Travels

The Alcala Gate

Location: Plaza de la Independencia
Subway: Banco de España / Retiro
The Gate was a real door, ie a door of one wall still standing well into the 19th century. To celebrate the arrival of the King Charles III in the city of Madrid. It has some statues on top, representing four cardinal virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance (or Restraint) and Fortitude (or Courage).


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Buen Retiro Park

Subway: Retiro
Open: 7am-22:00, FREE
Its a very big park that is well looked after with many features including several water fountains, glass house, boating, gardens and cafe. Its the biggest park of Madrid city. It belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century. There is a Fountain of the Falling Angel (1922), which represents Lucifer falling from Heaven.


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Plaza Mayor Square

Subway: Sol, Plaza Mayor, S/N, 28012 Madrid
A ring of old and traditional shops and cafes, very busy and touristy.


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El Rastro

This is the most popular open air market in Madrid and one of the oldest, as its origins date from the 15th century. On Sunday mornings and public holidays around 1,000 stalls, selling trinkets, second-hand and reduced-price clothing, antiques, arts and crafts, books and discs.

Location: Plaza de Cascorro
Sundays: From 09:00 to 15:00
Between Plaza Mayor, La Latina and Puerta de Toledo


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Puerta Del Sol

Subway: Sol - S/N, 28012 Madrid
Means: "Gate of the Sun". It has a famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a New Year. originated as one of the gates in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century.


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Gran Via Avenue

Subway: Gran Vía / Callao
Entertainment with many cinemas, theaters, musicals, night clubs and bars


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Royal Palace

Subway: Ópera
Location:Bailén street, s/n
Open: 9-6pm, Sun 9am-3pm
official banquets, state ceremonies and other important state


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Cibeles Square

Subway: Banco de España
Contains fountain of Cibeles (Roman goddess of nature) has been adopted by the Football Club Real Madrid


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Almudena Cathedral

Location: Bailén street, 10
Subway: Ópera
Open: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m
Free


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Royal Theatre

Subway: Ópera


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Temple of Debod

Address: Paseo Pintor de Rosales 2, Madrid
Hours: Tues-Sun 10am - 2pm, weekdays 6pm-8pm , Closed Mon
Admission: Free

Egyptian 4th century BC temple that now stands in the Parque de la Montaña near Plaza de España. since 1971 to protect it from flooding caused by the Aswan Dam. Spain given as a thank you for helping to save Abu Simbel, another archaeological site that was threatened by flooding in Egypt.


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Fonte de Neptuno

Location: Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo
Subway: Atocha / Banco de España


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