Making your way to Spain’s vibrant capital soon? Eager to snap some tasty photos for your Instagram feed? Here’s not only some of my favorite spots in Madrid but the Best Instagram Spots in Madrid to spruce up your photo feed (or for Facebook and Twitter if you prefer).
Casa de Campo – Just minutes from the city center, Casa de Campo is Madrid’s largest public park. Great for walking, running and cycling, the park offers shady relief during the peak of Madrid’s hot summers. Plus, Casa de Campo features the best public swimming pool in the city. It’s all easily accessible via the Lago metro station.
Plaza de Cibeles – Adjacent to iconic buildings along it’s path including Cybele Palace and Banco de España, a visit to the the plaza and city hall make for a a nice spot to snap both indoor and outdoor photos. Plus, don’t miss a walk along Paseo Del Prado, lined with gorgeous buildings, fountains, and greenways.
Puerta del Sol – While it may be packed most days, Puerta del Sol and it’s surrounding neighborhood is one of the vibrant tourist hearts of Madrid. It’s also some of the best people watching you can find in this city.
Mercado San Miguel – The most well known market in Madrid and certainly the busiest, come sample a few bites and a (couple) glasses of Sangria at Mercado San Miguel. The market is packed nearly everyday and the food itself is the most photo-worthy subject in the market. Plus there’s so many tasty options, you can’t go wrong.
Chueca – The heart Madrid’s LGBTQ community, Chueca is one of Madrid’s liveliest neighborhoods. Full of shops, cafes, bars packed with locals and tourists, the graffiti and street art are some of my favorite subjects to photograph in Chueca. It’s also a great neighborhood for lodging in Madrid. It’s just lively enough without feeling too touristic and crowded.
Almudena Cathedral – Best photographed at dusk, Almudena Cathedral and the adjacent Royal Palace are two stunning landmarks on Calle de Bailén. And while the cathedral looks quite historic, it wasn’t completed until 1993. The Royal palace is the official residence of the Spanish royal family. Tours can take you inside these landmarks but the exteriors impress me on their own.
Parque del Buen Retiro – Likley the most popular public park in Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro is a massive green space spanning over 350 acres. Be sure to snap some photos around the park’s more notable features such as the Monument to Alfonso XII, Cristal Palace and Paseo de las Estatuas.