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Central Madrid Photo Walk – Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral

There was no way I would sit in a hotel room for my only day in central Madrid, even if it was 35C/95F on the streets in July. Google Maps showed the Royal Palace about 25 minutes walk from IHG’s Hotel Indigo Princesa and I aimed to see at least one tourist landmark while in Madrid.

Madrid crosswalk ‘green girl’.


Plaza de España, Madrid features a large Cervantes monument with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza statues.

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza bronze statues – Cervantes Monument, Plaza de España, Madrid.


Don Quixote and Sancho Panza bronze statues -Cervantes Monument, Plaza de España, Madrid.


Top of Cervantes Monument and Riu Hotel Plaza de España, Madrid.


The 27-floor Riu Hotel has a rooftop bar in one of Madrid’s highest skyscrapers. This is a place for panoramic views of the city as seen in 360-images on the Riu Hotel website.

High-rise slide at Plaza Espana playground.


Having spent three decades around schools and playgrounds I am always interested to see the variations in children’s play equipment in different cities. I don’t recall seeing a slide structure this high before in a public playground.

Gate to Royal Palace Gardens, Madrid.


Royal Palace seen from palace gardens – Madrid, Spain.


Royal Palace-Palacio Real, Madrid.


Royal Palace at sunset, Madrid, Spain.


Royal Palace Courtyard, Madrid.


More than a dozen people were gathered at a wall looking west to the sunset over a forest park beneath the palace.

View of Madrid forest from Royal Palace ledge lookout.


Plaza de la Armeria between Catedral de la Almudena and Royal Palace Madrid.


Finding shade at Plaza de la Armeria Madrid


Almudena Cathedral is a relatively new construction. The foundation stone was laid in 1883 and the cathedral was finally completed in 1993. More than 400 years passed from the time Spain’s capital city moved from Toledo to Madrid in 1561 before the capital had Almudena Cathedral.

Almudena Cathedral, Madrid