An Historical Walk



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Explore the historical roots of Madrid which became the capital of the country in 1561 under Felipe II. History buffs will have a whirl, foodies will savor a typical stew, and both will forget their worries in the park. Start this tour mid morning.

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Day 1 - Madrid


Begin from the center of Spain, La Puerta del Sol. Find the Oso y el Madroño, a bear on hind legs leaning up against a tree nibbling the madroño berry. The bear has become the city's symbol, which you will see on flags, signs, manhole covers, trash cans, and almost anywhere. Try to spot it on your walk today. This statue is the typical meeting point for Madrileños and tourists alike. For the best photo stand right in front of the photographer. There's so much pedestrian traffic you'll never have a clear shot standing next to the bear. Other than a meeting point, La Puerta del Sol is the crossroad between two commercial areas, so people tend to pause for a brief moment and they're on their way. Before you too are on your way, find the Casa Labra, and down a cod fish fritter and a caña (a small beer). You'll find people stand to consume their coffee and pastry or caña and tapas in most bars and cafes in Madrid. Cross Puerta del Sol and go up Calle Mayor to the Plaza Mayor. A statue of Felipe III rides his horse in the center. Take a spin around the square and admire the façade of the Casa de la Panadería (Bakery House). The name reminds us that a food market was once here. This historical square has seen it all, from trials of the inquisition to bull fights. Nowadays the entertainment has mellowed out, and there are occasional concerts, performances, markets, or fairs. Catch the Sunday morning coin and stamp market, a street performer, or enjoy an expensive drink at one of the outdoor tables before moving on. Exit the Plaza Mayor to get back out on the Calle Mayor, continue down it until you reach the Plaza de la Villa. Carry on to Cathedral Almudena and the Palacio Real. Devour the royal luxuries, before lunch at La Bola. The Cocido Madrileño, a stew made with garbanzos, several sausage type meats and a tasty broth, will fill you up and make you strong...and sleepy. If you can drag yourself out of your seat, make for the well groomed Plaza de Oriente from where you can cut over to the Plaza de España and up to the Parque de Oeste. Late afternoons, especially in the summer, invite dog walkers and lovers to this park where you can also find the Templo de Debod, the Teleferico (cable cars), and an extensive rose garden. Let dusk set in.


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Puerta del Sol

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Location:

Calle Mayor & Plaza Puerta del Sol
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 588 1636 (Tourist Information)


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Casa Labra

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Location:

Tetuan 12
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: 91-532-14-05
fax: +34 91 531 0081


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Plaza Mayor

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Plaza Mayor
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 588 1636(Tourist Information)


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Casa de la Panadería

Location:

Plaza Mayor, 27
28012 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 588 1636(Tourist Information)


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Mercado de Monedas y Sellos

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Location:

Plaza Mayor
28012 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 540 4010


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Plaza de la Villa

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Location:

Plaza de la Villa (off Calle Mayor)
28005 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 588 1636 (Tourist Information)


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Almudena Cathedral

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Location:

Calle de Bailén
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 542 2200


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Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

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Location:

Calle de Bailén
Plaza de Oriente
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 547 5350
fax: +34 91 542 6947


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Plaza de Oriente

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Opposite the Royal Palace (Palacio Real)
across from the Palacio Real
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 588 2900 (Tourism Office)
fax: +34 91 588 2900 (Tourism Office)


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Bola Taberna (La)

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Calle De La Bola 9
28013 Madrid, Spain

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tel: 34 91 547 6930
fax: +34 91 541 7164


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Plaza de España

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Location:

Calle Princessa
28008 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 588 2900 (Tourism Office)
fax: +34 91 588 2900 (Tourism Office)


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Parque del Oeste

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Paseo del Pintor Rosales, s/n
28008 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 5888790


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Templo de Debod

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Location:

calle Ferraz 1
28008 Madrid, Spain

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tel: +34 91 366 7415
fax: +34 91 365 9336


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Teleférico

Location:

Casa de Campo
(esquina Marqués de Urquijo)
28008 Madrid, Spain

Contact:

tel: +34 91 541 7450
fax: +34 91 541 1118


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