1. Gran Vía
“If you are at Gran Vía you are not home, yet you won´t even miss it!”, was one the headers at Gran Vía and certainly true. Primark, Lefties and Zara were my favorite shops at Gran Vía. Gran Vía starts at Alcalá Street and ends at Plaza de España, it is very vivid and safe.
2. Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, 300 meters from Puerta de Sol is as emblematic as ever. Personally, I sat down in Plaza Mayor for a whole evening and just being able to watch people enjoy the plaza and take pictures can be breath taking. Going for tapas at Plaza Mayor is a must!
3. Puerta de Álcala and Cibeles
Puerta de Alcalá was one of the five historic doors that gave entrance to Madrid. It is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid, Spain and it is regarded as the first modern post-Roman triumphal arch built in Europe.
Plaza de Cibeles is currently delimited by four prominent buildings: the Bank of Spain Building, the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palace of Linares (“Palacio de Linares”), and the Cybele Palace (“Palacio de Cibeles”). The fountain of Cybele is found in the part of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. This fountain is named after Cybele, a Phrygian goddess. The fountain is traditionally the place where Real Madrid C.F. celebrate their team victories, with the team captain placing a Real Madrid flag and scarf on the statue.
4. Parque del Retiro
It doesn´t matter if you go alone, with your couple or with you family, Parque del Retiro will just be perfect for everyone. Not only majestic but vivid, to me it was one of the most beautiful places to visit in Madrid. I went two consecutive evenings to el Parque del Retiro since I couldn´t get enough of it. I definitely recommend going a whole day to el Parque del Retiro, having lunch and maybe later some coffee with churros españoles.
5. Palacio Real
(You can find an article on my blog about Palacio Real)
We can say Chueca has gained a lot of recognition throughout the years and it is pretty much a well-received trend in Madrid. In Chueca we will find a lot of open places full of people, fashion stores, hotels, and a whole lot of bars and restaurants.