Madrid's Most Beautiful Architecture and Fascinating Historic Sights

The city of Madrid is a vibrant and exceptionally charming European capital rich in history, architecture and sights.

Fortunately for the visitor, most of Madrid’s sights are concentrated in the historic core and are within easy walking distance of one another. However, as a general rule, the older the sight is, the closer it is to the Puerta del Sol, with the city’s newest sights located ever closer to the urban limits. In that halfway space but still within very comfortable walking distance of the heart of Spain, otherwise known as the Puerta del Sol, you’ll find a number of Madrid’s important sights dating from the Spanish Enlightenment period in the 18th century, like the Prado Museum, Cibeles Fountain and the Royal Palace.

In Madrid, you’ll find that the lovely urban landscape consists of wide tree-lined boulevards, fancy stone buildings, sober brick facades, quaint side streets paved with stone, as well as its dozens of unique attractions. In fact, a visit to Madrid may just not be complete without taking in the city’s top sights as we suggest below. 

Site of a monument to Spanish novelist Cervantes and a centrally-located spot for shoppers in the chic surrounding streets. Famous Madrid tower also on-site. Located between Gran V�a and Calle Princesa. METRO: Plaza de Espa�a

Parque de Templo de Debod

Home of the Debod Temple, a gift from the Egyptian government. Great second century BC Egyptian architecture. The surrounding park is quiet and solitary, allowing for a contemplative stroll after a day of business meetings or shopping...  Read More

Nuestra Señora de la Almudena

La Almudena, now known as Madrid's main cathedral, was planned hundreds of years ago, but its development was stunted by set-backs such as a Civil War bombing and insufficient funds. The cathedral, with its neoclassical exterior and geometrical,...  Read More

Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Spectacular architecture resulted in this being considered the eighth wonder of the world. Situated in the heart of Madrid, you'll find many spectacular tapestries here, as well as a superb collection of paintings by Brueghel, Coello, Tiziano,...  Read More

Museo del Prado
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One of the world's most celebrated museums, Madrid's Prado Museum is an extensive first-class art gallery containing 16th to 19th century European art. The emphasis is naturally on Spanish art as the Prado's collection was originally composed of...  Read More

Retiro Park is Madrid's most popular green space and for good reason. The extensive downtown park has hectares of manicured lawns and paths good for strolling as well as several picturesque gardens and multiple exhibition spaces. Flanked by...  Read More

Plaza de Cibeles

The Plaza de Cibeles is Madrid's most famous confluence of streets, where Paseo de Recoletos, Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcal� meet. In the middle of the roundabout lies Cibeles Fountain, a 1782 sculpture and fountain of the classical...  Read More

This busy crossroads is Madrid's main meeting place and crowds always loiter around the statue of the bear and the madroño ("strawberry tree") at the bottom of C/Carmen. It is also officially the geographical official heart of Madrid and...  Read More

Plaza Mayor
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Madrid's Plaza Mayor is a grand, historical square in the heart of the city. There you should admire the mural-like façade of what is known as the Casa de la Panadería and the equestrian statue of King Felipe III. Wander, too, around the...  Read More

El Palacio Real

Historic royal palace that has passed through history from the Arabs to the Austrians and finally to the Spanish, although the current royal family are not in residence. Features excellent walking tours of sumptuously furnished bedrooms, sitting...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah