The Most Instagrammable Buildings and Monuments in Madrid

Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena in Madrid, Spain| © Catarina Belova/Shutterstock
Cathedral Santa Maria la Real de La Almudena in Madrid, Spain| © Catarina Belova/Shutterstock
Photo of Lori Zaino
27 October 2017

Madrid’s architecture is simply stunning. Neoclassical facades, magnificent palaces and towering monuments, appear on every corner. There’s no shortage of Instagrammable spots in Madrid, so bring your phone and head to the following locations to snap some perfect shots.

Plaza de Toros

Cathedral, Building, Museum, Historical Landmark
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Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid
Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid | ©
Controversial though it is, bullfighting continues to be an art form in Madrid, and the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, or ‘Las Ventas’ as the locals call it, is a beautiful circular building that you’ll never tire of admiring (whether you enjoy bullfighting or not). The building can seat 25,000, and also has an infirmary and a chapel inside.

Catedral de La Almudena

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Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena, cathedral church, Madrid, Spain.
Construction on the Almudena Cathedral began in 1883 | © geogphotos / Alamy Stock Photo

Madrid’s cathedral is a stunning mix of different architectures, with the exterior being Neoclassical, the interior Neo-Gothic and the crypt Neo-Romanesque, featuring a 16th-century image of the Virgen de la Almudena. On a clear day, you can spot Madrid’s vast suburbs behind the Cathedral.

Palacio de Cristal

One of the many beautiful monuments in Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro, the Palacio de Cristal is exactly as it sounds: a palace made of glass. It’s gorgeous in any season, especially on a sunny day when the sunshine streams in.

Palacio de Cristal, Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid

Templo de Debod

The Templo de Debod was a gift from Egypt to Spain and is one of the best spots in Madrid from which to enjoy the sunset. The reflections in the pond surrounding the temple are unlike any other, and the temple itself is pretty amazing, considering it dates back to the 2nd century BC.

Templo de Debod, Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid

Palacio de Cibeles

Building, Architectural Landmark, $$$
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The Palacio de Cibeles, which was once Madrid’s post office headquarters, is now a palace open to the public, featuring a restaurant, outdoor terrace, art exhibitions and also the mayor’s office. Stop inside or simply snap photo after photo of the outside, which is magnificent in itself.

Palacio Real

Building, Historical Landmark
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Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain.
The Royal Palace of Madrid has 3,000 rooms | © Adwo / Alamy Stock Photo

One of the largest palaces in Europe, Spanish Royalty no longer live here. Instead, the historical space is open to visitors. Check out paintings by Goya and Velázquez, frescoes by Mengs and even the world’s only complete Stradivarius string quintet. Or just stroll around the outside, which is surrounded by labyrinthine gardens and statue after statue.

Puerta del Sol

This plaza is literally the center of Madrid, and one of the most typical meeting spots for groups of friends, before they head out for a night on the town. It’s known for its KM Zero spot, which is said to be the exact center of Spain, the giant Tio Pepe sign suspended on one of the buildings, the famous Bear statue and of course, the clock and bell tower (pictured below).

Puerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid

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