|What To See
* Medieval Madrid
* The Gran Vía
* The Paseo del Prado
* Calle de Alcalá
* Old Towns South of Madrid
* Segovia and the Mountains
* Guadarrama Mountains
In The Know
Did You Know?
Start at the Plaza Mayor. The steps at the southwest corner lead to the Calle de los Cuchilleros, with its centuries-old mesones (taverns). Cross Plaza de la Puerta Cerrada to Calle de la Cava Baja.
At No 9, La Posada de la Villa dates back to 1642. This quarter retains its historic atmosphere, with tiny shops that still sell basketware and alpargatas (rope-soled sandals). At the end, across the Plaza del Humilladero, on the right, is the huge dome of Iglesia de San Andrés.
Walk round the south side and into the Plaza de la Paja.
Once the main square of the medieval city, this was overlooked by a royal palace. Today, a lone statue sits on a bench reading the paper.
At the bottom of the square turn right along Calle del Príncipe de Anglona to the 15th-century Iglesia de San Pedro el Viejo, marked by a 14th-century mudéjar (Moorish) tower. Turn left on Travesía del Nuncio and right onto Calle de Segovia.
A plaque at No 1 records the birthplace of San Isidro, Madrid's patron saint. Turn immediately left on Calle del Doctor Letamendi, past the Basilica de San Miguel, along Calle de Puñonrostro and Calle del Codo. Pass the Convento de las Carboneras on the left. Continue to the town hall, the Casa de la Villa.
Turn right, walk back along the Calle Mayor to the Plaza Mayor.
Half a day with stops
Posada de la Villa (Inexpensive-Moderately priced)
Address: Calle de la Cava Baja 9
Phone: 91 366 18 60, 91 366 18 80