors cannot help but stop for photos. The street has numerous restaurants and hotels located at different points. The city also has multiple cinemas as well as a lively market ideal for souvenir shopping.

3. Prado Museum
Prado museum is one of the most famous museums not only in Spain but also in Europe. It has a great variety of Spanish paintings and artifacts from the 12th century up to the 19th century. The museum is in a great location and its ticket rates are good value with entrance on Sundays being free. The size of the museum and the variety of art pieces in display make it a must visit for art lovers touring Madrid. If you like to feed your eyes with delight; this is the right place to visit.

4. Palacio Real
Palacio Real is the official residence of the Spanish royal family. The palace is open to the public when there is no official business going on. The main attraction is the different art forms around it depicting different classical orders. There are over 2000 rooms, many of them for accommodation in the building and it covers a total of 135,000 square meters making it one of the largest buildings in Europe. 50 of the rooms can be visited allowing visitors to admire the room’s luxurious décor. There are also beautiful gardens.

5. Buen Retiro Park
Buen Retiro Park is ideal for those who would wish to get away from the hustle of the town and enjoy some peace and quiet. Originally, the park was a palace garden explaining its intricate design and attention to detail. There is a lake within the park as well as fountains.

For those who are in Madrid for only a short time, one can make an itinerary so as to make sure they visit these sites. The sites listed are suitable for both individual visitors and also groups regardless of age.

For more information, please visit www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do

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