Madrid’s Top Five Tourist Attractions

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Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid - Photo: fdodelvalle

Museo Nacional del Prado - Photo: fdodelvalle

Madrid is a cosmopolitan city in the centre of Spain which is known for its amazing art galleries and high-achieving football team, as well as for having a nightlife which is unequalled anywhere else in Europe. Madrid is a large city with many mighty buildings which stand comparison with the best architecture anywhere else on the continent. Residents here enjoy a mostly temperate climate though it gets very hot in summer and can also be subject to snow in the winter. Many tourists tend to head for Spain’s beaches along the coast and never venture into Madrid. Here’s a look at what they are missing.

1. The Golden Triangle

Three of the world’s best art museums are all within a stone’s throw of each other. The Museo del Prado is the jewel in the crown and at any one time 1,000 of its 10,000 paintings are on display. They include masterpieces by El Greco, Velazquez and Goya as well as lots of Dutch and Flemish artists. The museum has long opening hours from 9am to 8pm so just be patient if you have to wait to get in. It costs 6 euros to see the permanent collection.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has paintings from almost every important art movement right up to the 1960s. It was named after a wealthy baron who amassed a formidable art collection. Senior and students can get a reduced price and children under 12 get in free.

The beautiful Queen Sofia Museum is home to Pablo’s Picasso’s huge painting Guernica which reflects the horrors of the Spanish civil war. Simply a must-see if you are in Madrid, it is open every day.

2. The Malasaña

Madrid is truly an insomniac city and it has one of the most vibrant bar and club scenes in the world. Following the death of the dictator General Franco, ‘La movida madrileña’ took off, fuelled in part by the avante garde movie director Pedro Almadovar. Punk bars and sex clubs popped up as well as fashion boutiques and funky outdoor parties. Near to the Chueca neighbourhood, Malasaña is centred around the Plaza del Dos de Mayo. Try the La Vía Láctea for an unforgettable night out.

3. El Retiro

Every busy city needs a place to get away from it all. El Retiro is an oasis of calm, a huge central park with a lake where you can go boating during the hot summer months. There are performance artists aplenty and a somber memorial to the fallen victims of the 2003 terrorist bombings.

4. The Bernabeu

It’s difficult to get tickets, but watching Real Madrid play football is like seeing the Harlem GlobeTrotters at work. Last year the city spent over 260 million Euros on its football team making modern stars like Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive signing in history. Many of their games are won comfortably but the real spectacle is ‘El Clásico ‘ against arch-rivals Barcelona, the world’s most famous football match.

5. The Corral de la Moreria

One of the best Flamenco bars in the world, you can eat sumptuous food and drink delicious Spanish wine here. Enjoy the melancholy energy of the Flamenco for a truly cultural experience right in the heart of Madrid.

Have you ever been to Madrid? What tourist attraction would you recommend? Make a comment and let everybody know!

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marta

i always wanted to go to madrid

Stephen

Madrid is definitely an underrated city. Although there aren’t too many typical tourist sites it is a great city for simply living life. And very friendly locals considering how big the city is.

rup

it was retrio park lovely place

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