THE CHARMS OF MADRID

Puerta del Sol

In this square there are several points of interest such as the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (symbol of Madrid), the famous advertising poster of Tío Pepe and the equestrian statue of Carlos III, located right in the center.

Although the most emblematic place in this large space, active 24 hours a day, is the Casa de Correos, whose clock strikes the popular New Year's Eve chimes, and which has right next to it, a small granite plaque that marks the « kilometer 0 »of Spain.

Curiosities

La Puerta del Sol is one of the corners of the Spanish capital that connects you with recognized national and international brands. There you will run into fashion stores, restaurants and other services. For example, the fashion chain Zara or Mango, the Llao Llao ice cream parlor, the telecommunications operator Vodafone, among others.

The main square and its emblematic buildings:

One of the reasons that the Plaza Mayor is part of the corners of the Spanish capital that you should know, is because of its buildings. What is most striking about the Casa de la Panadería are its splendid murals on its façade. We must also mention the Casa de la Carnicería, which was the meat depot for the Villa's markets. Likewise, it served as accommodation for the headquarters of the City Council.

It is probable, to observe in the middle of the square the equestrian statue of Felipe III, who guarded the Casa de Campo. It is impossible not to mention it, since for Madrilenians it represents a symbol of reference and encounter.

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After visiting all its corners, one of the best things to do in Madrid is to sit on one of its terraces to have a drink and watch the daily hustle and bustle of tourists or eat the traditional squid sandwich at the popular Bar La Campana.

If your visit to Madrid is at Christmas time, you cannot miss the Christmas market that is located in this square, where in addition to the typical Christmas stalls you can find the joke articles so characteristic of these dates, in the Spanish capital.

Puerta de Alcalá

It represents one of the corners of the Spanish capital with history, since it is the first triumphal arch built after the fall of the Roman Empire.

You can easily locate it leaving the Cibeles Fountain on your back, you go up the slope and there you will locate it. It is the favorite place for many photographers and tourists to take the perfect picture postcard. Near the Puerta de Alcalá you will find the National Library and the Archaeological Museum. In this last space, you will get a great collection from the prehistoric times of the Spanish peoples.

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-It is said that its construction promoted the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

-While it is true its imposing beauty can be appreciated during the day, it is also worth visiting at night to observe it illuminated or book this night tour, which passes through the best illuminated monuments and buildings in Madrid.

 

 

The Wonders of Toledo

Toledo is known as "the city of the three cultures", because it has been populated for several centuries by Christians, Jews and Muslims. The historic center is located at a height of one hundred meters above the Tagus River, and it is an impressive place where you can enjoy impressive views. In 1983 Toledo became the seat of the Regional Courts and of the Junta de Communities de Castilla-La Mancha note and in 1986 its helmet Historic was declared a World Heritage Site.

 

 

The Alcazar of Toledo

You know that you are arriving in Toledo when in the distance you begin to see the Alcázar, an imposing fortification on the rocks in the highest part of this Spanish city. It is in height as a military strategy, to be able to have a wider division range.

The Alcázar of Toledo has been the scene of sieges, battles and wars. It is a historical building that is well worth the beginning of the visit to Toledo.

 The Cathedral of Toledo

Construction began in the early XNUMXth century on top of a Visigoth Cathedral dating from six centuries earlier. In addition, it was used as a mosque, Toledo in its purest form. This Cathedral is one of the most important emblems and temples of Christianity in Spain.

New Door of Bisagra

Probably one of the most important gates of the city, and without a doubt the most famous is this Puerta de Bisagra, which was part of the defense of the city in the old wall. It has a monumental shield, that of the city of Toledo, which also belonged to Carlos V. Probably one of the first tourist attractions that you will see entering the city of Toledo.

Castle of San Servando

The Castillo de San Servando is often considered one of the most important works of Mudejar military architecture, Toledo is the city of the three cultures, and they often converge on decorative or architectural themes.

