Though Madrid is the capital of Spain, it has very less to offer its tourists. But you need not to get disappointed. The sightseeing places it offers include architectural masterpieces. The city offers a selection of art galleries that makes it the envy of other European cultural centre. Take an educated instructor along to visit the best tourist attractions in Madrid.
Here is a list of major tourist attractions in Madrid that you can visit:
Puerta del Sol
Puerta del Sol is the geographical centre of Spain. Spain is measured from this spot (kilometer zero). Puerta is an easternmost gate in Madrid. The gate got this name historically because in the 15th century when under the Habsburg Kings it was surrounded by churches and monasteries. The gate was rebuilt in1854-62. At present, the gate is Madrid's most popular meeting point.
Plaza Mayor is located in proximity to Puerta del Sol. It was built in 15th century as a small market square. In the reign of Phillip II Plaza Mayor became the city's central point. Bullfights, carnivals, all the great festivals and ceremonies of Madrid were held there. On the outskirts of the square, today there are dear bars and restaurants.
Parque del Retiro
The Retiro Park lies close to the main attractions of the city centre. The lush green park offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city life. Maldrilenos can be seen enjoying their leisure time before their aperitivo (pre-lunchtime drink) on Sundays. You can row around the lake in hired boats.
Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)
Prado Museum is a greatest gallery in Madrid. It has a highest concentration of masterpieces than any other museum in the world. The museum features works by great painters like Goya, El Greco Bosch, Botticelli, Rubens and Velázquez.
This museum exhibits a collection of fantabulous paintings in chronological order from 13th century to modern times. Some of the works that are worth mentioning include the paintings from the Italian and German Renaissance, the 17th Century Dutch School, 19th Century North American Paintings, Impressionism, Expressionism and Cubism.