The Plaza de Cibeles It is one of the visits that are among the mandatory if you are going to visit Madrid since she is one of the references and symbols of the city, as well as icon and goddess of all Real Madrid fans, one of the city's soccer teams. It is between the Paseo del Prado and Calle Alcalá, in the heart of the city and with many accesses through different means of transport. In this square there is not only the famous fountain, but also the Communications Palace, the Linares Palace and the Bank of Spain. A very busy area that sees countless cars and people circulating daily.
It is considered one of the most beautiful squares in the city and was formerly known as the Madrid square, until King Carlos III had the fountain built in 1777, although its original location was in front of the Buenavista Palace in Recoletos, very close to where it is now. By looking for a defect in the square, it can be said that the excessive traffic in the area is a bit annoying, since when taking a photo you can stay for a long time if you want to wait for the cars to clear, something that You will only get thanks to the traffic lights or because it is a holiday.
When you go to see the Plaza de Cibeles you can also discover other places of interest in Madrid They are very close, such as the famous Puerta de Alcalá or the Retiro Park, where you can spend a lot of hours walking through its infinite gardens or in a boat on the central lake. If you also have the opportunity to spend the night in the area, I recommend it, since the square and the fountain light up and it is very beautiful, and you also have several places to eat nearby, so you have no excuse!
Madrid Tourist Guide: Plaza De Cibeles - Travel & Discover (July 2020)