Madrid is a unique melting pot of traditions and the modern life of a dynamic capital city.
A large number of museums show the cultural legacy of Madrid.
Absolutely recommendable is a visit of the famous "triangle of art" most importantly the Prado Museum. Exhibitions include works from artists such as Bosch, Goya, Dürer, Tiziano, El Greco, Velázquez and Rubens.
Another important place to visit is the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, which houses contemporary works from artists including Dalí, Miró and Picasso.
The Plaza Mayor is the historical and social centre. Every second Sunday morning Madrid’s flea market "El Rastro" extends from here into the town center.
If you are looking for something more 'chic' we recommend the Barrio de Salamanca; and for the most radical and alternative shopper, the Fuencarral with its market is the place to visit.
Besides the famous Tapas you should also taste the wide variety of the Spanish cuisine, including the famous Paella, the Tortilla, smoked ham and the large variety of national and regional wines.
Madrid by day and Madrid by night
In Madrid there is always something to do and see, flamenco shows, bars, disco-pubs and discotheques, you name it.
Next to it, you’ll find the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the largest collection of private art in the world with works from the 17th to the 20th century from such great artists as Van Gogh, Monet, and Kandinsky.
Some other places not to be missed are:
- The Palacio Real, the historical residence of the King of Spain.
- Madrid’s central park "El Parque del Retiro", a green oasis of peace in the middle of the city.
- The Atocha rail and underground station close to the Botanical Gardens.