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Hapsburg Madrid

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Stretching from Cuesta de la Vega to the Plaza Mayor, this quarter offers visitors to Madrid a vivid impression of what the capital... more »

Tips:  Our tour starts on Plaza Mayor. To get to the square you can take the Metro (lines 1, 2 or 3) to Sol or, if your hotel is centrally... more »

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Points of Interest

Although the lively square you see before you is very different to the colourful market that sold meat, vegetables, fruits, groceries, clothing and fabrics from the 16th to the middle of the 19th century, Plaza Mayor is still flanked by a number of traditional shops and restaurants. Several painters, sketchers and caricature artists display their ... More

2. Colegiata de San Isidro

Until the Catedral de la Almudena was completed in 1993, this collegiate church on Calle de Toledo was Madrid's cathedral. In the high altar lies the tomb of San Isidro, the patron saint of the city. The church was designed in 1620 by Jesuit Pedro Sánchez, who took inspiration from the Church of the Gesú in Rome. In 1769, Spanish... More

3. Basílica de San Miguel

This basilica is located right in the heart of the district. In spite of its small size, it is one of the most relevant architectural structures of the Spanish Baroque due to the original convex shape of its façade, rarely seen in Spain and unique amongst the baroque buildings of Madrid. The edifice, which has a Latin cross floor plan, was ... More

During medieval times Plaza de la Villa was one of Madrid’s busiest town centre squares. It acquired its present name in the 15th century when King Henry IV of Castile bestowed the title of “Noble y Leal Villa” (Noble and Loyal Town) on Madrid.
The square’s most notable landmarks are the plateresque-style Cisneros Palace, Casa de los Lujanes,... More

5. Catedral de la Almudena

Although La Almudena Cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993, the history of the Virgin of La Almudena, whose name is derived from the Arabic words al mudayna (meaning ‘of the citadel’), dates back much further. The story goes that when Madrid was reconquered by Alfonso VI of Castile the Christians found inside its walls a virgin... More

6. Palacio Real

Home to the Spanish monarchy from the times of Carlos III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid's Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of the country. After a fire destroyed it in 1734, Philip V commissioned the building of the palace that we see today. The project was originally entrusted to Filippo Juvarra but, after the Italian director's... More

The Teatro Real opera house, founded in 1850 by Queen Isabel II, is Spain’s foremost musical theatre. Many glorious chapters in the history of art have been written within its walls; in 1863 Verdi came to Madrid to stage the premiere of his opera "La forza del destino", while during the early decades of the 20th century, Diaghilev’s... More

8. Mercado de San Miguel

Built in 1916, this market is the finest example of cast-iron architecture in Madrid. Today it is a gourmet mecca, home to 33 stalls selling mouth-watering products and select ingredients, offering food to take home or to consume right there on the premises.

Plaza de San Miguel, s/n.

Due to its monumental appearance, the most well-known of the Plaza Mayor’s arches is the Arco de los Cuchilleros with its steep steps leading down to the street below. The picturesque buildings lining Calle de los Cuchilleros will catch your eye due to their height and leaning façades serving as buttresses.
The street is named after the... More