Museo del Prado
Palacio de Cristal Art Museum, located in Central Madrid and built in the year 1887 is an incredible structure of iron and glass. This Art Museum was originally built to display the exotic varieties of plants and animals that were brought back to Spain from Philippines. Today, the museums walls house striking contemporary art exhibitions. Spending a day with an espresso mulling over the beautiful pieces of arts that are exhibited in the museum refreshes the mind. Visitors can rent a boat to admire the birds and scenery in the adjacent artificial lake which provides the habitat for ducks, swans and geese and can see them gliding through the peaceful waters. The incredible architectural feat of the museum can be viewed from the lake by the visitors and enjoyed.
The Royal Palace in Madrid is an exquisitely beautiful building. It is one of the most completely preserved royal palaces in the world. The Royal Palace, or Palacio Real, mixes Baroque architecture with Classical style, and is the largest royal palace in Europe by floor space, covering 135,000 square meters. The entire palace has more than 3,400 rooms of which about fifty are open to the public. Visitors can take a tour of the interior, where such treasures as the Stradivarius Room holding five Stradivari family made instruments are on display, as well as ceiling frescoes painted by masters like Velasquez and Bayeu.
Puerta del Sol is the central square of Madrid. Surrounded by many historical buildings, it was once the Napoleonic army invaded Madrid and confronted the public. Now it is a place for major parades and gatherings for citizens and tourists. The Puerta del Sol is semi-circular and the buildings are surrounded by many buildings, many of which are the essence of Madrid's urban architecture.
The Market of San Miguel gives some of the best culinary options in downtown Madrid. Fresh produce, tapas and a vibrant atmosphere can be had from morning to late evening at this popular area. Don't let the crowds stop you; this market is as authentic as the salted bacalao.
When visiting Madrid, one place that is an unquestionable requirement see is the Plaza de Cibeles. It is an excellent square amidst the Paseo del Prado and the Calle Alcala and around it are the most unbelievable design cases of the Baroque and Art Nouveau styles. You could spend a day simply walking around these dazzling structures and afterward come to see the Cibeles Fountain. This white marble eighteenth century fountain Fuente de la Cibeles involves pride of place in the square with an imposing statue of Cibele the Roman Goddess of fruitfulness situated on a chariot pulled by two lions.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the home stadium of Real Madrid. Superstars such as Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, Raúl González Blanco and Zinedine Zidane are have all played on all Bernabéu's famous pitch. In case visitors come to Madrid in the off-season, tours of the stadium can be arranged. You can take a moment to sit on the sidelines, in the coach's seat or on the replacement players' bench. You can walk around the display case full of trophies and even take a look at the media center and locker rooms.
Plaza de la Villa,one of the oldest plazas in Madrid is known for being very quiet and peaceful, an oddity in the bustling city of Madrid. The Plaza de la Villa is surrounded by 15th to 17th century aristocratic mansions, making the plaza to look as if it is from a different era. Torre de los Lujanes, a Gothic style 15th century building, is the oldest in the plaza. The Casa de Cisneros is nearly as old having been built in 1537. The old town hall, the Ayuntamiento, sits next to the Casa de Cisneros. Other buildings of interest include the Iglesia de San Andres, the Puente de Segovia, and the Palace of Uceda. The center of Plaza de la Villa is home to Benlliure's statue of lvaro de Bazan, who was the commander of the Spanish Armada.