If you want to dig a little deeper into the fine arts world of Madrid, there are countless places for you to visit and discover the city. Here are some that you can’t miss!
Museo Nacional Del Prado: Situated in the heart of Madrid, the Paseo del Prado is home to three of the most comprehensive painting museums in the world. A chance to see 7,600 paintings and over 1000 sculptures from the likes of Rembrandt, Van Rijn and Caravaggio.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía: The National Museum of 20th Century art is named after Queen Sophia. The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.
Museo de Historia de Madrid: Housed in one of Madrid’s impressive Baroque buildings, formerly the San Fernando Hospice, the History Museum offers an overview of the arts, industries, lifestyles and customs of Madrileños from 1561, the year when Madrid was established as the Spanish capital, to the present.
Gran Via, commonly known as the “Spanish Broadway” is a place where you can find many theatres, cinemas and shops. The most important street in Madrid has an exciting atmosphere 24/7. Near the Gran Vía you can also enjoy Fuencarral Street, Madrid’s hub of modern fashion, is the dividing line between Malasaña and Chueca. In addition to well-known casual clothing brands, you can get gear for any urban tribe or subculture you might think of.
Plaza Mayor is a central plaza in the city. It hosts some of greatest bars and restaurants in Madrid. The Plazas vibrant atmosphere and its traditional architecture is a must see! The Statue of Philip III is one of the most valuable works of art to be found on this square. Also you must eat a “bocadillo de calamares” around the square.
El Rastro, is a market held every Sunday in Madrid between 9am and 2pm. A great chance to explore a market from hundreds of different sellers with many Spanish specialties. Is located into the lively and colorful area of La Latina, is a maze of narrow lanes filled with tapas bars and cantinas.
Buen Retiro Park or the “Park of pleasant Retire” is a magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake, and a host to a variety of events, it is one of Madrid’s premier attractions. “El Retiro” a large and popular 1.4 km2 park at the edge of the city centre, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá.
La Puerta de Alcalá or The “Alcalá Gate” is several meters away from the main entrance to the Buen Retiro Park. The Gate was a real door to enter in the city and was erected as a triumphal arch to celebrate the arrival of the King Charles III in Madrid. It’s one of Madrid’s symbols and one of the most well-known monuments. It is now classified as a National Monument.
La Puerta del Sol square is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads. The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the begining of a new year. La Puerta del Sol originated as one of the gates in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15 th century.
In addition you can find El Oso y el Madroño, “The Bear and the Strawberry Tree“), is a statue from the second half of the 20th century , an heraldic symbol of the city which represents the coat of arms of Madrid and is found on the east side of the Puerta del Sol between Calle de Alcalá and St. Jerónimo run.
Churros con chocolate: the plain Spanish versions aren’t covered in sugar or filled with cream but they do come in several shapes and sizes. The hot chocolate is thick and resembles more of a pudding that can be eaten with a spoon. It is also recommended to drink it once you’ve dipped and eaten all of your churros.
Bocadillo de Calamares consists of a fresh bread roll filled with squid rings that have been coated in flour and deep-fried in olive oil. Madrileños usually wash down their bocadillo de calamares with a small beer.