Moving around in the city, one sees many of Madrid’s buildings and the overall architecture of some of the older buildings displaying the neo-Gothic features. Whichever one looks, Madrid can mesmerize the visitor into that feeling of being in an era of kings and queens complete with castles and other eye-catching architecture. However, the people and the bustle in the city can bring one back right away into the brisk present.
As you wonder around Madrid there are beautiful scenic’s that are eye-catchers around the city which visitors can pay a visit or maybe simply pass through.
Plaza Mayor / Palacio Real
The renowned Palacio Real is known as one of the biggest in the whole of Europe. This is the official King’s residence yet they do not reside here. At most times this is used for official ceremonies. The palace is considered as one of the most “symbolic” and beautiful buildings in Madrid and is overlooking the river valley. Palacio Real is the most famous plaza in Madrid most likely because it is now one of the focal stops of tourists surrounded with tourist shops, cafes, and restaurants. There is a statue of Philip III in the plaza’s center.
Puerta del Sol
In the heart of Madrid, Puerta del Sol is one of the busiest places in the city. It also is the main hub of the local transportation system, a venue for festivals and other big gatherings of people. The center features King Charles III statue facing the Royal Post Office with a clock tower.
Anyone will never forget to watch the clock tower which is the focus every New Year celebration where the traditional eating of 12 grapes is done. Another attraction is the viewed from the east side of the plaza is the famous Bear and the Madrono Tree Statue; the famous statue is showing a bear climbing up the madrono tree, this is the symbol of Madrid.
Flamenco / bullfights
For the enthusiast or a fan, there are many flamenco dance halls in the city with regular shows and presentations. Some shows can be watched while enjoying a Spanish meal.
For an enthusiast of bullfight, going to a bullfight is a must. During bullfighting season (in May, month of San Isidro) one can watch important corridas.
The first, Museo Del Prado is leveled as one of the best and finest art museums in the whole world. Second, is Thyssen-Bornemisza which feature a baron’s classical art collection and the third is Reina Sofia is Madrid’s modern art museum. This is actually Madrid’s museum region, which represent the 3 major art museums around Paseo del Prado.
Museo del Prado has one of the finest art collections in the world and the best in Madrid in classical art, all of which are certainly worth viewing. It includes many collections of the works of Goya, Velazquez, El Greco (Spanish), Rubens, van Dyck, Brueghel (Dutch), Botticelli, Tintoretto, Titian, Caravaggio (Italian) and the Germans Durer, Lucas Cranach and Grien.
If you are planning to visit Madrid, do not waste any time and start searching as many details as you can about it! You will soon appreciate that it will be the best trip that you will ever experience in your life!