You’ll Fall in Love with Madrid

Madrid is a charming city, full of colours and vibrance. It’s a city full of live and with a lot of activities to do. From visiting museums to enjoy it’s non-stopping nightlife, Madrid it’s a city you’ll enjoy.

In this page we have selected a few places you really must visit, and some activities you can do to fully enjoy your stance at Madrid. If you want to discover more alternatives, more places to visit, etc. we recommend you to check the Minube page for Madrid, that includes a lot of thing to do in Madrid and also a free PDF travel guide that you can download to your smartphone/tablet and will help you to discover amazing places in Madrid: http://www.minube.net/travel/spain/madrid.

What to See in Madrid

 

Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park - Madrid

The Buen Retiro Park is a large and popular 1.4 km2 (350 acres) park at the edge of the city centre, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum. A magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and host to a variety of events, it is one of Madrid’s premier attractions. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor Madrid

The Plaza Mayor (English Main Square) was built during Philip III’s reign (1598–1621) and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few Spanish blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, measuring 129 m × 94 m (423 ft × 308 ft), and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza. It has a total of nine entrance ways. The Casa de la Panadería (Bakery House), serving municipal and cultural functions, dominates the Plaza Mayor.

Gran Vía

Gran Via - Madrid

Gran Vía (literally “Great Way”) is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. Today the street is known as the Spanish Broadway, and is one of the streets with the most nightlife in Europe. It is known as the street that never sleeps. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España.

Puerta de Alcalá

Puerta de Alcalá

The Puerta de Alcalá (“Alcalá Gate” or “Citadel Gate” (from the Arabic word al-qal’a القلعة for fortification or citadel)) is a Neo-classical monument in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid, Spain. It stands near the city center and several meters away from the main entrance to the Parque del Buen Retiro. The square is bisected by Alcalá Street, although the street does not cross through the monument, and it is the origin of the Alfonso XII, Serrano and Olózaga streets. Its name originates from the old path from Madrid to the nearby town of Alcalá de Henares.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Palacio Real de Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies. The palace is on the site of a 9th-century Alcázar, near the town of Magerit, constructed as an outpost by Muhammad I of Córdoba:7 and inherited after 1036 by the independent Moorish Taifa of Toledo. After Madrid fell to Alfonso VI of Castile in 1083, the edifice was only rarely used by the kings of Castile. In 1329, King Alfonso XI of Castile convened the cortes of Madrid for the first time. Philip II moved his court to Madrid in 1561.

Temple of Debod

Templo de Debod

The Temple of Debod (Spanish: Templo de Debod) is an ancient Egyptian temple which was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, Spain. The shrine was originally erected 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south of Aswan in Upper Egypt, very close to the first cataract of the Nile and to the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. In the early 2nd century BC, Adikhalamani (Tabriqo), the Kushite king of Meroë, started its construction by building a small single room chapel dedicated to the god Amun. It was built and decorated on a similar design to the later Meroitic chapel on which the Temple of Dakka is based. The temple was rebuilt in one of Madrid’s parks, the Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972.

What to See Near Madrid

If you want to enjoy a few additional days during your participation at the GWC Conference, we recommend you to visit a few places near Madrid that are a “must-see” to enjoy your travel.

Segovia

Segovia

Segovia (/sɪˈɡoʊvɪə/; Spanish pronunciation: [seˈɣoβja]) is a city in the autonomous region of Castile and León, Spain. It is the capital of Segovia Province.

It is located at 80 Km north from Madrid. There are tree important monuments there: the Roman aqueduct, of more than 2000 years old and belonging to the UNESCO list; the medieval castle or Alcazar; and the cathedral.

Toledo

Toledo

Toledo (Spanish: [toˈleðo]) is a municipality located in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo and the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage and historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures.

El Escorial

El Escorial

Located at 40 Km north-west from Madrid, San Lorenzo del Escorial is an impressive royal palace built in the XVI century by the Austrias dynasty. It is a huge building with a very sober decoration, very different from the one of the Royal Palace of Madrid city.

Aranjuez

Aranjuez

Aranjuez (Spanish pronunciation: [aɾaŋˈxweθ]) is a town and municipality lying 42 kilometres (26 mi) south of Madrid in the southern part of the Madrid Region or Community of Madrid, Spain. It is located at the confluence of the Tagus and Jarama rivers, 44 kilometres (27 mi) from Toledo. As of 2009, it had a population of 54,055. It has been one of the Royal Estates of the Crown of Spain since the times of Philip II in 1560.

Madrid Nightlife

Madrid has a very rich nighlife, with a lot of options and tastes. You can take a few drinks in a terrace or a rooftop, enjoy live music or party on some of the best clubs from Europe. You can discover some of the most important nightlife areas in the Official Web of Tourism of Madrid.

La Latina

La Latina invites visitors to plunge into its narrow streets and outdoor terrace bars located mostly between La Cebada, La Paja and Puerta de Moros squares, to walk across Cava Alta and Cava Baja looking for a good restaurant, or along Toledo, Tabernillas, Humilladero or Calatrava, all streets lined with tapas bars.

One of the best known amongst the traditional restaurants in town, Casa Lucio, and its younger brother, Los huevos de Lucio – named after a mouth-watering dish they serve there, ‘huevos estrellados’ (fried eggs) –, are in La Latina. We recommend you book your table in advance, as both Casa Lucio and Los huevos de Lucio are always busy and waiting lists are really long.

Chueca

Chueca is among the most cosmopolitan neighbourhoods in Madrid. It is livelier, if possible, at night than it is during the day. Traditional bars, pubs playing varied music styles, modern cocktail bars and even some cabaret clubs featuring transvestite performers. There is something for everyone in Chueca.

Calle Barquillo and Calle de Fuencarral mark the eastern and western borders of Barrio de Chueca, while the square bearing the same name (where the Chueca underground station is to be found) and the Vázquez de Mella square provide great meeting points for friends to enjoy the nightlife together in this area of Madrid.

From clubs where you can dance to the beat of disco music to low-key lounges like the rooftop terrace of the popular Room Mate Óscar Hotel – with a pool in the summer – or San Antón Market, open all year round, it’s all here in Chueca.

Malasaña

Known as a trendsetter, Barrio de Malasaña/Triball saw the birth of the earliest movida musicians and bands back in the Spanish transition era in the 1980s, when this countercultural movement came to life.

Malasaña/Triball stretches from Calle San Bernardo to Calle de Fuencarral, with Bilbao and Ruiz Jiménez small squares on the north and Gran Vía on the south. Along with the entrance to Tribunal underground station, Plaza del Dos de Mayo is one of the main meeting points for those who plan to go out at night in this area of Madrid, especially on weekends.

Electronic Music

If you love Electronic Music, Madrid is your city, and maybe the organizers of the GWC can take you to some of the best clubs in Madrid with better groove 😉 Some of our preferred options are: Nox Club (Techno music, open all Fridays), Mondo Disko (Techno and House music, open all Thursdays and Saturdays), Replay Sunset Parties (a fantastic day party opened one Sunday per month in a fantastic outdoor venue), Siroco (a small club in the city center where you can find different styles of music depending on the day you go there).