10 ESSENTIALS YOU MUST VISIT

Puerta del Sol

6 mins walking from the hotel

It´s the most important square of Madrid. Many historical streets, such as Mayor, Arenal, Alcalá and Preciados Street, converge here and it contains several of the city’s best known landmarks.

Among its monuments you can find the famous clock whose bells mark the beginning of a New Year with the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes.

Opposite to the famous clock at Casa de Correos you can find the Kilometer 0 plaque. This plaque indicates the starting point of all the rail roads in Spain.

Puerta del Sol is also the location of the most famous symbol of Madrid, `El Oso y El Madroño’. This is a 4 metres and  20 tonnes of bronze statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree. According to legend the original name of the city was “Ursaria” (“land of bears” in Latin), due to the high number of these animals that were found in the near forests, which, together with the arbutus (“madroño” in Spanish), have been the emblem or symbol (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree) of the city from the Middle Ages.

Plaza Mayor

7 mins walking from the hotel

Very few blocks away for the Puerta del Sol, situated at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid, you can find the Plaza Mayor arcaded square.

It is one of the biggest squares in Europe, measuring 129 by 94 meters, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza. It has a total of nine entrance ways.

At the center of the square is a bronze statue of King Philips III, constructed in 1916 by Jean Boulogne and Pietro Tacca.

It is mandatory to try the traditional “Bocata de Calamares” (calamari sandwich) in one of its bar accompanied with a very cold beer.

Plaza Mayor

7 mins walking from the hotel

Very few blocks away for the Puerta del Sol, situated at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid, you can find the Plaza Mayor arcaded square.

It is one of the biggest squares in Europe, measuring 129 by 94 meters, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza. It has a total of nine entrance ways.

At the center of the square is a bronze statue of King Philips III, constructed in 1916 by Jean Boulogne and Pietro Tacca.

It is mandatory to try the traditional “Bocata de Calamares” (calamari sandwich) in one of its bar accompanied with a very cold beer.

Gran Vía

12 mins walking from the hotel

Over a hundred years old Gran Vía is the main artery of Madrid full of shops, bars, cinemas and theatres. Appropriately named “the great lane” with splendid Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades fronting its banks, offices and apartments, and huge posters on the cinemas.

Gran Vía is one of the streets with the most nightlife in Madrid and it is said that to be the street that never sleeps. It is also one of the most important shopping streets of the city.

Royal Palace

14 mins walking from the hotel

 Madrid’s Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain. We have to point out that it´s is no longer the royal family’s home, the King of Spain lives in the Zarzuela Palace.

The palace, built in the form of a square, was inspired by sketches made by Bernini for the construction of the Louvre in Paris, it looks out over a large courtyard with galleries and a parade ground. For interior decoration, rich materials were used: spanish marble, stucco, mahogany doors and windows and important works of art, particularly frescoes by leading artists of the moment as Giaquinto, Tiepolo and Mengs and his Spanish followers Bayeu and Maella.

Madrid’s Royal Palace is considered to be one of the finest palaces in Europe.

Almudena´s Cathedral

15 mins walking from the hotel

Almudena´s Cathedral is Madrid’s grandest church, situated next to Madrid’s Royal Palace. It was builded when the capital of Spain was transferred from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 because King Felipe II  wanted a cathedral for his new capital.

Inside the building, don’t miss the richly decorated statue of Our Lady of Almudena, set in front of a magnificent altarpiece. And don’t forget to visit the impressive crypt, with its neo-Romanesque vaulting.

The cathedral was most recently the site of the wedding of King Felipe VI to Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano on May 22, 2004.

Prado Museum

11 mins walking from the hotel

The Prado museum contains one of the most important art collections in the world, and the museum also puts on regular temporary exhibitions so there’s always more to see. The paintings inside date from between the 12th and 19th centuries. Famous artists including Goya, Velazquez,  Rubens and Murillo have their works inside, amongst many other artists. The sheer scale of some of the paintings is impressive, and even if you are not an expert art lover; we would say there is still enough in the museum to keep you interested for a couple of hours.

Museo del Prado

11 mins walking from the hotel

The Prado museum contains one of the most important art collections in the world, and the museum also puts on regular temporary exhibitions so there’s always more to see. The paintings inside date from between the 12th and 19th centuries. Famous artists including Goya, Velazquez,  Rubens and Murillo have their works inside, amongst many other artists. The sheer scale of some of the paintings is impressive, and even if you are not an expert art lover; we would say there is still enough in the museum to keep you interested for a couple of hours.

Cibeles and Neptuno fountain

9 mins walking from the hotel

King Charles III commissioned the creation of these fountains as part of his plan of modernization of the city.

The Cibeles fountain is named after Cybele (or Ceres), Roman goddess of nature and is seen as one of Madrid’s most important symbols. This fountain depicts the goddess, sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions.

The Neptuno fountain represents the god of the sea holding a trident while riding on a carriage pulled by two creatures with a horse-shaped upper-half and a fish serpentine-tail.

Cibeles fountain is an icon for Real Madrid, is the place where they celebrate all their victories while the Neptuno fountain is counterpart to the Atletico de Madrid team.

Alcalá Gate and  Buen Retiro Park

23 mins walking from the hotel

Alcala´s gate is the most well-known monument of Madrid. It was design by Sabatini under the request of King Charles III with the objective of delimiting the eastern boundaries.

The gate has four statues on the top representing the four cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.

In front of Alcala´s Gate we can find the Buen Retiro park with 1.4km2 and 15,000 trees. This park is a green oasis in the heart of the city filled with interesting fountains and sculptures inside as the magnificent monument to Alfonso XII.

Debod Temple

25 mins walking from the hotel

Debod Temple is an ancient Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid. The temple was donated  in 1968 by the Egyptian state as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel.

The reconstruction in Madrid kept the building’s original orientation; that is to say, from East to West. To help visitors understand the meaning of this magnificent location, its decorative motifs and its history, scale models and videos can be seen and audiovisual material is projected on the walls.

Templo de Debod

25 mins walking from the hotel

Debod Temple is an ancient Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid. The temple was donated  in 1968 by the Egyptian state as a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel.

The reconstruction in Madrid kept the building’s original orientation; that is to say, from East to West. To help visitors understand the meaning of this magnificent location, its decorative motifs and its history, scale models and videos can be seen and audiovisual material is projected on the walls.

El rastro Market

12 mins walking from the hotel

Held every Sunday you can discover Spain´s most popular open air flea market. A great variety of products (new and used) can be found at El Rastro. A number of antique shops in the local area are also open on Sunday.

After a morning of purchases and bargains, the most recommendable option is enjoying some beers and tapas in the area of La Latina, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Madrid.

El rastro Market

12 mins walking from the hotel

Held every Sunday you can discover Spain´s most popular open air flea market. A great variety of products (new and used) can be found at El Rastro. A number of antique shops in the local area are also open on Sunday.

After a morning of purchases and bargains, the most recommendable option is enjoying some beers and tapas in the area of La Latina, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Madrid.