Madrid is full of historic places and other attractions, which present photographers with ideal shooting spots. Madrid has its own aesthetic appeal being the cultural hub of the Spaniards. Below is a compilation of the most picture postcard places which you might not want to miss in Madrid old city.
Plaza de toros de Ronda
Also known as the ‘Bullring’ in Madrid, you would come across bullfighting here. It has a rich history in Spain and traces back to the era of the Roman Gladiators too. Stand just outside the bullring to enjoy Moorish architecture of the area or you can peek inside to see the world’s most skillful matadors in action. A trip to Madrid would be a fulfilling one especially if you visit the city capital’s most iconic activity.
Círculo de Bellas Artes
Círculo de Bellas Artes would give you a skyline view of some of the landmark attractions in Madrid. It features a bar on the rooftop, which would provide you with an opportunity to taste country wine and enjoy panoramic views of the cityscapes. You can also see the landmarks including Plaza de Cibeles square, Gran Vía Street, and Banco de España from here. The best time to scale up to the seventh story of the edifice is during sunset and around dusk, which is when the city sparkles.
This square in the heart of Madrid features peering tourists and retains the medieval charm of the city. Formerly known as the ‘Plaza del Arrabal’, the rectangular architecture of the plaza is an ideal spot for photography and sightseeing. It features cafés, posh restaurants, and street artists all entertaining the crowds. While some sneering at the performers others show interests in photography.
Calle de la Cava Baja
The most charming street in Madrid resides nearby the Plaza Mayor. People peer to La Latina neighborhood and this street in particular to taste delicious tapas, flavorful country wine, or enjoy a refreshing beer. In fact, there is no place to rival this one especially if you are coming here at the end of the day. The streetscapes are the ideal places in the metropolis giving you chance for a pub-crawl and enjoy Spanish dishes.
Parque del Buen Retiro
The Buen Retiro Park is often tagged as Madrid’s Central Park by the visitors from America especially. The natives love picnicking here especially on weekends, and paddleboat in the artificial lake whilst watching the ‘Monumento a Alfonso XII’ in the center. In addition, you may want to capture views of the ‘Palacio de Cristal’ a glass cum metal building while paddle boating.
Casa de Campo
The largest park in the city capital is also bigger than the Parque del Buen Retiro. The open park has a lot of green pastures, is home to the Zoo Aquarium and the Madrid Arena, and features recreational activities like kayaking among events and concerts. You would surely fall in love with the space and facilities here.
Jardines de Sabatini
These gardens would let you admire the Royal Palace of Madrid from behind. However, its lavish ambiance would give unparallel views of the palatial surrounds from the purview of the lens. It is easy to miss the gardens nestled at the back but you may still love capturing the pond, and enjoy basking in the benches.
Plaza de Colón
This plaza was placed in Madrid in a bid to commemorate the 400 years of Christopher Columbus’s journey to America, which was celebrated in 1892. The square features artworks that pay tribute to the explorer who made the voyage successfully. Head to the Paseo de la Castellana and you can see the Columbus Statue facing east. The plaza is also home to Joaquín Vaquero Turcios’s Columbus Monument, a garden, and an arts hub underneath the fountain below the Columbus Statue.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
The stadium is the home ground of Real Madrid one of the richest clubs in Europe featuring the best footballers namely Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Even Kaka in the past played for Real Madrid as many people in Europe calls the club. Like many football stadiums, Bernabéu also provides a behind-the-scene stadium tour with a chance to meet the ‘Galaticos’ past, and present.
One of the largest flea markets in Spain is the one amid Embajadores street and Ronda de Toledo Street, which opens only on Sundays and National Holidays. El Rastro is home to the treasures like Flamenco excerpts, jewel handicrafts, and native antiques. The colorful pathways and the fun of shopping with crowds still makes it a captivating place to visit in the Madrid old city. If you are lucky, you might find local stores selling coveted gems too if a native is there to guide you through.