Madrid in 48 hours – what to see?
We continue a series of articles about interesting tourist attractions of different countries and cities with a story about Madrid. What to see in the Spanish capital, if you plan to get acquainted with this amazing city in just two days? The largest attractions and the most interesting places in Madrid!
To begin with, Madrid is the highest European capital (it is located at an altitude of 655 meters above sea level) and, in addition, one of the most visited cities in Spain by tourists. Here you will find many interesting places, interesting monuments and amazing museums, and you can also relax in any of the approximately 40 city parks and gardens.
The atmosphere in Madrid is not the same as, for example, in Barcelona, it is worth coming here to wander through the busy squares and streets, get acquainted with the bustling nightlife of the city and be sure to get into one of the best classical painting museums in the world – the Prado Museum.
Transport in Madrid
As you know, the subway of Madrid is simply magnificent (it is one of the oldest, most developed and best metro systems in the world). It has 12 lines plus an underground R-train, which is an integral part of the metro and connecting Opera and Principe Pio stations. As for trams or the so-called Metro Ligero, in the city itself you can use the three lines, which are also a continuation of the Madrid metro.
You can also comfortably travel around the city by bus (more than 200 city bus lines operate here). An interesting travel format for Madrid is the use of Teleferico, a cable car running through the capital between Paseo Pintor Rosales and Casa de Campo.
There is definitely something to see in Madrid. Even to say more – in this city there is practically nothing to look at (visit, try, emphasize the necessary).
Talk about interesting places in Madrid for a long time and with taste. Yes, you probably know about that already. Therefore, today we will walk through the most interesting city attractions – such a must-have for a tourist in Spain. We hope that it will be useful, especially for those who plan to go to Madrid for the first time.
So, get acquainted closer with the Spanish capital!
The Prado Museum is a must for any traveler on a trip to Madrid. Yes, it is so categorically. Why? This neoclassical building, built during the time of Charles III, today contains the greatest collection of classical painting in the world. To see the masterpieces of the brush by El Greco, Diego Velazquez, Francisco Goya, Bosch, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Albrecht Durer and other brilliant artists, you need to come to the museum until 18:00. By the way, on Sundays, admission to the museum is free, so here you may encounter very large lines.
Reina Sofia Art Center
If you are a connoisseur of contemporary art, the Queen Sofia Center for the Arts, located in a building that once belonged to the San Carlos Hospital, will be a real paradise for you. Luxurious exhibitions of paintings by famous avant-garde artists, many priceless paintings and sculptures – here you can see real masterpieces! Separate expositions present the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
Royal Palace of Madrid
The Royal Madrid Palace was built in the early eighteenth century on the site of an ancient Moorish fortress by order of Philip V. In the palace you will see frescoes by Caravaggio and other talented masters of those times, magnificent collections of ancient weapons, Stradivarius violins, Flemish tapestries, exquisite antique furniture, the best Venetian mirrors and many priceless art objects. The Royal Palace is a real museum that stores real treasures in the halls, galleries and chambers, which in themselves are a property.
If you are looking for the perfect place to rest and relax after a day-long sightseeing, a better option than Retiro Park probably just doesn’t exist. Neat alleys and cozy corners with benches where you can relax, bizarre figures of green bushes, many sculptures, fountains and a lake with pleasure boats, against which the Palacio de Cristal stands majestically – you will definitely like it here.
Egyptian Temple of Deboda
Yes, you didn’t think it was the Egyptian temple in Madrid – a real ancient temple complex dedicated to the goddess Isis, now located in one of the Madrid parks. The Egyptian temple of Deboda in the West Park has been located since 1968 – Egypt handed it to Spain as a thank you for helping to save a huge number of ancient people.