Madrid Sights

You won't find the soul of Madrid on the tourist-packed arteries of the Gran Vía and the Paseo de la Castellana; look instead on the quiet, residential streets and squares that give the city its signature charm. Duck into the warren of villagelike byways in the downtown area between the Palacio Real and the Parque del Buen Retiro, or get lost in the more alternative neighborhoods between Plaza

de Lavapiés and the Glorieta de Bilbao. Broad avenidas, twisting medieval alleys, grand museums, stately gardens, and boisterous taverns are all jumbled together, creating an urban texture so rich that walking is the best way to soak it in.

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Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida (Goya's tomb)

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Built between 1792 and 1798 by the Italian architect Francisco Fontana, this neoclassical church was financed by King Carlos IV, who...

Faro de Moncloa

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This UFO-like tower, reopened in 2017 after a temporary closing due to fire damage, is 360 feet tall and an excellent viewpoint from...

Museo del Traje

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This museum traces the evolution of dress in Spain, from old royal burial garments (very few of which remain) to French fashion pieces...

Teleférico

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Kids and adults alike appreciate the sweeping views from this retro cable car, which takes you from the Rosaleda gardens in the Parque...

Templo de Debod

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It’s not every day that you can marvel at a fully reconstructed ancient Egyptian temple from the 4th century BC, but thanks to the...

Zoo-Aquarium

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Madrid's zoo-aquarium houses one of Europe's largest variety of animals (including rarities such as an albino tiger) that are grouped...

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