Sights & Attractions in Madrid

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Name Category Location
 
Arab Wall
The remains of the Moorish military outpost that became the city...
Archaeological Sites Old Madrid
 
Banco de España
This massive 1884 building, Spain's central bank, takes up an...
Financial Institutions Barrio de las Letras
 
Basílica de San Francisco el Grande
In 1760 Carlos III built this impressive basilica on the site...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
CaixaForum
Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, who transformed...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
 
Campo del Moro
Below the Sabatini Gardens but accessible only by an entrance...
Parks Old Madrid
 
Casa de Cervantes
A plaque marks the private home where Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra...
Houses / Mansions Barrio de las Letras
 
Casa de Lope de Vega
Considered the Shakespeare of Spanish literature, Fray Lope Félix...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
 
Casa Longoria
A Moderniste palace commissioned in 1902 by the businessman and...
Houses / Mansions Chueca and Malasaña
 
Catedral de la Almudena
The first stone of the cathedral, which adjoins the Royal Palace...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
Cava Baja
The epicenter of the fashionable and historic La Latina neighborhood—a...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old Madrid
 
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Madrid's museum of modern art was once a hospital, but today...
Museums / Galleries Rastro and Lavapiés
 
Centro de Conde Duque
Built by Pedro de Ribera in 1717–30 to accommodate the Regiment...
Architectural Sites Chueca and Malasaña
 
Cine Doré
A rare example of Art Nouveau architecture in Madrid, the hip...
Arts / Performance Venues Rastro and Lavapiés
 
El Rastro
Named for the arrastre (dragging) of animals in and out of the...
Markets / Bazaars Rastro and Lavapiés
 
Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida (Goya's tomb)
Built between 1792 and 1798 by the Italian architect Francisco...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
Estación de Atocha
A steel-and-glass hangar, Madrid's main train station was built...
Transportation Sites Salamanca and Retiro
 
Jardín Botánico
Just south of the Prado, the gardens provide a pleasant place...
Gardens / Arboretums Salamanca and Retiro
 
Jardines de Sabatini
The formal gardens to the north of the Royal Palace are crawling...
Gardens / Arboretums Old Madrid
 
Monasterio de la Encarnación
Once connected to the Royal Palace by an underground passageway...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
This 16th-century building was restricted for 200 years to women...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
Museo Arqueológico
The biggest attraction here is a replica of the early cave paintings...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
 
Museo de Historia
Founded in 1929 in a former 17th-century hospice, this museum...
Museums / Galleries Chueca and Malasaña
 
Museo del Prado
When the Prado was commissioned by King/Mayor Carlos III, in...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
 
Museo del Traje
This museum traces the evolution of dress in Spain, from old...
Museums / Galleries Old Madrid
 
Museo Lázaro Galdiano
This stately mansion of writer and editor José Lázaro Galdiano...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
 
Museo Naval
Anyone interested in Patrick O'Brian's painstakingly detailed...
Museums / Galleries Salamanca and Retiro
 
Museo Sorolla
See the world through the exceptional eye of Spain's most famous...
Museums / Galleries Chueca and Malasaña
 
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Opened in 1992, the Thyssen occupies spacious galleries filled...
Museums / Galleries Barrio de las Letras
 
Palacio de Cibeles
This ornate building on the southeast side of Plaza de la Cibeles...
Government Buildings Salamanca and Retiro
 
Palacio Real
Emblematic of the oldest part of the city and intimately related...
Castles / Palaces Old Madrid
 
Parque del Buen Retiro
Once the private playground of royalty, Madrid's crowning park...
Parks Salamanca and Retiro
 
Plaza Colón
Named for Christopher Columbus, this plaza has a statue of the...
Squares Salamanca and Retiro
 
Plaza de la Cibeles
A tree-lined walkway runs down the center of Paseo del Prado...
Fountains Salamanca and Retiro
 
Plaza de la Paja
At the top of the hill, on Costanilla San Andrés, the Plaza de...
Squares Old Madrid
 
Plaza de la Villa
Madrid's town council met in the medieval-looking complex here...
Government Buildings Old Madrid
 
Plaza de Oriente
The stately plaza in front of the Royal Palace is surrounded...
Squares Old Madrid
 
Plaza del 2 de Mayo
On this unassuming square stood the Monteleón Artillery barracks...
Squares Chueca and Malasaña
 
Plaza Lavapiés
The heart of the historic Jewish barrio, this plaza at the top...
Squares Rastro and Lavapiés
 
Plaza Mayor
Austere, grand, and often surprisingly quiet compared with the...
Squares Old Madrid
 
Plaza Santa Ana
This plaza was the heart of the theater district in the 17th...
Squares Barrio de las Letras
 
Puerta de Alcalá
This triumphal arch was built by Carlos III in 1778 to mark the...
Architectural Sites Salamanca and Retiro
 
Puerta del Sol
Crowded with people but pedestrian-friendly, the Puerta del Sol...
Squares Old Madrid
 
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Designed by José Churriguera in the waning baroque years of the...
Museums / Galleries Old Madrid
 
Real Fábrica de Tapices
Tired of the previous monarchs' dependency on the Belgian and...
Industrial Sites Salamanca and Retiro
 
San Jerónimo el Real
Ferdinand and Isabella used this church and cloister as a retiro,...
Religious Sites Salamanca and Retiro
 
San Nicolás de los Servitas
This church tower is one of the oldest buildings in Madrid. There's...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
Teatro Real
Built in 1850, this neoclassical theater was long a cultural...
Arts / Performance Venues Old Madrid
 
Teleférico
Kids love this cable car, which takes you from the Rosaleda gardens...
Transportation Sites Old Madrid
 
Templo de Debod
This 4th-century BC Egyptian temple was donated to Spain in thanks...
Religious Sites Old Madrid
 
Zoo-Aquarium
One of the most comprehensive zoological parks in Europe, Madrid's...
Zoos / Aquariums Old Madrid
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