Posted by: kmgib | November 21, 2008

See Madrid: Sights

Studying Abroad in Madrid? Here’s some must see sights.

Templo de Debod was a Thank you gift from Egypt.

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From Templo de Debod, you can walk to Palacio Real, the Royal Gardens, and Plaza Oriente.

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Above: Palacio Real

Below: Royal Gardens Below Palacio Real

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From there you can walk to Opera. That Opera metro station is there. From Opera, you can walk up to Plaza Mayor. At one time, it was an enclosed Plaza where royalty and wealthy Spaniards would watch Bull fights from the balconies. There are also plenty of restaurants, artists, and souvenir shops.

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From there, you can walk to Puerta Del Sol, where there is plenty of shopping, clubs and places to eat. It is the center of the city, and all the streets in Madrid originate from here.

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From Puerta Del Sol, you can walk up to Gran Via, where there’s plenty of shopping. Below: Entrance to Gran Via.

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From Gran Via, you could go several ways. You could walk over to Chueca, where there are restaurants and fantastic shoe shopping.

Or you could walk up to Plaza de Cibeles, at the Banco de Espana metro stop.

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From Plaza de Cibeles, you can walk to Puerta de Alcala. It is the old entrance to the city.

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From Puerta de Alcala, you can walk to el Parque de Buen Retiro, or simply known as Retiro. On a Sunday, there are musicians, artists, clowns, and more. You can also rent a row boat on the mini lake in the park. It’s a great place to study, relax or play a game of volleyball or football (aka: soccer).

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Other places to check out are Plaza de Toros, the bull-fighting ring and the Atocha Train station, which also has a green house and restaurants inside.

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And don’t forget the many fantastic churches and monasteries.

All photos, except Cibeles and Atocha are from my personal collection.

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