Here is a walking tour to discover 10 of Madrid's most iconic attractions:
Start your walk at the Puerta del Sol, in central Madrid, where you can see the famous sculpture "El Oso y El Madroño" (The Bear and The Strawberry Tree). Check out the surrounding architecture and take some time to admire the Kilometer Zero plaque.
Walk down Calle Mayor in the direction of Plaza Mayor, a beautiful square with impressive architecture. Experience the grandeur of the square and discover its bustling atmosphere with shops, cafes and street artists.
From Plaza Mayor, head to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real). It isn't the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, but rather where state ceremonies, official banquets and other state functions take place. Marvel at its breathtaking views and consider exploring its lavish interiors and art collection.
Visit the Almudena Cathedral (Catedral de Santa María la Real de La Almudena) near the Royal Palace, a magnificent neoclassical cathedral known for its impressive architecture and beautiful interior.
After the Cathedral, walk through the beautiful Sabatini Gardens (Jardines de Sabatini) behind the Royal Palace. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and manicured gardens.
Then, head to the impressive Plaza España Square, where you’ll find a monument dedicated to the famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. Take some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
From Plaza de España, stroll down Gran Vía Avenue, one of Madrid’s busiest streets, lined with shops, theaters and impressive architecture. Enjoy the warm weather and admire the stunning buildings.
Continue along the Gran Vía and you will reach the impressive Metropolis building (Edificio Metropolis). Marvel at its beautiful architecture and take memorable pictures.
Take a short walk past the impressive Cibeles Fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) and the Communications Palace, now the seat of Madrid City Hall. Admire the fountain and the beautiful architecture of the building.
Finish your visit at the famous Prado Museum (Museo del Prado), one of the most beautiful art galleries in the world. Explore his extensive collection of works, including work by Spanish artists such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco.
The tour (walking) is approximately 4 km (2.5 mi).
Remember to wear comfortable shoes and allow plenty of time to explore. Enjoy visiting the sights of Madrid!