Top 10 Instagram Worthy Spots In Madrid

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The Top 10 Instagram Worthy Spots In Madrid

People could experience 300 plus days of sunshine in the city, which makes traveling and taking a picture of the Instagram-worthy spots in Madrid much better. Visiting this city is not only an epicurean treat but a visual treat as well.

From strolling at the famous Gran Via, Madrid’s Art Triangle, green spaces like Casa De Campo, stunning architecture, sprawling boulevards, and amazing galleries, there more beautiful things to see in Madrid that deserves a spot in any Instagram feed.

In this guide, our team of experts has gathered the top 10 Instagram-worthy spots in Madrid making them one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Let us know what strikes you the most and comment below.

We also recommend our guides to top romantic spots and top wine bars and tapas in Madrid for an epicurean treat.

Did we miss your favorite Instagram worthy spot in Madrid? Join the conversation in the comments.

1. Calle de Gran Via


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Built between 1910 and 1929, Calle de Gran Via is Madrid’s most popular streets. Calle de Gran Via is one of the most challenging urban construction in Spain with over 300 buildings were demolished. Gran Via serves as a pathway to the northeastern part of Madrid. It was mostly dedicated to entertainment with many cinemas, theaters, musicals, nightclubs and bars.

Since it’s the shopping capital of the city, it’s normally crowded with a lot of tourists and locals, the street is appropriately named “the great lane” with splendidly quirky Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades fronting its banks, offices, and apartments, and huge posters on the cinemas.


2. The Plaza de Cibeles


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The Plaza de Cibeles is a square with a neoclassical complex with a beautiful statue that has become an iconic symbol for the city of Madrid. Situated at the crossroads of three of the city’s major districts – Centro, Retiro, and Salamanca, Plaza de Cibeles is a symbol of Madrid and the setting of such notable attractions as the legendary Cibeles Fountain. The outstanding Cybele Palace, also known as the Palace of Communication, the beautiful Bank of Spain, the Linares Palace, and the Buenavista Palace.

The Plaza de Cibeles is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and a symbol of Spanish football, extremely popular among Real Madrid’s fans who flock to the fountain every time their team wins an important match.


3. Plaza Mayor


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The Plaza Mayor or Main Square in English is located in the heart of Madrid near Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace. The Plaza Mayor was first built (1580–1619) during Philip III’s reign and now one of the most beautiful squares in Spain.

Plaza Mayor as we know it today is the work of the architect Juan de Villanueva who was entrusted with its reconstruction in 1790 after a spate of big fires. The name of the plaza has changed over time.

Originally it was called the “Plaza del Arrabal” but became known as the “Plaza Mayor”. The Plaza Mayor is now a major tourist attraction, visited by thousands of tourists a year.


4. Mercado de San Miguel


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Mercado de San Miguel in central Madrid is a center for culinary culture, with premium products and lively tapas bars. It is a covered market originally built in 1916, it was purchased by private investors in 2003 who renovated the iron structure and reopened it.

The Mercado de San Miguel is one of the oldest markets in Madrid. It charms visitors and locals with its lively atmosphere and its elegant beaux-arts design. Each vendor serves a distinct selection of prepared products to sell and with different and great options on offer, you can try as much as your wallet or stomach will allow.


5. Puerta del Sol


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The Puerta del Sol Madrid’s most famous and most central square, located just a short walk from the Plaza Mayor. The square is actually almost semi-circular in shape and owes its current form to the major renovation work carried out between 1854 and 1860.

It is a public square in Madrid, one of the best known and busiest places in the city. It famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year. Millions watch on TV and also attend the annual countdown in the square and New Year’s Eve in Madrid is a must experience.


6. Crystal Palace Retiro Park


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The Palacio de Cristal is a glass and metal structure located in Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park. It was built in 1887 to display the flora and fauna of the Philippines that at the time was still a Spanish colony.

Today, it is now one of the finest examples of iron architecture in Madrid. Inspired by Paxtonla’s Crystal Palace, the Crystal Palace hosts a greenhouse of tropical plants, being also an exhibition hall with art paintings from Museo Reina Sofía. Madrid’s Crystal Palace consists of a brick base, elegantly decorated with ceramics, from where rises a majestic iron framework covered in glass.

Today the building is mostly used for contemporary and modern art exhibitions.


7. Templo de Debod


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The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple built in the 2nd century that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid, Spain. It’s now one of Spain’s most beautiful parks, the West Park, near the Royal Palace and Plaza España Square, and opened to the public in 1972.

The temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government to save it from floods following the construction of the great Aswan Dam. Today it stands near Plaza de España, next to the Paseo del Pintor Rosales, with a surrounding park from where it is possible to admire the Guadarrama mountains and the Spanish capital’s most outstanding sunset.


8. Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid


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Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid is an 8-hectare botanical garden located at Murillo Square, in front of the Prado Museum. The garden was founded on 1755, by King Ferdinand VI, and installed in the Orchard of Migas Calientes, near what today is called Puerta de Hierro, on the banks of the Manzanares River. It contained more than 2,000 plants.

Today’s the garden is divided into three major outdoor sections (terraces) and two greenhouses. Total collections include about 30,000 plants and flowers, and 1,500 trees. It also contains a substantial herbarium. The garden has the largest herbarium in Spain.

It contains about one million herbal sheets, some of the eighteenth century.


9. Platea Market


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Platea is one of the top destinations for gourmet lovers in Madrid. It is a food hall located within the former Carlos III cinema in the central Plaza de Colón. 

Menus offer are Spanish dishes, Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, Japanese food and other Asian cuisines. The restaurant on the first floor, “Canalla Bistro”, and the cocktail bar, “El Palco” on the second floor, have the best view of the place as the tables are arranged towards the center stage. The main level, El Patio, where the center stage is located, is like a giant delicatessen supermarket for the most part, where gourmet products are available on different food stands.

Platea also sells kitchen utensils, deli market, deli and fruit, a multipurpose room with kitchen and private dining room, pickles, Iberian, cheeses and more.


10. Royal Palace of Madrid


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The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. It is located on Calle de Bailén, in the western part of central Madrid, just east of the Manzanares River. It is accessible from the Ópera metro station by lines 2 and 5.

The palace is the largest and one of the most beautifully decorated palaces in Europe, and a popular attraction among tourists in Madrid. Each Wednesday afternoon, from 11.00 to 14.00, the ceremonial changing of the guards draws a wonderful spectacle.


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