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A Fairytale Tour of Madrid's Most Picturesque Spots

Picture of Lori Zaino
Updated: 2 February 2017
Madrid is filled with gorgeous spots that will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale. Here are some of the coolest spots to check out for a storybook-style vacation.

Go Green

Some of Madrid’s most picturesque spots can be found in the green areas of the city, like parks, gardens or even walls of grass! So check out the rose garden, Crystal Palace or beautiful lake in the Parque del Buen Retiro, the gorgeous Parque de el Capricho, the Real Jardín Botánico, or the wall of grass along the Paseo del Prado by the Caixa Forum for some fairytale greenery.

CaixaForum, Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Real Jardín Botánico,Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain

The Palacio de Cristal at night | © Felipe Gabaldón/ Wikipedia
The Palacio de Cristal at night | © Felipe Gabaldón/ Wikipedia
La Rosaleda, the rose garden in the Retiro Park | © Felipe Gabaldón/ Flickr
La Rosaleda, the rose garden in the Retiro Park | © Felipe Gabaldón/ Flickr
The lake at the Retiro Park | © Lori Zaino
The lake at the Retiro Park | © Lori Zaino
The wall of grass outside the Caixa Forum | © Santiago Samaniego
The wall of grass outside the Caixa Forum | © Santiago Samaniego
The Capricho Park in Madrid | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
The Capricho Park in Madrid | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
The Botanical Gardens in Madrid | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
The Botanical Gardens in Madrid | © Madrid Destino y Cultura Turismo y Negocio

Relax In A Plaza

Madrid is known for its stunning squares. Romantic cobblestones and quaint terraces line the Plaza Mayor, and the historical Plaza de la Villa is perfect for a charming stroll.

Plaza de la Villa | © Madrid Destino Cultura
Plaza de la Villa | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
Outdoor terraces line the Plaza Mayor | © Madrid Destino Cultura
Outdoor terraces line the Plaza Mayor | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio

Escape the City

While Madrid’s busy city center is simply beautiful, getting out of the the craziness offers a whole different vibe, while still being part of the Community of Madrid. Segovia‘s famous castle, cathedral and Roman aqueduct and Toledo‘s hilly, small streets and El Greco art are less than an hour away. Plus, the Segovia Castle is basically out of fairytale, conjuring visions of perfect princesses and brave knights.

Alcázar de Segovia, Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, s/n, 40003 Segovia, Spain

The castle in Segovia | © Luis Antonio Fernández Corral/Flickr
The castle in Segovia | © Luis Antonio Fernández Corral/Flickr
Toledo is a picturesque town just outside of Madrid | © Alameda County Community Food Bank/Antonio Mena/Flickr
Toledo is a picturesque town just outside of Madrid | © Alameda County Community Food Bank/Antonio Mena/Flickr

View the City from Up High

Seeing Madrid from up above is impressive. There are plenty of rooftops to check out for fairytale views of the city, but the Círculo de Bellas Artes has some of the best in the city from all angles. The terrace of the Cibeles Building and the Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience also have some striking city panoramic views too.

Palacio de Cibeles, Plaza Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Círculo de Bellas Artes Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid, Spain

El Corte Inglés, Plaza del Callao, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain

A view of the city from the Círculo de Bellas Artes | © Lori Zaino
A view of the city from the Círculo de Bellas Artes | © Lori Zaino
Madrid's skyline at susnet | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
Madrid’s skyline at sunset | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
Madrid's palace and cathedral from up high | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
Madrid’s palace and cathedral from up high | © Agustín Martínez/Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
A view of Madrid taken from the Cibeles rooftop | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio
A view of Madrid taken from the Cibeles rooftop | © Madrid Destino Cultura Turismo y Negocio