Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

Mr. Selfish and I took a self-guided walking tour of historic Madrid. Luckily for us, it was a lovely but brisk day.

We started at the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, which was full of photo ops. Men dressed in children’s mascots were all waiting around for you to take a photo with them. I opted for the matador.

Plaza Historic Madrid 03

Next, we stopped by the Plaza Mayor, which was full of Christmas stands. There were also some mascots waiting for photos ops. Please note the Sponge Bob character and the very chubby Spider Man.

Historic Madrid 08StandsHistoric Madrid 04Spider Man

Then, we walked to the Santa María la Real de La Almudena, which is the large Catholic cathedral. Even though Madrid became the capital of Spain in 1561, Madrid was without a cathedral until the Almudena was built in 1879. There is some controversy over the design of the cathedral. In any case, I definitely enjoyed the Sagrada in Barcelona more.

Historic Madrid 11 Historic Madrid 12Church Historic Madrid 15Historic Madrid 17

We also stopped by the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), the Templo de Debod (which was a gift from Egypt), and the Plaza de España, which has a large Don Quixote statue.

Historic Madrid 16Historic Madrid 18 Historic Madrid 19 Historic Madrid 20

Finally, we walked down Gran Via, which is the main shopping street. I enjoyed the Christmas decorations, as well as some roasted chestnuts.

Historic Madrid 21Gran Via Historic Madrid 24 Historic Madrid 25

I definitely had a good time with our walking tour of historic Madrid. Tomorrow, I’ll go over the museums we visited and the Parque del Retiro.

Advertisements