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Madrid is the capital of the Spanish peninsula oozing with a vibrant feel that makes the city’s charm even more fascinating. I’ve met some travellers that prefer Barcelona but I’m more drawn to Madrid. There’s so much more history and culture to unravel. The whole city is rich with captivating places that one should not miss whether you are just strolling along narrow alleys or gawking at the architectural brilliance of buildings aged hundred years. The City of Madrid will leave you wanting more as you indulge yourself with a beautiful travel experience.
- Buen Retiro Park
This park spans 350 acres, the largest in Madrid. It is filled with museums, towering sculptures, galleries, fountains, fancy gardens and a peaceful lake perfect for a laid-back day or kayaking. Don’t miss the Rosaleda garden and the Crystal palace at the edge of the lake!
2. Temple of Debod
Can you imagine an ancient Egyptian temple in an Iberian peninsula? It’s a surprising sight to visit in Parque del Oeste where a beautiful panoramic view of the capital awaits.
3. Palacio De Real
This is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with 3,418 rooms! It astonishes you with its grand architecture, exquisite interiors and interesting historical facts dating back to 1735.
4. Plaza de Cibeles
This houses the City hall and has become an iconic symbol for the city. In the center stands the famous fountain of Cibeles, the goddess of nature and protector of Madrid. It has long become the meeting point for football fans where championships are usually celebrated.
5. Plaza Mayor
This plaza used to host Spanish bullfights but what I love are the traditional shops and cafes around it where you can enjoy beers and tapas! The whole square is bustling with activities and an engaging crowd. Perfect place to end your day.