Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a popular spot amongst travelers eager to explore the world. It has a rich history and a richer architecture. Those who have an appreciation of history and those who love to travel for the sake of it equally love it.
Madrid is the center of many towns and villages, which house beautiful pieces of architecture and are easily accessible through the city.
Parks have always been a popular tourist attraction with gardens and fountains because they are serene with loads of natural beauty. Buen Retiro Park is a 19th century park and one of the largest ones in the city. It is no ordinary park because it offers visitors an artificial pond where canoes and kayaks can be rented. You will also find rose gardens, which perfume the air with their extravagant scent and beautiful statues.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina was built in 1992 as a hospital but was later expanded. It is the hub of Spanish artists collections. World-renowned Pablo Picasso’s works are also included in the gallery. El Guernica, a masterpiece of Picasso depicting the horrors of the World War II, is also displayed at the museum.
Mercado de San Miguel is a popular shopping destination open till after midnight where you can find local food and visitors can enjoy all kinds of appetizers. It also holds private parties and concerts.
Plaza de Cibeles is a stunning place, which attracts many tourists because of its magnificent architecture. Antonio Palacios designed it. In the center of the plaza is the fountain of the Roman goddess Cybele in a chariot by lions made of purple-colored marble. The fountain has become a symbol of the city; the Fuente de la Cibeles.
Puerto del Sol also known as “Gate of Sun” has become the Times Square of Madrid where thousands of people gather to celebrate the New Year’s Eve every year. It has some famous local landmarks such as a plaque showing Kilometer Zero depicting the start of the national highway system.
Gran Via is “the street that never sleeps” of Madrid also known as the “Broadway of Madrid”. It has restaurants, shops and businesses that work round the clock. The boulevard is known for its beautiful architecture with the Telefonica Building, it was the tallest building in the world on its completion.
Spain has been known for its historical architecture and Plaza Mayor is the place, which reminds the tourists that this country has one of the world’s oldest architecture. It was made in 1619 and served as an ending for many heretics during the Spanish Inquisition. Despite its bloody history it is a popular place for tourists to gather and relive this history.
Royal Palace, Madrid is the place of residence of the Spanish Royal family in Madrid. Various parts within the palace are open to the public for an admission fee except during state ceremonies.