Things to do in Madrid
Madrid is the capital of Spain. The government is a parliamentary monarchy. You’ll enjoy touring the government’s magnificent buildings including the Congreso de los Diputados. The Royal Palace, a baroque architectural masterpiece with over 2000 rooms, is used for official receptions. The King does not reside there, but over 50 rooms can be viewed. The Sabatini gardens honors Francesco Sabatini, an Italian architect who worked on the Royal Palace.
There are many beautiful churches in Madrid. The Almundena Cathedral took 110 years to complete. John-Paul II dedicated the cathedral in 1993 and has his statue in front of the building.
There are many beautiful plazas to explore. At the Plaza de Espana is the largest and most popular square, filled with street vendors and tourists. There is a statue of Cervantes and at his feet is a bronze of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. The Plaza Mayor is lined with shops and alfresco cafes. The Puerta del Sol has a 20 ton statue of a bear eating fruits from a tree. The most beautiful of the many grand squares is the Plaza de Cibeles with its fountain and buildings.
There are many fine museums in Madrid. The Prado has an extensive collection of art with works from El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, and Murillo. More El Greco paintings can be seen with a visit to Toledo.
More things to do in Madrid can be found using the banner in the upper right corner.
A high speed rail trip to Barcelona is an alternative to see the Spanish countryside and leave Madrid for a day.