Insider’s Guide to the Most Instagrammable Places in Madrid

With beauty and unique sights around practically every turn, Madrid was made to be immortalized in photos.

From elegant, gold-gilded buildings to perfectly arranged tapas plates, Spain’s capital is full of stunning photography opportunities. With this in mind, you’ll be hard-pressed to try and put your camera away as you keep encountering jaw-dropping view after jaw-dropping view. Simply put, Madrid is basically an Instagram gold mine! These gorgeous Instagrammable places in Madrid will surely draw in the likes—but more importantly, they’ll give you tangible evidence of a trip you’ll remember forever.

Looking for ideas of where to take the best pictures in Madrid? With our insider's guide to the best places for photography in Madrid, your Instagram is going to be full of travel shots and Madrid's great architecture! #photography #instagram #travel #traveltips #spain #europe

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Círculo de Bellas Artes terrace

In the summer, more often than not, you’ll be able to find us on one of Madrid’s rooftops with a drink in hand. Each offers a view more stunning than the last, but none more so than the rooftop terrace atop the Círculo de Bellas Artes building on the edge of Gran Vía. Spain’s most brilliant avenue positively shines from up above. From its crown jewel, the Metropolis building, to the seemingly endless blocks of ritzy hotels and glamorous theaters, Madrid’s skyline has never looked better. It’s no wonder why this iconic terrace tops our list of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid!

AddressCalle de Alcalá, 42

One of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid is easily the terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes building!
A guaranteed Instagram success: the view from the top of the Círculo de Bellas Artes building. Photo credit: @aveiary on Instagram

Puerta del Sol

It may not be surprising that the Spanish capital’s most central and buzzing square, Puerta del Sol, is one of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid. This Instagram hotspot features dozens of photography opportunities around every turn. Look up to capture the bright, glowing letters of the legendary Tío Pepe sign, or down to get a once-in-a-lifetime shot of Spain’s geographic center at Kilometer 0. Its iconic statues, grandiose buildings and crowds of tourists, locals and street performers make it an unforgettable spot! When you’ve had your fill of taking pictures in the square itself, head to the nearby La Mallorquina bakery (Calle Mayor, 2) to get some shots of the mouthwatering pastries (and treat yourself to one!)

Some of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid can be found in Puerta del Sol. We're particularly fond of the bear and tree statue!
The famous bear and tree statue in Puerta del Sol looks lovely from any angle! Photo credit: @edisegna on Instagram

Mercado de San Miguel

Madrid is a fresh food haven, with a unique and authentic local market to be found in just about every barrio. The most famous of the city’s fresh food markets, Mercado de San Miguel, is also one of our top Instagrammable places in Madrid! From its wrought-iron architecture to the stalls bursting with colorful food, it’s a true feast for the senses. Grab a vermouth or a glass of wine from one of the vendors and sip it as you walk around snapping pictures.

Insider’s Tip: As Madrid’s most iconic market, the Mercado de San Miguel gets quite packed as the day goes on. We recommend heading there first thing in the morning, as the market vendors are just setting up. That way, you can get excellent pictures without the crowds!

Address: Plaza de San Miguel, s/n

One of our favorite Instagrammable places in Madrid is also foodie paradise: the Mercado de San Miguel!
The market halls of old meet the innovative flavors of today at Mercado de San Miguel. Photo credit: @mikachu_madrid on Instagram

Royal Palace

As one of the largest royal residences in Europe, it’s no wonder why Madrid’s Royal Palace is Instagram gold. While the Royal Family doesn’t actually call the stately palace home, they still use it ceremoniously for important events. Photography is strictly restricted in most of the interior areas of the palace. However, while the inside certainly merits a visit, you can get your photo fix from the outside! The exterior of the building, with its grandiose architecture and luxurious touches, will look spectacular through your lens—no filter needed!

Address: Calle de Bailén, s/n

It's easy to see why the Royal Palace is one of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid. The building itself is gorgeous!
Getting the perfect shot of Madrid’s Royal Palace. Photo credit: @mikekvick on Instagram

Crystal Palace in Retiro Park

As one of Europe’s greenest capitals, Madrid features many peaceful parks where you can snap some photos as you stroll. The most famous, Retiro Park, is an especially tranquil glass palace built right in the middle of the lush green gardens. On Madrid’s more than 300 sunny days per year, the sunlight reflects off of the glass panels in a way that’s practically magical. For even more unique photos, grab a shot of one of the unique exhibitions inside the small but beautiful structure.

Address: Paseo República de Cuba, 4

Retiro Park is one of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid—especially the Crystal Palace!
Just look at that gorgeous sunlight streaming in! Photo credit: @lorena_clea on Instagram

A bustling tapas bar

Without a doubt, Madrid’s food scene is second to none! Some of the most Instagrammable places in Madrid are the city’s busy, vibrant tapas bars that have drawn locals for generations. Whether you find yourself in a no-frills bar frequented by abuelos or the hottest new gastropub, Madrid’s tapas bars are a true feast for all five senses. Additionally, there’s no shame in Instagramming a picture of your food here—we’ve all done it!

Our final pick for the most Instagrammable places in Madrid: the inside of an authentic tapas bar!
The obligatory tapas and vermouth shot! Photo credit: @paradox.of.casuality on Instagram

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