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Check out this tour of Madrid with Instagram photos | © dimbar76 / Shutterstock
Check out this tour of Madrid with Instagram photos | © dimbar76 / Shutterstock

A Tour of Madrid in 14 Perfect Instagram Photos

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Updated: 24 May 2017

It’s no secret that Madrid is a stunning city. The tree-lined boulevards with towering monuments and fountains at every turn and the small iron-clad railings lining the balconies of the city’s gorgeous buildings make it a truly picturesque place to walk around. In fact, a DIY walking tour is often the best way to see a city, and Madrid is no different. Whether you use this as inspiration to walk a similar route through the city or simply to add a little beauty and inspiration to your day at the office, here’s a tour of Madrid in 14 perfect Instagram photos.

🌃"Madrid nights"🏙 . Os dejo una de mis estampas preferidas de Madrid, el edificio Telefónica, la Gran Vía, el Metrópolis, al fondo el centro financiero, y a la derecha la torre de Colón. 🚗Recordar, si vais al centro… Paciencia! locura de gente!!🤣🤣. Buen Domingo!! ================================== ⚫ #monumentalnight . * Exif ISO 100 | 8 mm | ƒ/3,5 | 40 seg. . 〰 Tags 〰 ================================== @longexpohunter #longexpohunter #longexposurestyles_gf @fs_longexpo #fs_longexpo @tv_landscapes #tv_landscapes @longexpo_addiction #longexpo_addiction #long_exposure_pics @splendid_xposure #splendid_xposure @long_exposure #long_exposure #total_night #night_arts #nightsaround_theworld #lazyshutter #splendid_xposure #supreme_nightshots #ig_nightphotography #ig_shutternights #nightshooters #just_features @lightbeamz #lightbeamz #vip_world_photo #citybestpics #rsa_streetview_ #igworldclub_cityscape #exclusive_shots #click_n_share #travel_drops #citykillerz #mad_noc #ig_photostars #superphoto_longexpo

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You’ll want to start your walk in the most central plaza in Madrid, the Puerta del Sol. In fact, it’s apparently the exact center of Spain, and there’s a plaque that you can stand on, the Kilometer Zero, which marks the spot. Make sure to admire the famous Tio Pepe sign, which has been illuminating the plaza since 1936. In 2011, the sign was removed when the Apple store moved into the plaza. The sign, which managed to survive the Spanish Civil War, also managed to withstand Apple’s arrival and was returned to the plaza by popular demand in 2014, though placed on top of a different building.

Continue your walk by taking a stroll down Calle Mayor and passing the Plaza de la Villa, which features many different styles of architecture in one small plaza.

Next, enjoy a visit to Plaza Mayor, which has 237 balconies that face the center of the plaza. Have a beer while you admire the beautiful architecture and watch the people stroll by.

After a visit to Plaza Mayor, continue down Calle Mayor until you arrive at the Almudena Cathedral. The cathedral, from start to finish, took over 100 years to construct!

Madrid's cathedral in the clouds. #madrid #themadridbible #clouds #cathedral #sunny #spain #espana #travel

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Sitting next to the palace, you’ll spot the famous Palacio Real, Spain’s Royal Palace. It’s one of the largest in the world, complete with trees, statues, and fountains.

Next, walk up to Plaza España and head over to Gran Vía, one of Madrid’s most famous streets known for its shopping, theaters, and bright lights.

If you’re tired or hungry, stop for a little snack of wine and cheese. Madrid is known for having some of the best tapas in all of Spain.

Checked out a new spot on Ponzano (the street constantly has new bars and restaurants opening) this #juernes called La Malcriada @lamalcriadaponzano, and we were pleasantly surprised. The place had a nice vibe for Madrileño nights, good service, and reasonable prices. The cheese plate was delicious and we look forward to going back to try out some more food as well as copas sometime after dinner or to start the night out (the music was good, so that makes us hopeful for later on in the night💃🏻🕺🏾). Most definitely #stanandginaapproved for tapas and drinks. . . . #madrid #madridmoment #ponzano #ponzaning #lamalcriada #stanandgina #stanandginatastings #baresdemadrid #restaurantesmadrid #chamberi #cheeseplate #tabladequesos #riberadelduero #wine #vinotinto #foodie #madridfoodie #losmadriles #keepingitrealintheMAD #theMAD #madridmemola #madridmemata #wantsomecheesewiththatwine #spain #españa #tapas #SpainTrumpsTrump

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Don’t forget to admire Madrid’s Metropolis building, topped with statues and gold.

Blue skies on Gran Via. #madridmonumental #madrid #madriddiferente #madridmemola #spring #spain #metropolis #granvia

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Make sure not to miss Calle Alcalá, leading up to the famous Plaza de Cibeles, featuring the picturesque Cibeles fountain and Palacio de Cibeles, which is the city hall.

Keep walking up this street, and you’ll find yourself in front of the Puerta de Alcalá monument, which used to be the door to the city of Madrid.

Next to this magnificent monument is the Retiro Park, one of the most famous parks in Madrid. There’s a lot to explore in the park—you can check out the Crystal Palace, which is made almost entirely of glass, or row a boat around the lake.

⛩"In loving memory"🏛 . Bueno, pues como cada uno evoluciona a su manera, aquí os dejo una nueva edición de una de mis fotos preferidas, "El recuerdo del Rey más amado" ❣️que encontraréis más abajo en mi galería, y una de las dos fotos que expuse en la #expomarzo2016 del grupo @monumentalspain (catálogo completo de la EXPO en @monumentalspain_exposiciones). Espero que os guste!! 😉 ================================== 🔘Para #madrid_monumental . * Exif ISO 100 | 8 mm | 0,4 seg. . 〰 Tags 〰 ================================== #travel_drops #super_europe #ig_shotz_travel #kings_gopro #citybestpics #citypicz #spain_vacations #hdr_greece #kl_november16 #kings_luxury #in_europe #igs_europe #sky_sultans #tgif_sunset #ig_world_photo #spain_bestsky #wonderful_earthpix #ig_shotz_sunset #rsa_streetview_ #igworldclub_cityscape #exclusive_shots #click_n_share #igworldglobal #ig_photostars #jaw_dropping_shots #infinity_worldshoot #picturetokeep_hdr

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End your day with an epic Madrid sunset, such as one from the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian temple that Egypt gave to Madrid in the 1960s, or from a cool rooftop bar.

🔘Atardecer del día 21/1/17 en el templo de Debod Madrid. Dedicado al igers invisible @thiagosurfero que coincidimos ese día en hora y lugar, con este espectacular regalo de la naturaleza. Edited by: @miguelon1987 #madrid_monumental ————————————– ✨Buena semana amigos a remontar la cuesta de enero✨ ————————————— #ok_sunset #estaes_espania #ok_spain #ig_spain #super_spain #ig_spain_ #espacio_spain #total_spain #loves_spain #spain_vacations #ig_sevilla #viver_to2 #ig_murcia#ptk_night #noitenoinstagram #loves_night #icu_nightlife #nightimages #world_bestnight #sight_colour #nightphotography #amazing_longexpo #ok_anocheceme #total_night #night_arts #nightsaround_theworld #be_one_night #splendid_xposure #kings_villages

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Spring in Madrid is nothing short of magnificent #madrid #lalatina #sunday #spain #sunset #spring @abbymatus @yosoyelise @spcurl

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