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22.03.2024

You're in Madrid, enjoying the weather, the people, the food and the monuments. How can you make the most of it on your Instagram? How can you let the world know how much fun you're having and how great the Spanish capital is? Hold your phone, I'll explain.

We bring you places, corners and sensations that you should share with your friends so that they can get an idea of how great your experience in Madrid is. Are you all ready to make sure you don't miss any of these stops?

 

Madrid's most Instagrammable places

Gran Vía

Feeling like Eduardo Noriega in "Abre los Ojos" and being able to walk down a deserted Gran Vía is going to be a very difficult task, but you can take a picture of yourself in Madrid's main thoroughfare.

But what's on Gran Vía to make you the envy of everyone? Let's start with the iconic and spectacular Metrópolis building, and its unmistakable dome, the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes.

If you want a good history and architecture lesson, head to the Real oratorio del Caballero de Gracia, the only building on Gran Vía to be before and after the Gran Vía as we know it today.

Edificio Telefónica and Teatro Rialto are other must-sees, although you're bound to get stuck when you get to the vicinity of Plaza del Callao.

 

Plaza del Callao

This busy square has a clear winner to be on your Instagram, and it's none other than the Carrión building. The name itself may not mean anything to you, but its exterior decoration might; a huge Schweppes drink sign.

Be careful because it hasn't been there for a day or two, but for 50 years. It already belongs to Madrid's culture and we have seen it in series and films where Madrid was the star.

 

Puerta del Sol

Castiza and full of life. From here we say goodbye and welcome the new year with the clock of the Real Casa de Correos. But not only that, take a picture of yourself at kilometre zero or with the Bear and the Strawberry Tree.

We know, life as an instagrammer is hard, that's why you and your followers deserve to discover the fantastic flavours of the legendary Chocolatería San Ginés, just a few metres from Puerta del Sol.

 

Puerta de Alcalá

Ahí está, la Puerta de Alcalá... You might not know the song, but, believe me, it is something else. A song turned into an anthem and a monument turned into a symbol; the Puerta de Alcalá. Along with the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, it may be what we most associate Madrid with.

It is older than the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and was built in the 18th century. As soon as you see it, it's going to scream: Photograph me! And you'd better get it right. It's just a few metres from our next stop, which is full of interesting and Instagrammable corners.

 

Parque del Retiro

How can you not go to the Retiro? How dare you? There is a lot to upload to the networks here, but above all there are three that stand out:

              Firstly, the romantic one, a photo in the boat in the middle of the Retiro's pond is an attraction for anyone.

              The second place is the intellectual; the Crystal Palace, with a unique architecture and an appearance inspired by the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London. By the way, you can keep that info to upload with the photo.

              And the third is the mysterious, the hidden, the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, which for those who like legends and curious facts, is exactly 666 metres above sea level.

 

Plaza Mayor

A meeting point and iconic place in the capital of Madrid. Its 237 balconies are posing and waiting for your visit, just like the bronze statue of King Felipe III. By the way, the foodporn photo is a must here; squid sandwich although you´d better learn the spanish way to order it: Un bocadillo de calamares, por favor.

 

Plaza de la Armería

Why this square? What's so special about it? Well, it has the most impressive and beastly buildings in Madrid. And one in front of the other. On the one hand, the imperial Royal Palace, with its 135,000 square metres and 3,418 rooms. If you find it hard to pick up your house, imagine doing a thorough cleaning here.

Its structure and appearance are magnificent in every way, imposing and marvellous. On the other side, the Cathedral of Santa María la Real de la Almudena, or as you probably know it, the Almudena Cathedral. You'll be left open-mouthed by its neoclassical appearance on the outside, but neo-Gothic on the inside. Translation? You'll love it inside and out.

 

Fuente de Cibeles

Even if you're not a Real Madrid fan, you can, and should, visit this fountain. But not just for the fountain itself but for everything around it, which is majestic, brilliant and very photogenic.

Ready? Here's what you should see: the Palacio de Buenavista, the Palacio de Cibeles, the Palacio de Linares and the Banco de España.

 

Templo de Debod

As the sun sets, there's no prettier place to see it than this 2,000-year-old ancient Egyptian temple, a gift to the Spanish government. The sunsets here are fantastic, and if you want a better shot, stop by the Mirador de la Montaña de Príncipe Pío park, which is nearby and offers unique panoramic photos of the whole city.

 

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