Our city apartment is located in the heart of Madrid, 1 minute from the Gran Via, and Plaza de Callao, two minutes from the Opera de Madrid, Royal Palace and its wonderful gardens and 5 minutes from the Plaza Mayor. The Prado Museum is a 15-minute by foot, as well as the triangle of museums. Perfect area to enjoy restaurants, terraces with tapas, shopping at the trendy area.
TEMPLO DE DEBOD
This is an Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century BC, transported to Madrid’s Cuartel de la Montaña Park. The temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government to save it from floods following the construction of the great Aswan Dam.
Works on the temple began at the beginning of the 2nd century BC at the orders of the Meroë King Adijalamani, who built a chapel dedicated to the god Amun and the goddess Isis.
In the 6th century AD, following Nubia’s conversion to Christianity, the temple was sealed off and abandoned. In the 20th century, owing to the construction of the dam, the Egyptian government gave the temple as a gift to the city of Madrid and it was transported and rebuilt stone by stone in its current location. It was opened to the public in 1972. The reconstruction in Madrid kept the building’s original orientation; that is to say, from East to West.
This green oasis in the centre of Madrid has125 hectares and is home to over 15,000 trees. From the botanical point of view, the Park includes some very important gardens: the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (classical gardens of an Andalusian style), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rose Garden, and the Parterre Francés with the oldest tree in Madrid, a bald cypress that is believed to be 400 years old.
SAN MIGUEL MARKET/TAPPING
The Mercado de San Miguel is an historic and monumental market infused with literary retrospect located in the heart of Madrid’s old quarter, an area with genuine personality and endless shopping, cultural and entertainment options. They are now writing a new page in their history with the aim of convening the finest shopkeepers, professionals, experts and enthusiasts in their respective specialities.
Their offer justifies a trip to the centre of Madrid, while still maintaining the vocation of the traditional market centred around the daily shopping. It is an offer of quality, freshness and seasonal products created in response to the recently growing interest in Gastronomy that has now become a cultural phenomenon.
The Mercado de San Miguel aims to become a Centre for Culinary Culture, where the product is the key, together with the active presence of food- and gastronomy-related functions and events. A meeting place for the consumer and the professional, the gourmand, and those seeking information and counsel. A place where we can continue to do our daily shopping, as well as participate in activities, sample the products we are taking home with us, or simply drop in for a drink and a bite to eat. A traditional market with all of the current-day advantages.
AUSTRIAS & ROYAL PALACE
Plaza Mayor, La Encarnación Monastery and Plaza de la Villa, with buildings erected in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – Casa de la Villa (formerly, Madrid City Hall), Los Lujanes Tower, Cisneros House –, are the main architectural complexes built under the Hapsburgs. Another must-see landmark is the Descalzas Reales Monastery, a nunnery that was the royal seat of Charles I of Spain. In it, you can view the permanent collection, containing works of art from the sixteenth century on. Finally, the Santa Cruz Palace, built in 1629, is home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Cibeles Fountain, created in 1782 and situated in its current location since 1895, has ended up lending its name to one of the most emblematic squares of Madrid. It has also become a symbol of the capital. The Fountain depicts the Roman goddess of the same name (Cybele in English), symbol of the Earth, agriculture, and fertility, atop a chariot drawn by lions.
It is located in the centre of the Plaza de Cibeles and is surrounded by the grand buildings of the Buenavista Palace (the Army’s General Headquarters), the Linares Palace (Casa de América), the Palace of Communications (previously the Post Office headquarters and currently the Mayor of Madrid’s Office) and the Bank of Spain. The goddess and the lions were sculpted in purple marble from the town of Montesclaros (Toledo), and the rest in stone from Redueña, an area 32 miles to the north of Madrid, close to the La Cabrera mountain range.