From Medieval Madrid to Madrid of the
We start our tour at the Plaza Mayor(1)
(Main Square), which takes its name at
the start of the 16th century. Juan de
Herrera was commissioned to remodel the
old square of Arrabal, but its construction
didn't begin until 1617 under the
instruction of Juan Gómez de Mora by
order of Felipe III.
Two routes recommended
Teatro Real, Puerta del Sol and Alcalá
Our tour begins with the Teatro Real(17) built by Queen Isabel II and remodelled and
inaugurated in 1997 as the opera house.
From the Puerta de Toledo to the Parque del Oeste
Our itinerary begins in a popular area. The Puerta de Toledo(30) (Toledo Archway) is
located in a mould district of Madrid called La Latina, which preserves the traditional
flavor of the old part of the city.
If you have enough time, keep a whole day to visit Toledo. This old town, 1 hour away from Madrid is exceptionally well conserved. Walking by its streets takes you to the XVIth century. You can wander the same charming cobbled streets and visit the ancient shrines that once hosted leading scientists, philosophers, poets, and artists. Sadly, many were Jews who were forced into exile in the late 1400s. But it was Toledo's atmosphere of antiquity and mystery that attracted the painter El Greco, who made his name here -- along with some of the nation's finest metal workers, who still produce world-famous swords.
The city fell to the Romans about 193 BC and was named Toletum. From about AD 534 to 712, Toledo was the capital of the Visigothic kingdom in Spain and because a great ecclesiastical center. After its conquest (712) by the Moors, the city became an important Moorish center and in the 11th century the capital of a short-lived Moorish kingdom (1035-85). In 1085, after a memorable siege, the city was captured by the forces of Castile and annexed to the Castilian realms, of which it was made the capital (1087-1560). From July to September 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, rebel forces in the Alcazar were besieged for 70 days by Loyalist, or Republican, forces. See transports to Toledo at my "Transportation" section.
estadio santiago bernabeu.
visiting bernabeu is an absolute must if you are a football lover.
it's a very nice and modern stadium with a cool bar to hang out for a beer or two, while soaking up the atmosphere.
there is also a souvenier ehop in the stadium where you can buy real madrid souveniers.
Puente de Toledo
"Puente de Toledo" (Bridge of Toledo) is one of the several bridges that crosses river Manzanares; it was built at 18th century, and is a magnificent pedestrain bridge.
El Puente de Toledo es uno de los varios puentes que cruzan el Manzanares; fue construido en el siglo XVIII, y es un magnífico puente peatonal.
Quite small but good music and good crowd, bit cheesy but spent one good night there partying away till the early hours of the morning! Open every day and don't forget your free drink with entrance ticket... Treeendy! ;)