Madrid travel guide


Madrid Travel Guide

Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá and Parque del Retiro

The itinerary includes tree beautiful and picturesque squares (Plazas) and monuments very close between them:

Plaza Cibeles: This plaza is famous for its fountain, The Cibeles fountain, located in the center of the Plaza; it's a work of Ventura Rodriguez that represents the Goddess Ceres or Cibeles on a lion driven chariot and has become an important symbol of Madrid. The Square hosts important and elegant buildings such as: The Communications Palace that has a museum where artifacts trace the history of the system of postal communication.

Puerta de Alcalá: It's located in The Independence square near the city center, although the square is bisected by Alcalá Street (the longest street in Madrid), the name of this neo-classical monument comes from the old path of Madrid, a town called Alcalá de Henares. This part of the city has featured many notable events such as concerts and parades. The Puerta de Alcalá offers awesome views during both, day and night.

Very close to the Puerta de Alcalá is located the Parque del Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the pleasant Retreat in English), it's the longest park of the Spanish Capital; people visit this park for relaxing and practicing a sport; for families it's the perfect place for picnics.

Sometimes many art enthusiasts offer contemporary art exhibitions in the Crystal Palace, a glass pavilion building inspired in a palace in London. It's undoubtedly a magnificent park, full of beautiful sculptures and monuments, a peaceful lake and many activities for visitors.

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