The city of Madrid is located in the center of Spain. The city has many ancient plazas decorated with churches, parks with lakes and tapas bars with terraces.
Explore the plazas.
Madrid is a city that can be explored on foot. There are many historical squares, plazas, in the city center. The Puerta de Sol, located next to the town hall, is one of the city’s most popular meeting spots. A short walk away through the narrow cobbled streets visitors will find the Plaza Mayor, a large square with many local shops and terrace bars.
In the nearby Plaza de España, located next to the main Gran Vía street filled with restaurants and shops, visitors will find many market stalls selling local products. The plaza has several fountains, including the fountain with the bronze statues of Cervantes, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
North of the city center is Plaza de Colón. The square has a large statue of Columbus. There are several museums located on the square, including the city’s Archaeological Museum and the Wax Museum. This square is located a short walk away from the city’s Golden Mile, an area filled with boutiques and international designer shops.
Visit the museums.
Many visit the city of Madrid for its cultural events and art exhibits. Near the city center there are many art, history and science museums. The three main art museums are the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. These three museums form the city’s Golden Triangle of Museums, which is located near the central Atocha train station.
Visitors will be able to explore Madrid’s food culture. This city, filled with bars, clubs and restaurants, is known for its food. There are several traditional markets that have been remodeled, offering visitors a selection of local Spanish food. The three main markets in the city center are the Antón Martín market, the San Antón market and the San Miguel market.
Tapas are appetizers that are usually served with each drink ordered. Larger versions of tapas are raciones, dishes that can be shared. Typical tapas include aceitunas olives with pickles, croquetas croquettes and tortilla de patatas potato omelet. Near the city center visitors will find many tapas bars, and the La Latina district is famous for its selection of tapas. There are many bars in the Barrio de la Letras area and in multicultural Lavapiés visitors will find many ethnic restaurants.
Walk in the parks.
The Retiro Park is located in the city center. This park used to be part of the royal gardens and has alleys decorated with statues, several gardens and many footpaths. There are several fountains and visitors will be able to rent a boat and row in the park’s pond. West of the city center visitors will find the Casa de Campo, which used to be a private hunting ground. The park has a lake and many jogging paths. The park is connected to the city by bus, subway and road, and there is a cable car known for its views that takes visitors from the centric Moncloa area to the park. Inside the park visitors will find the Parque de Atracciones theme park and the city’s zoo. The Madrid Rio is a park located on the banks of the Manzanares river. Visitors will be able to rent a bike to explore the park and the riverside.