Attractions

Top Choice Museum in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Museo del Prado

Welcome to one of the world's premier art galleries. The more than 7000 paintings held in the Museo del Prado’s collection (of which only around 1500 are currently on display) are like a window onto the historical v…
Top Choice Museum in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

The Thyssen is one of the most extraordinary private collections of predominantly European art in the world. Where the Prado or Reina Sofía enable you to study the body of work of a particular artist in depth, the T…
Top Choice Museum in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Home to Picasso’s Guernica, arguably Spain’s most famous artwork, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Madrid’s premier collection of contemporary art. In addition to plenty of paintings by Picasso, other major drawcar…
Top Choice Gardens in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Parque del Buen Retiro

The glorious gardens of El Retiro are as beautiful as any you’ll find in a European city. Littered with marble monuments, landscaped lawns, the occasional elegant building (the Palacio de Cristal is especially worth…
Square in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Plaza de la Cibeles

Of all the grand roundabouts that punctuate the Paseo del Prado, Plaza de la Cibeles most evokes the splendour of imperial Madrid. The jewel in the crown is the astonishing Palacio de Comunicaciones. Other landmark …
Viewpoint in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Mirador de Madrid

The views from the summit of the Palacio de Comunicaciones are among Madrid's best, sweeping out over Plaza de la Cibeles, up the hill towards the sublime Edificio Metrópolis and out to the mountains. Buy your ticke…
Notable Building in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Palacio de Cristal

Hidden among the trees south of Parque del Buen Retiro's lake is the Palacio de Cristal. Built in 1887, it's a magnificent metal-and-glass structure that is arguably El Retiro’s most beautiful architectural monument…
Monument in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Puerta de Alcalá

This imposing triumphal gate was once the main entrance to the city (its name derives from the fact that the road that passed under it led to Alcalá de Henares) and was surrounded by the city’s walls. It was here th…
Landmark in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Real Fábrica de Tapices

If a wealthy Madrid nobleman ever wanted to impress, he went to the Real Fábrica de Tapices, where royalty commissioned the pieces that adorned their palaces and private residences. The Spanish government, Spanish r…
Gardens in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Real Jardín Botánico

Madrid’s botanical gardens are a leafy oasis in the centre of town, though they're not as expansive or as popular as the Parque del Buen Retiro. With some 30,000 species crammed into a relatively small 8-hectare are…