This article is part of a larger series of things to do with four days in Madrid. In this post, I will share with you the markets and museums that I went to, along with some tips, and directions. Happy sightseeing!
In this article:
- Puerta del Sol
- Plaza Mayor
- Buen Retiro Park
Puerta del Sol
In Sol, there are a number of things to do including seeing the famous Bear and the Madroño Tree, the Kilómetro Cero, and the Monument to King Charles III. Surrounding the plaza are a number of international and local clothing stores and food. This area is very popular with tourists, so it often tends to be very crowded.
Located a few minutes away by foot from the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor is the central plaza in Madrid. The plaza has been home to bullfights, executions, soccer games, and markets. Today, it is a meeting place for both tourists and residents and it is filled with a number of shops and cafes.
Due to its popularity, it is also a prime place for pickpockets, so be aware of your belongings at all times. The food here has been called sub par and pricey, so I would not recommend eating inside of the plaza, but it is nice to just come and have a look around.
Buen Retiro Park
Located at the edge of the center of the city, Retiro Park is one of Madrid’s largest parks, and it is the most visited park in the city! There are always events occurring in the park, along with performers, people-watchers, gardens, and lovely statues. There is also a large lake (Estanque del Retiro) in the park on which one can take a lovely boat ride. It is free to walk around in and enjoy, and the boat ride can be had for a small fee.