Plaza de España
Get your camera ready! Pay homage to Cervantes with a photo next to the statues of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza.
Halfway between the Templo de Debod, Gran Vía and the Palacio Real.
It could be the downtown plaza of any American city, but it's not... The Plaza de España is located halfway between the Templo de Debod, Gran Vía and the Palacio Real. Can you see the two buildings which frame it and play at being skyscrapers? This was the attempt by Francisco Franco to give the Spanish capital a cosmopolitan appearance. One of them is the Edificio España, built in 1953 which has a neo-baroque aspect and bears resemblances to American structures. Although it has houses a hotel, offices and shops, it is currently empty and cannot be visited. The other is the Torre de Madrid, a svelte white building built in 1957 which is in use. Both iconic buildings are the work of Julián and José María Otamendi. Stroll among the trees of Plaza de España, cool off in its fountains and lie in the grass to rest between walks. The sunny days always attract big crowds and very often events are organised such as Gay Pride concerts or handicraft fairs. Guaranteed fun. In the middle stands a great monument honouring Cervantes which overlooks the statues of Don Quixote on the horse and Sancho Panza on a donkey. Take a fun photo with them.
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