Sightseeing and Shopping in Madrid

Spain’s capital and largest city has been the dream-destination of many tourists from around the world!  Madrid has a lot of things and  sights to offer to its guests and visitors. Being known for its great cultural and artistic heritage like the El Prado museum, no wonder it is visited by millions of tourists all year round.

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Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid’s city hall in Cibeles Square at night. I took this image during my second visit last winter 2012.

Madrid is one of my favorite cities in Europe. That is not a question because I already visited it twice. This is the only city in Europe where I explored from east to west and from north to south! I spent   three weeks there during my second visit last winter 2012. Thanks to all good friends for their kindness and generosity in accommodating me during my second visit.

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A shopping street in  Plaza del Sol, Madrid.

One thing I love in this city are their shopping malls and stores. They also have a lot of markets and shopping outlets. There is one thing I noticed everytime I go to a grocery store for example. Do you also notice that you can always find a tobacco display at the front of a store especially in a supermarket or grocery shop? Most of the time, I notice  these tobacco display near the cashier.  Everytime you buy a tobacco or cigarette, you need to ask first the saleslady or cashier and she can open the cigarette rack for you. I had the chance to visit many markets and stores in Madrid  during my 3-weeks stay there.

If you plan to go shopping in Madrid, go to the Sol-Salamanca districts. This is the most convenient area for tourists to go shopping. Calle de Preciados, located between Sol and Gran Vía is home to the El Corte Inglés department store, high-street names like Zara, H&M, Sephora, Pimkie, Gran Vía 32 and other famous brands. You can also explore Chueca and Fuencarral Street Area and Calle Toledo, south of Plaza Mayor for your shopping escapades.

For sightseeing, don’t miss Plaza del Sol, Plaza Mayor, El Retiro Park, Palacio Real, Plaza de la Villa, Plaza de Cibeles, Gran Vía, Catedral de la Almudena, Plaza de España and more. Museums worth to visit and to see include the famous Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center, Naval Museum and others.

Even though, I already visited Spain’s capital twice, I still want to come back to Madrid again. I simply love this city.


3 Responses to “Sightseeing and Shopping in Madrid”

  1. joy Says:

    I was in Barcelona last september. awesome city too:)

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