Historic Sites in Madrid

Historic Sites in Madrid, Spain

Madrid Historic Sites

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  • Tom S
    Washington, DC77 contributions
    Definitely go with a guide, as they will be able to explain the significance and relationship of the royal families over time, like how the Habsburgs and Bourbons had a major influence on Spanish history. The palace is still used for high level government meetings.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • SFTRVLR
    San Francisco, CA1,986 contributions
    A must do, obviously- a great way to get anchored in Madrid when you first get there. I liked the quaint entryways as much as the Plaza itself.

    As you likely have read, though, don't eat at any of the restaurants in the Plaza as they are all tourist traps. Shame there are no decent places.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Steven S
    4 contributions
    I don't usually bother writing reviews but feel compelled to write one for this lesser known attraction. For 3 Euros, the price of an overcharged bottle of coke from the airport, you can experience a mini-palace. You get the impression of how royalty might live if forced to downscale into a smaller property. All the lavishness of decoration and acquisition of furnishings and art objects are there to behold and admire. I was shocked at how it exceeded my expectations. There were no camera police within, and I was not made to feel a criminal by staff for having the affrontery to want to capture memories on my phone camera (the Palace opposite had the air of tolerating visitors by comparison and the camera police were severely official). The staff were engaging and friendly, an experience i found exceptional for Madrid attractions, where staff usually give off an air of dismissive indifference if you dont speak Spanish.
    Written 29 August 2022
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  • boo98
    Leduc, Canada253 contributions
    It's a wonderful building and they do still hold bull fights on sundays. We were lucky to be there when they had one monday since it was a holday. Glad we went but be warned they do kill the bull
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,233 contributions
    A nice park! We took a metro there, there is a station called Casa de Campo. It is very big, there is a lot to see. We liked taking pictures with yellow flowers, we found a viewing point, for this we had to hike a little bit up, you have a nice view of the city from far. Going down was a bit tricky but we were brave. And in the end we even found a nice lake (not for swimming, just for the view) with some ice cream places and restaurants. It was a good day! It is not a must when you are in Madrid as it does not offer any unique photo experience however you can go there!
    Written 28 April 2021
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  • Mark D
    Newcastle, Australia2,296 contributions
    Started a Tapas tour in the Plaza de Villa, which is located only a short stroll from the Puerta de Sol & Mercado de San Miguel. Its a beautiful Plaza with wonderful gardens.
    Written 8 September 2022
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  • Mark D
    Newcastle, Australia2,296 contributions
    Simply Amazing! The Casa de la Panaderia is located in the Plaza Mayor (Large Plaza) of Madrid. Whilst it's surrounded by magnificent buildings, this is made unique but the many elaborate paintings that decorate its exteriors! Simply Amazing!
    Written 8 September 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom7,091 contributions
    This 16th century church is the one that you can see on a sloping hill, right behind the Prado. Being so close to the Prado made it very easy to have a quick look while we were at the gallery.
    Traditionally all royal weddings took place here, including the ill-fated one of King Alfonso XIII to Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg on 31 May, 1906. I was curious to see the church because we’d seen the memorial to the failed assassination attempt on the king earlier in the day.
    Just before his wedding, Alfonso had ordered the construction of the front staircase to make the entrance grander. On the day of his wedding though things went seriously wrong.
    Only hours after saying their “I do’s” in St Jeronimo’s, they were attacked while travelling in a grand wedding parade from the church to the royal palace. There was a Royal Guard and 19 royal carriages and the streets were lined with cheering crowds. It was probably not unlike Kate & William or Harry and Megan’s weddings. A disgruntled anarchist, Mateu Morral had hidden himself in a building along the royal route with a home-made bomb, disguised in a bunch of flowers. From a high up window, he hurled it at the King & the new Queen. Both survived but 29 others were killed in what is the second bloodiest attack in Madrid’s history.
    NOTE:
    Entry is free but it is closed for a block of time in the middle of the day between 1 – 5:30pm.
    Written 10 December 2020
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  • flyjournal
    na49 contributions
