Madrid, Spain is the perfect city to discover on foot. Not only is it full of charm that can only be soaked by wandering freely, but it provides hundreds of incredible photo spots. It’s easy to find beauty in each one of its historical landmarks, colorful neighborhoods, streets, parks, and markets.
Today, I’m sharing seven of the best photo spots you must see in the vibrant Spanish capital.
Most Visited in Madrid: The Royal Palace
The 18th century Royal Palace is the top landmark you need to visit, even if you only have one or two days in Madrid. It is Europe’s largest royal palace, so not surprisingly, it’s where you’ll find dozens of picture-perfect spots. Be sure to explore it on the inside as well as photograph its exterior Baroque facades from every possible angle.
Best Green Scenery in Madrid: Retiro Park
What I love about the Retiro Park is that beyond the green areas, it has has a few extra photo-worthy spots like:
- Palacio de Cristal (“The Crystal Palace”).
- Estanque del Retiro: an artificial pond located right in front of a semicircular colonnade and a statue of King Alfonso XII
- The Rosaleda (“The Rose Garden”)
The park is full of other little surprises, so make sure to explore while you are there.
A Beautiful Square: Plaza Mayor
This historically important square is where you’ll find mesmerizing architecture just waiting to be photographed. It’s a very popular square, so be sure to get there early in the morning to avoid having people in your photos.
Impressive Architecture: Palacio de Cibeles
Today, this exquisitely built building houses several different spaces. Its photo-worthy spots include its gorgeous facade, a restaurant and a terrace bar overlooking the Cibeles Square, as well as a panoramic lookout point on the eighth floor.
Rooftop Views: Circulo de Bellas Artes
Rooftop bars and restaurants are a huge thing in Madrid. Providing panoramic views over Gran Via street and the iconic Metropolis building, the rooftop of the cultural center of Circulo de Bellas Artes is a very popular photo spot in Madrid.
Hipster and Colorful Backgrounds: Malasaña Neighborhood
Malasaña has a distinctly youthful vibe that’s just contagious. It’s filled with concept shops, trendy cafes, and street art, so there’s no shortage of photogenic spots in this lively neighborhood.
Hidden Gem: Galerias Piquer
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path photo spot in Madrid, then Galerias Piquer is for you. Located right next to the famous and crowded El Rastro flea market, it is a beautiful complex of antique shops. Even though it’s such a stunning place, the chances of you being there almost on your own are pretty high.