Madrid is one of the great art capitals of the world. The city’s astonishing collection of art museums is the legacy of self-aggrandising Spanish royals of centuries past who courted the great painters of the day and built up peerless collections of masterpieces from all across Europe. Few streets on the planet have the artistic pedigree of the Paseo del Prado. Arrayed along its shores are three of the world’s best art galleries, known locally as the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía. Together their collections form a catalogue of breathtaking breadth and richness, spanning the generations of Spanish masters from Goya to Picasso. Beyond Madrid’s big three art museums, you can also find one of the few places where Goya’s paintings remain in their original setting, an art college where all the Spanish greats studied and a gallery devoted entirely to Joaquín Sorolla, one of Spain’s most admired painters.