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Escultura de Federico García Lorca con la Alondra

Federico García Lorca’s Sculpture – Plaza Santa Ana

The statue of Federico García Lorca is right in front of the Teatro Español, in Plaza Santa Ana. Unfortunately on a night of April 2011, some vandals tore apart the lark from the hands of the statue, and no one saw it. This photo was taken the 24 of July, 2011, and galdfully, it looks […]

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Plaza Santa Ana, con el Hotel Reina Victoria

Santa Ana Plaza in Madrid, And Its Terrace Bars

The Santa Ana Plaza, is the center of the Huertas area in Madrid. As seen in the picture, it is very active having many terraces, bars and restaurants, all day. Also at night time, there are many places in the surroundings, to dine indoors, or a terrace, and after dinner, there are places to listen […]

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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Huertas Area, and Literary Madrid

Huertas Street, is in the “Barrio de las Letras” (Writen Arts, and also known as Neighbourhood of the Comedians). In this area of the “Literary Neighborhood”, is where the most famous authors like Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Tirso de Molina, belonging to the Spanish Golden Century, lived on […]

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El Prado

El Prado Museum

El Prado Museum has one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, and undoubtedly the best single collection of Spanish art.

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Fuente de Neptuno

Neptuno Plaza Fountain

Next to the Thyssen Museum, we are crossing the Paseo del Prado, towards the Ritz Hotel, and to the right we can see one of the entrances to the Prado Museum.

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Thyssen Bornemisza Museum – Antonio Lopez Sculpture

The sculpture “Woman of Coslada” by Antonio Lopez, received us in the hall of the Thyssen Museum, the days when the exhibition was held, on the summer of 2011. Apart from temporary exhibitions, the museum has the largest private collection with old masters, and artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, which results in a […]

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Calle Alcala cercano a Puerta del Sol

Alcalá Street, the longest of Madrid

This picture above, is the beginning of Alcalá Street, close to Puerta del Sol. To the right of the picture, is what was known to be the building of Banesto, Spanish Bank of Credit, and to the left, the Casino de Madrid. On the block where we have the Banesto building, a large shopping complex […]

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Beginning of Alcala Street in Madrid

Calle de Alcala is one of the oldest in Madrid. Its birth, and subsequent elongation, corresponds with the growth of Madrid, following the times. Its origin as a street begun after building Puerta del Sol, just a few meters from where this photo was taken, thus this are the buildings having the low numbering of […]

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Invernadero y Jardín Botánico de Atocha

Atocha Railway Station

Madrid Atocha Station, also called Madrid Puerta de Atocha, is the largest railway station in Madrid. At this same site, the first railway station in Madrid was opened on February 9, 1851 under the name of Atocha-Mediodía. Este edificio fue reconstruido y reabierto en 1892, después de que fue destruido en gran parte por un […]

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El Rastro Flea Market

El Rastro is an outdoor market that takes place every Sunday morning, where originally used objects, and antiques are sold. It’s been going for more than 250 years, as the usual market  for the sale, exchange and dealing of used objects.  Today it has both, new and used, but always, the opportunity of negotiation, like […]

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Puerta del Sol en Navidad

Christmas In Madrid – Photos

We can start the tour in Puerta del Sol for a short walk through Calle Preciados which is the the main shopping street in Madrid, and one of the busiest in the world. Preciados is a walking street, where you can find stores of all kinds.  This street has an L shape.  This view shows […]

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Ceremonia del fin del Calendario Maya e inicio de una nueva Era.

End of Mayan Calendar 21-12-2012 at Plaza Colón, Madrid

Mayan Ritual today in Plaza Colon in Madrid, starting at 12:12 hours. Preparing to receive the New Age that begins with the end of the Mayan Calendar.

