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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 (although 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 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 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 Museum in Salamanca

Museo Lázaro Galdiano

This imposing early 20th-century Italianate stone mansion, set discreetly back from the street, belonged to Don José Lázaro Galdiano (1862–1947), a successful businessman and passionate patron of the arts. His aston…
Top Choice Museum in Sol, Santa Ana & Huertas

Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Madrid’s ‘other’ art gallery, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes has for centuries played a pivotal role in the artistic life of the city. As the royal fine arts academy, it has nurtured local talent, thereby complem…
Top Choice Square in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Plaza Mayor

Madrid's grand central square, a rare but expansive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, is one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, a winning combination of imposing architecture, picaresque h…
Top Choice Stadium in Salamanca

Plaza de Toros & Museo Taurino

East of central Madrid, the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas (Las Ventas) is the most important and prestigious bullring in the world. A visit here (especially as part of a guided tour, which must be booked t…
Top Choice Church in La Latina & Lavapiés

Basílica de San Francisco El Grande

Lording it over the southwestern corner of La Latina, this imposing and recently restored baroque basilica is one of Madrid’s grandest old churches. Its extravagantly frescoed dome is, by some estimates, the largest…
Top Choice Palace in Plaza Mayor & Royal Madrid

Palacio Real

Spain's lavish Palacio Real is a jewel box of a palace, although it's used only occasionally for royal ceremonies; the royal family moved to the modest Palacio de la Zarzuela years ago.When the alcázar burned down o…