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Places to Visit & See in and around Madrid


The historical sights and buildings of Madrid are the main attraction of interest for the travelers.

The city walking tours are the best option to discover the city and sights. The city tours can be made from the Plaza Mayor to La Almudena Cathedral, from the Royal Palace to Puerta del Sol,  from St. Isidore’s Church to Toledo Bridge, The Avenue of Art and Carrera de San Jerónimo,  from Calle de Alcalá to Retiro Park and from Gran Vía to the Conde Duque Barracks.

The famous Plaza Mayor (main square) is the starting point for the city tour. The 18th century Royal Palace on top of a 9th century fortress together with Prado Museum, Cibeles fountain and Puerta de Alcalá are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Madrid.

Retiro Park is the next popular spot of Madrid. La Almudena Cathedral and the Church of St. Isidore, are the popular and attractive legacies of Madrid worth a visit.

Theatre Royal (Teatro Real) and National Concert Hall are the spots for the culture and music of the city that host some of the best opera and orchestral performances in the world with numerous live-music venues, jazz, folk, blues and flamenco.

Plaza de Cibeles is one of the most attractive squares of Madrid that houses the beautiful Cibeles Fountain which is an important symbol of the city. Temple of Debot in the very heart of the Madrid is an ancient Egyptian temple worth a visit. It is something surprising for the travelers to see an Egyptian temple in the middle of the city. The Rastro Market is a world famous open air market of Madrid. There are wide range of stuff to buy for the visitors in this beautiful huge market area.

The Madrid of Malasaña and Dos De Mayo, Plaza De Colón and The Salamanca District, The Faro De Moncloa and Americas Museum and from Segovia Bridge to San Antonio De La Florida are the other places of interest in Madrid worth a visit.

As for the side trips, Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, La Herrería and Valle de los Caídos, Royal Palace of Aranjuez and Town Squares of Chinchón and Colmenar de Oreja, Alcalá de Henares, El Pardo Palace and Montes de El Pardo, Lozoya Valley and El Paular Monastery are the popular excursions from Madrid.

Madrid is the starting point for the highways and byways leading to the Royal residences, palaces or mansions that the monarchs had built in intense settings.

The Monastery of El Escorial on the Royal Way to Avila on a short drive from Madrid is the jewel in the crown.

Aranjuez Palace on the Tagus riverside is also great building together with the Pardo Palace, Zarzuela Palace and Moncloa Palace.

Situated by National Road II, about 30 km on the east of Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, the UNESCO World Heritage City and the birthplace of Cervantes, is a young and industrial city with a rich cultural heritage. It is also a hub and nerve centre of an important region crossed by the River Henares.

The town squares of Chinchón and Colmenar de Oreja or the many Madrid mountain villages through the Madrid Province are also worth a visit.

In addition, the UNESCO World Heritage Cities of Avila and Segovia in the Castile & León Region, and Toledo in the Castile-La Mancha Region are the three world famous historical and artistic cities about an hour away from Madrid.

For the nature lovers, Madrid is also wonderful with its genuine ecological sites in great nature with its two magnificent oases of Retiro Park (Jardines del Buen Retiro) and the heathlike Casa de Campo.

There are numerous green routes along the Madrid province worth a visit and experience wide range of nature activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, horse and pony trekking. The Peñalara cirque and tarn has a silent high mountain beauty with fresh air and excellent greenery as well as the La Pedriza area along the Manzanares River, Montejo Beech Tree Grove, Fuenfría Valley and Herrería Woods.

Madrid has over 50 museums and art galleries. The world famous three great art galleries are the Prado Museum, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía National Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) in Madrid is gorgeous with its magnificent treasures of Spanish monarchy. A must see. The museum reflects the 17th century neo-classic architecture. Museo del Prado is one of the 3 biggest art museum in Madrid. Reina Sofia Museum is a contemporary art museum which houses thousands of artworks of the famous artists.

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