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San Miguel Market – Madrid

The San Miguel Market is located in the plaza of the same name, next to the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It preserves the original interesting iron structure of the early twentieth century. This building has been closed for many years, and currently a group of private individuals came with the idea to open a very […]

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Castillo de Manzanares El Real

Manzanares El Real, Castle and La Pedriza

Manzanares El Real is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama, 50 kilometers away from Madrid, in the upper basin of the Manzanares River, immersed in nature and near the Regional Park “La Pedriza”. The Castle of the Mendoza, also known as New Castle of Manzanares El Real, is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses […]

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Fachada Sur de la Torre Picasso

Picasso Tower in AZCA Business Center of Madrid

Torre Picasso is located in Madrid, Spain, and it is one of AZCA commercial business complex skyscrapers.  It is next to Paseo de la Castellana, one of the most important avenues of Madrid. Until 2007, this building was the tallest skyscraper of Madrid. Since that year, La Torre Espacio, which is at the CTBA complex, […]

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Bernabeu Stadium on a Derby Night

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, was inaugurated on December, 14, 1947 and it is owned by Real Madrid Football Club. It is located on the Paseo de la Castellana, very close to the AZCA commercial complex, where most of Madrid’s skyscrapers are. This is the reason to include it on the skyline walking tour section of […]

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Cuatro Torres Business Area

Foster Tower

Foster Tower, formerly known as Bankia Caja Madrid Tower, and before that was the Repsol Tower, is a skyscraper in Madrid, located at the CTBA complex north of Madrid, and next to three other skyscrapers. It is a 45 storey building, with a total height of 250 meters, making it the tallest building in Spain, […]

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Plaza Salamanca y Las Meninas de Manolo Valdés

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca

Salamanca was founded in the pre-Ancient Rome period by the Vacceos, a Celtic tribe, as one of the forts to defend their territory near the Duero river. This recent picture, mixes eighteenth century Baroque style of the Plaza Mayor, with today’s modern art. In this picture, the monumental sculptures called The Meninas by Manolo Valdés, […]

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Catedral de Salamanca

Salamanca New and Old Cathedrals

In the image above, detail of two cathedrals are shown. The Romanesque style of the old cathedral is shown in the Torre del Gallo, and to the right, the dome of the New Cathedral. On this photo, you can see the Cathedral taken from what remains of the Wall, that once surrounded the city of […]

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Toma de Toledo desde el Parador.

View of Toledo, from the Parador

Toledo is located on the right bank of the Río Tajo, on a hill a hundred feet above the river, which surrounds it at its base, forming a sharp bend known as “Torno del Tajo”, at the right of this picture. This photo was taken from the terrace of the “Parador”, which is a Spanish […]

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Fachada y Jardín al Oeste de El Escorial

El Escorial Palace, Basilica, and Monastery

El Escorial is a complex of a palace, a basilica, and a monastery in a town of Madrid (province), called San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal Family, and in the basilica, there is their pantheon, and burial chambers. El Escorial is one of the most unique Renaissance […]

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Chinchón

Chinchon is located in the southeast of Madrid Community, 44 kilometers (28 Miles) away from the capital city. The special geographical condition next to the Tajuña River, has promoted human settlement since ancient times. The town of Chinchón, in addition to the historical and artistic attractions, keep alive their traditions, and offers visitors with a […]

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Escultura Juan y El Águila - Cruz del Valle de los Caídos

Valley Of The Fallen – Benedictine Abbey

  El Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen or the Abbey of the Holy Cross) is a monument built between 1940 and 1958. It is located in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, in Madrid (Spain). It is located 9.5 km north of the Monastery of El Escorial in the Sierra […]

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Palacio de La Cibeles, antes llamado Palacio de las Comunicaciones o Palacio de Correos

Tour Starts At Cibeles

For this walking tour, we will start at Cibeles and walk towards the east, to Puerta de Alcala, which is the main entrance to El Retiro Park. From this point, looking to the west, will be the next photo of Cibeles Plaza: We will start walking to the east, and 200 yards away we can […]

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Puerta de Alcalá - Madrid

Puerta de Alcala, (Alcala Gate)

The Puerta de Alcala (Alcala Gate) is a monument in the Plaza de la Independencia (“Independence Square”), which is on the northwest part of El Retiro Park, on its main entrance. Francisco Sabatini created the monument in 1778 for king Carlos III. Madrid on the 18th Century still remained surrounded by medieval walls, so king […]

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Palacio de Cristal – Parque del Retiro

