Prominently positioned in the center of Spain, Madrid is home to magnificent museums, fantastic flamenco theaters, and tasty tapas bars. A visit to Madrid is feast for all your senses, from art, music, and dining, enjoy this modern city with old world charm.
The museums in Madrid are some of the best in the world and not to be missed. From renaissance to modern art, Madrid is home to more than two dozen museums. Start with the
Golden Triangle of Art, three museums in close proximity each with their own signature style. El Museo del Prado features an extensive renaissance collection even greater than the Louvre in Paris. Artists such as Velasquez, Goya, El Greco, Bosch, Titian, and Botticelli are here. Speak to a Luxe Travel advisor about scheduling a tour of the Prado with a top art historian, followed by wine and tapas in the Old Quarter. The Museo Reina Sofia features modern art by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Joan Miro to name a few. Considered Pablo Picasso’s main masterpiece, the Guernica, depicting the bombing of a Basque town in the Spanish Civil War, is the Reina Sofia’s most significant piece. Making up the third part of the triangle, the Thyssen-Bornemisza picks up where the other two museums leave off. The Thyssen-Bornemisza contains an eclectic collection of art from the 13th century all the way American pop art. Consider staying at the Hotel Ritz Madrid directly across from the Prado. With its close proximity to museums, the hotel offers an art discovery package, which includes admission to museums.
Along with the museums, there are a few other historical monuments to take in while visiting Madrid. The Palacio Real, the official residence of the king, is impressive due to its massive size. With over 2000 rooms, approximately 50 are open for public tours. Enjoy sprawling views and manicured gardens on your tour. Don’t miss the Royal Pharmacy here, which includes medical items from past centuries. El Escorial, once a royal retreat, is a massive fortress that is now home to a museum, school and a monastery. Much of Spain’s royalty are entombed here as well.
A visit to Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol is a wonderful way to experience social Madrid. While historic buildings line the squares, the centrally located plazas offer a variety of shops, restaurants, and street performers and are close to tapas bars and flamenco theaters.
While Madrid offers a wide selection of fine and native cuisine, the various tapas bars are worth taking a tour. Tapas are small bite size appetizers and finger foods. Tapas can come in any flavor and design and are a great way to sample Spanish cuisine without committing to a full meal. Select a number of tapas, for a rich variety in taste. One of the most popular things to do while in Madrid is to tour the tapas bars, called tabernas, in the early evening hours. As a typical Madrid dinner doesn’t start until 10pm, tapas are a great way to hold off the hunger until then.
After a round of tapas, the nightlife starts to pick up in Madrid. Make the rounds in Plaza Mayor or Puerta del Sol. Madrid nightclubs and entertainment are full of energetic music, friendly people, and a variety of drinks and tapas. Combine a night out with a historic flamenco performance in one of the many theaters. Comprised of singing, dancing, guitar playing, and colorful costumes, many of the flamenco shows in Madrid are the best in the world. For the best of the best, head to Corral de la Moreira. This tablao features gourmet food and the finest flamenco performers in Madrid.
No visit to Madrid would be complete without attending a game of Spain’s national sport, football. The Real Madrid soccer team is Spain’s best, with more wins than any other team. Home to the Real Madrid football team, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is an impressive soccer venue. Take in a game here if you visit during football season, to experience the fervor and frenzy of live soccer. Football, or soccer to Americans, has a passionate following in Spain, and the Madrid fans are no exception.
A visit to Madrid is worthwhile from the world’s finest art collections to championship soccer; you will be impressed with all this fine city has to offer. Contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.