Have I mentioned lately that I’m head over heels for Madrid….? No!? Well let me tell you again …..
Madrid is one seriously beautiful city, inside and out. And on my recent trip a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to revisit some of my favorite photo spots to capture and share some of my favorite city’s beauty.
As you probably already know, I’m a bit of an Instagram addict. It’s no secret that it’s my preferred form of social media and, really, can you blame me? I’m all about visuals and love feeding my wanderlust through my Insta-feed.
So, if you’re anything like me, AKA the type of person that likes to plan your trips around some photo ops, this guide to Madrid is for you!
Here are some of my top Instagram spots in Madrid:
You can find Parque del Buen Retiro right near the center of Madrid! Take a short stroll through Retiro and you’ll pass a picturesque lake, various luscious green gardens and Madrid’s stunning glass palace, Palacio de Cristal. You’re sure to capture incredible photos as Retiro’s incredibly scenic setting does all the hard work for you!
Location: Plaza de la Independencia, 7
If you’re asking me (which you kind of are if you’re reading this post), Malasaña is Madrid’s most captivating neighborhood. Each and every narrow colorful street is entirely different and you never know what you’ll come across. Browse through some of Malasaña’s many alternative thrift shops and high-end boutiques or simply wander around and experience the neighborhood’s laid-back hipster vibes. Sooner or later your bound to stumble across a photo op.
My favorite Instagram spots in Malasaña:
- Libros para un Mundo Mejor, Calle del Espíritu Santo, 13.
- Plaza Dos de Mayo
- Tribunal plaza and the Museo de Historia de Madrid
- Plaza de San Ildefonso
Madrid’s low-level buildings and mountainous backdrop make for a pretty jaw-dropping scene. Head up to one of the following rooftops near sunset for some picture-perfect moments.
My favorite Instagram-worthy Madrid rooftops:
- Círculo de Bellas Artes “Tartan Roof,” Calle de Alcalá, 42
- Terrace at Room Mate Hotel Oscar, Plaza de Vázquez de Mella, 12
- Terrace at Hotel de Las Letras, Calle Gran Vía, 11
- 9th floor of Corte Inglés in Callao, Plaza de Callao, 2
- Palacio de Cibeles, Plaza Cibeles, 1
Templo De Debod
Watching a sunset at Templo de Debod and catching a glimpse of it’s majestic mirror-like reflections should be on every traveler’s bucket list. I’ve seen this scene way over a dozen times now and yet, it still gives me goosebumps.
Location: Calle Ferraz, 1
Mercado de San Miguel
Not only is Madrid’s famed San Miguel Market bursting to the brim with juicy, drool-worthy produce and traditional Spanish treats, but the building itself is pretty darn impressive!
Location: Plaza de San Miguel
Puerta del Sol
At all hours, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol is a bustling place to be. Swarming with tourists, performers and locals themselves, it’s a perfect place to take a seat and take in the surrounding scene. It is also home to so many Madrid highlights including Tio Pepe, KM 0, the “Oso y el Madroño” statue and of course, the infamous Mallorquina pastry shop!
Plaza Mayor is Madrid’s main pedestrian square, lined by bold brick buildings and elegant archways. It’s a lovely place to linger a while and snap away!
Madrid’s Many Picturesque Cafés
There’s nothing more Madrileño then kicking back and taking your time to enjoy a creamy café con leche in a quaint, vintage café. It helps that Madrid’s cafés are particularly charming and incredibly picturesque.
Some of my favorites:
- Café de la Luz- Calle Puebla, 8
- Bicicleta- Plaza de San Ildefonso, 9
- Toma Café-Calle de la Palma, 49
- Gorila– Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 47
Where do you go usually go to capture the perfect Instagram shot? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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