The Crystal Palace, has in front an artificial lake, where you can find bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum), with their main characteristic, that part of the trunk, and roots are under water. The building is surrounded by Buckeyes or Spanish Chestnut trees. The palace has suffered great damage over time, due to the wars, but […]

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Fuente La Alcachofa en El Retiro

Fountains In Retiro Park

Retiro Park has many beautiful sculptures and fountains, and this one called La Alcachofa (artichoke) was designed by Ventura Rodríguez and decorated with sculptures by Alfonso Giraldo Bergaz,  and Antonio Primo. It was built in 1781 and located close to Puerta de Atocha.  It was transferred in 1880 to its present location in the southwest […]

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Jardines Parterre del Retiro

Retiro Park Parterre Garden

French style garden, that has just a few variations from the original eighteenth century garden, created by Felipe V, on the old garden, built by Felipe IV. It is rectangular with semicircular head, and a central corridor, remembering the floor plan design of a Gothic cathedral.

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Parte Este del Museo del Prado, con la Parroquia de Los Jerónimos, y el Cubo de Moneo.

Moneo’s Cube – El Prado Museum

This is the back (at the east), of the Prado Museum. It is the newly built part (2007), with the back of the original building at your left, and the new Moneo Cube or Los Jerónimos building, to the right of the church with the same name. A better view of the Moneo Cube: The […]

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Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

Royal Botanical Garden Of Madrid

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, is a research center of the National Research Council. Founded on October 17, 1755 by King Fernando VI near the River Manzanares. It was Carlos III who ordered to move it to its current location on the Paseo del Prado in 1781. This botanical garden is arranged in three […]

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Fuente de Neptuno

Neptuno Fountain

Brief History:  Neoclassical marble sculpture, from the second half of XVIII, was part of the idea of King Carlos III to modernize the city of Madrid.  This modernization plan included the placement of emblematic monuments. Today: It’s the meeting point of the Atlético de Madrid football team, when they win important games and titles. Location: […]

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Paseo del Prado Cerca de La Cibeles

Paseo del Prado Garden

Paseo del Prado, is the prolongation of La Castellana, which runs North – South, from Plaza de Cibeles to Atocha, and where the Golden Triangle of Art, with its three most important museums are located: El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía. This densely tree-lined garden in the middle of the boulevard, is an important attraction […]

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Casón del Buen Retiro

Cason del Buen Retiro

Just outside one of the gates of El Retiro Park, we get this building, right in front of us. El Casón del Buen Retiro, is one the two buildings that survived the destruction of the Buen Retiro Palace. Built in 1637 by Alonso Carbonell, it was initially designed as a ballroom space for the Court […]

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Estadio Vicente Calderón en el Manzanares

Vicente Calderon Stadium

The Vicente Calderón Stadium is located on the east bank of the Manzanares River, in Arganzuela district. It is owned by Atletico de Madrid SAD, team owner of Club Atlético de Madrid. The Club Atlético de Madrid, Mahou brewery, and the city of Madrid, signed on the 30th of July 2007, an agreement by which […]

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Puente de Toledo, sobre el Río Manzanares

Toledo Bridge – Manzanares River

The Puente de Toledo was built between 1718 and 1732, by the architect Pedro de Ribera. This bridge connects the two banks of the Manzanares River, linking the Glorieta Pirámides, on the east bank, with the Marqués de Vadillo on the west bank. Baroque style, this bridge was built between 1718 and 1732. In 1956, […]

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Puente Arganzuela sobre el Río Manzanares

Arganzuela Bridge – Manzanares River

The Arganzuela Bridge crosses the Manzanares River, and the Madrid Rio Park, linking two of Madrid´s districts, Carabanchel and Arganzuela. This bridge was designed by French architect Dominique Perrault, and its construction began late on year 2010. It was opened in March 2011. It consists of two tubular sections of 278 meters in length, that […]

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Fuente de las Conchas con el Palacio Real

Campo del Moro

The “Campo del Moro”, is a 49 acres park located in the western part of the Palacio Real.  It is the area that goes from the palace, down the slope towards the Manzanares River, and it is one of three gardens, surrounding the palace. After the first attempts, by King Philip II (1527-1598), the final […]

