Instagrammable Spots in Madrid

Instagrammable Spots in Madrid

Madrid is by far our favorite city in Spain! Madrid is the capital city of Spain and the third-largest city in the European Union. We love Madrid so much that we could see ourselves living there! It’s a lively city that’s affordable and boasts outstanding culture, art, architecture, delicious food, and excellent nightlife.

We visit Madrid often so we decided to make a list of our favorite photo spots. In this post, you will find the most instagrammable spots in Madrid.

Sorolla Museum 

The Sorolla Museum was the home and studio of Spanish painter Joaquin Sorilla y Bastida. The museum houses the largest collection of his works and is one of the best-preserved house museums of an artist in Europe. 

We absolutely loved the garden, it is a little oasis in the city. 

The Sorolla Museum is open from Tuesday – Saturday from 9.30 am – 8 pm and the entrance fee is  3 euro per person. 

Paseo del General Martinez Campos, 37

Arganzuela Footbridge 

This footbridge features a unique spiral design made from curved steel plates over the walking platform. This is one of the best places to take pictures in Madrid.

Paseo de las Yeserias, 19 

Desert City 

Desert City is a plant nursery and botanical garden that cultivates and sells xerophytic plants. Desert City had over 600 species, including cacti, succulents, and native plants from the Mediterranean region. It is Europe’s largest cactus garden. Desert city’s greenhouses and gardens have been awarded numerous awards for architectural design. 

Autovia A1, Km 25, San Sebastian de los Reyes

The Garden of the Prince of Anglona

This little 18th-century garden is a living flashback to the romance of the Spanish court. Time seems to have stopped in this beautiful garden. Peace, shade, and great views are combined in a harmonious environment that transmits authentic calm. 

Plaza de la Paja, 6

Sabatini Gardens 

The Sabatini Gardens are exquisite neoclassical-style gardens found on the northern facade of the Royal Palace. King Juan Carlos, I opened them to the public in 1978.

The Sabatini Gardens are not to be missed! 

Calle Bailén, 2

Museum of Romanticism

The former palace of the Marquis of Matallana, built in 1776, houses a fascinating collection of 19th-century paintings, furniture, and decorative art which captures the essence of the cultural, political, and everyday life of Madrid during the Romantic period. 

Here you will see works by Goya, Esquivel, Madrazo, Alenza, and the Bécquer brothers, ceramics, jewelry, porcelain dolls, pianos, and furniture, … 

The Museum of Romanticism is open from Tuesday – Saturday from 9.30 am – 8.30 pm and from 10 pm – 3 pm on Sunday. The entrance fee is 3 euro.

Calle de San Mateo, 13

Siete Tetas Park 

Parque de las Siete Tetas is the unofficial but more known name of the park amongst the locals. Translated as the park of the seven boobs, this name comes from the way these small hills are shaped.

This is the best place to visit to get the perfect panoramic view of Madrid!! We recommend you visit the park around sunset, the view of the skyline against the mountain backdrop is a magical sight! 

Calle de Benjamin Palencia 1

Salon des Fleurs 

Salon des Fleurs is the best place to grab some coffee and dessert. The place is decorated with a lot of flowers and plants, and the smell is just great! They have several interesting types of coffee and the cakes and cookies are freshly made. 

It’s the perfect spot to enjoy some quiet time before exploring more of the city. The interior is so dreamy you may never want to leave! 

Calle de Guzman el Bueno, 106

Cuesta de Moyano 

The Cuesta de Moyano hill is a famous avenue that is the site of Madrid’s permanent book fair. Here you can find about 30 wooden stalls where you can buy second-hand books. 

This is a great place for book lovers! 

The market is open daily from 10 am – 7 pm. 

Calle Claudio Moyano

Cerralbo Museum 

This museum is one of the least well-known museums in Madrid. Located in what used to be the stately home of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo. Here you can see what life was like for an aristocratic family in the late 19th century in Madrid. 

The museum is made up of over 50 000 objects including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, tapestry, furniture, medals, stamps, clocks, and archaeological objects, … 

The Cerralbo Museum is open from 9.30 am – 3 pm from Tuesday – Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. The entrance fee is 3 euro. 

Calle de Ventura Rodriguez, 17

Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid houses over 5000 different types of flowers and plants and is one of the capital’s most enjoyable green lungs. We loved wandering around the botanic garden! 

The Royal Botanic Garden is open daily from 10 am – 8 pm and the entrance fee is 6 euro. 

Plaza Murillo 2

Parque del Buen Retiro

The glorious gardens of El Retiro are as beautiful as any you will find in a European city. The park is filled with fountains, monuments, rose gardens, the Palacio de Cristal, and a lake where you can rent a rowboat. 

When the weather is fine and particularly on weekends, Madrilenos from all across the city gather here to stroll, read the Sunday papers in the shade, take a boat ride, or enjoy a drink at one of the many outdoor cafes. 

This is one of our favorite places in Madrid. 

Plaza de la Independencia, 7

Templo de Debod

This Egyptian temple in downtown Madrid was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in southern Egypt when the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser built the Aswan High Dam. After 1968 it was sent block by block to Spain as a gesture of thanks to the Spanish archaeologists in the Unesco team that worked to save the monuments that would otherwise have disappeared forever. 

You can visit the inside of the temple for free from Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm. 

Calle de Ferraz, 1

Atocha

Madrid’s train station is worth visiting. It is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. Inside you can see a light-filled tropical garden with more than 500 plant species.  

Plaza del Emperador Carlos V

Malasana

One of the highlights of our trip to Madrid was exploring the Malasana neighborhood. This area includes all of the elements we love; great food, vintage shops, and a local vibe. 

Here you can also enjoy the best urban art in the city. 

Lavapies

Another neighborhood we loved is multicultural Lavapies. Every corner of this neighborhood is steeped in art. 

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas 

The plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is the largest bullring in Spain and the third biggest in the world, after the bullrings in Mexico and Venezuela. 

You don’t have to see a bullfight to visit this stunning landmark, you can book a tour with an audio guide that will give you access to the main parts of the bullring. For us, it was enough to admire this beautiful building from the outside.

Calle de Alcala 237

Parque de El Capricho

Built-in 1884 by the Duke and Duchess of Osuna on the outskirts of Madrid, El Capricho is one of Madrid’s most beautiful and least-known parks. After the death of the Duchess, the park slowly fell into neglect and disrepair until 1974 when they restored it to its former glory. 

 El Capricho is open from 9 am – 9 pm from April – September and from 9 am – 6.30 pm from October – March.

San Gines Bookshop

This bookshop specializes in antique and second-hand books. On its wooden shelves, located on the street itself, old books coexist with unique pieces at affordable prices, some of them in English. A haven for lovers and collectors of books! 

The San Gines Bookshop is open from Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 8.30 pm. 

Pasadizo de San Gines, 2

Caixaform 

The Caixaforum in Madrid is a 21st-century sociocultural center. Here you can find ancient, modern, and contemporary art. But for us, it was all about the beautiful staircase that you can see inside. 

This place is worth a visit! 

The Caixaforum is open daily from 10 am – 8 pm.

Paseo del Prado, 36

Sweetland

We found this shop when we were exploring the city. It is a nice spot to take pictures plus they have all kind of sweets. 
 
Calle Conde de Los Romanones, 10
 
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