Madrid, Spain is known for its all-night parties and sweltering summer heat, but if you need a break from sangria and siestas, why not check out these five historical gems that the city has to offer?
1. Arab Wall
This ancient wall is over 1300 years old, and is a real treat for any amateur historian. Originally built to guard the city against invaders, it is found in the historic Atocha area of the city, one of the oldest and most culturally rich in the city. To reach it, get off at the Puerta de Toledo Metro station.
2. Casa de Museo Lope de Vega
History buffs may well know the name of Félix Lope de Vega Carpio, the 17th century Spanish playwright. If so, you will not want to miss taking a look around the house where he spent his last 25 years, and in which he created some of his greatest works. To reach it, stop at the Antón Martín Metro station.
3. El Palacio Real de Aranjuez
This location is a treasure-trove of goodies for historians. It was first build for Charles I to serve as his hunting lodge, but in the 1560s it was turned into a palace by Philip II. Tourists can go on a tour of the palace, during which you will see amazing tapestries and mosaics defining the era in which they were made. It is situated in Chamberi, and to reach it, take the ‘Tren de Fresa’ from Atocha.
4. Plaza de la Villa
Found in Centro, this is the square where some of the best architecture in Madrid can be found. Check out the Madrid Town Hall, and take a walking tour around the square to find out how the architecture of Madrid has changed over the centuries.
5. Casa de América, Palacio de Linares
A cultural delight to provide tourists with a great afternoon’s worth of fun. The Casa de América is found in the Palacio de Linares, and is a showcase of Latin American art. Go in the summer and you will also be able to catch films and theatre performances exploring the cultural history of Spain.
Photo of Linares Palace, Madrid originally posted by hermenpaca