5 Must-See Landmarks in Madrid

Madrid is truly one of Europe’s treasures. A versatile city as alive with nightlife as it is bursting with culture, Madrid has so much to offer visitors its hard to know where to start. Whether you watch the world-famous Real Madrid play in the spectacular Bernabeu or quietly amble through some of the most beautiful parks in the world, Spain’s capital city won’t disappoint. There is so much variety that whoever you are and whatever you love, you’ll love Madrid. To help you decide what to see first here are five of the best landmarks the city has to offer.

1. Plaza Del Toros de Las Ventas – Bullfighting is one of the most controversial aspects of Spanish culture; some say it’s a traditional past time that’s integral to national identity whilst others say it’s mindless and barbaric. No matter which side of this line you fall, the venue for the bullfighting, Las Ventas, is a symbol of Spain and a must-see for anyone visiting Madrid.

2. The Royal Palace of Madrid – The official residence of the King of Spain, even though King Juan Carlos doesn’t currently live there. The Royal Palace is a stunning piece of architecture and is the largest palace in Europe. It’s well worth visiting despite only a small portion of the 2,800 rooms being open for viewing. If you’re looking for a room of your own before you fly out to Madrid it’s worth checking out Heathrow airport hotels for some great deals.

3. Plaza de Cibeles – Symbolic of Madrid and home to enthusiastic celebrations whenever Real Madrid win a football game the Plaza is a beautiful place to visit. Overlooked by the impressive Palacio de Comunicaciones, which is now Madrid’s city hall, the plaza’s central feature is the magnificent fountain built in 1777 and featuring a statue of a chariot in its pool.

4. Teatro Real – Recognised as one of Europe’s most prestigious Opera houses the Teatro Real is of huge historical significance to Madrid. Tours take in the theatre’s beauty but the best way to experience what it has to offer is to attend a live performance, it is amazing.

5. Parque el Buen Retiro – This huge and simply beautiful park is one of the best in the world. With a host of events, festivals and shows being held here there’s always something to see or do. Even a casual walk around its many fountains, sculptures and the Palacio de Cristal is entertainment enough.

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