Madrid is a vibrant city in the heart of Spain. Not only is it the capital of Spain, but Madrid also offers a vibrant daily life with plenty of culture and arts available throughout the city. Thus, while being in the midst of old 16th-century elegance, there are plenty of amazing Instagram photos to be taken. The following are the top 10 places to take Instagram photos in Madrid.
1. Royal Palace
Once the home to royals from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, the royal palace in northwest of Madrid is enormous. Originally built by the constructor of the Louvre in Paris for Philip the V, the royal palace was based on the palace at Versaille as a result of King Philip’s upbringing in France.
2. Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor is the communal living room of Madrid – with no traffic, it is a great place to people watch and watch Madrileños at play. Built in the 17th century, the plaza relives the history of Madrid. Remember to look around at the many statues and art adorning the light posts to get a real sense of the city’s history.
3. Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
Built between 1559-1564, the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales served as a monastery for Carlos I and Isabel of Portugal. Venture inside to see some amazing original frescos from the 17th century and tapestries woven in Belgium. Once back outside, make sure you get a picture in front of the elegant 18th-century stairway.
4. Prado Museum
If you love any kind of art, you have to check out the exquisite Prado art museum. With one of the world’s largest collections of art from the famed Goya to El Greco, this museum is truly amazing. The architecture is neoclassical and a great background for any photo.
5. El Retiro Park
Covering over 125 hectares, Retiro Park is a Madrileño’s favorite place to relax from the busy day. Besides the wonder of nature, the park has two palaces: the Velazquez, and the Crystal Palace, the second of which is pictured above. Originally built in 1887 to house wild plants from Oceania, this the best example of cast-iron in Europe.
6. Paseo del Prado
The oldest street in the city offers the best way to see modern-day Madrid. With many restaurants and shops jetting off from this street, it is the best place to get a sense of the city. The densely-lined trees on the side of the street offers a great opportunity for a wonderful picture.
7. Plaza de Santa Ana
One of the most lively and vibrant areas of Madrid, with plenty of places to eat, such as the famed tapa bars, Plaza de Santa Ana is a fun place to find the culinary delights of Madrid.
8. Mercado de San Miguel
One of the most famous and best food markets in Madrid is Mercado De San Miguel. Located just north of the center, the market brings all the flavors of Spain to one location. Get a sense of the culinarily delights different regions have to offer by meandering your way through this market. Also, don’t forget to marvel at the magnificent building housing these delicious treats.
9. Palacio de Cibeles Rooftop View
Located in the historical center of Madrid, the Palacio de Cibeles offers a commanding view of the city. Designed and built for the telecommunications and post office of 1909 Spain, the Palacio currently houses offices of the city council. The architecture is an amazing example of the gothic style with little mixes of Spanish regional flair.
10. Jardin Botánico
Located in central Madrid, the Jardin Botánico offers the peace and quiet of nature right in the city center. Whether you are learning about the 5,000 different species of plants or just taking a break from the daily grind of life, this garden is truly magnificent.
Bonus 11. Puerta de Alcalá
Initially erected in 1778, this neo-classical gate was once the main entrance into Madrid. This triumphant arch was the first of its kind built since the fall of the Roman Empire and offers a great introduction into the Madrid’s important past.
Madrid has hundreds of years of history and power rolled up into today’s modern city. From the architecture to the food, Madrid offers so much to travelers. Similarly, with so much culture, the city offers many Instagrammable moments and opportunities.