Located opposite the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), this is the city's largest, most elegant and peaceful square. It's a ... More
Plaza de Oriente
Located opposite the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), this is the city's largest, most elegant and peaceful square. It's a semi-circle of landscaped gardens planted with many varieties of trees and flowers. Statues of medieval kings line one of the walkways and Felipe IV takes center stage. The horse he sits on was modeled after a Velázquez drawing. It's an attractive pedestrianized area with an underground parking lot and many smart cafes with outdoor terraces to choose from. The Teatro Real (Opera House) is just around the corner.
The area around the capital's major square and underneath its arches is full of shops selling items relating to bullfighting,
home decorating, car maintenance, traditional sombreros (hats) and flamenco costumes. It's particularly worth visiting on Sunday mornings when stamp ...
A remnant of medieval Madrid, its name comes from its use at that time. This was the square where the
Bishop auctioned off the straw (paja) brought from his farmland near Plasencia in the province of Cáceres. You'll find ...
It's surprising to find such a quiet spot in Madrid. This square doesn't seem to have been affected by the
passage of time and it's easy to imagine yourself in a by gone era. It's surrounded by 15th to ...