The Avenida del Arte is reason enough to come to Madrid. A trip down this historic path takes you along Madrid’s most picturesque, tree-lined avenue and through the canon of Western art. Other neighborhoods may not have world-class art on every block, but they still pack a punch. El Centro contains some of the city’s most iconic sights, like the 18th-century Plaza Mayor. Chueca and Malasaña, Madrid’s former bohemian centers, provide ample people-watching opportunities, with streets lined with high-end cafes and shops. Argüelles and Moncloa, crucial fighting grounds during the Spanish Civil War, are marked by the Arco de la Victoria, erected by General Franco and perhaps the most visible remnant of his haunting legacy. The palace El Pardo, just north of Moncloa, offers a view into the dictator’s private bunker. Argüelles and Moncloa are also home to the city’s most anomalous historical sight, the Egyptian Templo de Debod.

Madrid Sights was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by Will Holub-Moorman