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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…
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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…
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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…
Top Choice Tapas in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Estado Puro

A slick but casual tapas bar, Estado Puro serves up fantastic tapas, such as the tortilla española siglo XXI (21st-century Spanish omelette, served in a glass…), quail eggs in soy sauce or pig's trotters with cuttle…
Top Choice Modern Spanish in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Viridiana

Chef Abraham García is a much-celebrated Madrid figure and his larger-than-life personality is reflected in Viridiana’s menu. Many influences are brought to bear on the cooking here, among them international innovat…
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 …
Spanish in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Palacio de Cibeles

High in the iconic Palacio de Comunicaciones on Plaza de la Cibeles, this much-loved restaurant by Adolfo Muñoz takes Spanish staples, gives them a twist from the Castilla-La Mancha region, and then riffs a little w…
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…