Favorite thing At every square, there is seemingly some sort of monument, statue or piece of art. This equestrian statue in the Puerta del Sol and you'll find many more by just strolling around the city. Incidentally, Puerta del Sol is considered "ground zero" for the entire country and you can find a marker in the square which indicates the spot from which all official distances are measured. It is also a hub for public transportation and shopping and a great central meeting spot to begin your exploration of the city.
Favorite thing My first impression of Madrid was exiting the subway station at Sol, a main Metro stop and a center of shopping and transportation in the city (not shown in this picture). I emerged from the depths of the subway and was greeted by enormous stone buildings, full of carved details and ironwork embellishments. This was only the beginning. Madrid is full of architectural jewels, so enjoy your stay and don't forget to observe each building carefully and you'll be well rewarded.
Favorite thing This paint is from Mingote, is in Calle Sal, just in direction to the Plaza Mayor.
Mingote comic paints had been in the newspapers with others as Summer, Forbes Chummy Chumez and more.
This one is very castizo lol
Favorite thing Madrid has a great architecture, nice squares and different areas of the city all having their own characteristics. Anyhow, Madrid is a very modern and lively city.
Its numerous restaurants offer delicious food.
Nightlife is lively and there are lots of different styles of places to choose from. I enjoyed a Cuban place with the nice latino music.
Fondest memory My favourite place was not downtown, but Plaza Mayor with its wide open square; and the area called La Latina (the traditional working class living area in Madrid).
In La Latina you can find narrow streets and tiny restaurants, prices too are not the same as in downtown.
Favorite thing The Gran Via is the commerical focal point of Madrid. It is here that you head to after you tire of Madrid's many museums and have decided it is time to do some shopping. The area also has many destinctive early 20th century buildings that makes the architecture fascinating. At night the reason that you might visit the Gran Via is to see is to take in its many bars.
Favorite thing While walking around the centre of Madrid, look around! You will find yourself surrounded by this beautiful architecture, and not only in the bigger streets. I like to think that Madrid has a certain class and elegance due partly to its architecture. Also, where ever you are, don't forget to look up! You might find a nice surprise on top of a building!!
Favorite thing This marvelous trompe-l'oeuil on the side of a building is near the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in Old Madrid. Blink an eye and you might just walk right into the building! Another wonderful surprise waiting to be discovered.
Favorite thing This building in on the way from Puerta del sol to Plaza Mayor.
I love the paintings on the facades, make it very special. I founded quite a few buildings like this walking around the Austrias area.
Favorite thing Many of the streets and squares in central Madrid have, in place of the usual street name, a mural with both the name and a picture related to the street or square name. So, for example, in the Moorish quarter, Plaza de Puerta de Moros has a nice picture of a Moorish gate beside the square name. This seems like a really interesting idea, especially when a particular street has an obscure name. We saw many of these signs around the old quarters of the city.
Favorite thing In the old part of the town, mostly around Plaza de Santa Ana, shops and bars and restaurants have often façades decorated with tiles very similar to the portuguese azulejos. But, unlike Portugal, the are not only blue and white. The colors vary and so do the themes opf the drawings.
Here are some of the pictures of these azulejos I took in Madrid. Only a few examples, but walking around in a nice day you'll see plenty of them.
Favorite thing Madrid's stately boulevards are lined with buildings ranging from grand to gaudy. Many of them are embellished with statues, sphinxes, gargoyles and many other sculptural extravanganzas. Framed in voluptuous niches, holding lintels or topping domes and turrets, they seem to spy from the heights the multitude rushing around on their mundane daily errands (and on their extraordinary touristy deeds).
Favorite thing Madrid is relatively safe but it is a big city after all and you always need to be aware of your surroundings and your personal items. If you are approached for charities etc, just walk away. In crowded areas, hold your possessions close by and secure. Pickpockets will always have a go.