We start the run at the Puerta de Alcala, probably one of the most famous landmarks in Madrid, which is a neoclassical-style gate to commemorate King Charles III’s triumphal entry into Madrid. The gateway has 5 arches–3 central, and 2 outer rectangularones. Not far from there, we’ll pass the Cibeles Fountain and Cibeles Palace which is probably one of Madrid’s most beautiful landmarks. The Cibeles Fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) stands in the middle of the busy traffic island at the junction of the Paseo del Prado, and the Calle de Alcala. From there we’ll pass the Prado Museumon our way to Puerta del Sol, undoubtably one of the busiest Plaza’s in Madrid. Here you’ll see the “Osoy Madrono”and the famous Clock Tower which thousands of people flock to on New Year’s Eve with their 12 grapes to welcome the New Year in. After passing through Sol, we head up to Plaza Mayor which was once the centre of Old Madrid. The equestrian statue in the centre of the square is of Felipe III who in fact ordered the square to be built. Nowadays the square is lined with cafés mostly, and is also the starting point for most of the walking tours in Madrid. Our next stop is the Royal Palace. Although the current King and Queen have chosen not to live here,the Palace is still used for certain ceremonies. Around the corner from the Palace is the Plaza de Espana, one of Madrid’s busiest traffic intersections, and most popular meeting places. Here you’ll also find a statue of Cervantes, world famousauthor of the novel Don Quixote. Thereafter we’ll run up the popular Gran Via which continues to be a main artery for the city of Madrid, lined with theatres and cinemas, hotels, shops and restaurants. On our way back down Gran Via, we’ll also pass the Banco de Espana, another famous landmark of Madrid.