Places to Visit in Madrid

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(This is a compilation of places in Madrid written for the Clarice app)


Madrid

Praised by art lovers around the world, the Spanish capital is home to over 3.2 million people!

The Golden Art Triangle is one of the most visited places in Madrid, a set of three museums displaying the work of famous artists like Picasso and Dalí.

Boasting over 40 parks, Madrid has one of the largest “green zones” in Europe!

With bars open until dawn and flamenco shows in every corner, the party never stops in this cosmopolitan city.

Salamanca

If you’re looking for a quiet retreat in Madrid, Salamanca is the place to go!

Home to high-end shops, exquisite restaurants and Madrid’s finest nightclubs, Salamanca sets the bar has the city’s most fashionable neighborhood.

Chueca

For the past few decades, Chueca has been recognized as the capital’s gay neighborhood.

Everyone is welcome in this trendy area, where small boutiques meet outdoor terraces and a gourmet food market – Mercado de San Antón.

Whether you’re after the latest fashion trends or want to party all night, Chueca will not let you down!

Huertas

Officially called Barrio de las Letras, Huertas took over the name of its main street – Calle Huertas.

The area is packed with bars and restaurants – if you’re meeting friends for a drink, you’re ought to stop here first!

Try a meal at Viva Madrid, the city’s oldest restaurant or watch a Flamenco show at Cardamomo, two things you should cross off your bucket list.

Sol

A starting point for the city’s highways and a popular meeting point for locals and tourists, Sol is literally the center of it all!

It’s here you will find the “bear statue”, a famous symbol of Madrid, Puerta del Sol and the Kilometer Zero sign.

Shops, restaurants and historical squares are all scattered around this famous neighborhood.

La Quinta de los Molinos

La Quinta de los Molinos is one of Madrid’s precious gems!

When spring reaches the capital, you will feel the almond trees scent coming from this colorful park.

Located in the El Salvador neighbourhood, La Quinta de los Molinos was designed by the Urbanism art professor, César Cort Botí around the 1920’s and only open to the public in 1982.

Look up and you will see many tree branches framing the sky, like olive and eucalyptus trees. The park also features two windmills that help power water to its fountain.

A calm oasis for both locals and tourists, Quinta de los Molinos can be acessed every day between 6:30 to 22:00!

Ateneo de Madrid

Many walk by Calle del Prado without entering Ateneo de Madrid on number 21!

This cultural institution provides you with a relaxing space to read, work or study, right in the midst of one of the largest libraries in Spain.

Founded in the 19th century, it was home to many liberal movements and it’s now a reference point of the literary quarter, hosting all sorts of events, from concerts to exhibitions and film screenings.

Microteatro Por Dinero

What started off as a theatrical experiment, quickly became one of Madrid’s hottest spots!

Since 2009, the small rooms of this former brothel have been replaced for theatre sets and now present several performances per day.

You will need just 15 minutes of your time for each performance. In the meantime, if you’re feeling thirsty you can order some drinks at the bar.

So gather up your friends and don’t forget to book tickets in advance!

Teleférico de Madrid

See Madrid from above by climbing on a cable car!

Near the Argüeles Metro station, you will find the starting point at Paseo del Pintor. From there you will slide over the city’s parks and spot famous attractions, like the Royal Palace and the Temple of Debod.

Once you reach the top you can relax at the restaurant and capture mind-blowing pictures without glass standing in the way!

Plaza de Colón

Come visit the square that honours the famous explorer Christopher Columbus!

Formerly called “Plaza de Santiago”, the square was renamed in 1893 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ journey to America.

Keeping up with this theme, the gardens surrounding the area are also commonly known as “Gardens of Discovery”.

When you’re standing next to the Columbus statue, make sure to peek down the fountain and you’ll see steps leading to the Centro Cultural de la Villa, one of Madrid’s famous art venues!

Madrid Planetarium

Over 9,000 stars are reproduced at the Madrid Planetarium!

Inaugurated in 1986, the venue promotes educational programs about astronomy and science.

Bring the kids and come discover the secrets of Cosmos!

Railway Museum

Whether you’re an avid train collector or you’re just interested in the history of trains, the Railway museum promises to take you on an unforgettable journey!

