Madrid is becoming a popular tourist destination due to the fantastic weather it enjoys. When it comes to visiting this amazing city you may find that a couple of days isn’t enough. There are a wide variety of activities in Madrid for you to enjoy.
Here I aim to show you some of the touristic attractions Madrid has to offer. These are ones that are worth a visit after you have spent time visiting some of the more well known touristic Madrid locations.
1. Mercado de San Miguel
This is located just a short walk from Plaza Mayor Madrid. This is the perfect place to visit if you would like to try some local foods and delicacies. The market remains open at the weekends until 2am and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or two with some delicious tapas. Also it has become a popular place where various events take place such as cooking classes and concerts.
2. Temple of Debod
This is one of the most unusual attractions in Madrid you can see. Located in Parque del Oeste which is close to the Royal Palace Madrid. This temple was originally located on a site close to where the Great Dam of Aswan is now and was removed before its erection begun to preserve some of Egypts history. The Egyptian Government presented it to the Spanish Government in 1968 as a sign of their gratitude.
3. Gran Via
This is often referred to as the “Broadway of Madrid” as it is the said to be the street that never sleeps. This grand boulevard runs through the heart of Madrid from Plaza de España to Calle de Alcalá. Although these streets seem to be an integral part of this sity they are in fact quite a new addition to it. The work to build the Gran Via was completed in 1910. Along here are hundreds of shops and businesses, along with plenty of wonderful restaurants. After whiling away a few hours here why not then head to Retiro Park Madrid.
4. Prado Museum
Of all the tourist attractions in Madrid you can visit this is one of the most popular. This 18th Century building which houses one of the world’s finest collections of art was designed by Spanish architect Juan de Villanueva. Expansion of the museum in 2007 has now made it much easier to navigate.
5. Puerta del Sol (Gate Of The Sun)
You will find this in the center of Madrid and is the place where thousands who visit the city gather on New Year’s Eve to welcome the new year in. Recently improvements have been made to the area so car traffic has been reduced. As a result it has now transformed this square into a place where you can stroll and take in the wonderful architecture. For us this is one of the best location in Madrid to spend time at.