I have to say that walking through big cities is giving me the impression of belonging to those places.
Madrid is one of the best places I’ve been walking through.
It is somehow the same as Paris, you’ll never get bored being there.
Every narrow street in the old city, every large boulevard on the modern part of it, all Madrid is calling you back every day, making you forget that your batteries are empty and your feet get sore.
Every corner, every small shop calling you inside, everything is part of that special place.
The inscriptions on the walk ways are lovely, even if all of them are only in Spanish. Of course, the tourists are doing their part in creating that special ambience.
And the most interesting is that, everywhere is popping-up something special to see.
A souvenir shop, a coloured Spanish fan manually painted, a statue or a museum, a church dom or the Mounted Police- Policía Montada, ready at any time to make some photos with their beautiful horses.
On the top of those attractions will remain for sure the crowds. I have never seen so many people roaming together everywhere.
Although little of Madrid architecture is truly ancient there are still many beautiful and impressive buildings to see as you wander.
Many of the mansions and larger apartment buildings are of the 'wedding-cake' variety...mostly, I think, from the late 1700s and 1800s.
The Gran Via, between Callao and Gran Via Metro stations, somehow reminded me of New York..the broad streets lined with tall 'skyscraper'-ish buildings.
The narrower, older streets of La Latina, Lavapies and Huertas (Las Lettres) seemed to me more how much of Madrid once was, crowded with ordinary people living ordinary lives.
And there were individual buildings I enjoyed too...the 1930s (?) 'skyscraper' on Paseo Recoletos, the Cine Dore on Calle de Santa Isabel....Aticha Renfe....the Palacio de Comunicaciones.....the rather wonderful building under which Macdonalds hides (on Gran Via) .....and lots more.
So just walk Madrid and enjoy the architecture! :-)
If one architectural feature sticks in my mind about Madrid it is the vast number of balconies, on almost every building, open to the elements or fully-enclosed behind glass, too small to do anything but stand and lean on the railing or big enough for a comfy chair and a drinks cupboard (I really saw one of those).
There is a huge number of balcony styles, from the plain-and-simple to the extremely ornate. Look at their bases too: some have lovely tilework.
I don't think I've been to a city with *quite* so many balconies before. I really enjoyed keeping my eyes open for unusual ones!
I came and after some refreshment i started my trail with a friend. Since my homebase is somewhere at Diego Leon, so we started our walks from there. We came across to those famous places like Plaza Colon, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta del Sol, Calle mayor, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa, Cathedral Almudena, Palacio Real, Plaza de Oriente and so on. I couldn't say anymore what i have seen on that very first time i stepped my feet in the city. There's no doubt, this is one of the best way to see more of the place.
The best thing about walking in Madrid for me is the endless opportunities to sit down and stop walking for a while. Outdoor cafes abound, and you come up on one when you least expect it...and need one the most. Sit down, have a drink, and watch Madrid pass by.
This green and leafy place is the Paseo del Prado. When I visited in September, there was some sidewalk construction there.
Walking around Madrid, you'll get to see all sorts of gorgeous architecture, fountains, statues, etc. It's a big city with lots of old historical buildings alongside the modern buildings. There are also some cobblestone streets for pedestrians. It's definitely worth it to explore Madrid by walking.
I think this is one of the most wonderfull places you can go in Madrid with is situated in the north west of Madrid Comunity. It name is the Barranca. I think the access is difficult because of the horrible road you have to choose where you can broke you car.
Anyway, I recommend all people going to this place. There is a cold river where you can dry without problems, million of plants: pines (in Spain are named Pinos), cistus (in Spain are named Jaras)... And the best of all is that is probably you can walk one hour and a half alone, no one will see you.
In winter is very very cold. Temperatures can be 10 minus 0 or more but is wonderfull seeing cows there while is snowing.
Madrid is a very "walkable" city. The center is rather small and the area called "Madrid de los Austrias" (from Plaza Mayor towards the south west) deserves a calm walk around, looking up to admire the old buildings and quiet streets...
It is mentioned before, there are many interesting street signs all over Madrid. These are some of them.
Walking in the streets don't miss the pieces of art eveywhere : sculpture, writing letters on the pavement, etc
Walking around Madrid is great to enjoy its wonderful architecture. This is situated near the Prado Avenue.
Walk round to the park near the Alcázar and enjoy the views.
A bit like a fairy tale castle.