Anyone willing to buy a house in Madrid knows what the main attractions are in the capital. We have all walked through Retiro Park, the Puerta del Sol and we know about Cibeles, the Prado Museum and many other emblematic places in the city. However, there are many other places of interest that we haven't paid attention to, even though we may pass through them often. Here are some of them:
In Paseo del Prado, the French botanist, Patrick Blanc, installed an impressive vegetal tapestry in one of the medians of the Caixa Forum building. With its 460 sqm, this vertical garden, with more than 15,000 plants, was the first installed in Spain and one of the largest in the world.
The Ramón Pla Monje Palace, Paseo de Recoletos, next to Cibeles, has its origin in 1880, built in neogothic style adorned with pinnacles and columns. The building changed ownership and one of its guests, the insurance company, La Aurora, is responsible for the most famous part of the building on the very top, representing a young Aurora leading a chariot of horses.
Fernández Caro Street, in the Ciudad Lineal district, is home to an interesting apartment block, "Play-Time". This innovative building is a kind of tree house on height with seven cabins in a kind of oasis. It has more than 40 different species of climbers.
The corralas are the Madrid properties par excellence. Articulated as residential complexes around an inner courtyard occupy an important part of the most popular areas and now their vestiges are contemplated in streets like Tribulete and Sombrerete in Lavapiés, and Miguel Servet, in the Embajadores region.
The "the blind slope" or "cuesta de los ciegos" is a zigzag stairway that runs alongside the viaduct, connecting Segovia Street with Bailén in Vistillas. Its more than 250 steps represent the most pronounced steps in Madrid and its name is due to the supposed miracles in some blind people, through the intercession of San Francisco de Asís.
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If you are going to rent a house in Madrid near the two districts like Lavapiés or Malasaña, you can take advantage of looking at its streets with greater interest, as these are the two excellent examples of urban graffiti art. In the multicultural Lavapiés, their exteriors are decorated with this urban art by the "Muros" initiative. Malasaña, an unforgettable "barrio de la Movida", has also made an emphasis this art and multiple businesses in streets like La Palma or San Vicente Ferrer have filled their enclosures with graffiti.
The Duques de Pastrana Palace is a unique building in the heart of Chamartín. Built in 1860 in charming romantic style and surrounded by gardens, today, it is used for various social events.
Since less than five years ago, the church of Santa María Magdalena Church, a Russian Orthodox Church, stands on Gran Vía de Hortaleza. With immaculate white walls crowned by five golden domes, inside of this church is worth seeing as its two huge pendant lamps and the collection of icons are shown on the walls.
Madrid is a surprising and varied city in all its corners. If you want to buy a house in Madrid, the best option is to visit Engel & Völkers, a leading international real estate agency specialising in the sale and rental of high quality residences. With the broad portfolio of properties, buying or renting a house in Madrid through Engel & Völkers is always a great success.