A trip to Madrid offers an endless range of possibilities, but it is important to know what you can’t miss if you visit Madrid for the first time. Wether you would like to get to know the cultural options offered by the city or you prefer a more leisurely visit, we’ll tell you what you should absolutely visit.
The “Puerta del Sol” means The Sun’s Door but is in fact a square, the most renowned of Spain. You will find there the Kilometre Zero, where all the main roads of Spain start, and the famous statue of the Bear and the Arbutus, the symbol of Madrid.
Not far, you will find another important square of Madrid, “La Plaza Mayor”, or Main Square. It was built around 1590 and is nowadays one of the city’s central meeting points. There are often markets selling all kinds of handcrafted products and souvenirs.
In the city centre, you can also take a walk along the “Gran Vía”, the street of lights, cinemas and theatres, always busy with passers-by and visitors.
Getting to know the city in details
During your trip to Madrid, we recommend the visit of two of the most recognisable monuments of the city. When people think of Madrid, what comes to mind is the “Puerta de Alcalá” (Door of Alcalá) or the Cibeles Fountain. The first monument was built on the orders of King Charles III and inaugurated in 1778. It is so famous, there are even songs about it.
The Cibeles Fountain represents the Cibeles Goddess on a cart pulled by two lions. The fountain is situated on the centre of the Cibeles square where you can also visit other important buildings, such as the Communications Palace (you can go up to its rooftop and enjoy magnificent views of the Madrid skyline) or the Bank of Spain headquarters.
The “Retiro” Park, with its pond and secrets spots, is the perfect place for a walk in the afternoon. You can also visit the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace or the temple of Debod, to make your tour complete.
Activities, art and culture
However, Madrid is not just about monuments; it is also a centre for art and culture. Among the many cultural options the city offers, there is the Prado Museum, where you can discover many art pieces created by European Masters from the XVI and XIX centuries, the Queen Sofía, the museum of contemporary art and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. These three museums should be mandatory during a first visit to Madrid.
Do not forget to visit these representative monuments while in Madrid.
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