When it comes to travelling, our worst enemy is often the limited time that we have available. Luckily, Madrid is a small city where most of the sights are within walking distance of each other, making it the perfect destination for tourists that are not planning to stay long or that are time-constrained. In fact, you can visit most of the important sights without taking any major detours. Take the chance to see the most important sights in record time and on a budget! Don’t forget to visit them in the order they appear, as this will keep you from wasting time or taking large detours.
Admire the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is one of Madrid’s architectural gems. It was originally built in 1751 to be the official residence of The Spanish Royal Family in 1751; nowadays, however, it is open to the public and is occasionally used for official state ceremonies. There is no need to buy a ticket if you are pressed for time, as its beauty can be appreciated just fine from the outside, and the Sabatini Royal Gardens can be accessed for free. If you are interested in going in anyway, you can buy an entry ticket from 11 EUR (approximately 12 USD).
Located in the heart of Madrid, the Main Square used to be considered part of the suburbs and it was used for trading goods. It was build by Phillip II in 1580 to hold military parades, musical events and even bullfights. Presently, this square is surrounded by three residential buildings and the famous “Casa de la Panadería” (Bakery House), which is a municipal building with decorations that are definitely worth photographing.
Puerta del Sol: where everything starts
It is a Spanish tradition to receive the New Year in Puerta del Sol while wearing colorful wigs; you may see Spanish people eating twelve grapes as the bells ring (one wish per bell) to mark the start of the new year. Here you will also find the start of the radial network of Spanish highways and a statue of Madrid’s symbols: the Bear and the Strawberry Tree. During the weekends it might get really crowded, but it will be the perfect chance to observe Spanish culture more closely. You should, however, remain aware of pickpockets.
Shopping in Gran Vía
Get into the rhythm of Madrid’s nightlife in Gran Vía Avenue. Considered by many to be the Spanish Broadway, Gran Vía is the right choice if you’re looking to go shopping or for leisure in general. Feel free to attend to The Lion King musical or buy some clothes in Primark, the biggest clothing store in Spain, which occupies an entire five-story building! Take a look at the most exclusive hotels in the city and make reservations in one of its many restaurants, bars or pubs. You will surely find something that suits your budget.
Have you ever wondered where Real Madrid’s fans reunite when their team wins a match? If you’re a soccer fan, then you have a great reason to visit Plaza de Cibeles. Admire Madrid’s City Hall and the Cibeles Fountain, where fans rejoice after their team’s triumphs!
La Puerta de Alcalá
Get to know another national symbol located in the Plaza de la Independencia, right next to El Retiro Park. This old arch was built in 1778 to celebrate the arrival of King Charles III. It was actually constructed before the Parisian Arc de Triomphe! At the top, you will see four statues that represent one of the four virtues: Prudence, Justice, Restraint, and Courage.
El Retiro Park: natural inspiration
This is Madrid’s most important green lung! You can take a boat ride in its artificial pond for 5 to 8 EUR (approximately from 5.3 and 8.5 USD), visit the temporary (and free) exhibits in the Crystal Palace, chill while you walk on the nature trails, play chess with some elderly folks, or read your favorite book in an extremely peaceful environment. If you’re into nature you will surely love it here!
Take a tour!
The best way to see Madrid in a day is to follow this tour. Don’t let time limit you and follow this cheap, lovely and fast tour!
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