Amazing places to discover in Madrid during spring days
Madrid is a city used to receive tourists from all over the world. The monuments and leisure activities offered by the Spanish capital are many and well known: The Royal Palace, the Temple of Debod, the Plaza Mayor, etc. However, there are many other places worth knowing in Madrid, especially when the good weather arrives and all you want to do is to enjoy outdoor activities.
Today we bring you a list of the best 10 attractions to visit in Madrid this spring, some places and monuments you can’t miss. Enjoy it!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Best places and monuments to enjoy in Madrid this spring
- 1. Almudena Cathedral
- 2. Puerta de Alcalá, an incredible door of the city
- 3. Museo del Jamón, not a museum
- 4. La Casa de Campo and the Cable Car
- 5. Madrid Río
- 6. Plaza de la Cebada, a lovely square
- 7. The Congress of Deputies
- 8. Matadero of Legazpi
- 9. Plaza de la Paja, another beautiful square
- 10. Vistillas’ Garden
Best places and monuments to enjoy in Madrid this spring
1. Almudena Cathedral
Where is it? Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid
Known as the Catedral de la Almudena its real name is much longer: Santa Iglesia Catedral Metropolitana de Santa María la Real de la Almudena. This Cathedral was built in an ancient Citadel, it is named after the same term in its Arabic version, Al-Muydana which means Citadel. In the historic center of Madrid, between Bailén and Mayor street, it is a perfect visit for good weather, because inside the area known as Madrid de los Austrias, the Almudena Cathedral shines with its own light.
2. Puerta de Alcalá, an incredible door of the city
Where is it? Plaza de la Independencia, 1, 28001 Madrid
The Puerta de Alcalá was one of the royal doors that gave access to Madrid and today is part of the landscape of the capital. Located between Alfonso XII, Serrano and Salustiano Olózaga streets, it is one of the largest monuments of the city. It was a project from King Carlos III, who wanted a majestic access to the capital that was at the height of other famous European gates. The Puerta de Alcalá is a great visit for Madrid in spring given its proximity to the Retiro Park, which allows us to visit one after the other on our route through Madrid.
3. Museo del Jamón, not a museum
Where is it? Alcalá, Atocha and Gran Vía, Madrid
The Museo del Jamón is not really a museum, but one of the most flavorful franchises in Madrid. The place is always crowded because of the affordable of its “cañas” (glasses of beer), the delicious tapas they serve and the peculiar aesthetic (the place is full of hung Iberic hams). The Museo del Jamón is also a charcuterie. Our advice is that you order sausage to take away in the deli section and prepare your own sandwich, which you can eat on the outside, enjoying the sun. A perfect choice when the weather is good!
4. La Casa de Campo and the Cable Car
Where is it? Paseo del Pintor Rosales, s / n, 28008 Madrid
Located in the western part of the city, the Casa de Campo Park is a natural space that goes from Madrid Rio, next to Príncipe Pio and a few hundred meters from Plaza de España, it extends from the southwest to the northern part of the city. With 1722.6 hectares of land, the Casa de Campo Park is one of the best leisure options in Madrid this spring, since in the same space you can find the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, the Zoo, Faunia, Madrid Arena and the classic Teleférico of Madrid (Cable Car). When there is nice weather and the sky is clear, the Cable Car in La Casa de Campo will allow you to make the most of your visit there.
5. Madrid Río
Where is it? Puente de Toledo, S / N, 28019 Madrid
Madrid Río is the result of the burial of the M30, Madrid ring road, in the eastern part of the city between 2006 and 2011. After the works, the area was reformed, building large acres of parks and green areas where you can enjoy a lot of activities. In the surroundings of Madrid river, you will find the Jardines del Puente de Segovia, the Puente de Toledo, the Plataforma del Rey or the Huerta de la Partida, a perfect place to walk and enjoy the sun and the breeze in spring.
6. Plaza de la Cebada, a lovely square
Where is it? Plaza de la Cebada, 28005 Madrid
This is, without a doubt, one of the places where the most authentic Madrid mixes with the hippest. The multitude of tapas bars, breweries, young people and the different terraces have turned this area of the city into a place for fun, especially on Sundays from spring to September, the sunniest months. In the square we find the market of La Cebada, one of the oldest in the capital and the La Latina theater, known for its billboard of live shows, monologues and old and modern plays.
7. The Congress of Deputies
Where is it? Calle de Floridablanca, S / N, 28071 Madrid
Within Madrid there are many artistic events, but the institutional Madrid also offers a lot of places to visit. The current town hall and the old one, located on Calle Mayor, are two spectacular buildings worth knowing. But if you want to see one of the most important institutions in the country, you must visit the Congreso de los Diputados (Congress of Deputies). The palace of the Spanish courts is built in an old monastery and inside it has many works of art and emblematic places where the political activity of the country takes place.
8. Matadero of Legazpi
Where is it? Paseo de la Chopera, 14, 28045 Madrid
The Matadero of Madrid (Madrid’s Slaughterhouse) is a space of leisure of great dimensions located in the Metro Station that receives this same name, Legazpi. Within this space that mixes closed rooms and outdoor spaces you will find, especially on spring, a multitude of musical, artistic, graphic design, textile, flea markets and gastronomic fairs, mixed with the best djs in the city. Of course, in this case we must emphasize that they are events focused on a young audience, but we also find exhibitions and events for all adults.
9. Plaza de la Paja, another beautiful square
Where is it? Plaza de la Paja, 28005 Madrid
Next to La Latina neighborhood we find this old square, Plaza de la Paja, also with considerable dimensi,ons. In this case it is not a closed space as the Matadero of Legazpi, but a space where the different activities also multiply with the arrival of the good weather. The terraces, the flea markets and the food stalls are a great demand for the square to be filled with people looking to enjoy the warm weather. Its proximity to the museums of Madrid, especially the Museo del Prado, make it a perfect place to start or end your visit during spring days.
10. Vistillas’ Garden
Where is? Vistillas’ Garden, 28005 Madrid
This beautiful park is known by locals as “Las Vistillas” (the little views) for its splendid views of the Manzanares River and the Casa de Campo Park. It is the perfect garden to go for a walk when the good weather arrives, as well as enjoying its terraces and picnic areas where you can have lunch. The park is the spot for various popular festivals throughout the year, so it is advisable to pay attention to the agenda to find the best time to visit this colorful garden.