Madrid has much to offer with its wonderful architecture and plazas. Puerta del Sol is a plaza in the center of Madrid, a venue known for its festivals and demonstrations. The Statue of King Charles III on horseback dominates across from Real Casa de Correos, the Office of the President of Madrid. The Bear and the Madroño Tree Statue are to the east. Plaza Mayor was outside the city walls originally, a site for bullfights, markets and executions. Today it is a place of restaurants and shops. The statue of Philip III is there, having been moved from its previous location at the entrance to the Casa de Campo. Mercado de San Miguel is an indoor market trading in wine, hams and baked goods, a lovely blend of color, smell and sound. The Palacio Real is among the largest palaces in Europe. Travel from there to the Teatro Real and you will see the lovely gardens in the Plaza de Oriente but not before you see the facing Catedral de Santa Maria. What a city to explore!
The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
, located in Madrid is the soccer arena of Real Madrid. The stadium which was opened in 1947 is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. It comes as a “must” especially for football fans when visiting Madrid.
The Royal Palace of Madrid
, Palacio Real in Spanish, carries all the memories of the past. Built in the 18th century, it succeeded to survive until today and attained considerable importance in the world’s tourism as one of the most attracting structures in the world.
Las Ventas Bullring
Las Ventas Arena
, located in Madrid was built in 1931. It is the biggest bullring of Spain and it was designed by “neo-mudejar” style. Mudejar refers to a unique style that is the mixture of Spanish and Magribi styles. Las Ventas Arena reminds of Moroccan/Arab architecture with its archways and tiles on its exterior.