Plaza España Square
Plaza de España ("Spain Square") is a large square, and popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid,
at the western end of the Gran Vía Street. It features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and is
bordered by two of Madrid's most prominent skyscrapers, the first skyscrapers, built in the 1950's:
the Madrid Tower and the España Building.
Also, the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is a short walk south
from the square.
Torre de Madrid ("Madrid Tower") is one of the tallest skyscrapers. It was built in 1957, being an
emblematic building for the square and for the city itself. It houses offices and apartaments.
In the center of the square is a monument to Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
Most of the monument was built between 1925 and 1930. The tower portion of the monument includes a stone sculpture
of Cervantes, which overlooks bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Around the monument, created a series
of landscaped areas for relaxation and enjoyment of pedestrians.
The Plaza de España, with great crossroads, with many places of interest around, and a must for any tourist who
wants to see bottom Madrid.
Princess Street, which goes from Plaza de España to Moncloa, is one of
the main shopping streets in the area, as well as Calle Alberto Aguilera. Almost at the beginning of
Princess Street, we find the "Palacio de Liria", group of buildings belonging to the House of Alba
and has very beautiful gardens.
Near of Plaza de España, on Bailen Street, you can visit the Museum Cerralbo (Ventura Rodríguez Street, 17). It presents the
Cerralbos family house just as it was left by the Marquis in 1922. Among the collections are The Ecstasy of Saint
Francis of Assisi by El Greco, displays of ancient weaponry, and Iberian pottery. A visit to the Cerralbo Museum
gives one a peek at what life was like for a wealthy Spaniard aristocrat of the 19th century.
A few meters from the museum, another must-see is the Debod Temple,
a monument of Egyptian origin who moved to Madrid in 1970.
Plaza de España, S/N
* Lines 3, 10
- Plaza de España station.