4 Places to Wander Under Spain’s Historic Capital

Over 10 million people visited Madrid in 2019 because of its ability to mix history, culture, and adventure all in one city. 

Madrid also makes it easy to see many landmarks and sites all within walking distance. 

If you are looking for a destination for your next vacation or have already set your sights on Madrid then you’ve come to the right place. 

Read on to discover the perfect excursion itinerary so you don’t miss the best places in Madrid. 

What to Expect

A free tour Madrid will usually begin in the center of the Main Square. From here you will have a few options as you are surrounded by many landmarks.

If you are on a guided tour expect to be walking for a few hours. Your stops will be at all the major points of the city. 

A self-guided tour may give you more freedom to go where you please, but it also is more difficult if you don’t know your way around. 

So, first, decide if you want to use a guide or if you want to wander freely. Then let’s began your tour! 

Plaza Mayor

This site is filled with historical architecture which showcases one of the oldest plazas in the city. It was used as a meeting and celebratory center for civil activity. 

Today, you will find a statue of Phillip II as well as one of the oldest bakeries built in 1590, Casa de la Panadería, and El Arco de Cuchilleros, one of the grand entrances to the square.

Puerta del Sol

Nearby the Plaza Mayor is another important landmark: Puerta del Sol. This is a very active area yet it stays true to its culture of charm as the city prohibits the use of advertising signs and billboards. 

This area is so popular that it serves as a New Year’s Eve gathering place to view the clock struck 12 on top of the Real Casa de Correos building. 

Royal Palace

On your way toward the Royal Palace be sure to take a glimpse of The Opera House (Teatro Real.) 

Then continue along to Palacio Real, one of the world’s largest functioning palaces with over 3,000 rooms. The palace served as the residence of the kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII.

Be sure to visit the palace on Wednesday or Saturday to view the ceremonial Changing of the Guards. 

Mercado de San Miguel

After trekking the streets of Madrid your next stop should be a place to refuel. You may even end your tour here before you call it an evening. 

The Mercado de San Miguel hosts over 20 stands of a variety of fresh cuisine.  And not only does it serve food, but it also has a history as a local market from 1916

An Excursion to Remember

Your Excursion of Madrid is one that you will cherish for the rest of your life. So, be sure to take your time and not get overwhelmed by all there is to see in the city. Also, take plenty of pictures to enjoy when you get home. 

Be sure to check our travel section for more tips and tricks when going abroad. 

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