Places to Explore in Madrid

Madrid is famous for its historical structures, food markets, and Royalty. Renowned for its renaissance and contemporary art museums, unique neighbourhoods, and bustling nightlife, Madrid is a city of pleasure and energy. The metropolis has one of Europe’s finest Spanish and Latin American art collections scattered throughout its galleries and museums. Its open-air courtyards host plenty of Beaux-Arts-style structures, unique sculptures, and old-fashioned theatres dating back to the 18th century.


Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid was constructed in the 18th century and is the official home of the Spanish Royal Family. The Palace is used solely for receptions, ceremonies, and official acts, as the monarchs of Spain have taken up residence in the Zarzuela Palace. Quite a luxurious walk where you can explore and delve into the grandiosity of this famous Palace.

The Palace is covered by Campo del Moro Park in the western area, which dates back to the Middle Ages. While the gardens of Sabatini can be seen during the daytime. The change of Guard at the Royal Palace of Madrid happens every Wednesday from October to July at 11 am.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor is just a few metres from Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace. It is another of Madrid’s must-sees, created by Juan de Herrera and Juan Gómez de Mora in the Baroque style. One of the main points of this square is the Equestrian statue of Philip III.

Apparently, if the horse is rearing (with both front legs in the air), the rider dies from battle. If just one front leg up, that tells the rider was injured in battle; if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider perishes outside battle.

Happen to be visiting during the holiday season? There’ll be a traditional Christmas market that’s been occurring for nearly 150 years, where you’ll find many festive ornaments and gift choices.

Almudena Cathedral

This Cathedral has a gallery that houses effigies of the city’s Patron Saints: the Virgin Mary of la Almudena and San Isidro Labrador. It also has a collection of the life of the Church through the seven sacraments. Suppose you can get over the years of investigation of inequality and lavish decadence of the Catholic Church.

It is a beautiful church with stunning mosaics, gold, and history. You will also get a chance to view the crypts and the impressive history behind them. If you only visit the Cathedral for free, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

Central Area

Comprises broad plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, bright lights, window shopping, and restaurant signs promising the best paella and churros. Downtown Madrid is a cluster of plazas interconnected by street sides. Some side streets are expansive pedestrian shopping passages, and some are invisible, so it’s easy to weave in and out of the bustle as preferred. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the prominent intersection of the city and a must-see interest at any time of the day.

The nearby Plaza Mayor, surrounded by historic red buildings, is a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat alfresco amidst scores of tables and tourists. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is shorter and a suitable meeting spot. The Plaza del Oriente is the front ground of the Royal Palace.

Centro can be packed with tourists (pickpockets are sadly not unheard-of here), stuffed, and sometimes gimmicky. But it is the place to experience classic Madrid.


If you are looking for a Michelin star restaurant in the area, try La Guisandera de Piñera. A restaurant that offers classic Asturian cuisine, including delectable stews and other notable dishes from this region of Northern Spain. Try their “Arroz con Pitu de Caleya” (a type of chicken paella), La Guisandera’s signature fabada stew, and Arroz con Leche.

The heart of Madrid is in its neighbourhoods. Malasaña is an authentic slice of Spanish life just minutes from the city centre! Stylish cafés sit next to century-old bars, and gorgeous tile and iron patios overlook cobblestone streets. Malasaña is the ideal neighbourhood to see historical and contemporary Madrid sitting side by side.

Try classic dishes such as potato tortilla, grilled pig’s ear, Madrid-style snails, and huevos estrellados (fried eggs and potatoes. They are the most typical and time-honoured tapas found on Madrid’s menus.

If Madrid deems it like a fairytale, it’s partially because many structures here have a candy, castle-like look. Even City Hall is impressive, with its white peaks and neo-Gothic elements.

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