Places you can visit in Madrid when you are learning Spanish


Thousands of people travel from foreign countries every year to learn Spanish while visiting the main city in Spain: Madrid.

Madrid is one of the most important cities in Europe, from an economical and political perspective. Felipe II moved the court to Madrid in 1561 for its cultural importance, as the city possesses some of the most visited museums in the world. For this and other reasons Madrid is an ideal city to learn Spanish.

Through this post we will show you some of the best places you can visit in Madrid to get to know its history and to enjoy this magical city.


Almudena’s Cathedral

Almudena’s Cathedral is a catholic temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The cathedral is located in the centre of Madrid, and it is 73 metres high and 102 metres long. It was built at the end of the XIX Century and finished at the end of the XX Century and covers different styles. This cathedral was consecrated the 15th of June by Juan Pablo II.

Almudena Cathedral


El Rastro

El Rastro is an open-air market. It is only open on Sundays and it originally used to sell second hand objects. This market was born in 1740 and is famous worldwide.

El Rastro en Madrid


Gran Vía

Gran Vía is one of the main streets in Madrid. It was built at the beginning of the XX Century and it is an important commercial, touristic and loud leisure place. Nowadays it’s very famous for its numerous theatres and cinemas and for being the location of worldwide famous shops.

Gran via Madrid Study Abroad


Museo del Prado

The Prado Museum is one of the most important museums around the world, and one of the most visited ones. It has paints from Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens and Bosco, which are the most famous in the museum, along with Murillo, Ribera, Zurbarán, Rafael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Van Dyck or Poussin, amongst others.

Museo del Prado madrid


Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace is the official residence of the King, although now it is only used for ceremonies and acts. It counts with more than 135. 000 m² y 3.418 chambers, which makes it the biggest palace in Western Europe and one of the biggest worldwide. It has a valuable historic-artistic heritage and it is open to the public unless there are official acts.

Palacio Real madrid


Retiro Park

The Retiro Park is a historic and public garden that has numerous historic-artistic places like the Alfonso XII Monument, the Crystal Palace, Felipe IV’s door, the Astronomic Observatory and the Fuente de la Alcachofa.

Retiro Park in Madrid


Plaza de Cibeles

La plaza de Cibeles is one of the symbols of Madrid. It was built on the 1782 and in the centre of the square the Cibeles Fountain is placed. In each of its four corners there is an emblematic building built between the XVIII and the XX Century (Palacio de Buenavista, el Palacio de Linares, el Palacio de Comunicaciones and Banco de España).

Plaza de Cibeles


Plaza Mayor de Madrid

The origins of this square are in the XVI Century when at the end of two streets the main markets of the villa were placed there. Since its creation the square is a place for popular parties, amongst others. Its most important elements are the Panadería House, Arco de los Cuchilleros and Felipe’s III Statue.

Plaza Mayor de Madrid


Puerta de Alcalá

Puerta de Alcalá is one of the oldest Royal Doors that gave Access to the city. This door gave access to those travellers who entered from France, Aragon or Catalonia. Nowadays it is a monumental door located next to the main entrance of the Retiro Garden and it was built under Carlos III orders.

Puerta de Alcalá


Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is the main square of Madrid, where the “kilometre zero” in placed since 1950 for the roads in Spain. The oldest building is “la Casa de Correos” and its clock shines every New Year’s Eve when at midnight every Spanish person eats 12 grapes at the sound of its 12 last strokes of the year.

Puerta del Sol


Debod’s Temple

Debod’s Temple was a present from Egypt to Spain in 1968 for helping the international calling made by the UNESCO to save the temples of Nubia, mainly the one in Abu Simble, as they were in danger of disappearance due to the construction of the Asuan’s dam. Egypt donated four of its temples to different nations who helped: Dendur to the United States, Ellesiya to Italy, Taffa to the Netherlands and Debod to Spain.

Debod Temple


If you plan to travel to Madrid on May, you will be able to enjoy the festivity of San Isidro, one of the most famous parties from the Spanish capital. If you decide to travel in July, you could also take some days to go to Navarra and get to know the San Fermine’s culture.

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However, if you prefer other cities like Barcelona or Seville, don’t hesitate and take a look:

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