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Madrid Major Sights & Our Favorite Day Trips

Gran Via, Madrid, Spain
Gran Via, Madrid, Spain

  1. The Prado Museum: One of the world's premier art galleries, housing an extensive collection of European art, with a strong emphasis on Spanish painters like Velázquez and Goya.

  2. Royal Palace of Madrid: The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, featuring stunning architecture and beautifully decorated state rooms. The palace is also notable for its art collection and historic armory.

  3. Retiro Park: A large and magnificent park in the heart of Madrid, perfect for relaxing, boating on its large pond, and exploring the Crystal Palace and other statues and fountains.

  4. Puerta del Sol: A bustling square in the center of Madrid, known as the symbolic center of the city and Spain. It's famous for the New Year's Eve tradition of eating twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight.

  5. Gran Via: Madrid’s most famous street, known for shopping, dining, and its grand architecture, often referred to as the ‘Spanish Broadway’ for its theaters and nightlife.

  6. Plaza Mayor: A grand, symmetrically square enclosed by historic buildings, it has been the scene of markets, bullfights, and public executions in the past. Now, it's a popular spot for tourists and street performers.

  7. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: An art museum that fills the historical gaps of the Prado and Reina Sofia museums, with an extensive collection ranging from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century.

  8. Reina Sofia Museum: Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art, home to Picasso’s famous ‘Guernica’, as well as works by Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

  9. Mercado de San Miguel: A popular market near Plaza Mayor, offering a range of high-quality Spanish foods and drinks in a beautifully restored, early 20th-century building.

  10. Temple of Debod: An ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, offering a unique historical perspective and beautiful views, especially at sunset.

Day Trips from Madrid

  1. Toledo: Known as the “City of Three Cultures” for its blend of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian history. It’s famous for its medieval architecture and historic art.

  2. Segovia: Famous for its well-preserved Roman aqueduct, fairy-tale castle (the Alcázar), and beautiful old town.

  3. El Escorial: Home to the vast Royal Monastery and historical residence of the King of Spain, a symbol of the Spanish Golden Age.

  4. Ávila: Known for its intact medieval city walls, charming old town, and the Cathedral of Ávila.

  5. Aranjuez: Famous for its Royal Palace and gardens, reflecting the wealth and influence of the Spanish monarchy.

  6. Alcalá de Henares: The birthplace of Cervantes, this UNESCO World Heritage city is known for its historic university and charming streets.

  7. Cuenca: Famous for its “Hanging Houses” perched on a cliff’s edge and its charming old town.

  8. Salamanca: Known for its ornate sandstone architecture and one of Europe’s oldest universities, offering a rich cultural and historical experience.

  9. Chinchón: A picturesque small town with a beautiful medieval square, known for its traditional anise liqueur and charming rural atmosphere.

Malasaña, Madrid, Spain
Malasaña, Madrid, Spain

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