From steam to electric trains, you can hop aboard some of the cars and experience how past passengers used to ride the tracks. The collection includes models from Spain, England, France, Switzerland and the United States.

After the tour you can keep the vibe going and have a coffee in an old dining car from the 1930’s!

Parque del Oeste

A battlefield during the Civil War, Parque del Oeste is now a relaxing area for anyone who visits Madrid!

Each year people gather up to see the flower show at the Rose Garden, while others come here to admire the Temple of Debod.

When you’re finish wandering around the park, you can take the Teleférico and continue on to Casa de Campo!

Juan Carlos I Park

One of Madrid’s most modern parks, Juan Carlos I is named after one of the country’s former kings!

The park is so big it has its own touristic train, a lake and more than 10,000 m worth of walking trails.

It also features a number of sports facilities, including a bike rental service, fishing areas, a golf course and a skating rink.

With so many activities available it will be hard to choose just one!

Palacio Vistalegre

If you’re attending an event in Madrid, you are likely to end up at Palacio Vistalegre!

With a capacity for 14,000 people, the arena has witnessed performances by Coldplay and the Guns N’Roses.

In addition to concerts, the Palacio also hosts sports competitions like basketball games.

Warner Madrid

Time to get that adrenaline pumping at Warner Madrid!

This theme park is divided into 5 areas – DC Super Heroes World, Warner Bros.Studios, Cartoon Village, Old West Territory and Hollywood Boulevard.

From inverted roller coasters to family-friendly attractions, there is something here for all ages!

Cerro del Tío Pío Park

When the sun comes down in Madrid, there is no better place to see it then at the Cerro del Tío Park!

Spanish people commonly refer to this park as “parque de las siete tetas”, since the seven hills’ shape is very similar to women’s breasts.

Lie down on the grass and enjoy the panoramic views of this bustling city!

Capricho Park

A hidden gem of the 18th century, Capricho Park is one of the city’s finest parks!

Created by the Duchess of Benavente, the park attracted many prestigious personalities from that period, including artists and set designers.

This natural paradise holds many treasures, among them are the three gardens inspired by French, English and Italian landscapes, and a labyrinth where you can play hide-and-seek.

Food, drink and animals are not allowed here, this is a place for romantic rambles and quiet strolls away from the hustle of the city.

Capricho Park is only open on weekends, so make sure to plan your visit in advance!

Museum of the Americas

Follow the footsteps of native Americans at the Museum of the Americas!

From the Pre-Columbian period all to way to the modern indigenous cultures, the museum’s collection boasts over 25,000 artefacts.

These heritage pieces are spread into five different sections, covering subjects like the exploration of the Americas, religion and communication.

The museum is open every day except on Mondays!

Teatro de la Zarzuela

Teatro de la Zarzuela is a cultural reference point in Madrid!

Staging performances since the 1856, this theatre is an homage to traditional Spanish operetta –  La Zarzuela. Many plays have premiered here including “El rey que rabió” by Chapí and “La casa de las tres muchachas” by Sorozábal.

In 1909 a fire burned down the premises and since then the building went through several changes, both in architecture and repertoire, until it was finally considered a National Monument in 1994!

Today the theatre’s program features zarzuela, classical music and opera performances with tickets ranging between 5€ and 50€.

Indisciplinadas

This small exhibition space took over an apartment in Chueca and now hosts workshops and exhibitions about contemporary art.

Established in 2014, Indisciplinadas invites artists to experiment with different practices and combine them with their personal work.

Take a break from the masterpieces at the Art Triangle and get to know some new talents instead!

El Bosque Encantado

Elephants, giraffes and dragons come to life in this magical botanical garden!

A 75km ride from the centre of Madrid, El Bosque Encantado is known for it’s realistic green sculptures and the huge plant diversity that includes 500 different species.

Get lost in this nature retreat and collect your favorite figure sculpture from the souvenir shop!

Fundacion Mapfre Recoletos

Set in the heart of Madrid’s cultural centre, this foundation showcases artwork from the 19th century to the end of the Second World War II.

The building dates back to the 1880’s and was designed by the architect Agustín Ortiz de Villajos for the duchess Medina de las Torres.

Admission is always free so make sure to go early to avoid lines!

La Neomudejar

Immerse yourself in the latest urban art creations at La Neomudejar!

