Madrid is an enchanting city that sparkles with hidden gems and secrets that are just waiting to be discovered. The city is renowned for its culture, its cuisine, and so much more.
The wide range of squares and plazas scattered across the city are another key attraction. These beautiful squares are an important part of the city and they range from grand and majestic to peaceful and serene.
Key options like the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol will undoubtedly be on your list – but what about some more unique and hidden options?
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Looking to explore some of Madrid’s more hidden and unique squares and plazas? Here’s a deeper dive into five of the best spaces.
#5: Plaza de la Villa
In medieval times, this plaza acted as one of the key centers of Madrid. Three key streets originated from this spot, making it a significant landmark. In fact, it has had the same name since the 15th century – long before the plaza’s statue and flower garden existed.
The square’s impressive history is still palpable today, too, thanks to the fact that it is surrounded by three important historical buildings. If you are a fan of architecture, you’ll love the opportunity to see these buildings up close and identify the diverse styles that are on display.
The statue at the center of the square pays homage to Admiral Don Álvaro de Bazán who passed away in 1888. The city council erected this monument in his memory and it’s a beautiful piece of work.
There is a lot to see around this area, too, such as the beautiful gardens and a range of other smaller plazas.
#4: Plaza de Olavide
This beautiful plaza to the north of the city is undoubtedly one of the finest in Madrid. The plaza has a fascinating history – from 1934 to 1974 it was covered by a stunning octagonal market. The local government decided to open up the space, though, and coordinated a controlled explosion to liberate the space.
The octagonal shape of the plaza is unique, too, and a beautiful fountain was installed in 2002 to add a further sense of life and vitality to the square. In terms of activity, the square is a favorite of locals given that it is surrounded by a wide variety of great bars.
If you’re looking for an authentic Madrid experience and the opportunity to mingle with the locals, this is a great place to do it. Once the sun goes down, this is the perfect place to go on a warm evening.
#3: Museo del Romanticismo
Romanticism was a significant artistic movement in Spain and this wonderful museum pays homage to the most prominent figures of the movement. But why are we including a museum on this list?
You’ll find that the museum has a hidden garden that really is magical. You’ll find an oasis of calm within the city: the garden is overflowing with life, the cafe offers delicious homemade treats, and it’s one of the most relaxing places in the city.
The museum was originally constructed in 1776 as a palace for the Marquis of Matallana. Its purpose has since shifted, though, and many people relish the opportunity to see important historyical items from artists like GOya, Esquivel, Alenza, and more.
If you want to learn about art history while seeing one of the most beautiful private parks in the city, you should pay the Romanticism Museum a visit.
#2: El Huerto de las Monjas
An oasis of calm, this charming garden invites you to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing and fun. The garden is lined by greenery and a feeling of calm pervades within its walls.
A water feature offers the beautiful murmur of water while you relax and you really will find this to be one of the most charming gardens in the city. You can gain access to its by going to Calle Sacramento 7.
As the name suggests, this was in fact an orchard for the local nuns who most probably used the space to grow a range of vegetables. This interesting history perhaps contribtues to the sense of calm that reigns here.
#1: Plaza de Ramales
This pretty plaza has a unique triangular shape. You will find a range of terraces here so it’s easy to grab a refreshing drink or a bite to eat. This square is once again frequented by locals and it’s great fun to sit here and watch the people about their day.
As with the other squares on this list, Plaza de Ramales has a fascinating history. It was originally opened in 1810 after the San Juan church was demolished to create room. This was performed under the direction of José Bonaparte and the local area remembers the church that has since gone.
The name of the plaza was changed in 1841 to commemorate the battle of Ramales that took place two years before as part of the First Carlist War.
See Madrid’s Squares and Plazas by Segway
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