Madrid lights up for the Royal Wedding

Many of Madrid’s historic buildings and fountains have this week been lit up as part of the celebrations for the Royal Wedding on the 22nd May. They include the Prado, Cibeles and Neptune fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. For the day of the wedding these lights will be taken down and floral decorations will […]

My Madrid – Juan Dominguez

My Madrid is a new feature on the Mad About Madrid site, where I invite people who either live in Madrid or who know the city well, to write about things they like. The first person I have asked is Juan Dominguez, a 36 year-old director of E-commerce and Business Services in Ya.com, an internet […]

Virtual Tours around Madrid

I just stumbled across a section on the Ayuntamiento de Madrid‘s (City Council) website, which gives visitors virtual tours of some of the city’s famous monuments and buildings. They include: Templo de Debod, Teatro Español, Puerta de Alcalá, Casa de la Villa, Casa de Vacas and Centro Cultural de la Villa. In most cases you […]

Templo de Debod

Set on the western side of the city, the Templo de Debod is one of the most unlikely structures that you would expect to find in the capital. The temple is over 2,200 years old and was given to Spain as a sign of gratitude by the Egyptian government in 1968 – Spain having given […]

The Almudena Cathedral

The Almudena Cathedral, situated next to the Royal Palace, took well over a 100 years to complete. It was finally consecrated by Pope John Paul on the 15th June, 1993. Five days before the consecration of the cathedral the statue of Our Lady of La Almudena, patron saint of Madrid, was moved from San Isidro […]

Christmas Market in the Plaza Mayor

The Christmas Market, held in the Plaza Mayor, will be officially inaugurated on the 5th December, though stalls will start selling from the 28th November. The market comprises many stalls that sell all sorts of Christmas goods, from tinsel and Christmas trees to wonderful nativity scenes. This year the market stalls will be placed along […]

Plaza de Cibeles

The fountain of Cibeles is to be found on the stretch of Madrid commonly called the Paseo de Recoletos. It depicts the goddess Cibeles, the Greek goddess of fertility, who is seen sitting on a chariot and being pulled by two lions. On one side of the fountain of Cibeles, the Paseo de la Recoletos […]

Plaza Mayor

The principal square in Madrid is the Plaza Mayor, which is south west of the Puerta del Sol. Built between 1617 and 1619, and restored in 1790 after a fire, it is in a part of the city known as “Madrid de los Austrias” (the Hapsburg monarchs having built it.), or what I prefer to […]

Plaza Santa Ana

Plaza Santa Ana is a great place to start an evening’s entertainment in Madrid. The Madrileños will often start arriving to this area around 11pm on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Plaza Santa Ana is a very pleasant square just off Puerta del Sol and situated in an older barrio of Madrid; indeed the house where Miguel […]

Retiro Park – Madrid’s main park

Metro: 2 Nothing beats Sunday afternoon in Retiro Park. Situated behind the Prado museum, it is the most popular and widely visited park in Madrid. On a Sunday afternoon you will see Madrileños walking with their families in the park and being entertained by the multitude of street entertainers. Retiro is also a central meeting […]

Top 10 Attractions and Sites of Madrid

If you were only going to see 10 sites in Madrid, then these would be my recommendations: 1. The Prado Museum – Metro Banco de España2. Puerta del Sol – Metro Sol3. Plaza Mayor – Metro Sol4. Retiro Park – Metro Retiro5. Royal Palace – Metro Ópera6. Calle Gran Vía – Metro Gran Vía, Plaza […]

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is one of the most important of Madrid’s squares. It is the place where young people meet; where people stop off to go to the Plaza Mayor and old Madrid; a place to shop in department and smaller stores and on 31st December, the New Year is brought in to the chimes […]