Top Tourist Attractions In Madrid

Spain is a beautiful country and the top tourist attractions in Madrid are no different. Like the rest of the country, Madrid is filled with so much culture and history. Exploring the entire city may not be an option if you’re planning to have a short stay. However, you may have enough time to explore its best tourist spots.

Palacio Real or the Royal Palace is the largest and one of the most beautiful structures in Madrid. In fact, it’s the largest of its kind throughout Western Europe. It was built on the original site of Alcázar, an old Moorish castle destroyed by flames in 1734. The palace houses its own museum with a large collection of paintings, ceramic sculptures, furniture, tapestries, and artwork by famous artists like Goya and Velásquez.

View of the square called Puerta del Sol ("Gate of the Sun") in the centre of Madrid, showing the new metro interchange.

View of the square called Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) in the centre of Madrid, showing the new metro interchange.

La Puerta del Sol is just a quick walk from Plaza Mayor. It is the central square of the city. Numerous sights are within and around the area, making it one of the top tourist attractions in Madrid.

La Plaza Mayor is even more integral to Madrid because it’s the city’s main square. It is surrounded by three- to four-storey colonial structures with balconies that look out to the square. The most prominent of which is Casa de la Panaderia and its frescoed façade.

Templo Debod is mostly an unbelievable attraction in Madrid. Believe it or not, it’s an Egyptian temple dating back to 2nd century B.C. The temple originally stood in Debod, an Egyptian city in Nile Valley. When it was endangered by the Aswan Dam construction in 1960, UNESCO appealed countries to save it. The Egyptian government decided to donate it to Spain in 1968. It was dismantled, shipped to Spain, and reconstructed for public viewing.

An ancient Egyptian temple - the Temple of Debod

An ancient Egyptian temple – the Temple of Debod

Catedral de Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena is one of the most majestic top tourist attractions in Madrid. Even though construction began in 1883, it wasn’t completed in 1993 making it a modern building. It combines different architectural styles including neoclassical, gothic revival, and neo-romanesque. Both its façade and interiors are extravagant.

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