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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Sabatini Gardens

The Sabatini Gardens are located off the north facade of the Palacio Real in Madrid. They occupy an area of 2.54 hectares. The Sabatini Gardens occupy an area of 2.54 hectares located off the north facade of the Palacio Real in Madrid. As the Royal Palace, they are of neoclassical style and in the past, […]

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Plaza Santo Domingo

Since the thirteenth century, there was a big Dominican convent founded by St. Domingo de Guzmán in the year 1218. For most of the nineteenth century there was a famous flower market in this plaza. In the 1920s the first underground car park in Spain, took the space of the flower market, and after nearly […]

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Evento Musical en Plaza de Callao

Callao Plaza- Gran Vía

This photo was taken from Callao and showing the Grand Via, where we start this walking tour, that will take us to La Cibeles, where we will take a right on Paseo del Prado, walking to Plaza Neptuno. Here we take another right and leave to the left the Hotel Palace, to the right the […]

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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

La Gran Via

Gran Via can be divided into three sections, of which this virtual walking tour of Madrid, can start in the Plaza Callao, where we will walk eastward to the Red de San Luis, where the picture above of the Metro station, was taken. This is the second section of the Gran Via, which goes from […]

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Gran Via - Red de San Luis

Red de San Luis In Gran Via

A few meters from the building of Telefonica, we arrive to the Red de San Luis, Gran Via, Fuencarral, Hortaleza, and Montera Street meet. Both Montera and Fuencarral, have closed traffic, and only pedestrian can circulate. In the Montera street, which runs from Gran Vía to Puerta del Sol, there is a large number of […]

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Intersección de Calle Alcalá y La Gran Via.

Metropolis Building – Gran Via

If we walk down the Gran Via, to the Cibeles, on what is known as the first leg of the Gran Via, we arrive at the confluence of this avenue, with Alcalá Street. At this point, we find the Metropolis building, as an important representative of the beginning of the works of refurbishment of the […]

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Vista al Este de Madrid, desde la azotea del Círculo de Lectores de Madrid

Alcala Street – From the Rooftops of Madrid

From the Metropolis building, we follow down Alcala street to Cibeles. To the right, we see the building of the Circle of Fine Arts and next to the building of the Bank of Spain. These photographs, I took from the rooftop of Circulo de Bellas Artes, which are open to the public, where you can […]

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Terraza del Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid

Circle of Fine Arts Terrace

Once we have been observing the magnificent views from the rooftop of the Circulo de Bellas Artes, why not review the program of activities, with a drink in the fabulous terrace at 42 Alcala Street. The Fine Arts Circle, is a private cultural non profit institution, founded in 1880 by a group of artists. The […]

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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Cibeles Square And Its Four Buildings

In our virtual tour, we continue towards the Plaza de Cibeles, walking in front of the Bank of Spain building, on one side of Alcalá, and on the other side, we see the forest and garden, which is in front of the Palacio de Buenavista, building of the Spanish Army Headquarters, until we reach the […]

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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Cibeles Palace

Once in the Plaza Cibeles, and after appreciating the beauty of this place, it is well worth visiting inside the emblematic Cibeles Palace, which was once the main post office in Madrid, and which now houses the City Hall. As you can see, inside, it still holds the post office environment, on the ground floor […]

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Vista de Madrid al Oeste

View of Madrid From Cibeles

This Photo was taken from the terraces on top of the Cibeles Palace. It’s open to the public, and allows 15 minutes tour to the top of the building, which is at the height of an 8 story building, where this photo was taken. This Palace, was once the Central Post Office building of Spain […]

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Paseo del Prado Boulevard

From Plaza Cibeles, we will be heading south, along the Paseo del Prado. The Paseo del Prado is one of the most important boulevards of Madrid, and also the oldest historical garden, in the middle of the boulevard. It runs North / South route from the Plaza de Cibeles, up to the Plaza del Emperador […]

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Neptune and Cánovas del Castillo Plaza

Halfway through the Paseo del Prado, we find the Fountain of Neptune, which is in Canovas del Castillo Plaza. In this square, we have many important landmarks of important touristic value, as two of the most important museums of art, as the Prado and the Thyssen Museums, two luxurious hotels with a long tradition, such […]

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Carrera de San Jerónimo and Canalejas Plaza

Walking along the Carrera de San Jerónimo, we find the Plaza de Canalejas and this beautiful corner building in the Plaza. It is the Tomas Allende building, which was designed for residential construction between 1916 and 1920, according to a design by the architect Leonardo Rucabado. Rucabado, wanted to adapt national and regional styles (in […]

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Puerta del Sol, con la Casa de Correos y el Reloj de Gobernación.

Puerta del Sol – Gate of the Sun

From Canalejas Square, a few meters away, we have the Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun in English), which is the geographical center, and meeting point for the city of Madrid. In this wide square, which already been closed to everyday traffic, and only maintain limited access to some tourist buses, and taxis, it […]

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El Oso y el Madroño - Madrid

Puerta del Sol – The Bear And The Strawberry Tree

From Callao, point (A) in the map above, we walk 200 Mts. on Preciados street towards Puerta del Sol. The Preciados St. with all its shops, is one of the busiest streets of Madrid. Once we arrive to Sol, if we walk towards Alcala street, we find the statue of the bear and the strawberry […]

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Tio Pepe Sign at Puerta del Sol, Madrid

Tio Pepe Neon Sign – Puerta Del Sol

The Tio Pepe Neon sign, that crowned the building at number 1 of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid since 1936, has been taken away on April 2011, to allow the restoration of the building. There was a project to build a new Apple Store in that building, which has opened to the public on […]

