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  • Laura PeGr
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands1,363 contributions
    September 2022 - The comparison between this royal palace and the one in London is inevitable if you have been there the previous week. Madrid Palace is not surprising from the outside, but once inside you appreciate it more than Buckingham Palace.
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,983 contributions
    We crisscrossed Plaza Mayor a few times as we wandered around Madrid. The plaza itself was huge and completely enclosed on all sides by apartments, which was an unusual feature. A large Christmas tree was still on display in January, a carryover from the annual Christmas Market.

    No matter the day of the week there always seemed to be a good number of people out and about or seated outside one of the many cafes and restaurants. Quite a different from the plaza’s history during the Spanish Inquisition.

    Sunday morning brought out a different crowd with sellers of coin, stamps and other types of collectible items. It was a nice change of scenery as we stopped to peruse at tables with unique items for sale.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Francine Madrazo
    12 contributions
    when you look around grand via it just feels likes a dream. the area and vibes is just so beautiful. highly recommend! there are lots of shops , restaurants and places to see in the area!
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Terry C
    Bicester, UK549 contributions
    Fantastic stadium with excellent views and plenty of helpful staff. The atmosphere was amazing and also we were treated to a great game with lots of goals ( 4-0 ) against Girona. Definitely worth a visit
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,983 contributions
    The Debold Temple was located on a small hill in Parque De Oste. It was a short walk from the Palacio Real.

    We knew the inside was closed that day so we spent our time waking around the temple itself. I did not realize but security would not let any one near the temple as well. We watched them come out of the temple itself and chase people away.

    In the winter, the water that surrounded the temple had been drained but not sure if that also had to do with the drought conditions.

    Still a worthwhile visit to see a complete Egyptian temple without needed to travel to Egypt.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • Cme1234
    Singapore, Singapore469 contributions
    There are some ostentatious architectural features in the area. Many tourists visit this square to take instagram photographs.

    It is worth a visit as it is within walking distance to the shopping street in Serrano.
    Written 1 January 2024
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,983 contributions
    Since our hotel was just off of Puerta Del Sol we got to see and experience it at all hours of the day.

    Based on the crowds, it was the central heart of Madrid. Both locals and tourists gathered in large numbers to hang out, eat or drink, sightsee, shop (El Cortes Inglés was our favorite) and catch the metro or train. We even got to watch a band marching led by a banner printed with Rosario.

    Popular attractions were the Tio Pepe sign (at night), Kilometer zero marker, and the standing bear statue, and Oso y Madrono (touch the bear’s feet for luck). The statue of King Charles III stood in the center of a fountain, in recognition for the many that were built throughout Madrid during his reign.

    The weekends seemed to never end as people were wandering around and making lots of noise until the early morning hours. A caveat for those staying in hotels around Sol like us.

    Don’t miss visiting Sol.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Lisa
    Madrid, Spain40 contributions
    The museum itself is quite astonishing. Yes it is true that they only let in 40 people at a time, understandable once you get inside. It is a feast for the eyes. BUT the staff, especially at the ticket office, could use a few lessons in customer service. We are legal residents in Spain with the yearly pass to all the State Museums. The woman at the ticket office seemed QUITE unwilling to believe my VISA and was extremely unfriendly. In addition, the lighting is quite poor throughout, making it difficult to see some of the really great paintings. I almost completely missed the Greco, and the Caravaggio is partially covered by objets d'art. Shameful. Also, having to lock up my tiny PURSE, which is the type that goes across the body was patently ridiculous. I will go back for the beauty, but now am prepared for the horrible treatment of the staff. Some positives were that, because they limit the amount of visitors, I was able to take numerous fabulous photos of the rooms, since you cannot even go into several of them, but have to look from a doorway. Again, understandable considering the amount of objects and art on display in every possible space. It was a mixed bag of an experience but still recommendable due to the sheer amount of fabulous artist objects.
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • Michele H
    Carrickfergus, UK292 contributions
    Beautiful church to pop in and reflect for a while, beautifully maintained and very serene, we managed to be there during a mass
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
    Madrid has to be one of the most beautiful city's in the world, been here many times over the many years I've been travelling and this city to me gets more enchanting with every visit.
    An absolutely must go destination for me on any holiday I take here is Paseo De Prado which is a wonderful tree lined boulevard that runs on from Calle De Alcala to roughly down to Atocha Railway Station, its a very peaceful boulevard, there's great fountains to admire such as Cibeles Fountain, Neptuno Fountain and Fountain Of The Artichoke ,its a lovely walk with great looking buildings flanking this boulevard, if you're planning a holiday to Madrid its a boulevard to check out.
    Written 26 September 2023
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  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,325 contributions
    Palacio De Cristal or Glass palace is located at El Retiro Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    It was originally built in 1887 as a greenhouse as part of an exhibition on the Philippines.

    It is now used all year round as a venue for hosting temporary exhibitions.

    It was modelled on Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace which had been erected in Hyde Park (London) back in 1851.

    Whilst in this pretty park its worth visiting this unique building.
    Written 19 February 2024
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  • Neil K
    Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
    One of the most beautiful building in Madrid is without a shadow of a doubt Palacio De Cibeles .
    Formally known as Palacio De Comunicacions and then Palacio De Telecommunications ,it's a stunning piece of architecture ,built in an architectural style known as Neoplateresque with elements of Baroque architecture ,it's such an awesome looking building to view ,when I first viewed this palace building I thought it was much older than it actually is ,it was constructed between 1907-1919 ,this building sits proudly on Plaza De Cibeles and is a must go destination if you're planning a holiday to Madrid.
    Written 27 September 2023
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  • Nurikabe_12
    New York City, NY765 contributions
    Quite some distance away from Madrid's main attractions, but still easily accessible my Metro.

    The architecture is nice and makes great photos from the outside. The moorish influence is readily visible.
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • avipiti
    Hod Hasharon, Israel2,901 contributions
    The cathedral is located right next to the royal palace. No need to order tickets in advance (at least not during the high season). Very pretty views of the city from the roof. The internal halls are very impressive
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • wireless_in_CA
    United States4,983 contributions
    We used the Atocha station to catch our Renfre train to Toledo.

    We arrived about 40 minutes ahead of our 9:15AM train just to give us some time to figure out the station layout without rushing.

    Initially we looked for our train on the main departure status board, planta primera floor, but after while of scrolling, Toledo never showed up. We then found out there was another boarding area one level down on planta Baja. It was on the same level as the indoor gardens so we got to wander through it. The status board finally got updated with the assigned track number for our Toledo train. That was at least 20 minutes before departure.

    Security prior to heading to the track consisted of ticket checks for all of us and an X-ray machine which scanned our bags and jackets. That took around five minutes.

    The planta baja waiting area was fairly large with limited seating, bathrooms and a cafe selling drinks, sandwiches and pastries. When boarding was announced they opened the door leading to our train and then scanned our tickets. It went quickly.

    When we returned we headed to the street level and found two huge baby head statues outside. The March 11 glass memorial towers above was fully covered due to some renovations.
    Written 17 February 2024
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