The Spanish capital is teeming with plenty of picturesque fodder for your Instagram feed.
1. Templo de Debod (Temple of Debod)
This little piece of Egypt is one of the most magical places in Madrid, especially at sunset. The 2,200-year-old Egyptian structure is located in Parque del Oeste and is the truly the city’s best unkept secret. What was once a hidden romantic spot now serves as the setting for photo shoots of every kind. And what can we say? That late afternoon light shining on the temple is spectacular.
2. Mercado de San Miguel (San Miguel Market)
It’s no secret that food has taken over social media. If the Boquería market is the Instagram champion of Barcelona, the Mercado San Miguel is that of Madrid. Its perfectly displayed exotic fruits, samplings of oysters and champagne, polychromatic macaroons lined up in glass cases and the original iron structure of this market make it the meat of Instagram.
3. Palacio Real (Royal Palace)
Instagram success is guaranteed when the subject is the largest palace in Europe. Strike a playful pose–the typical jumping picture is a safe bet–or dress up for your #ootd snap and walk around this 18th-century baroque gem while someone snaps you. If you go inside, you’ll find even more Instagram-worthy possibilities
4. Edificio Metrópolis (Metropolis Building)
The Metropolis Building is one of Madrid’s most emblematic buildings so it is not surprising that it has stood front and center in an infinite number of cityscapes. Constructed in the early 20th century, it is located on the corner of the streets Alcalá and Gran Vía. The sculpture-topped Renaissance facade subjects the building to an incessant flashing of photos by day and also by night when the illuminations are stunning.
5. Círculo de Bellas Artes Rooftop
If you want to capture a beautiful sunset over Madrid, this is the place. The Círculo de Bellas Artes offers some magnificent views that you can enjoy with a cocktail in hand from the rooftop of this famous building. It has an area to relax as well as a café and a restaurant. Though the Instagram possibilities are endless, don’t forget to lift your gaze from your phone to appreciate the spectacle in front of you with your own eyes.
6. Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace)
The famous Retiro Park is home to the Palacio de Cristal, a glass and wrought iron structure built in 1887 that today is one of the offices of the Reina Sofía Museum. With incomparable surroundings, this luminous building is incredibly photogenic. We especially like it in autumn when the colors of nature add a warm touch.
7. Calle Palma (Palma Street)
If you are a member of the millennial generation, you can’t go to Madrid without visiting Calle Palma and taking a picture at the Tompai store. They say that it is THE wall of the Malasaña neighborhood. In fact, even if you are not from the Spanish capital, you have probably seen this wall at some point in your Instagram feed. The “wall of eyes” became famous when Dulceida posted a picture taken there.
8. Desert City
Do you know what xeriscaping is? Well, it is precisely the type of environment that Desert City fosters, recreating environments with low demands for water and incorporates plants that “do not drink much”. In these distinct botanical gardens, which are only 15 minutes away from Madrid, native as well as exotic plants are exhibited. The cactuses though are the true stars.
9. Plaza Mayor
Posting a picture of Plaza Mayor, the epicenter of the city, during your escape to Madrid is practically mandatory. Shy away from the mainstream photos and try to add some creativity to the mix by focusing on the plaza’s less obvious angles and hidden corners. Perhaps even get there in the morning when it’s empty?
10. Real Jardín Botánico (Royal Botanical Garden)
The Real Jardín Botánico, next to the Prado Museum, is not only the perfect place to disconnect but also for taking enchanting pictures. Here you can do a photo shoot in the bucolic air and upload the snapshots, transmitting peace and serenity. The garden is home to more than 30,000 plants and also has a herbarium, various greenhouses, a statue collection, and a fountain.