Visit the Teatro Real in Madrid

The first thing you should do when you arrive at Madrid is to go to the accommodation in order to leave your luggage and to have some rest. Find the apartments for rent in Madrid you have previously booked, and take a break from the trip, before you go sightseeing around the city.

Madrid is an important center of culture, history and art, so there are plenty of places you should visit during your stay in the city. In this article, we would recommend visiting the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The Royal Theatre, often called just El Real, is the opera house located in Madrid. It is considered to be one of the greatest theatres of Europe. The Teatro Real was built in 1850 on the Plaza Isabel II, near the Palacio Real, the official residence of the Queen. The two architects who collaborated on this project were Antonio López Aguado and Custodio Moreno. Originally, the building was home of the Madrid Royal Conservatory, a music college, until 1925, when it was closed due to the damage caused by the construction of Madrid’s Metro.

Despite a number of projects and proposals for the restoration, financial difficulties prevented sooner restoration of the building which is why it remained closed for a while. In 1966 the theatre was opened again, with the concert of Spanish National Orchestra. Three years later, the Eurovision Song Contest was held here.

The 1990s brought another renovation of the building, which was completed in 1995 and the theatre was opened two years later. The intention of the reconstruction was to create a place for Spanish opera. The first operas performed in the Teatro Real upon its reopening were Manuel de Falla’s “El sombrero de tres picos” and “La vida breve”. There are approximately seventeen operas per year, produced by the theatre or in collaboration with other opera houses in Europe. Besides the operas, there are ballets and recitals organized during the year. The orchestra performing in the Teatro Real is the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.

Besides attending the performances which are scheduled in advance, there are guided tours of the Opera House, which is a perfect opportunity for public to see the interior of the building, including the stage area, the auditorium, the workshops as well as the rehearsal spaces. The official guided tours are available every day in different languages. The tours last between 50 and 90 minutes. The tours currently available in the theatre include:

  • General tour – The focus of the tour is the architectural aspect of the building.
  • Artistic tour – The goal is to illustrate the process of creating an opera.
  • Technical tour – Moving platforms, poles, sets and decoration are in the focus of this tour.
  • Nocturnal tour – An evening tour unveils what happens after the curtain has fallen.
  • Young tour – The tour is mainly designed for young people and students in order to introduce them to the artistic and technical process of organizing an opera.


What Distinguishes Madrid Apartments?

When you decide to can spend some time in Madrid, whether you are in the city because of your vacation, because of business or perhaps studies, you begin to evaluate your housing options and based on your observations and analysis, you can decide either to stay in a hotel room, a hostel or an apartment.

As for the latter alternative, you will certainly give priority to your comfort. If there is anything that distinguishes and differentiates Madrid apartments from other types of accommodation in this city is precisely the high level of comfort the apartment can offer.

As it happens many times when you want to spend short time or slightly longer time in another city, people do not seek a bit controlled environment you can find in a hotel, but what they prefer is to get the feeling of independence you have at home. In this way, your experience in this new city will be enjoyable, pleasant and certainly worthy of being remembered.

Renting an apartment allows you to have your own kitchen, your own bathroom and even a living room, giving you a feeling of spaciousness and freedom you cannot have in a hotel.

In general, all companies that rent apartments and rooms for short and medium staying in Madrid and in other major Spanish cities offer you a variety of options depending on the number of people who will be using the property, and also according to your personal preferences. For example, it is common to find apartments that have a terrace, a balcony, a large living room and refrigerators. Everything is designed to give you more options and to enable you to feel freedom and comfort you can experience while you are in this amazing metropolis.

Another very interesting feature of the Madrid apartments and one that makes it very special and distinctive is that several companies that offer this type of accommodation (and Apartamentos Mayor Centro is one of them) have built their facilities in classics or old buildings, which gives every apartment a special and unique style, allowing you to experience a real sense of living history in the Madrid apartment of your choice.

If all this was not enough, a benefit of choosing an apartment for your stay in Madrid is the economy. If you choose a hotel, in order to enjoy sophisticated experience that an apartment can offer, you will end up paying much more. However, in case you are on vacation, a business trip or you are in the city to study, you should invite other people to join you and share the apartment, as this way you can split the costs. Additionally, you can prepare your own food, thus save the money you would spend in restaurants, while making reservations for one or two dinners at the best restaurants in Madrid.

Visiting the Palace of Communication

The Palace of Communication, in Spanish “el Palacio de Comunicaciones”, is the old name of the impressive palace, now called the Cibeles Palace, located on the Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain. The amazing construction of this building and the beauty of the palace and its surrounding made this place an important monument in Madrid. Not only is it a famous tourist destination, but in 1993, it was declared “Bien de Interés Cultural“.

The Plaza de Cibeles is a large square built in neo-classic style, with the fountain being the symbol of the square. Back in the Renaissance period, instead of the square, there was a wood here. The Cibeles Fountain, now standing proudly in the center of the square, was actually built in completely different location. Built in late 18th century, this fountain represents the goddess sitting in a chariot. The chariot is pulled by two lions. It represents Cybele, a Phrygian goddess, an important goddess in both Greek and Roman mythology. The fountain was designed by Ventura Rodriguez and it was placed on the Buenavista Palace, but it was moved in the second half of the 19th century to the Plaza de Cibeles where it stands today.

One of the buildings that represent the capital city of Spain is certainly the Palace of Communication located on the Cibeles square. The palace was renamed in 2011 and the current name is the Cibeles Palace, but many people still call the palace by the old name. It was built in 1909 by Antonio Palacios and for years it was the place where the Post Office on Madrid was located. From the 2007, the building is the Madrid City Hall.

