The Paseo del Arte is probably one of the places in the world with the greatest concentration of beauty. The Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía (which can be visited together by purchasing the Paseo del Arte Card: 32 euros in 2022) are located in just over a kilometre, along with other must-see institutions and buildings. In July 2021, the Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a landscape of arts and sciences, also known as the Landscape of Light, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A royal abode from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, the Royal Palace of Madrid offers a journey through the history of Spain. Although it is not inhabited by the current monarchs, the palace, managed by Patrimonio Nacional, is the official residence of the kings. Now you can also visit its fantastic Royal Kitchen, the most outstanding example, preserved to the present day, of historic kitchens in European royal residences.
More information: https://www.patrimonionacional.es/en/visita/royal-palace-madrid
With 125 hectares and more than 15,000 trees, El Retiro Park is a green haven in the centre of Madrid. Since 25th July 2021, it has been recognised, along with the Paseo del Prado, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not only one of the lungs of Madrid, but also offers culture, leisure and sport to locals and visitors. Among its most important architectural and historical elements are: the Estanque Grande, the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal, both of which are currently used as exhibition halls for the Reina Sofía Museum. In addition, El Retiro is home to notable sculptures and fountains such as the monument to Alfonso XII, designed by the architect José Grasés Riera, and the Fernando VII reservoir, located on the corner of O’Donnell and Menéndez Pelayo streets, which includes the Casa del Pescador, the Artificial Mountain and the Casa del Contrabandista.
This arcaded square is the heart of Madrid de los Austrias, the old quarter of the city and the ideal starting point for a visit to one of the most charming neighbourhoods. Before Madrid was a city of grand avenues and boulevards, its map was made up of small streets and passageways, which today take us back to the times of swordsmen and rogues.
The Plaza Mayor is home to a wide variety of restaurants where you can enjoy Madrid, national and international cuisine in an emblematic area of the capital.
Centrally located and bustling, the Puerta del Sol square is one of Madrid’s emblems. A meeting place for locals and a must-see for all tourists, it is the meeting point for several of the city’s historic and busiest streets, such as Mayor, Arenal, Alcalá and Preciados. The square, semicircular in shape and pedestrianised since August 2020, concentrates several of the most representative elements of this city.
Presided over by the Monument to Cervantes, with its iconic sculpture of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza, the Plaza de España is the start of several pedestrian routes and two bike lanes that will take you through the main enclaves of the city: the Royal Palace, the Gran Vía, Madrid Río, the Casa de Campo or the Parque del Oeste. In total, 70,000 square metres to stroll around!