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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Arab Wall

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The remains of the Moorish military outpost that became the city of Madrid are visible on Calle Cuesta de la Vega. The sections of wall...

Campo del Moro

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Below the Sabatini Gardens but accessible only by an entrance on the far side by Madrid Río is the Campo del Moro, a park large enough...

Catedral de la Almudena

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The first stone of the cathedral, which adjoins the Royal Palace, was laid in 1883 by King Alfonso XII, and the resulting edifice was...

Jardines de Sabatini

  • Garden/Arboretum

The meticulously manicured gardens to the north of the Palacio Real, located where the royal stables once were, are a pleasant place...

Madrid Río

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Madrid Río, the city’s most ambitious urban planning initiative in recent history, has added nearly 32 km (20 miles) of green space...

Monasterio de la Encarnación

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Once connected to the Palacio Real by an underground passageway, this Augustinian convent now houses fewer than a dozen nuns. Founded...

Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

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This 16th-century building was restricted for 200 years to women of royal blood. Its plain, brick-and-stone facade begets an opulent...

Palacio Real

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The Palacio Real rests on the terrain where the Moors built Madrid's first defensive fortress in the 9th century. It overwhelms with...

Plaza de Oriente

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This stately plaza, in front of the Palacio Real, is surrounded by massive statues of Spanish monarchs. They were meant to be mounted...

Plaza de la Villa

  • Government Building

Madrid's town council met in the medieval-looking complex here from the Middle Ages until 2009, when it moved to the new city hall headquarters...

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