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Puerta del Sol - Reloj de Gobernación

Puerta Del Sol, Clock Tower

Another building that we will see in Puerta del Sol, is the Real Casa de Correos (Royal Post Office Building), built in the late eighteenth century, which makes it the oldest building in Sol. In the tower we see in the photograph above, is the famous and very televised clock, the star of the show, […]

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Puerta calle Gerona, La Plaza Mayor

Origins of Plaza Mayor

The origins of Plaza Mayor, date back to the sixteenth century, when from the outer part to the southern part of the plaza, was considered just outside the medieval village. This site was known as “Plaza del Arrabal”, and it was the main market of the town. In 1580, having moved the court to Madrid […]

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Puerta Arco de Plaza Mayor Madrid

Toledo Arch Entrance To Plaza Mayor

The Arc of Toledo, also called arch of Cofreros, is where the Toledo street begins. It was called “Arco de Cofreros”, because under the old regime, it was here where they sold the handicrafts produced by the Madrid guild of Cofreros. The Arch of Toledo, is one of the nine arched gateways that give access […]

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Arco de Cuchilleros - Plaza Mayor de Madrid

Cuchilleros Arch – Plaza Mayor

The Arco de Cuchilleros, that could be translated as the Cutlers Arch, is the most famous of the nine arched porticos of the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It is located in the southwest corner of the square, with its considerable height due to the large gap in the ground level between the Plaza Mayor, and […]

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Mercado San Miguel Madrid

San Miguel Market

From the Arch of Cuchilleros, we’ll walk along the Cava de San Miguel, and a few meters away, through mesons, de la tortilla, de la guitarra, and others, we find the Mercado San Miguel. The San Miguel Market, is located in the plaza of the same name, next to the Plaza Mayor of Madrid. It […]

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Plaza de la Villa, Monumento a Don Álvaro de Bazán

Casa de la Villa – The Old Town Hall

Leaving the San Miguel Market, down Calle Mayor, towards Bailen Street, where La Almudena Cathedral is located, before to the left we find the Plaza de la Villa, Madrid’s medieval center. On the photo above, we see the Casa de la Villa, which from 1693 to 2007 was the main building of the “Ayuntamiento” or […]

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Catedral de La Almudena

La Almudena Cathedral – North Facade

We leave the Plaza de la Villa, and go west on calle Mayor, up to the corner with Bailen street, where we find the imposing image as the one above of the Almudena Cathedral. If we follow a few meters to the west, we find the entrance to the Crypt of the Almudena, and what […]

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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

La Almudena Cathedral – Night Photo

La Almudena Cathedral, is the Bishop’s seat of the Archdiocese of Madrid (Spain). It is a temple with 102 meters long and 73 high construction, built during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in a mixture of different styles: neoclassical exterior, neo-Gothic interior and neo-Romanesque crypt. It is located in the historic city center of Madrid, […]

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Tours Madrid, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Royal Palace – Royal Guard on October 12.

In such a special day as the October 12, Columbus Day and the discovery of America, it is an ideal time to visit the Royal Palace in Madrid. Besides the traditional military parade that day, that goes from the Glorieta de Atocha, to the Plaza Colon, the Kings of Spain, also open the doors of […]

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Roya Palace front plaza oriente

Royal Palace – Plaza Oriente

Once you have seen La Almudena, and the Armory Square of the Royal Palace, we walk 100 meters north, to see the Royal Palace, from Bailen Street, in the monumental Plaza Oriente. The Plaza Oriente today, is closed to traffic, and it is one of the most beautiful places in the city. Before Bailen St. […]

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Statues of the Kings of Spain in Plaza de Oriente

Plaza de Oriente – Statues Of Spanish Kings

Plaza de Oriente (Orient Square), is located in the historic centre of Madrid. It is a rectangular monumental square with a curved head, whose definitive layout responds to a design by Narciso Pascual y Colomer in 1844. It had several previous projects, and one of its main promoters was King Joseph I, who ordered the […]

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Terrazas en los alrededores de la Opera y el Palacio Real

Oriente Plaza- Terraces Next To The Opera

After stroll around the Old Madrid of the Habsburgs, nothing better than relaxing time in one of the terraces in the Plaza de Oriente, for a drink, or to have something to eat. In the Plaza de Oriente and around the Royal Theatre and overlooking the Royal Palace, you can enjoy cozy local bars and […]

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Teatro Real - Opera Madrid

The Opera – Royal Theater

After 100 meters walk from Plaza de Oriente, we are in the Plaza Isabel II, more commonly known as Opera Square, or just Opera, as its Metro station, where we have the eastern facade of the Royal Theater (Teatro Real). In the photo above, we have the Opera Square, and behind the Royal Theater building […]

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Atardecer en Plaza Santo Domingo

Plaza Santo Domingo, Old Parking Lot

After nearly a century of changes in the Plaza Santo Domingo, in February 2006 the demolition work began to convert the old car park, into a quiet pedestrian square. Photos of the refurbishment, click here. From the thirteenth century, until 1836, there was a Dominican convent, founded by Saint Domingo de Guzman. Since those times, […]

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Plaza del Callao por la noche

Plaza del Callao

From Plaza Santo Domingo, we walk either along calle Jacometrezo or better, Preciados street, about 70-80 meters and we’re on the Plaza Callao. Plaza de Callao is some kind of a hub to organize our walking tours of the center of Madrid. This square was built before the great reform that led to the construction […]

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