Fond of snapping photos for your Instagram feed while you explore a new place? The Spanish capital is full of photo-friendly sights to explore, from bustling squares and to regal palaces to charming parks. So empty that memory on your camera or smartphone and follow our guide to the most stunning spots to take head-turning photos in in Madrid.
1. Parque del Buen Retiro
First stop, Retiro park. Covering 125 hectares, Parque del Buen Retiro is one of those surprising gems located right in the heart of the busy capital city, a few steps from Retiro metro station. Apart from the calming green oasis surrounding you, there are all kinds of monuments, gardens and glistening ponds to stop at . Key photo spots include the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez, the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rosaleda rose garden and the Parterre Francés, which holds a Mexican conifer that is nearly 400 years old and is believed to be Madrid’s oldest tree. If that's not enough to convince you, you should know the public park is the most hash-tagged place Madrid! So if you're looking for lots of likes on your Instagram feed, well, you'll have to be creative! Learn more about this site by checking out our 10 reasons to visit Retiro park.
2. Palacio de Cristal
Palacio de Cristal, which can actually be found inside Retiro park, is truly a must for photography enthusiasts. Exactly as its name suggests, it's a stunning palace made entirely of glass. The possibility for play of light is a paradise for those looking to show off their photography skills. Built in 1887 in the shape of a Greek cross, it used to be a greenhouse but is today used for art exhibits. Visit during different seasons to capture all its glory framed by the surrounding foliage in their different color phases.
/ Today we all slept in until freakin noon and jumped out of bed so we could get our last bit of exploring in Madrid before we hit Barcelona ✈️ My favorite place that we saw today was the Palacio de Cristal (obviously because it’s basically my name 💁🏽♀️); the all glass building is so beautiful and sits right in the middle of Parque del Buen Retiro. It’s free admission so if you get the chance to be in Madrid, definitely check it out. The light reflecting in through the glass is such a beautiful sight. Now I get to sleep for five hours before heading on a train to Barcelona at 6 am. Our itinerary is pretty light for Barcelona so if anyone has any tips or places we absolutely HAVE to visit, please let me know. ⬇️🚈💎 . . . . #spain #palaces #travel #jetlag #fun #love #happiness #travelholic #travelinhershoespresets #travelblogger #traveller #femaletravel #europe #cristal #walkingtour
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3. Almundena Cathedral and Royal Palace of Madrid
Two stunning spots in one. The Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish royal family, and the historic cathedral, which was completed in 1993, is where the country's royal weddings and funerals take place. If only snapping the exteriors, you'll surely already be impressed by the two landmarks. From October to March, admission to the Royal Palace is free of charge from Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 6pm. Check out the Royal kitchen, the Royal Armoury and a painting gallery inside. Don’t miss the Changing the guard (held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, weather permitting). You can also visit the inside of the Catedral Almundena free of charge.
4. Plaza Mayor
A trip to Madrid wouldn't be complete without checking this square off your list. Madrid's imposing Plaza Mayor was built from 1580 to 1619 in a rectangular shape. You can easily the King Philip III bronze statue at its center. Be sure to capture the red residential buildings surrounding the square. These facades are emblematic of the city and their intricate details combined with the unique red tones make any photo super Instagrammable.
5. Puerta del Sol
“Gate of the sun” - one of the busiest public squares in Madrid. This venue has been the location for New Year’s celebration since 1962. A number of well-known sights can be found in this square including the Tio Pepe sign, the old Post Office, or the Marblanca statue. Last but not least, make sure you don’t skip the statue of The bear and the Strawberry Tree (el Oso y el Madroño) - the symbol of Madrid.
Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado makes the perfect starting point to exploring the most picturesque spots of the city. Oh, and the hotel itself also offers sophisticated interior design which can also be quite Instagrammable!