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Escultura Brushstroke (Pincelada) Museo Reina Sofia

Reina Sofia – Brushstroke Sculpture

The monumental work “Brushstroke” (1996), was installed in the central square of the building designed by Jean Nouvel. This was done to expand the Reina Sofia Museum, and for this occasion, the great exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein’s work, “All About Art”, which took place in 2004. After that, the sculpture Brushstroke, became part of the […]

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Palacio Villahermosa - Thyssen Museum

Thyssen Museum Villahermosa Palace

The photo shows the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in the Villahermosa Palace, at the corner of Paseo del Prado, with Carrera de San Jerónimo. The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum is named after the Thyssen family, who began collecting art since 1920. In the 80s, what was considered the largest private art collection in the world, was donated to […]

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La Gran Vía de Madrid, vista hacia Plaza España.

La Gran Via – Plaza España

As a starting point for this walking tour, we can begin from Callao, where you can see this view of the Gran Via, towards the North, on the route to Plaza España, 200 meters from this point. In this part of Gran Via, we have what is now called “Madrid Broadway”, where most of the […]

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Puesto Mercado Tradicional - Los Mostenses Madrid

Traditional Market

Walking down from Callao, to Plaza España, a few meters to the right of Gran Via, you may find a traditional market called Los Mostenses. In your walking tour, you could give it a quick look, or continue on to Plaza España.

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Frutería en el Mercado Los Mostenses, Madrid

Traditional Market Next To Gran Via

Just a few meters off Gran Via, there is this traditional food market. Visiting these markets, is a good way to see the life style of local people doing a very common everyday activity. It’s interesting to see how the products sold on this market, have changed with time. Ten years ago, there was mostly […]

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Plaza España y Sus Edificios

Plaza España And Its Buildings

Plaza España is a large square in the historic centre of the city. The sculpture highlighted on this photo, is dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes, and his main work Don Quixote. In Plaza España, is where two main avenues start, The Gran Via and Calle de la Princesa. Shortly before the construction of Gran Vía, […]

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Reflejos de los edificios de Plaza España - Templo de Debod

Debod Temple – Reflections

Debod Temple at sunset with Torre de Madrid, and other buildings of Plaza España, in the background, are also reflected on the pond.

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Templo de Debod en Madrid

Debod Temple in Madrid

The Debod Temple is an ancient Egyptian construction that was originally in a small locality next to the Nile River with the name of Debod. Currently was moved, stone by stone, and located in Madrid. Debod Temple was a gift from Egypt to Spain in 1968, in return for Spanish assistance, following the international call […]

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Atardecer de Otoño en Madrid

Madrid Autumn Sunset

Madrid is sunny most of the year, but in autumn the sky gets just the right amount of clouds and tones, that make it very beautiful to watch and photograph. Because of being on a small hill, and overlooking the West from the Debod Temple, is probably one of the best spots to see a […]

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Catedral de la Almudena y El Palacio Real

La Almudena and Royal Palace

The Debod Temple area is on a small hill, which makes it a great place to take pictures of Madrid. In this case, towards the south of the Temple, you have this spot where you can take a picture of  the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and to the right, Basílica San Francisco el Grande. I […]

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Templo de Debod

Debod Temple Gardens

On our way to Palacio Real and Sabatini Gardens, before leaving the Debod Temple area, we give it the last glimpse with the stunning illumination.

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Plaza España buildings from Sabatini Gardens

Plaza España And Its Buildings

Plaza España is a large square in the historic centre of the city. The sculpture highlighted on this photo, is dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes, and his main work Don Quixote. In Plaza España, is where two main avenues start, The Gran Via and Calle de la Princesa. Shortly before the construction of Gran Vía, […]

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Imagen del Palacio Real con los Jardines de Sabatini.

Royal Palace and Sabatini Gardens

In these gardens that were created in the 1930’s. Madrid Municipality organize acts and concerts on the summer evenings. They are worth seeing, not only because of the talent of the artists, but also because of the beautiful location. These gardens, created in 1930 by Sabatini, were once the  stables of the Palace, and they […]

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