Madrid, the capital of Spain, which has great similarities with Ankara in terms of geographical features, is a city that came to the stage of history thanks to the Muslims who went to Toledo in the 12th century. Although the city is lagging behind Barcelona in terms of tourism, it offers travelers neo-classical buildings, 24-hour streets, popular restaurants and lively nightlife. I will give you information about this beautiful city of Spain, which I had the chance to visit many times during the Madrid sightseeing article.
What to do in Madrid?
Madrid Attractions & Important Tips
- Puerta del Sol
- Plaza Mayor
- Royal Palace of Madrid
- The Prado Museum
- Parque del Retiro
- Queen Sofia National Art Center Museum
- Plaza de Cibeles
- Gran Via
- Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
- Cathedral of Almudena
- Temple of Debod
- Puerta de Alcalá
- Plaza de Espana
- El Rastro
- Mercado de San Miguel
- Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
- Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande
- Casa de Campo
- Atocha Train Station
I will give you detailed information about all the important places you should visit in the capital Madrid, where you can feel the sincerity and friendlyness of Castilian from the first moment. But beware of the following issues;
Where to stay? Puerto del Sol Square & Gran Via Avenue, Austrias, Malasana, Chueca and Salamanca are among the most popular areas you can stay in the city. Where to stay in Madrid? in my article titled…
Hotel recommendations: On my last trip I stayed at the 4-star Eurostars Casa de la Lírica and was very pleased. You can browse. Some of the other popular hotels are: 3 ★ B&B Hotel Puerta del Sol, 4 ★ Intur Palacio San Martin, 5 ★ Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid.
Airport-hotel transportation: If you want to reach your hotel easily from the airport with luxury vehicles, you can buy a hotel transfer package (2 people 63.33 Euro), click here. Very detailed information about the subject in our Madrid airport transportation guide article…
Things to do: You can buy the Prado Museum Express Admission Ticket to avoid wasting time in the long ticket queues at Madrid’s famous museum Prado, and take the Bus Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour to enjoy the city.
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol, which acquired its present appearance in the middle of the 19th century; the center of cultural, political and social life. In addition, the presence of structures and monuments that attract tourists in the sense of tourism, the majority of travelers coming to the city square of Madrid places to place the first place in the list of places to visit.
The area is connected to many historical streets such as Calle Mayor, Calle Arsenal and Calle Arcalá. Thousands of people gather in front of the clock with the Kil 0 Kilometer ”plate, which is full of people taking photos in front of it, and performs the ritual of eating 12 grapes at 12.00, which was traditionalized long ago.
The monuments that adorn the square, which witnessed the proclamations of the Constitution of 1812 and the first republic in 1873, are considered to be one of the symbols of the city and the Bear and Strawberry Tree. Statues of Charles.
Recommendation: On my last trip to Madrid, I stayed at the 4-star Eurostars Casa de la Lírica, a 5-minute walk from Sol Square, and enjoyed it.
Plaza Mayor, formerly known as Plaza del Arrabal, dates back to Madrid’s capital. It was built between 1617 and 1620 under the supervision of architect Juan Gomez de Mora after Philip moved his palace to the city.
It was designed by Giambologna in the middle and completed in 1616 by Pietro Tacca. The triangular square with the Statue of Philip is surrounded by Casa dela Panaderia, which was built under the leadership of Diego Sillero towards the end of the 16th century.
Today, only the basement and ground floors can be reached by preserving the original appearance of the structure has changed many times over the centuries, while the history of the city connected to the stories of many mythological figures such as Goddess Cybele.
Arco de Cuchilleros, one of the 9 gates built after the fire in 1790, is another interesting building in the area where fire disasters have occurred many times in the past. A large Christmas market has been established since the 17th century on the square, where many eating and drinking venues operate.
Hotel Recommendation: 4-star Petit Palace Plaza Mayor is one of the best hotels in this area.
Tour Advice: Madrid: You can easily walk around the city by buying a Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour ticket.
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid, which attracts thousands of tourists every year through its majestic sections such as the Crown Hall, the Gasparini Room and the Royal Chapel, was built in the 14th century by Charles I and his son II. Built by Philip as a residence for the royal family, the building was burnt down in 1734 and was ordered by Philip V.
Thanks to the collections in the palace, it gives its guests valuable information about the way the Spanish Royal Family lives. From the 13th century onwards, armor and weapons used by royal family members, including the kings of Spain, are on display in the arsenal of the magnificent structure.
In the Painting Gallery, there are works of famous artists such as Luis Morales, Caravaggio, Goya, Sorolla and Juan de Flandes from different periods. In addition to these sections, the magnificent Royal Cuisine has been visited since October 2017. If you go to the palace on Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to watch the guards’ interesting shift exchange ceremony.