For those interested in architecture, as well as in art and history, visiting the Palace of Communication would be a perfect choice. The palace houses several exhibitions, mostly from private collections, while the top of the palace provides a magnificent view of Madrid and its landscape. The interior is decorated with sculptures and statues. In addition, there are souvenir shops and cafes for tourists to take a break during the visit. The bars at the top of the palace are especially popular among tourists, as they offer an opportunity to enjoy the refreshments and the view of Gran Via, Prado Museum, Buen Retiro Park and other places compiling the landscape of Madrid.

Besides the Palace of Communication, there are many other landmarks, just as impressive, in the central part of the city, which is why many tourists want to stay precisely there when visiting Madrid. This kind of accommodation in Madrid, Spain, provides the possibility to conveniently go sightseeing. Apart from the landmarks, such as monuments, museums and squares, the central area is full of shops, both local and designer shops, as well as restaurants and cafes. All of this creates a perfect ambient for spending your vacation in the urban area of Madrid, while you experience much of its culture and customs.

Apartments in Madrid City Centre

The city area of Madrid encompasses a large area with 21 districts and hundreds of different neighborhoods. Each part of the city has its beauties and benefits, depending on your age, needs and liking. However, when it comes to tourists who are usually about to spend several days or weeks in the capital city of Spain, most often they choose to stay in the city center.

Apartments in Madrid city center are extremely convenient as tourists will be able to easily find their way around. First problem tourists encounter when they arrive to the city is how to get to the apartment they have rented. Regardless if you are arriving by bus, by plane or by train, once you arrive, your destination will be the accommodation that you have previously booked. Obviously, if the destination of your interest is in the city center, it will be quite easy to get there, as there are numerous metro and bus lines that lead to the center of the city.

After you have reached your destination and successfully found apartments in Madrid city center, you will probably be hungry and tired from the trip. The best idea in this case is to visit a nearby restaurant or a café. Since the central area of the city has developed infrastructure, having in mind that this is one of the major destinations for people who come to the city, you will find everything you need here. There are plenty of restaurants, serving both traditional Spanish dishes, as well as restaurants featuring international cuisines, such as Italian, Chinese, etc. In addition, you will find a lot of shops in the central area.

The central district is divided into 7 wards, which are then divided into smaller neighborhoods. The wards in the central districts are:

  • Cortes
  • Embajadores
  • Justicia
  • Malasaña (also named Universidad)
  • Palacio
  • Sol

Besides plenty of opportunities for finding accommodation and eating out, tourists usually spend most of their time in the center of the city anyway, because some of the most relevant landmarks and tourists sights are located in the central part of the city, in these six wards. Some of the most important and most popular Madrid’s landmarks located in the center of the city include the following:

  • The Royal Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, a Roman Catholic church
  • Ribera de Curtidores, the main street of el Rastro flea market
  • Plaza Mayor
  • The Royal Palace
  • The Puerta del Sol
  • CaixaForum Madrid (a museum and a gallery)
  • The Calle de Alcalá
  • Plaza de Cibeles

These are only some of the landmarks we would recommend in the center of the city. Have in mind that there are many more places you should visit in Madrid, so plan your trip carefully in order to be able to see as much as possible. The city’s landscape shines with its magnificent architecture and culture which reflect the years and centuries of turbulent history and presence of different art movements.

Apartments Madrid

Madrid is a large, cosmopolitan city offering loads of possibilities for professional improvement, career opportunities, as well as for all sorts of entertainment. If you are about to visit apartments Madrid in order to find the one where you would feel comfortable, we advise renting an apartment in the center of Madrid.

First of all, renting an apartment that is located in the city center is a perfect way to feel the urban life of this large city, full of different cultures and nationalities. Whether you are interested in walking around the city or going out to the local clubs, living in the center will be very convenient.

A great part of Madrid’s landmarks is located in the center of the city. For example, Puerta del Sol, one of the busiest squares in Madrid is located in the center. This square is also the center of the network of the Spanish roads, as well as the place where the New Year’s celebration is held. The clock in the square marks the midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Another famous square in the central part of the city is Plaza Mayor. A rectangular area, which was used as a place for markets, bullfights, and public executions, over the past four hundred years, is now an open area surrounded by residential buildings, with balconies overlooking the square.

If you love shopping, but you want to look for traditional and unique items and souvenirs, it is most likely that you will find those on old-fashioned flea markets. There is one such market, right there in the center of the city. El Rastro de Madrid, also called El Rastro, is a well-known flea market where you can by all sorts of products, including hand-made items. Besides hundred of stall there even are several antique shops. The market is open on Sundays and on public holidays during the year, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Living in the center of Madrid will also be convenient when it comes to eating out. If you want to witness the chefs’ remarkable creativity and skillfulness, you should visit El Club Allard, one of the best rated restaurants. La Era Restaurante would be a perfect place for the late dinner, especially if you are interested in tasting some of the most delicious meals from Spanish traditional cuisine. Il Bambino is famous restaurant serving Italian cuisine, and Nara would be a great choice for deserts and pizzas. There are only some of the top rated restaurants in the central area, but you will find a lot of more restaurants and cafes as you go for a walk.

Another benefit of living in the center is that you can easily get to any part of the city you want, as the center is the meeting point for all of the public transportation. Logically, this would be a good starting point for sightseeing and exploring the city, as you learn about its magnificent history and culture.a