This cultural centre supports local and emerging artists by giving them a space to display their work.

Set inside a former train storage building, La Neomudejar also has a residency for artists to stay in!

La Tabacalera

This old Tobacco Factory was converted into a Visual Arts Centre in 2009.

Occupying only a small part of the 30,000m2 available, the centre promotes a rich cultural program that includes art exhibitions and regular conferences.

All artistic souls are welcome at La Tabacalera!

Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida

Francisco Goya rests in this Neoclassical chapel since 1919!

The Spanish artist was originally buried in Bordeaux when he died. Years later he was transferred to this chapel and they discovered that his skull had been stolen!

His frescoes adorn the ceiling and the chapel’s dome, portraying the miracles of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Every year on June 13, young unwed women come here on a pilgrimage to pray to Saint Anthony for a husband!

Cine Doré

It’s impossible to miss the Cine Doré building when you’re walking down Calle de Santa Isabel!

This is one of the oldest cinemas in Madrid and currently includes a café, a film archive, a bookshop and a rooftop area where you can enjoy movie sessions during the summer.

From old classics to recent premieres, Cine Doré has it all!

Galería Javier López

Set in La Florida neighbourhood, this art gallery is a getaway for many Madrileños!

Only 20 minutes from the downtown area, Galería Javier López features artwork by Alex Katz, Donald Judd and many other contemporary artists.

When you finish marveling at these pieces, you can head to the El Pardo park which is right around the corner!

Hammam Al Ándalus Arab Baths

After all the sightseeing, you can unwind at the Hammam Arab Baths!

Located right in the city centre, this unique retreat includes a steam room, pools (hot, warm and cold), and traditional teas.

Capture the essence of the Andalusian culture and enjoy this stress-free experience!

National Archaeological Museum

Dig in the world of archaeological discoveries at the National Archaeological Museum!

Set in the same building as the National Library, this museum features historical artifacts like the Mausoleum of Pozo Moro and the bust of the Lady of Elche.

Almost 20 years after it was founded, the National Archaeological Museum moved to its current location, a neoclassical building designed by the architect Francisco Jareño.

Explore the museum’s permanent collection and travel between eras, from Prehistoric times all the way to the Renaissance!

CaixaForum Madrid

Walk down Paseo del Prado and it will be hard to miss this modern structure!

A cultural center designed by a duo of Swiss architects, CaixaForum regularly hosts events and art exhibitions, with a permanent collection ranging from the 1980’s to the present time.

While it’s worth going inside to see the collection, many prefer to stay outside and admire the vertical garden wall that features over 250 plant species!

Museum of Lázaro Galdiano

Home to the art collection of the entrepreneur José Lázaro Galdiano, this museum includes work by Bosch, Goya and many other talented artists.

From Iberia to Egypt, you will find valuable pieces belonging to different eras, with special emphasis on the Renaissance period!

House-Museum of Lope de Vega

Once the house of the acclaimed writer Lope de Vega, visitors can now step in the building and experience live during Spain’s Golden Age!

Known as the “Shakespeare of Spanish literature”, Lope de Vega wrote over 2000 plays and contributed greatly to the country’s theatre scenario.

300 years after the writer’s death, the house opened as a museum in 1935, featuring some of his personal belongings, including artwork, furniture and books.

Paseo del Prado

One of the oldest boulevards in Madrid, Paseo del Prado is home to the city’s Golden Triangle of Art, a name given to the three museums established on this street: Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia.

From Plaza de Cibeles all the way to Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, if you want to see the city’s main landmarks this is where you should go!

After delving into the art world, you can stay on track to see the “Fountain of Neptune” or the Naval Museum or you can visit other nearby attractions like Parque del Buen Retiro for example.

Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande

If you’re walking around the neighborhood La Latina, you should take some time to visit this unique church!

Established in the 18th century, the Royal Basilica encompasses seven chapels dedicated to different saints. It features the work of famous artists inside like Zurbarán and Francisco Goya. This last artist can be spotted in his own fresco inside the Capilla de San Bernardino.

The basilica has one of the largest domes in the world that was painted by the Italian artist Casto Plasencia Mayor.

Avoid going during Mass hours as you won’t have access to the museum!

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