Madrid is an art lovers dream with its huge collection of impressive art spanning numerous museums and galleries.
Things to do in Madrid
- Museo Nacional Del Prado – Madrid’s top national art museum is situated right in the centre of the city and boasts an impressive collection of European art.
- Buen Retiro Park – Take a day to stroll around the lush greenery of this huge, central park which boasts a peaceful lake, manicured gardens, and some interesting architecture.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – Usually just shortened to the Thyssen, this art museum is situated in the Golden Triangle and displays work by a number of well-known modern artists.
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – This is the third museum in the Golden Triangle and is dedicated to showcasing 20th Century art.
- Plaza Mayor – Perhaps the most iconic scene in Madrid, the Plaza Mayor is a grand square lined with impressive architecture and an array of upmarket restaurants.
- Royal Palace of Madrid – A grand example of Spanish architecture which is also the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family.
- Temple of Debod – Actually built in Aswan in Egypt, this ancient Egyptian temple was gifted to Madrid and now takes pride of place in the city centre.
- Plaza de Cibeles – This square is one of the city’s focal points, boasting a series of neo-classical sculptures and breath-taking, intricate architecture.
- Gran Via – Shopping enthusiasts should head straight to Gran Via, a wide boulevard peppered with boutique shops and classy cocktail bars.
- National Archaeological Museum of Spain – Sitting shoulder to shoulder with Madrid’s library, this museum highlights ancient civilisations and old relics.
- Sorolla Museum – Originally Joaquin Sorolla’s house, this building was converted into a museum to showcase the works of its previous owner.
- Museum of Lazaro Galdiano – Situated in the heart of Madrid, this museum displays the art collection of Jose Lazaro Galdiano.
- Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – The official football ground of Real Madrid is one of the best-known in Europe. Visitors can wander through the grounds, discover the history of the club in the trophy room, and grab a drink at the bar.
- San Francisco el Grande Basilica – Located in the downtown Barrio of La Latina, this Roman Catholic Church features huge frescos and ceiling murals.
- Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida – This quirky, neo-classical chapel is famous for its incredible domed frescoes painted by local artist, Goya.
- Museum Cerralbo – A former artist’s residence, this grand museum houses the art collection of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, Marquis of Cerralbo.
- Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes – Well-known for its gold-studded, intricate Baroque interior, this church has been named Bien de Interes Cultural.
- Almudena Cathedral – This fairytale palace is the Catholic cathedral of Madrid and boasts an impressive selection of rooms spanning the entire building.
- Plaza de Espana – Another of Madrid’s famous squares, the Plaza de Espana is a popular meeting point for tourists and is situated at the far end of Gran Via.
- El Rastro – The city’s most popular open air market which takes place every Sunday, selling a variety of knickknacks, textiles, and accessories.