Sights & Attractions in Madrid


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Name Category Location
Arab Wall
The remains of the Moorish military outpost that...
Archaeological Sites Old Madrid
Banco de España
This massive 1884 building, Spain's central bank,...
Financial Institutions Barrio de las Letras
Basílica de San Francisco el Grande
In 1760 Carlos III built this impressive...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
Campo del Moro
Below the Sabatini Gardens but accessible only...
Parks Old Madrid
Casa de Cervantes
A plaque marks the private home where Miguel de...
Houses / Mansions Barrio de las Letras
Casa de Lope de Vega
Considered the Shakespeare of Spanish literature,...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
Casa Longoria
A Moderniste palace commissioned in 1902 by the...
Houses / Mansions Chueca and Malasana
Catedral de la Almudena
The first stone of the cathedral, which adjoins...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Cava Baja
The epicenter of the fashionable and historic La...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Madrid
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Spain’s National Museum of Contemporary Art...
Museums / Galleries Rastro and Lavapies
Centro de Conde Duque
Built by Pedro de Ribera in 1717–30 to...
Architectural Sites Chueca and Malasana
El Rastro
Named for the arrastre (dragging) of animals in...
Markets / Bazaars Rastro and Lavapies
Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida (Goya's tomb)
Built between 1792 and 1798 by the Italian...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Estación de Atocha
A steel-and-glass hangar, Madrid's main train...
Transportation Sites Salamanca and Retiro
Jardín Botánico
Just south of the Prado, the gardens provide a...
Gardens / Arboretums Salamanca and Retiro
Jardines de Sabatini
The formal gardens to the north of the Royal...
Gardens / Arboretums Old Madrid
Monasterio de la Encarnación
Once connected to the Royal Palace by an...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
This 16th-century building was restricted for 200...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Museo Arqueológico
After being closed for more than six years, this...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
Museo de Historia
Founded in 1929 in a former 17th-century hospice,...
Museums / Galleries Chueca and Malasana
Museo del Prado
One of the world's top museums, the Prado is to...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
Museo del Traje
This museum traces the evolution of dress in...
Museums / Galleries Old Madrid
Museo Lázaro Galdiano
This stately mansion of writer and editor José...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
Museo Naval
Anyone interested in Patrick O'Brian's...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
Museo Sorolla
See the world through the exceptional eye of...
Museums / Galleries Chueca and Malasana
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Opened in 1992, the Thyssen occupies spacious...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
Palacio de Cibeles
This ornate building on the southeast side of...
Government Buildings Salamanca and Retiro
Palacio Real
Emblematic of the oldest part of the city and...
Castles / Palaces Old Madrid
Parque del Buen Retiro
Once the private playground of royalty, Madrid's...
Parks Salamanca and Retiro
Plaza Colón
Named for Christopher Columbus, this plaza has a...
Squares Salamanca and Retiro
Plaza de la Cibeles
A tree-lined walkway runs down the center of...
Fountains Salamanca and Retiro
Plaza de la Paja
At the top of the hill, on Costanilla San...
Squares Old Madrid
Plaza de la Villa
Madrid's town council met in the medieval-looking...
Government Buildings Old Madrid
Plaza de Oriente
The stately plaza in front of the Royal Palace is...
Squares Old Madrid
Plaza del 2 de Mayo
On this unassuming square stood the Monteleón...
Squares Chueca and Malasana
Plaza Lavapiés
The heart of the historic Jewish barrio, this...
Squares Rastro and Lavapies
Plaza Mayor
Austere, grand, and often surprisingly quiet...
Squares Old Madrid
Plaza Santa Ana
This plaza was the heart of the theater...
Squares Barrio de las Letras
Puerta de Alcalá
This triumphal arch was built by Carlos III in...
Architectural Sites Salamanca and Retiro
Puerta del Sol
Crowded with people but pedestrian-friendly, the...
Squares Old Madrid
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Designed by José Churriguera in the waning...
Museums / Galleries Old Madrid
Real Fábrica de Tapices
Tired of the previous monarchs' dependency on the...
Industrial Sites Salamanca and Retiro
San Jerónimo el Real
Ferdinand and Isabella used this church and...
Religious Sites Salamanca and Retiro
San Nicolás de los Servitas
This church tower is one of the oldest...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
Kids love this cable car, which takes you from...
Transportation Sites Old Madrid
Templo de Debod
This 4th-century BC Egyptian temple was...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
One of the most comprehensive zoological parks in...
Zoos / Aquariums Old Madrid


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