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.