In January 2016 I decided to visit Madrid, the capital of Spain and a city that offers many things to do. In Madrid the minimum stay is 3 days to enjoy both its monuments and the various leisure options it has.
Madrid is a big city and has one of the best Metro networks in the world, so getting around Metro is essential to reach all the most important sites.
The best time to visit Madrid is during the months of Spring and Autumn, which is when temperatures allow you to walk along the street in a very pleasant way.
These are the main places to visit in Madrid:
Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol is the most famous square in Madrid, it is the Royal Mail House, the statue of the Bear and the Madroño and the Kilometer Zero.
It is the place where all the 31 de Diciembre are celebrated, the famous bells in which all of Spain takes 12 grapes to celebrate the end of the year.
Metro Sol, lines 1, 2 and 3.
The Plaza Mayor is the most beautiful in the city, surrounded by bars and shops you can enjoy the square sitting on a terrace drinking something.
The statue of Felipe III, El Arco de Cuchilleros and the facade of the Bakery House stand out in the square.
At Christmas the square is filled with stalls to buy decorative and joke items.
Metro Ópera, line 2 and 5 or Sol, lines 1, 2 and 3.
The most important street in the city, with atmosphere at any time of the day and full of restaurants, clothing stores and theaters.
To enjoy it you have to walk 1.5 km from Calle Alcalá to the Plaza de España.
If you have time, it's worth going to one of its theaters to see a play.
Metro Gran Vía, lines 1 and 5.
The Retiro Park is the most important in Madrid together with the Casa de Campo.
The most emblematic places of the park are the Monument to Alfonso XII, the Crystal Palace, the Walk of the Statues, the Spanish Door and the Pond where you can take a boat ride and enjoy this wonderful park.
Metro Retiro, line 2.
Puerta de Alcalá
Located at the beginning of Alcalá Street, in the Independence Place, it was built in 1778.
It is one of the five doors that gave access to the old Villa of Madrid.
Metro Retiro, line 2.
This square is formed by the fountain of Cibeles in the center, and surrounded by four important buildings that are the Army General Headquarters, the House of America, the Bank of Spain and the impressive Palace of Communications that is the seat of the Madrid City Council .
The fountain is the place of celebrations of the titles of Real Madrid and the Spanish team.
Metro Banco de España, line 2.
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Royal Family of Spain, although it is only used for receptions and official acts.
Built in the eighteenth century by Carlos III in the place that was the Palace of the Austrias that burned and was demolished.
It is one of the essential visits of Madrid and the entrance costs 10€.
Metro Ópera, line 2 and 5.
Temple of Debod
Temple given by Egypt to Spain thanks to the work done to save the temples of Nubia.
It is surrounded by the Parque del Oeste and it is very common to see people resting on the lawn of the temple. At sunset you get a magnificent view of part of the city from its viewpoint. Its age is more than 2000 years.
Metro Ventura Rodríguez, line 3.
The most important museum in Madrid together with the Reina Sofía and the Tyssen, located in the Paseo del Prado, an essential tour of the city, houses paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Highlights paintings by painters such as Velázquez, Goya, Tiziano, El Greco and Rubens among others.
The price of admission is 15€.
Metro Banco de España, line 2.
The Plaza de Toros de las Ventas is the most important in the world.
Built in 1929 stands out for the great beauty of its construction and its immensity.
If there is a bullfight you can enter for a price of about € 5, otherwise you can make a visit for € 13.
Metro Ventas, lines 2 and 5.
It is the most important religious building of the capital of Spain.
It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993, being the only one in all of Spain.
Its location stands out in front of the Royal Palace, which makes it one of the most beautiful images of Madrid.
The entrance to the Cathedral is free and can be visited every day.
Metro Ópera, lines 2 and 5.
The Kio Towers were the first slanted skyscrapers in the world.
With a height of 114 meters they are the second tallest twin towers in Spain.
Metro Plaza Castilla, lines 1, 9 and 10.
Madrid is the city with more teams in the Spanish First Division. You can visit the fields of Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, Getafe, Leganés and Rayo Vallecano.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Stadium where Real Madrid C.F. plays its games.
It has hosted matches in the 1964 European Championship, the 1982 World Cup and four Champions League finals.
Its museum is the third most visited in Madrid with more than one million visitors. You can visit for € 25, the price is rewarded by seeing inside the trophies of the most successful club in the world.
Metro Santiago Bernabéu, line 10.
Stadium inaugurated in 2017 in which Atlético de Madrid plays its matches.
Built to improve the previous Vicente Calderón Stadium that still stands today although it will end up being demolished.
Metro Estadio Metropolitano, line 7.
Shirts purchased during the trip were those of Real Madrid and Leganés.