Philip II ordered the construction of this plaza which was formerly known as “Plaza del Arrabal”,. The original was built it in the exact same location as it is now, but it was not the same Plaza Mayor that we can see today. It wasn’t 3 floors high, but 5 floors high, it was something…

Opera House is the name of the Madrid’s Royal theatre, but we all call it Opera. There are usually a lot of street performers in this area. Can you see any now? Isabel II was the one who commanded the construction of this Opera House: she loved the arts and specially the theatre.  Inside, the…

You know that every big capital in the world needs an Eiffel tower, a Statue of Liberty, a famous piece of public art that represents the city… well in Madrid’s case, if you didn’t already know, that is the statue of the Bear in Sol, El Oso y Madroño Tree. Well, both Bears and Madroño…

1. Puerta del sol – “Puerta” means gate or door in Spanish, but there was not one in sight. It is however the true heart of Madrid. Whenever someone arranges to meet, they do right next to the bear and tree statue, “El oso y madroño”. That’s where they also meet for a Free Walking Tour…

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