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by Jaime Garín, Spanish Market Manager
Published October 17, 2023
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Since July 2021, El Parque del Buen Retiro has been a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. We are not surprised at all since its 125 hectares and more than 15,000 trees make it a very beneficial green and environmental space for Madrid while also having a tremendously wide cultural and leisure offer. Among them, it houses palaces such as El Palacio de Cristal or El Palacio de Velázquez, historical monuments, gardens like El Estanque Grande (where you can rent a rowing boat), the Jardín de Cecilio Rodríguez or La Rosaleda, alongside many others.
Its opening hour's change with the onset of Autumn and from October to March, it remains open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
One of the most iconic places in Madrid is La Plaza de la Puerta del Sol. Every day, it brings together hundreds of citizens and tourists, who come together to immerse themselves in the great hustle and bustle that characterises it. Puerta del Sol is the common point of numerous streets and avenues in Madrid, containing several tourist attractions such as the Plaza del Kilómetro Cero, the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, or the famous Casa de Correos Clock in which thousands of people celebrate the beginning of the New Year every Christmas.
The Prado Museum is considered one of the most important museums in the world in the history of European painting. It has a large collection that you can check on its official website, among which are works by such valued authors as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, Titian and Bosch.
An interesting fact to keep in mind when planning your visit is that the Prado Museum has free visiting hours - Monday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - which means that all art lovers (regardless of their economic status) can enjoy it.
Photos by Spain's official tourism website
This mythical Madrid avenue began to be created in 1910 and ended in 1931. Today, it is one of the most visited points by those who want to take a souvenir photo, go shopping, enjoy the panoramic views on one of its terraces, or even attend one of the many theatres along the entire walk.
This building is of Egyptian origin from the 2nd century BC. Close to the Plaza de España, it offers beautiful views and colours at sunset. We recommend that you visit it at this time of day.
It was donated to Spain by Egypt in 1968 to prevent it from being flooded after the construction of the Aswan Dam, which regulates the flow during the flooding of the Nile River.
Another of the most famous tourist buildings in Madrid is the Royal Palace. It has more than 135,000 square meters and 3,418 rooms, making it the largest palace in Western Europe and one of the largest in the world.
Official residences of Heads of State are usually not open to the public. In the case of the Royal Palace, visits are allowed. Free visits are from Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Built between 1580 and 1619, the Plaza Mayor of Madrid is part of the historic centre and is a clear symbol of the Madrid of the Austrias. It is a large square (120.9 meters long by 93.06 meters wide) where you can currently enjoy bars, cafes and terraces while taking a break during the day.
If you want to immerse yourself in Spanish gastronomy in the centre of Madrid, El Mercado de San Miguel is a must-see.
Opened in 1916 as a food market and converted into a gastronomic market in 2009, more than 7 million annual visitors are enjoying its stalls with drinks, coffee, food and sweets distributed on its two available floors.
Photo on Eurodicas website
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a reference point in the city and, even more so if we account for the remodelling that Real Madrid is doing in its “temple”. The retractable roof gives it a different appearance from the previous one and represents a new architectural work in the capital. In addition to the improvements related to football, the remodelling will include attractions such as leisure areas, a 360º terrace, restaurants and entertainment.
You can take the Bernabéu Tour by booking on the official website while also enjoying the Paseo de La Castellana, close to its surroundings.
If you prefer other options on the outskirts of Madrid, you can visit Parque Warner Madrid, where you will enjoy multiple attractions and shows. Or if you are looking to go shopping, the best brands at incredible prices are in Las Rozas Village. Another plan for the little ones could be the Zoo Aquarium.
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