    Yes, you do need to check online whether the palace is open the day before you go. You can go to Patriminonial Nacional website which is the gatekeeper of all the royal palaces in Spain, look under "Buy Tickets" and look closely at the calendar shown and see the color legend to check whether is palace is open or closed. In fact, one week before my due date to visit, it stated open but subsequently changed to closed two days before my visit so I had to change plans and visit it another day. Head to Moncloa Bus & Metro Station from where your journey begins. Ignore all other information online that says that you have to exit the station & head above ground to the bus station. This is wrong information & not updated. The Moncloa Bus Station is UNDERGROUND. Once you exit the metro ticket gates, you go one level up the escalator & you will see passengers waiting at bus bays platforms marked in numbers. There are 2 sections to this UNDERGROUND Moncloa Bus Station on the SAME LEVEL. Which means that the bus bays where you wait for your designated buses is divided into 2 sections that CANNOT be accessed via the same floor. You have to descend one level down back to where the metro concourse (the area before you insert the ticket to get into metro station) is in order to get to the other bus bay. So use the OTHER escalator if you came down from the first escalator where you cannot find your bus platform. Bus no 601 to the palace departs from Bus Bay Platform No 30. It is easy to know which stop to get off as Bus no 601 has a real time electronic signboard on board the bus that shows approaching stops. Use Google Map to identify which stop you need to alight eg. if you stay at Hotel ABC enter this hotel as your origin on Google Map Madrid & in your destination enter El Pardo, click on the metro/bus icon, you will see the bus no 601 appear, further click & drill down thru the entire bus no 601 route to see all the stops. If I remembered correctly, its the 2nd last bus stop. As you get off the bus, walk behind the bus & you will see the palace to your left, its just about 2 minutes walk away from the bus stop. You can buy the tickets at the palace due to the high unpredictability of when the palace may close at very short notice. Apart from using it to house foreign dignitaries, it is also used for national award ceremonies as I was informed by my guide. I was very fortunate to have an English guide all to myself for the 10.45 am tour. Yes, solo tourist to 1 guide, Never has this happened before, So I took advantage of this opportunity to bombard her with questions, ugh, I think she was drinking lots of mineral water from her bottle as we proceeded through our tour as I kept asking questions. The tapestries that you see in this palace were first painted by Goya for the sole purpose of turning it into tapestries, the painting is handed over to the tapestry craftsmen who then copied every little detail hand sewn & loomed into the fabric. The tapestries are a legacy & continues to exist today as a working craft shop known as the Royal Tapestry Factory (Real Fabrica de Tapices) which is near Atocha station. You can visit this factory & it will be mentioned by your guide. I had a good laugh when the English guide mentioned a faux pas that was averted in the nick of time concerning a foreign royal couple who were staying there in the past. Lots of stories here about who stayed here. This palace was also the home & working office of the dictator Franco. The reason why this place was chosen as a place to stay for foreign dignitaries is because the roads leading to it can be easily monitored & managed for safety reasons. Its a narrow stretch of road, easy to spot intruders. Hence, Franco chose this place. Enjoy your visit, this place is an eye opener!
    Written 4 March 2018
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia41,309 contributions
    Iglesia de San Anton must be unique. It must be the only place on earth which does what it preaches. It is not huge or fancy. However the things the people in this church do are just amazing. They actually go out of their way to help those who are unfortunate and homeless. They provide a roof over their head and food to eat. The church building is a refuge for all those who need it. There are even television screens for people to watch, like the football world Cup! The church keeps the bones of Saint Valentine, the third-century Italian bishop considered the father of romance and love. This church deserves a visit and much more from those who can afford it.
    Written 26 June 2019
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  • Adam W
    Gloucester36 contributions
    This was just over the road from our excellent hotel (Princess Melia). Entered on a whim without knowing a lot about it and was really surprised to discover they have an art collection containing multiple works by goya and other well known artists, plus some original documents signed by Christopher columbus and other treasures. The audio tour was excellent, but this was needed as the guides English wasn't great.

    Learned a bit about the Duke of Alba and his history too.

    Can't call a palace a " hidden gem" but its certainly a lesser know site that deserves a visit.
    Written 4 March 2022
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  • FayeInAmsterdam
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,449 contributions
    This area has so many food and drinks places. Doesn’t matter how you walk in this neighbourhood, we always find a great place to have something to eat. At one corner in this street is this cute typical Madrid café for breakfast.
    Written 10 February 2018
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  • Pascal P
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia1 contribution
    A must visit when in the area.

    If you have the chance to dine in this fine establishment, don''=t miss the Russian Salad - it is out of this world and quite frankly, very tasty, not bitter bitter all...

    A connoisseur!
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Allan C
    Ipswich, UK545 contributions
    This is the impressive main building in the Plaza de la Villa and was the city hall for around 300 years until the early twentieth century. Well worth a look and an explore as are many of the side streets and small squares in this older part of the city-the Asturias.
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • MDOGP
    Dallas, TX1,098 contributions
    These are Arabic walls that were built during the Middle Ages during the Arabic dominion of Spain. The wall used to be 2 kilometers long. Now, they have built a square and a nice fountain around. The wall is just at the left side of the Almudena cathedral.
    Written 9 September 2020
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