Noted for its stunning architecture and mystical aura, this authentic Egyptian temple was built in the 2nd century BC and then donated to Spain in 1968 for helping Egypt save the sacred buildings of Abu Simbe during the construction of the Aswan Dam. The western side of the temple’s small park is locally known as one of the best places to see the sun set over Madrid.
One of the top attractions in Madrid, the Royal Palace was built during the 18th and 19th centuries. Once serving as a residence for the Royal Family, it is used today for state ceremonies and public tours. Outside, there is a beautiful courtyard behind elegant iron fencing. To the side of the courtyard is an unexpected and stunning view across the Madrid skyline and countryside beyond. Inside, you can tour opulent halls, banqueting rooms, the throne room, residential areas, the Royal Armoury and Royal Pharmacy.
Jardines de Sabatini
Located behind the Royal Palace, this beautifully manicured public park offers complete peace and relaxation amidst lush flowers, plants and trees. It’s the perfect place for a quiet stroll or picnic lunch.
Plaza de Oriente
The splendid plaza in front of the Royal Palace is encircled by 44 massive stone statues of Spanish monarchs, leafy, landscaped gardens and walkways. The Plaza is popular among locals and visitors and no visit to Madrid is said to be complete until one has stopped here. Be sure to visit the Café de Oriente, which has a marvellous terrace for sitting outside to enjoy the spectacular views and bustling scene of the square.
After opening in 1850, the Teatro Real opera became one of the great theatres of Europe. Reflecting the décor of nineteenth-century Spain yet with plenty of modern amenities, the Royal Theatre is a wonderful place to enjoy opera or ballet. Music-loving visitors can choose from a full season of musical offerings.
A visit to the Cerralbo Museum provides a colourful glimpse of the lifestyle of an upper class Spaniard of the 19th century. After the Marquis of Cerralbo died in 1922, he donated his private home and art collection to Spain. This home-turned- museum features three floors of stunning architecture, artefacts and works of art that include The Ecstasy of Saint Francis of Assisi by El Greco, displays of ancient weaponry and Iberian pottery.
Puerta del Sol
This pedestrian-friendly plaza is Madrid's most famous and most central square, located just a short walk from the Plaza Mayor. A brass plaque on the south side of the plaza marks “Kilometre 0,” the point from which all distances in Spain are measured. Nearby you can see a bronze statue of Madrid's official symbol: a bear with a madroño (strawberry tree).
Museo del Prado
Museo del Prado is one of the most importants and visited museums in the world. Its art collection shows some of the work of the most important European painters 16th century to 19th century such us Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens and El Bosco.
It is part of the so call Triangle of Art in Madrid together with Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and it attracts many tourists from over the world. In the same area, you will also be able to find other museums such us Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas and la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
El Museo de Arte Thyssen-Bornemisza
Set in a neo-classical estate built 1806, this museum is home to what many believe to be the world’s most precious private art collection. Amassed by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans Heinrich, the collection illustrates the history of Western art from the primitive Flemish and Italian painters to 20th century Pop Art. After browsing the astounding works and exhibits, visit the café to enjoy amazing views of the garden.
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