Sol and Gran Via are Madrid's biggest tourist magnets. Their central location means no visit to the city can avoid these two spots. Though the throngs of tourists may be off-putting, there is plenty around here to occupy you on your first visit to Madrid.
1. Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol is the heart of Spain - in more ways than one. The point in Spain from which all distances are measured , Sol (as it is normally called) is also Spain's spiritual center.
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2. Gran Via
Madrid's premier street has some of the most grandiose buildings in the city. The city's best clothing shops can also be found on Gran Via.
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3. Cocido Madrileño
Madrid's most famous dish, a stew that is so big it is served in two portions (soup first, followed by the meat and vegetables) is served every day at Restaurante Doña Juana.
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4. Convento de las Descalzas
5. Casa Labra
So central most people pass it by thinking it can't be any good, this 100-year-old tapas bar specialises in cod.
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6. Templo de Debod
An original Egyptian temple in the heart of Madrid!
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7. Madrid Post Office
Madrid's most emblematic building - and yes, you can buy a stamp there.
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8. Plaza Espana
The always-busy Plaza España is surrounded by buildings that were once the tallest in Madrid.
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9. Shopping on Carmen and Preciados
If you don't find that top you want on Gran Via, walk down the twin shopping streets of Calle Carmen and Calle Preciados.
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10. Museo de las Telecomunicaciones