I had in mind to do a Top 10 of Madrid but then I thought you’d probably be able to find many of that elsewhere. So I decided to just put out a review on all the major attractions I visited in Madrid in the order of the ones I liked the most. Enjoy!
1. El Prado Museum:
No trip to Madrid would be complete without visiting the countries best museum and one of the world finest collection of European art. Here’s where you’ll be able to see masterpieces suach as ‘Las meninsas’ by Velazquez or ‘The third of may’ by Goya.
Price: 14€ (Free access after 6 p.m.)
Museum Website: http://www.museodelprado.es/en
2. Plaza Mayor:
This is the place to go and grab a coffee while you enjoy the architecture and the charming environment.
While you’re there don’t forget to check out San Miguel’s Market in your walking distance. You’ll find lots of yummy treats here.
3. Palacio Real and the Sabatini gardens:
I believe many countries in the world or at least in Europe would have a main palace like this one. However Palacio Real was one of the most lavishing ones I had seen. It’s huge and you don’t get to see all the rooms but you’ll find it astonishing.
Price: I believe it was around 8€.
The Sabatini Gardens are just behind the palace and absolutely free of charge.
4. Reina Sofia Museum:
A huge museum of mainly Spanish artists and the place where you’ll be able to see the most famous masterpiece of Picasso ‘La Guernica’ with all it’s sketches. You’ll be amazed of how much work was put into a single painting.
Price: 8 €
5. Retiro Park and Puerta de Alcala:
Prepare yourself for a picnic and spend a morning or afternoon in Madrid’s biggest park. Get on a boat, see an art exhibition in Palacio de Velazquez and visit the Crystal Palace while you’re there.
The Gate of Alcalá is right outside the park.
6. Plaza de Cibeles:
Madrid is full of beautiful squares, but Plaza de Cibeles is one of it’s most famous ones with it’s iconic Cibeles fountain. Make sure you visit this place at night time since the view is absolutely eye catching with the lighting.
7. Calle Gran Via
One of the main streets of Madrid. A great place to take a walk and do some window shopping.
8. Plaza del sol
This is one of the busiest squares of Madrid, full of restaurants and cafes. If you get lucky you can even see a music performance here.
9. Cathedral de la Almudena
Madrid is full of churches to visit but you’ll find this church to be unique in it’s combination of gothic and modern architecture. I absolutely loved it’s stained glass windows.
10. Thyssen_Bornemisza Museum
A huge collection of art, this museum is known as a part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” which also includes El Prado and Reina Sofia. All three of them are a must see for any art lover in Madrid.
Thyssen also holds amazing exhibitions. When I went there was an exquisite show of Chagall’s work.
Price: 15€ (permanent collection + Exhibition)
11. Plaza de Toros
I’m not a fan of bull fights. I’m actually opposed to it. But you don’t want to go all the way to Spain and not see a bullring, at leastfor the sake of it’s architecture. Of course you can always buy tickets for a show if you’re interested.
12. National Library of SpainNow you might think that going to the library as a tourist might not be that interesting, but Spain’s national library has a beautiful architecture and there’s a beautiful gallery of some of it’s collection inside and it’s absolutely free. You’ll see that the collection is actually quite outstanding. Lot’s of illumination, maps, pictures and so on.
Let me know you’re favorite place in Madrid if you have already visited and feel free to ask any questions.