Top 10 attractions in Madrid with map

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Madrid – the vibrant city of millions that never sleeps. TUI employee Nina brings you the top 10 attractions of the Spanish city in her blog article.

In the Spanish capital I went in search of the secret of Madrid and discovered a lot of things that are definitely worth seeing. Madrid is the city that never sleeps and combines big-city flair with a big part of the Spanish character. This city of millions offers something for everyone: the world-famous Museo del Prado for culture lovers, picturesque parks for outdoor enthusiasts and beautiful boutiques with Beaux Arts façades.

Top 10 attractions in Madrid

The best way to explore Madrid is on foot, as most of Madrid’s notable tourist attractions are located in the city centre. You can walk from Gran Via via Puerta del Sol to Plaza Mayor. You can find respite from the hustle and bustle of the city at Parque del Retiro before diving into Madrid’s vibrant nightlife in the evening. Join me on this expedition Top 10 attractions in Madrid Let yourself be mesmerized by the beauty of this city.

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1 Prado Museum

Museo del Prado is one of The most important art museums All over the world and one of the best attractions in Madrid. Architect Juan de Villanueva originally built the magnificent building for the Spanish King Charles III. The museum includes works by greats such as Sandro Botticelli, Diego Velazquez and Rembrandt van Rijn. For more than 230 years, it has delighted visitors with its wide range of artworks, drawings, sculptures and coins. When you visit Prado Museum Immerse yourself in a short journey through time and experience the fascinating past through the artists’ masterpieces.

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2 – Royal palace

One of the most important attractions in Madrid is A majestic royal palace in the heart of the Spanish capital, in Plaza de Oriente. From a distance, the Baroque architecture looks like a masterpiece. Behind the elegantly decorated facade are elegant halls, a magnificent chapel and even its own maze of mirrors. With more than 3,000 rooms, the palace offers great variety: many halls, one The castle chapel and the magnificent Hall of Mirrors Hiding in an impressive maze. Paintings adorn the ceilings, chandeliers sparkle in the sunlight, and the furniture looks as if it had been personally selected by an 18th-century king – everything is impressively opulent. Although the royal family no longer uses the palace as a residence, it remains a must-see place during your sightseeing tour of Madrid.

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3 Reina Sofia National Art Museum

A wonderful collection of Unusual works of art It awaits you at the prestigious Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, named after Queen Sofía. The museum was established nearly 30 years ago and offers you not only amazing exhibitions but also a library containing 40,000 amazing works. The permanent collections range from the twentieth century to the post-war period to post-modernism and expand the famous Museo del Prado collection to include contemporary art from Spain. As one of the most visited and popular art museums in the world, the National Central Art Museum Reina Sofia has received more than three million visitors. In addition to exhibitions, you can deepen your knowledge of art through on-site seminars, lectures and readings.

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4 Retirement park

 

Retiro Park is right on the border with the Reina Sofía Museum, and you can combine the 1.43 square kilometer park with a visit to the museum. Surrounded by elegant buildings The park is a little oasis in the center of Madrid – The perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. There are regular activities for sun worshipers, book lovers and athletes in the green area. The word retiro means “refuge,” which fits well with this relaxing environment. Madrid’s Retiro Park, ranked fourth on our list of the top 10 attractions in Madrid, is now a popular local entertainment spot in the center of the vibrant city.

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5 Main square

 

Plaza Mayor is located at the end of Gran Via and near the Temple of Debod and the Royal Palace – Impressive and symmetrical square Which is surrounded by red brick buildings. You will find particularly beautiful photo opportunities at the square’s exits. Plaza Mayor is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors, especially in the warm months, to enjoy delicious cuisine at the many bars, restaurants and cafés. But also in December Plaza Mayor shines especially beautifully when you are here Traditional Christmas market in Madrid It is happening. Enjoy the atmosphere of the square on one of the many terraces with a cup of Café con Leche and let the impressions take hold.

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6 Sun Gate

 

Puerta del Sol – Gateway to the Sun. This square in Madrid not only has a poetic name, it is also real An alluring attraction in the heart of the city. Surrounded by many shops, cozy cafés and historic buildings, Porta del Sol is known far beyond the city limits. Not only because it is considered a symbol of the city, but also because of important political events that are regularly held here. And of course, let’s not forget the annual Spanish New Year’s Eve tradition: the Doce Ovas ritual in Puerta del Sol, where 12 grapes are consumed at 12 noon on New Year’s Eve.

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7 Debod Temple

 

You may be asking yourself now: What does… Egyptian temple In the center of the Spanish capital? The Temple of Debod dates back to the 2nd century BC and was originally built in Egypt. Due to the construction of the Aswan Dam in 1960, many important Egyptian structures had to be saved, including the Temple of Debod. Spain He helped implement the Abu Simbel Temple and received the temple as a gift from Egypt in 1968 in appreciation for the assistance. It was rebuilt in Madrid in 1972 and is open to visitors. The temple is amazingly illuminated, especially in the evening.

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8 Gran Via

 

Gran Via Street is located in Madrid Not just a shopping street, it is an absolute must for every visitor to Madrid. For nearly 60 years, it was considered one of the city’s most important trade routes. The street is It is lined with department stores and trendy fashion brands Such as Zara, Mango, Bershka, Casa LOEWE and of course the official Real Madrid store. Gran Via is not just a shopping center, but also one of the coolest and most impressive streets in Madrid. But Gran Via is not just a place for shopping enthusiasts, history buffs also love the architectural splendor of the buildings. In addition to many shops Street with cultural landmarks Such as cinemas, theatres, musicals and night clubs. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion trends or an admirer of historic architecture, Gran Via offers something to suit all tastes.

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9 Dive in The culinary world of the senses In Mercado de San Miguel – a different market. Here in the market hall you can try fresh products from different regions of Spain every day: fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, meat, sausages, sweets and a variety of wines.

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The market, which is over 100 years old, is one of the most important in the world. Wander the aisles, tasting your way through them Fine specialties and high quality products Or source fresh ingredients to try Spanish cuisine recipes. If you’re not familiar with Spanish cuisine, I recommend trying the fresh tapas at Mercado de San Miguel. Here you can try different delicacies and buy products that suit you.

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10 Plaza de Cibeles

 

Plaza de Cibeles is one of the most lively, famous and charming places. Here are Madrid scenes like that Sibeles Fountain and Sibeles Palace – An absolute highlight of every visitor to the city. Plaza de Cibeles is one of the most important squares in Madrid A common motif on postcards Spanish capital. When Real Madrid wins big, Cibeles Arena turns into a veritable sea of ​​Real Madrid fans. Many important victories are celebrated here, whether it is winning the Spanish League or the Champions League.