You can find this hidden place within the Cibeles Palace close to Gran Vía. It’s really beautiful, especially when there’s sun and the whole place gets covered in triangle shadows.
My favorite neighborhood where I end up every time I go to Madrid. It’s the “hipster district” of the city, where you can find a lot of street art small cafés and vegan restaurants. It has a chilled Spanish atmosphere and it’s the best area to get lost in the beautiful streets. Btw the famous wall with the eyes is in Calle de la Palma 18.
Muros de Embajadores
The walls in Calle de Embajadores which reminded me of the Berlin Wall, just much smaller, are full of beautiful street art. Unfortunately, they’re pretty far from the city center so as long as you don’t have a lot of time in Madrid I’d stay in the center because there are plenty of things to do. However, the Muros de Embajadores is close to Bite me Café, which is a cozy café with vegan donuts.
Barrio de las Letras
The Literary Quarter is famous for its golden quotes by famous Spanish writers in the streets which are cool, but if you don’t speak Spanish you won’t understand a word (you find them in Calle de las Huertas). However, that’s not the main reason why you should not miss this neighborhood when visiting Madrid. It’s the beautiful little streets with beautiful architecture, typical Spanish bars, small shops, and balconies with a lot of plants.
The beautiful street art in the picture above is also taken in Calle de las Huertas. You can find two more artworks in the same style in Calle San Dimas.
In this museum, you can find a collection of the original works of Joaquín Sorolla. It’s actually his house and garden, which is really beautiful btw. You can enter for free every Saturday after 14:30 and all Sunday.
The ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration is a small museum in the center of Madrid. It’s actually worth visiting even though you’re not interested in museum stuff because the building itself is quite cool.
It’s open from 11-20 from Tuesday to Saturday, on Sunday from 10-14 and the entry is always free.
Temple of Debod
This Egyptian temple is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset. Unfortunately, it’s also quite crowded because it’s one of the “must-sees” in Madrid. The temple itself is prettier in summer because during winter there is no water around, therefore there’s no water reflection.
The Museo Reina Sofia is Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art, the highlights include masterpieces from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The general ticket price is 10 E (8 if you book your entry on the internet) but you can go for free every day except Tuesday between 19-21 and on Sundays between 13:30-19:00. Especially on Sundays, the queue gets quite long but it’s worth the wait.
Even though I think this place is pretty famous, I’ve never seen a long queue there, neither I experienced the Crystal palace crowded. It’s open every day from 10-22 and the entry is free.
Museo del Prado
The main Spanish national art museum where you can see masterpieces by Velázquez, Rubens or Goya, for example, is actually pretty expensive. The general admission is 15 Euros, but luckily you can also go for free if you’re willing to wait a bit (a lot). From Monday to Saturday you can go in for free from 18-20 and on Sundays from 17-19. But the queue… I think I’ve never been in a longer one, it went through the whole park in front of the museum and there were people organizing the endless line, so if you’re planning to visit Museo del Prado for free bring a friend or a book because you’ll wait a lot.