Top 10 Best Destinations in Madrid

Madrid is a capital city of Spain and you can see a lot of historical architectures and monuments. To make your visit enjoyable as much as possible in a limited time, I hope these recommendations will be helpful for your travel planning and you will have a great experience with these best destinations in Madrid.

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1. Palacio Real de Madrid

Palacio Real de Madrid
The royal palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) is the largest palace in Western Europe and where Spanish royal family lived. From the appearance and decoration you can see the baroque and neoclassical styled building and the luxurious rooms with wonderful collection of paintings and arts. The royal palace is definitely one of the best destinations in Madrid!

Palacio Real de Madrid

2. Museo Nacional del Prado

Museo Nacional del Prado
Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) is one of the Three Great Museums in the world and it is established for the purpose of the preservation and exhibition of the royal family’s collections. It is possible to see many of the artworks, including the arts of Goya and Velazquez.

Museo Nacional del Prado

3. Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor is an open space where had been used as as a venue for bullfighting and executions once. Now that there are many restaurants, bars and shops at the first floor, many people spend time to hang out with friends and have lunch or dinner.

Plaza Mayor

4. Mercado de San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel
San Miguel Market (Mercado de San Miguel) is an lively market, opened in 1916. There are more than 30 shops and it is able to not only enjoy shopping but also eat what you purchased on the spot. I enjoyed many tapas which are like small appetizers here!

Mercado de San Miguel

5. Real Monasterio del Escorial

Real Monasterio del Escorial
Real Monasterio del Escorial, which is also called “El Escorial” is a complex facility that is used as a royal monastery, palace, museum and school. It is registered to World Heritage Site and many people visit here from Madrid.

Real Monasterio del Escorial

6. Parque de El Retiro

Parque de El Retiro
Retiro Park (Parque de El Retiro) is a vast and graceful park which was the garden of Philip II once. There are a large pond and some palaces in the park. After walking around Madrid for sightseeing, it would be nice to take a rest at this peaceful park.

Parque de El Retiro

7. Gran Vía

Gran Vía
Gran Vía is a gorgeous and upscale shopping district, located in the Central Madrid and there are many tourists from all over the world. You will see the huge and majestic buildings, shops decorated with glassed-in show window and lots f restaurants.

Gran Vía

8. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

 

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofía is one of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain. It exhibits the works that represents the contemporary art of Spain and you can see the Guernica of Picasso at all times.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

9. Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles is the intersection of the Paseo de la Castellana which is a main street of the new town of Madrid and the Gran Via which is the main downtown street in the old town of Madrid. You will see the majestic construction of the 20th century and the beautiful fountain with a classical sculpture.

Plaza de Cibeles

10. Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol means the gate of sum, and it is the initial set point of highway extending to the local cities and the starting point of the traffic in Spain. There is a cute statue of “a bear and a madrone tree” which is the heraldic symbol of Madrid.

Puerta del Sol