Walking Madrid with a Local

Spain, Madrid Guide (B): Walking Madrid with a Local

If Madrid is the capital of Spain, its most touristy city is Barcelona. For the traveller who has visited the harbour city, Madrid may look a bit severe far from the charming medieval streets and eccentric Gaudi buildings of the capital of Catalonia. Follow us and walk Madrid with a local to find the real soul of Madrid, behind its wide avenues and majestic façades…

In 1561, the king of Spain Felipe II moved the court from Toledo to the small village of Madrid that instantly became a capital. Its infrastructures had to be updated. Rather than trying to fit in the old, the village was pretty much wiped out and a modern city built. From 9,000 inhabitants, Madrid soon was home to 90,000 people. This is why today, Madrid feels very different from most cities with a strong medieval history such as Barcelona or Paris. Its streets are much wider, its squares ample, and its buildings majestic.

One of the best examples may be the Plaza Mayor where the proud Felipe II sits majestically on his horse. Originally a lake, it got dried out to host a small market square that was turned into the main trading point of the city with the beautiful headquarters of the guilds all around the square where people sold and bought their bread, meat, wine and tobacco. If now the buildings are a lot quieter, the square is filled with tourists still trading the same goods at the numerous terraces bordering Plaza Mayor. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Walking Madrid with a Local
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Metropolis building Plaza Mayor Puerta del Sol San Miguel Market Plaza de Villa Royal Palace Vegetal wall Caixa Forum Posada del Peine Sobrino de Botín Paseo del Prado Mercado de San Ildefonso Calla Cava Brava Tabacalera Chueca
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
Read it on author's website: https://bestregardsfromfar.com/2018/06/27/walking-madrid/

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