- The Royal Palace - a public monument.
- The new Cathedral where the Prince Felipe married his bride Letizia on May 2004 .
- Puerta del Sol at Kilometer 0, the theoretical center of Spain. A blonze plate is imbedded in the sidewalk in front of the building that strikes 12 on New Year's Eve where all present and those watching at home eat 12 grapes on New Year's Eve for good luck for the next 12 month. Also, this is a standard meeting place in the downtown area. Guaranteed to be lively.
- In the Prado...in front of the Velazquez' Las Meninas masterpiece.
- The lounge in the Westin Palace hotel that has a Tiffany glass ceiling.
- Chocolatería San Gines (hours Tues-Sat 18:00 - 7:00 am) or Majaderitos on Calle de Cadiz south of the Puerta del Sol. (hours daily 7 am-24:00)
- La Mallorquina pastry shop on the west side of the Puerta del Sol.
- A boat ride in the pond of El Retiro, the Cristal Palace, and the Rose Garden, beside the Palacio Real.
- The teleférico/cable car that goes from near (sort of) Plaza de España/Palacio Real to the park Casa de Campo. Views of Madrid from the west end of the city are good if not spectacular. Check the site (only Spanish) carefully as its opening days and hours are quite random.
- Plaza de Oriente, which is near the Opera and Palacio Real at night. Its charming ambience includes the lighted view of the Royal Palace, the many statues of kings surrounding the mounted horse figure of Felipe IV with seated concrete benches on which couples can sit and snuggle, and just around the corner the magnificient shining Almudena Cathedral which is also gorgeous.
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