Royal Palace and Palacio de Comunicaciones
Spain's regal capital bursts with energy, grand plazas, palaces and museums as well as infectious zest for life. Welcoming and energetic, the city offers endless delights to visitors. Explore the Royal Palace as well as other principal sights, such as the grandiose Prado Museum - one of the world's greatest art galleries, housing works by Goya, Picasso and Dali. Also visit the Palacio de Comunicaciones. This cathedral-like landmark was built between 1905 and 1917 by Antonio Palacios as the headquarters of the post office. Inside the impressive building is the Postal and Telegraphic Museum, which displays the history of the postal system, from the 18th century postal pigeons to the modern communication satellites.
Fuerte de Cibeles and Plaza de Cibeles
Another must see when visiting Madrid is the Plaza de Cibeles. It has got to be one of the the most beautiful of the many grand squares in Madrid. At its centre is the Fuente de la Cibeles - this fountain, named after Cibele (or Ceres), roman goddess of nature, is seen as one of Madrid's most important symbols. The Cibeles fountain depicts the goddess in a chariot pulled by two lions. The fountain was built between 1777 and 1782 by Ventura Rodriguez. Whenever the local football team Real Madrid wins a cup, fans flock around the fountain to celebrate.