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N +40º 25' 11.49" / W -3º 42' 8.38"
Welcome to my Madrid!
My name is Marina and I am the culture expert at the TRYP Gran Via. With this tour you will discover my favourite places: The old Madrid.
The charm of old Madrid can be found in what the locals call "The Madrid of the Hapsburgs". The nickname for this central district of the city has historic origins: it the area the Hapsburg dynasty’s historic buildings created a town they chose as the capital of Spain. The Madrid of the Hapsburgs extends from Sol through Mayor and Arenal to La Latina and Plaza de Oriente
Puerta del Sol
Landmark of Madrid, where you can see the statues of the Oso (Bear) and the Madroño (Strawberry Tree), the equestrian statue of Carlos III and the famous Puerta del Sol clock, and right at the entrance of the Post Office is kilometre 0, the starting point of the mileage of all the national roads in Spain.
One of the most important squares in Madrid with the Baker’s house and in its centre the statue of Felipe III.
Be sure to stop at Restaurant Brillante to try a typical and delicious squid baguette.
In its day the Royal Palace was the official home of the Spanish monarchs but today it is a tourist attraction and is the location for official state acts. It is worth taking a guided tour of the buildings and enjoy the views over the Sabatini Gardens, Plaza de Oriente and the Campo del Moro.
I highly recommend a visit to the Sabatini Gardens in summer, as it holds open air concerts and theatrical performances.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Sundays and bank holidays from 9am to 3pm
Admission: 10 € (free admission on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8pm)
Campo del Moro
Unknown even to many locals, these royal gardens are a wonderful recreational space located behind the Royal Palace. It is the place to take a break and simply enjoy nature. It is not visited much because, although it is next to the Royal Palace, it can only be entered by Paseo Virgen del Puerto, Príncipe Pío metro station. But I recommend making the effort.
This is a new cathedral whose construction was delayed for more than a century and was finally completed in 1992. The project has existed since the 16th century but had no funding until centuries later. They say that when Madrid was conquered by Alfonso VI of Castile, the Christians came across an image of a virgin lit since time immemorial by two candles within its walls.
C/ Bailén, Ópera metro station. Open from 9am to 9pm
Descalzas Reales Monastery
Located in the Plaza de las Descalzas. The admission includes the monastery and the Encarnación Convent.
Open from 10:30am to 12:45am and from 4pm to 5:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. From 10.30am to 12:45am on Friday and from 11am to 1:45pm on Sunday and bank holidays.
San Ginés Church
One of the oldest churches in the city and has been a site of worship since the 14th century.
C/ Arenal, 13
Restaurant Casa Botín
Bar - Restaurant Ciudad de Tui
Restaurant - Tavern Casa Labra