Madrid is one of the most visited cities in our country by both foreign and Spanish tourists. With must-see places such as the Retiro Park, the Gran Vía or the Temple of Debod, Madrid also hides a myriad of secret places that you probably have not heard of.
From Barbieri Real Estate, specialists in rental housing, we want to show you 10 secret spots of Madrid, so that you fall in love, even more, of the capital. Do you dare to discover them all?
Madrid’s Sistine Chapel
Located on Calle de la Puebla, a few meters from Gran Vía, you can find one of the most interesting jewels of Madrid’s baroque. So much so that some have already called it the Sistine Chapel of Madrid. Behind the walls of the Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes hides one of the great secrets of the city. A work that in 1976 was declared a national monument and has frescoes that completely cover the surface of walls and ceilings.
Chamberi’s ghost station
With more than 100 years of history behind it, the Madrid Metro is already part of the cultural landscape of the city. A landscape that you might think is only a subway, but its stops and signs have become an icon of the city. But, did you know that the transport par excellence of the capital has a ghost station? Whether there are ghosts or not, entering a frozen metro station is something you can not miss if you come to Madrid.
The Pantheon of Illustrious Men
Talking about Madrid is speaking of history. Strolling through the Royal Palace or the Plaza Mayor is a must, but you can also visit lesser-known places that bring back memorable memories. While it is true that visiting funerary places is not something that everyone likes, the Pantheon of Illustrious Men is a site worth contemplating, as it houses the graves of some of the most important personalities in the history of Spain as Sagasta or Cánovas del Castillo.
Eating at the oldest restaurant in the world is possible in Madrid. A few steps from the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, we can find this restaurant, which is considered the oldest in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Visit the place where Goya, Pérez Galdós or Hemingway used to go and enjoy not only the history, but also its highly recommended suckling pig.
Yes, in Madrid you can find some remains of the Berlin Wall and, how could it be otherwise, you will find it in the Berlin Park. Surrounded by a small pond is a piece of recent German history that still retains the original paintings that were made on the wall.
Fuente del Berro Park
In the heart of Madrid you can find this park that is characterized by its peacocks in freedom that inhabit it. In this historic garden of the seventeenth century you can also enjoy magnificent specimens of trees and shrubs, as well as other elements, such as the monument of the Fuente del Berro whose waters, in its origins, provided the royal house.
Royal Botanical Garden
With more than 5,000 species of plants distributed over four levels of terraces, the Royal Botanical Garden is a pleasant green lung in the capital, which also offers numerous exhibitions and activities in its facilities. If you want to enjoy a haven of peace in the middle of Madrid’s hustle and bustle, do not hesitate to visit the Royal Botanical Garden.
Did you know that in Madrid you can find the largest cactus garden in Europe? Located in Alcobendas, it is a biotechnological nursery specialized in xerophytic plants. With more than 5,000 square meters of gardens, it will be impossible not to fall in love with any of its more than 400 species from 5 continents. Discover in the heart of the capital a destination for nature lovers where you can learn and discover everything about these plants.
The Purgatorio Waterfalls
Located in the Paular valley, the Purgatorio waterfall is one of the most wonderful enclaves of the mountains of Madrid and one of the hiking routes par excellence of the capital of Spain. The Purgatorio waterfalls are composed of two spectacular waterfalls that descend between the rocks creating a wonderful picture. A place to discover for nature lovers.
Montejo de la Sierra beech forest
If you like hiking you can not miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the natural jewels of the Sierra Norte de Madrid. A beautiful forest, the only beech forest in Madrid, which is crossed by the Jarama River. With an area of 250 hectares, you can enjoy three marked trails through the forest, more than 97 species of butterflies, foxes, otters, deer and other numerous plant species. In addition, the beech forest is beautiful at all times of the year, so you can enjoy the views 365 days a year.
Madrid has not only become a tourist enclave, there are also many people who choose to live in the capital to study or work. Visiting the city can be extraordinarily comforting thanks to the variety of places available.
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