Madrid is one of the cities with more historical and cultural relevance in Europe. If something differentiates Madrid from the rest of major European capitals such as London or Paris, it is its lively atmosphere fostered by a warm and pleasant climate that encourages locals and travelers to enjoy the atmosphere of their street markets, terraces and, of course, their Exquisite cuisine, among many other things.
Whether you travel to Madrid for a few days or if you plan to spend a long season soaking up your traditional culture, there are 4 plans that you cannot miss on your trip. Keep reading that we tell you!
- Historic Madrid
Madrid was named the capital of the Spanish Kingdom in 1561 and since then, hundreds of years of history and cultural changes have left a mark on the streets that give the city its own identity.
It is called the “Madrid de los Austrias” to the area of the center of Madrid adorned by a baroque and renancentist architecture of the sixteenth century. As of this century, hundreds of monuments were built in the area, including houses, squares, palaces, churches and other typical buildings.
At present, the aspect of this area of the city continues to maintain the foundations of what was once the urban center of a flourishing European capital. Best of all, you can explore it in a few hours and it is highly recommended if you want to understand the surroundings and background of the city.
Some of the key points in your walk through historic Madrid are:
- The main square.
- The town square.
- The San Miguel market.
- The church of San Ginés.
- The square of Isabel II.
- The Plaza de Oriente.
Of course, while touring the intricate streets of Madrid at this time, you will see and appreciate many more renowned historic buildings that were built during the two centuries that the reign of the Austrias lasted in Spain. Of course, if you want to see more examples you cannot forget the Royal Palace.
It was built in the middle of 1700 and stands out for its impressive classical architecture. It is characterized by the white color of its facade and its great size, since it was designed to house the government of the Kingdom. At present, you can visit the interior and its exterior, where the Sabatini Gardens are located, an exquisite neoclassical garden, converted into a haven of peace in the city’s urban core.
Some of the most important museums in the world are in Madrid and bring together works of art and valuable collections such as Guernica, Las Meninas de Velázquez or the sculpture of the Lady of Elche.
Even those who are not fond of painting or art must admit that some of these pictorial representations represent the culture and history of a whole generation. Although most museums in Madrid are not free, as in the case of museums in London or other European cities, a few hours a week, admission is free for everyone. You cannot miss these:
- Prado Museum: Velázquez, Goya, Rembrandt, Vermer and many more. You can enter for free every day from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Sundays from 7 pm to 9 pm.
- Museum archaeologist, logical: one of the most visited works is La Dama de Elche. Admission is free on Saturdays from 2 pm and on Sunday mornings.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: works by artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kirchner or Mondria stand out. Mondays from 12 to 16 hours admission is free.
- Reina Sofía Museum: a paradise of contemporary works. Its main dish is the Picasso Guernica. You can enter for free on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sundays between 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
One of the pastimes of Madrid par excellence since last centuries has been the theaters. From the first ” Comedy Corrals ” that brought together all kinds of audiences in courtyards and pens to enjoy small plays of drama and comedy, to the renowned works of the Royal Theater or the Opera of Madrid.
Without a doubt, one of the activities that I recommend is to enjoy a performance in one of the many theaters that are in the busy Gran Vía.
- Royal Theatre.
- Lope de Vega Theater.
- Lara Theater
- Calderón Theater.
- Zarzuela Theater.
Madrid has several commercial areas. The famous ‘Golden Mile’ with its exquisite luxury stores, Fuencarral street, the destination of those looking for world-renowned brands or the Gran Vía, where you will find everything you can imagine.