Spain’s sunny summers make it a magnet for travelers seeking a laid-back relaxing holiday, but the country’s capital and largest city is no place for lazing about.
Fortunately, Madrid’s most popular destinations are centrally located. The heart of the city is Puerta del Sol, a large plaza serving as the scene of festivals, important gatherings and street performers as well as a hub for the public transportation network.
The Gran Vía is known as the Broadway of Madrid because it’s “the street that never sleeps.” The grand boulevard runs through central Madrid from the Plaza de España to Calle de Alcalá. Although the street now seems integral to the bustling capital, it’s actually a fairly recent addition to the city. Completed in 1910, the Gran Vía is lined with hundreds of shops, restaurants and businesses.
The most famous building on the boulevard is the Telefónica Building, which was the tallest building in Europe when it was completed in 1929.
The Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world’s most famous football venues. It has hosted the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010. The final matches for the 1964 European Nations’ Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, were also held at the Bernabéu, making it the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA European Championship and a FIFA World Cup final.
Plaza Callao is another important meeting point in Madrid’s center, located in the surroundings of Sol, and on the Gran Via, separating the second and third stretches of it. The area of Callao and Sol, are closed to traffic. Calle Preciados connects both squares. This together with the second stretch of Gran Via, make it […]
After walking around 300 meters between Puerta del Sol and Plaza Callao, we find that most of this part of central Madrid is pedestrianized. Callao is the name given by the famous battle that took place in 1866, between Spain and Peru in El Callao, Peru.
Is one of the most unusual sights in Parque del Oeste, a park near the Royal Palace. The temple to the Egyptian goddess Isis once stood on the banks of the Nile. The construction of Egypt’s Great Dam of Aswan meant that several historical monuments had to be moved in order to preserve them from flooding.