You’ve already seen plenty of Parque Del Buen Retiro and Palacio Real, but those are just some of Madrid’s famous tourist spots. Here are some more of the beautiful places I visited in the city. Compared to Barcelona, Madrid is a little bit more urban–at least for me. It feels more like a bustling city, but still with that trademark European architecture I can’t help but love.
This beautiful view of the city can be seen from Temple of Debod, which is located just a few kilometers away from Palacio Real.
This is Plaza De España, also located just a few steps away from Palacio Real. Actually, most of Madrid’s points of interest are near each other so it’s easy to walk from one place to another.
I felt like I was transported to a different time! Our protectors are on horses! White horses, even! Taylor Swift approves.
I doubt anyone who’s been to Madrid would miss this. Plaza De Cibeles is located in the heart of it all with its iconic fountain and Cibeles Palace or the Palace of Communication.
This is the most famous symbol of Madrid called “El Oso y El Madroño” located at Plaza Puerta Del Sol. I didn’t really know the meaning behind this monument and why it became Madrid’s symbol but a quick Google search explained it all.
Plaza Puerta Del Sol is one of the busiest squares in Madrid because it leads to so many important sights like Plaza Mayor, Gran Via and Plaza De Cibeles. And so, like any other busy square, you know you’re bound to see some interesting things. I swear I was staring at these men for a good 5 minutes. I just had to check if there’s a plank somewhere there.
Clearly, Bart and Homer Simpson were checking as well.
Also located at Plaza Puerta Del Sol is the statue of King Carlos III.
I don’t know what was with this day but there were so many mascots at Puerta Del Sol. Minnie Mouse says hi!
Mickey, on the other hand, says “peace and love” and “see you soon”.
Another Minnie Mouse at Puerta Del Sol but she’s not with Mickey! What is this treachery?!
This is Madrid’s Arc De Triomphe or Puerta De Alcala. It’s really near Parque Del Buen Retiro and has quite the history.
I don’t know why but for some reason, out of all the places I visited in Madrid as a student last 2007, Museo Del Prado is the one I remember the most. It’s Spain’s main national art museum and has a wide collection of Francisco De Goya’s paintings. I guess I’m artsy after all.
This is Iglesia De San Jeronimo El Real, a medieval church built in 1503. It’s located right behind Prado Museum.
This is the painted facade of one of the residential buildings in Plaza Mayor. Plaza Mayor is one of Madrid’s most visited squares. It has been used for various purposes throughout the years like markets, celebrations, soccer games and even public executions. Imagine living here and witnessing all these right from your balcony.
This ancient Egyptian temple called the Temple of Debod was donated by the Egyptian government to Madrid in 1968. It was originally built in Southern Egypt in the 2nd Century BC. But because of the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan, UNESCO made an international call to save the temple from the possibility of destruction and damage.
This is how the temple looked like during ancient times.
And this is what’s left of it.
Churros! Need I say more?
Here’s another view of Plaza De Colón which you saw in my previous post.
If you’re a shopaholic, take note of this street. This is the famous Gran Via where all your favorite brands are.
Plaza Mayor at night looks gorgeous with all its entranceways and lights on. There are plenty of restaurants here so it’s nice to dine here at night.
Just a few steps away from Plaza Mayor is the Mercado San Miguel. Food here is amazing!!! There’s a wide selection of dishes like tapas, paella and more at super affordable prizes. I could’ve stayed here forever!
A lot of people come here to drink too.
This is my dad’s only request, to bring him some Jamon Iberico Y Bellota home. It’s the best kind of ham because it comes from free range pigs that graze under Encina oak trees and eat only acorns. As a result, the pigs’ fat has a rich, creamy texture that melts in your mouth. It’s so good!
Just like the Jamon Iberico, no trip to Spain is complete without a glass of sangria or two… or three. It’s the best way to end one’s Spanish escapade.