- Temple of DebodPaseo del Pintor Rosales, 2, Madrid, Spainrecommended Temple of DebodAn ancient Egyptian temple right here in Madrid! This is a free sight not to be taken for granted. The temple of Debod was originally built in 2nd century B.C. 15 km away from Aswan Egypt during the ... read morerule of Adikhalamani (Tabriqo), the Kushite king of Meroë, up through the Ptolemaic dynasty. During 1960, there was a consequent threat to the temple and several other monuments and archeological sites. Spain assisted in saving the temples of Abu Simbel and was rewarded with the Temple of Debod which was donated by Egypt as a sign of gratitude. The temple was rebuilt in Parque del Oeste, about a 5 minute walk from Palacio Real.
- Gran VíaGran Vía, 28013 Madrid, Spainrecommended Gran VíaTruly an amazing street. Some aspects remind me of Broadway in New York City or Younge Street in Toronto, but the individual boutique stores that sell things from hand fans with beautiful ... read moreillustrations to inexpensive leather messenger bags differentiate Gran Via from both streets and add authenticity to Gran Via.
- Chocolatería San GinesPasadizo de San Gines, Madrid 28013 Spainrecommended Chocolatería San GinesChocolateria San Gines is best known for their flavorful churros. With that being said, I took the opportunity to have my first "churros" experience here and was definitely impressed. Not only by the ... read morechurros, but also with the pairing of Irish coffee.
- Palacio de CristalPaseo Chopera, 10, Madrid, Spainrecommended Palacio de CristalThe Palacio de Cristal is located in the heart of Parque del Retiro, but it's hidden amongst the trees and artful landscape. Built in 1887, this beautiful palace was used to exhibit flora and fauna ... read morefrom the Philippines. Now many locals and tourists visit the palace to enjoy viewing the architectural design made with mostly glass resting on iron framework and relax on the surrounding peaceful landscape.
- Plaza MayorSouthwest of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid 28013 Spainrecommended Plaza MayorWhether day or night, Plaza Mayor is lively and filled with delightful people and blissful interaction. As you walk through one of the archways prepare to observe wide eye opening architecture with ... read moreground floor boutique shops and some of Madrid's fancier selection of restaurants perfect for people watching.recommended Plaza MayorOne of the main squares of the city, is really charming, and where all major celebrations happen. Just loved to "get myself lost" in the streets around this area.
- Palacio RealCalle de Bailen, Madrid 28013 Spainrecommended Palacio RealThe Palacio Real is a must see! It's a reflection of beautiful Spanish architecture and the prestige of royalty.recommended Palacio RealBeing the royal family one of Spains' major symbols, their palace is one major attraction in the city.
- Puerta del SolPuerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid, Spainrecommended Puerta del SolSimilar to NYC's Time Square, Puerta del Sol is the central hub for crowds of people to meet up and walk down connecting side streets and alleys to shop, dine, or dance. Regardless of the time of day, ... read morethere is always some type of activity occurring whether it be public shows or people just relaxing around the fountains.
- Parque del Buen RetiroPlaza de la Independencia, s/n, Madrid 28001 Spainrecommended Parque del Buen RetiroParque del Buen Retiro is definitely on my top 10 Gogo-parks list. Spring is an excellent time to visit. The locals and visitors bring a positive energy to the park in the form of recreation, ... read morephotography, basking, conversing, and people watching. Since there's a diverse population, people watching is at the top of the list since there might be an opportunity to discreetly learn something intriguing, but taking a row boat out for a spin on a classy man made pond is also equally arousing.recommended Parque del Buen Retiro
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I was recently traveling through Madrid, now in Barcelona. When I was in Madrid I wanted to try and connect with locals so I ate at these "eatwith" dinners, locals hosts invite people into their homes to have meals with them. i had such a great time and made cool friends along the way. you should try it out. http://goo.gl/hcRFha.Comment.10 months ago. Report
- The Prado MuseumCalle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Spainrecommended The Prado MuseumLots and lots of great art!recommended The Prado MuseumThe Prado is one of the world's great art museums. It houses Picasso's Guernica, and Las Meninas by Velazquez, which inspired good old Picasso to re-interpret it nine times on giant canvases with ... read morevarious cubist twists. However, in a turn of events quite possibly orchestrated by the Spanish train system, the nine Picassos are housed in Barcelona. There is a collection of El Grecos at once sumptuous and spooky. The strangest thing I saw here, however, was a depiction of a "miracle" in which a statue of the Madonna lactated in a giant arc-straight into a monk's mouth. I bet he DID think it was a miracle.Julia P
Not to be missed.
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How long are you going to Madrid for? If more than 4 days try an apt. Pending on your interest if the first time stay in the central part or Madrid. The city is easily accessible by walking most places and some by metro. What are your key interest? Arts, tourist places, food nitelife? I went during summer last year and loved it! Returned that year for New years and explored the outer neighborhoods seeking to understand the culture and the people. Great time. I have many recommendations.
- Barrio de las LetrasCalle Infante, 4, Madrid, Spain
- Basílica del Valle de los CaídosCarretera de Guadarrama, Escorial, El Escorial 28280 Spainrecommended Basílica del Valle de los CaídosMassive and austere stone structure built right into the mountainside. It was meant to be dedicated to the victims of Spain's brutal civil war, but is in fact more of a monument to Franco, and was ... read morebuilt largely by prisoners of war. The scale of the monument alone makes it a worthwhile site, and the history you can learn about the Franco dictatorship is also very interestingDaniel Mason-D'Croz
Near El Escorial, this monument makes for a good addition to the palace on a day trip out of Madrid
- Monasterio de El EscorialSan Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial 28200 Spainrecommended Monasterio de El EscorialEl Escorial is out of the city limits, so if you have limited time, you may unfortunately have to miss this sight. However, if you are going to be in Spain for a while I would highly recommend ... read morechecking it out. It is an easy day trip from Madrid, and the drive to it is quite scenic. El Escorial was a former residence of the Spanish Monarchy, and where many of the Hapsburg and Bourbon Kings are buried.Daniel Mason-D'Croz
Madrid is a wonderful city and there are plenty of things to see in the city. However, there are also several amazing places to visit that are nearby Madrid and are pretty easy to get to as a day trip. El Escorial is one place I would highly recommend as a day trip out of Madrid.
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaCalle de Santa Isabel, 52, Madrid, Spainrecommended Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaMy favourite museum in Madrid, this contemprary art museum is located in the Paseo del Arte area. Fabulous exhibitons and names such as Dali, Miro, Picasso, Rothke,etc everywhere. The famous Picasso's ... read morepainting Guernica is there and it's absolutelly incredible. Loved it and it is a good choice for contemporany art lovers!
- Corral de la MoreríaMorería, 17, Madrid 28005 Spainrecommended Corral de la MoreríaIf you are interested in checking out flamenco in Madrid, here is one of the better known places.
- InterContinental MadridPaseo de la Castellana 49, 28046 Madrid, Spainrecommended InterContinental MadridThe Intercontinental had, hands down, the most comfortable bed I have ever had the privilege to sleep in. Soft yet firm, it was capable of taking away all desires to see Madrid in favor of ... read moredisappearing in its depths. Aside from that, great service and a nice bar. It's a splurge, but if you're looking for a treat, this is a good one in Madrid.Julia P
Nadia, this is a great hotel.
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If you are an art enthusiast, you must check out the Prado Museum. For the best chocolate churros, you must check out San Gines. It is also good to stroll through Retiro Park. And finally, you can check out Bellas Artes Center. Enjoy!
- Real Jardín BotánicoPlaza de Murillo 2, Madrid 28014 Spain