This fortress was used to defend the crossroads that accessed the bridge, a strategic place for the defenses of the La Mancha capital. It was destroyed several times by the countless battles it suffered, and today we can enjoy a fairly reliable restoration.

 

Essential Places in Segovia

Segovia renowned for its cities of monuments, the aqueduct and the Alcazar that capture the interest of visitors also has one of the longest and best preserved walls in Spain

The Aqueduct of Segovia

It is the Roman construction par excellence in Spain and it is even more so when you realize that it has been standing for 2000 years and its granite ashlars are «simply» supported one another without mortar or cement.

Although it is the first point of the visit, do not forget to visit the aqueduct from all its angles. First from afar to appreciate its size, from below to appreciate its height or from above to appreciate the perfection of Roman calculations so that the water ran with the right slope. It is a masterpiece.

The Cathedral of Segovia

Known as the Lady of the Cathedrals, due to its size and elegance, it was built between the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. Gothic in style with Renaissance features.

The grandeur and harmony of its dimensions defines the interior of the cathedral. The stained glass windows (XNUMXth century), the Main Altarpiece dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Paz (XNUMXth century), the choir stalls (late XNUMXth century), the beautiful Baroque organs or the rejeria deserve a pause in the visit. .

The Alcazar of Segovia

The last great visit on our route takes us to a palace like no other, the Alcazar of Segovia. Located in an excellent location and with an unmistakable silhouette that resembles a large ship, this XNUMXth-century building is a must-see when visiting Segovia.

It was one of the favorite residences of the kings and after visiting it no wonder why. The climb to the tower is definitely worth it.

If the day is clear, you can enjoy perfect views of the mountains of the Central System and the entire city.

If you still want learn more about this majestic city, we provide you with a list of places and tourist activities to do.

- VIEWPOINT OF THE PRAIRIE OF SAN MARCOS

- PUPPET COLLECTION (This is an exhibition of puppets donated by Francisco Peralta to the city of Segovia. The collection is made up of 38 puppets that represent the characters of the Spanish ballads.)

- THE CHURCH OF SAN ESTEBAN (the highest of this style in the Iberian Peninsula)

- In the months of September the Festivities in honor of the Virgen de la Fuencisla are celebrated and in October the Patron Saint Festivities of San Frutos

El Escorial and its Monastery

One of the best day trips from Madrid or its surroundings is to visit the famous Royal Monastery that Philip II ordered to be built almost 500 years ago.

It is important to differentiate between San Lorenzo de El Escorial and El Escorial, two practically united but different towns. The first is the one that houses the Royal Monastery, developed throughout the XNUMXth century, and the second is earlier, being an original village that already existed at the time of the construction of the Royal Monastery and where the Renfe station is located.

The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the most visited places in the entire Community of Madrid, being a Historic-Artistic Monument since 1931 and recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1984.

The Pantheon of the Kings

The undoubted majesty of the room that occupies the Pantheon of Kings is combined with the historical importance of the place, since almost all the kings of Spain after Carlos I.

Precisely, a basic purpose of Felipe II to order the construction of the El Escorial monastery was to house the tombs of the kings of Spain.

Curiosities of the history of the Pantheon of Kings

Built in the XNUMXth century Baroque style, the ornate decoration of the Pantheon of the Kings features a lot of marble and gilt bronze, as well as bronze lamps.

In this high circular room you can see 26 tombs where are the remains of the kings of the Austrian and Bourbon dynasties, as well as the queen consorts who have been mothers of the king.

In the Pantheon of Kings only the remains of Felipe V, buried in the Royal Palace of La Granja, and Fernando VI, who is in the Convent of the Salesas Reales, are missing.

Without exceptions, Madrid leaves us more to be desired and feel the history in its majestic buildings.

Every day visiting something new being part of the city, incredibly fun, friendly, supportive, diverse and multicultural, vibrant, full of proposals for all audiences.