Admiring the Cityscape of Madrid

There is no better way to get to know the city than to walk around the city on your own. Observe carefully the cityscape and fill your eyes with the beauty it has to offer. This is especially true for Madrid.

If we start from the idea that we are talking about the Spanish capital, one of the most important European cities, and of course, the home of numerous cultural, economic and recreational sites, there is no doubt about the beauty of its urban landscape.

To properly enjoy a weekend, a short break or a holiday in this city, our recommendation is to rent a design apartment, comfortable and edgy, located in the heart of the city. Thus, with great convenience, you can afford to go around the city knowing that you have an accommodation that makes you feel at home.

Once settled, there is nothing left to do than to dive in and explore every inch of the city.

Recall that the long history of Madrid, their arrivals and departures, different governments and other aspects of its historical development, have given the city a special charm from the various architectural styles that influence the city’s look. Not only can these styles witness the influence of Spanish history, but they also remind of neighboring countries and the European avant-garde both past and present centuries.

An initial tour to enjoy Madrid’s cityscape can certainly start from the Puerta del Sol. If we consider that this point is one of the most famous squares of the city, and that it is within walking distance of other traditional sites such as Plaza Mayor, we understand why it can be a good starting point. As to the Plaza Mayor, it’s a real pleasure to walk through this ancient site dating from the seventeenth century.

Now if what you really want is to imbue with the bustle of a big city, you should go to the street Gran Via, the most famous street around Madrid and find cinemas, theaters, bars, restaurants. .. Everything a gourmet tourist or a sophisticated tourist could want. No wonder it is said that this is the street that never sleeps.

Now, if you want a more familiar, but completely central site where you could enjoy in the city but with more tranquility, you can go to the park El Retiro, the most famous park in the city and a traditional meeting place for children.

The options for enjoying Madrid cityscape do not end with these few alternatives presented. You can explore the Plaza de la Cibeles , Puerta de Alcalá , the Royal Palace , the Almudena Cathedral , or maybe something more modern, such as the Four Towers (buildings that are currently the highest skyscrapers on the European continent) .

The Square La Cibeles

When visiting Madrid, there are certain locations that we must not miss. Some museums or representative, unique squares will make our staying in the Spanish capital unforgettable.

One of these places is the square La Cibeles. This monumental fountain has become an authentic Madrid icon. It is located in the heart of the city, next to Cybele, the Greek goddess of fertility and nature is holding a scepter and a wrench, while two lions are pulling her carriage. The shooting of wild lions symbolizes the power the goddess has over the nature.

This fountain was designed and sculpted in 1782 by Ventura Rodríguez, and it was originally located on the outskirts of the Prado Museum in front to the fountain of Neptune. It is said that the source of this original site goes back to the times of the Moorish domination of the city, when it provided water to the local population. However, in the 19th century it was moved to the center of the square where it still is today, with other decorative details were added.

Real Madrid has unofficially adopted this source. It is used as a meeting point for fans to celebrate their triumphs. We can also find the players themselves in these celebrations, when the team wins a national or international competition.

This beautiful example of the urban landscape, that we can admire when we have already rented an apartment to stay in Madrid, is located at the crossroads of two main roads: from the North there is the Paseo del Prado, which becomes Paseo de Recoletos after the square, and from West to East there is the Calle Alcalá.

Each of the four corners of this wonderful monument faces the interesting buildings, which are also a part of this landscape in Madrid. The Palacio de Buenavista was built in 1977 and it now houses the General Headquarters of the army. The Palacio de Linares, built in 1877 is currently the headquarters of the Organization, Casa de América. This building is also the protagonist of many stories of ghosts and apparitions. On the southwest corner there is the Bank of Spain, located in a magnificent building the construction of which began in 1884. Finally, the fourth corner, one of the most beautiful buildings of this city: the communications Palace, the construction was completed in the year of 1917. Since 2007 it is the headquarters of the city of Madrid, and in addition, from the year 2011, it is officially called Cibeles Palace.

Downtown Apartments in Madrid

Visiting Madrid, either on vacation or on business, is an enjoyable activity during which you cannot skip to even briefly stay in the central district. The centre of Madrid is the oldest and most traditional of the city areas, and it represents the fusion between history and modernity that distinguishes this capital in a paradigmatic way.

The centre of Madrid is one of the oldest historical centers in Europe, but nonetheless it does not lack the amenities of a cosmopolitan area, and comfortable places for accommodation and downtown apartments in Madrid.

A stay in this area, also known as “Madrid de los Austrias”, should include a tour to the Plaza Mayor, a rectangular square that has a surface of more than 12 thousand square meters. The square is full of sites of historical and cultural importance, sculptures, ancient porches, and it is a fabulous place to watch a sunset in the city. There is an aristocratic center of the city, not far from this square, where you can find the Royal Palace, Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House and the Cathedral of Almudena.

If you continue your walk, you can reach the world famous Puerta del Sol, which is surrounded by a diverse, well-stocked and abundant shopping area. This is a great place to visit for both tourists and for those who have come to Madrid only for a business trip. In this shopping area there is a traditional coffee shop that also sells pastries: La Mallorquina, where you can enjoy some delicious desserts typical for the local cuisine. It is also important to mention that this commercial area is one of the most prestigious in the capital city of Spain.

But if what we want is a tour without visiting any shops, this area is also cultural center where we can find the well-known art works. Three of the most important art museums in the world are located in this area as well: the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The first of them contains an amazing art gallery, which displays the works by Velazquez, Goya and el Greco. In the second museum, you can see some unique works, such as the Picasso’s Guernica. Finally, in the third museum you can admire works ranging from Gothic to the European Renaissance.

To complement all this, the centre of Madrid is adorned with beautiful gardens such as the Retiro Park, the Casa de Campo and Parque Juan Carlos I. These are all the reasons why it is worth to spend a couple of days during our stay in Madrid to enjoy in everything that this oldest area located in the city center has to offer.