Exploring Plaza de España

Madrid is the capital of Spain and has a history and  culture. Among its many treasures you find the Plaza de España, a vast square recently renewed with a park for kids and a coffee shop to have a sweet break. If you are a tourists willing to discover Madrid, Plaza de España it’s a must-visit destination.

Historic Significance:

Plaza de España was built in 1911 and gives an example of Sapin’s cultural and architectural splendor. In the center of Plaza de España, there is a monument dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes, one of Spain’s most celebrated literary writers. The monument features statues of Cervantes and his main characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, sculpted by Lorenzo Coullaut Valera. This monument is an homage to Cervantes’ contributions to Spanish literature.

On the side of Plaza de España you will find the Torre de Madrid, the first Spanish skyscraper with 142 meters was  Spain’s tallest building until 1982. Completed in 1960, this beautiful building is a symbol of Madrid’s modernization and economic growth during the mid-20th century.

Curiosities

Maybe Plaza de España rings a bell in your memory because has been featured in various international films and TV shows. It is a popular location for filmmakers willing to capture the essence and the spirit of Madrid. The main international films that show Plaza de España is “Doctor Zhivago”.
At the base of the Cervantes monument, there is a fountain that was promoted by Alfonso XIII in 1915 on the occasion of the third centenary of the publication of the second part of Don Quixote.
In front of the Cervantes monument, you will find the Riu Hotel, which will renew in 2022. On the last floor of the hotel, you will find one of the nicest roofs top of Madrid with a beautiful sight of the city. If you don’t fear heights, there is also a glass floor balcony to enjoy the view.

Culinary Delights

La Barraca: specializes in traditional Spanish cuisine, offering a menu that showcases the rich flavors and culinary heritage of Spain. From classic paellas to succulent seafood dishes, each dish is prepared with care and attention to detail, providing diners with an authentic taste of Spanish gastronomy. La Barraca offers a diverse menu that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. Whether you are craving seafood paella, traditional tapas, or savory meat dishes, you can find a wide selection of options.

Casa Mingo: If you love chiken this is your place, Casa Mingo is renowned for its succulent roast chicken, which is cooked to perfection using a secret recipe that has been passed down through generations. The chicken is tender, flavorful, and served with a side of crispy, golden-brown potatoes, making it a beloved dish among locals and visitors alike. In addition to its delicious roast chicken, Casa Mingo is famous for its traditional Asturian cider. Served in large glass bottles and poured in the traditional Asturian style, the cider is crisp, refreshing, and pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the roast chicken.

Things to Do Nearby

Templo de Debod: Just a short walk from Plaza de España, visitors can discover the Templo de Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple relocated to Madrid in 1968. This fascinating monument offers stunning views of the city skyline and provides insight into ancient Egyptian culture and history.

Royal Palace of Madrid: Situated a bit further from Plaza de España, the Royal Palace of Madrid is a grandiose architectural masterpiece and was the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Visitors can explore its opulent interiors, including the Throne Room, Royal Armory, and Royal Chapel, and stroll through the picturesque Sabatini Gardens nearby.

Gran Vía: Gran Vía is Madrid’s main thoroughfare and a bustling hub of activity, lined with shops, theaters, and iconic landmarks. Visitors can stroll along this vibrant street, marvel at its eclectic architecture, and soak in the lively atmosphere of one of Madrid’s most famous avenues.

Almudena Cathedral: Adjacent to the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral is a striking example of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture. Visitors can admire its majestic facade, intricate stained glass windows, and ornate interior, including the crypt where many Spanish monarchs are buried.

Plaza de España in Madrid is a nice spot with a lot of history and beautiful buildings. When you take the time to check out all the little secrets and learn about its past, it makes visiting Plaza de España way more special. You will enjoy the place and take nice pictures to have great souvenirs from Madrid.

If you are tired of walking you can use Madrid public bicycle renting service or take a Tuk Tuk 

How I get there from Madrid, here you have the google maps link

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