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Top Attractions in Madrid

PARQUE DEL BUEN RETIRO

PARQUE DEL BUEN RETIRO

Just a stone’s throw from the Prado, Buen Retiro Park is unquestionably Madrid’s most popular public garden. Centred round the majestic Alfonso XII monument, in turn overlooking a lake replete with rowing boats, the park blends formal French-style gardens with natural landscapes and comes to life at weekends when madrileños and tourists alike flock together to enjoy its many façades. Highlights include its stunning glass palace, the Palacio de Cristal; a Rose Garden complete with its statue of Satan, The Fallen Angel; and a carved mural of Dantés Inferno.
PLAZA MAYOR

PLAZA MAYOR

One of Madrid’s most attractive and popular landmarks, the Plaza Mayor, a lively arcaded square in which kings were once crowned, bulls fought and criminal executions took place, represents the atmospheric heart of the city. Formerly home to the bustling city market, the Plaza Mayor retains its grandeur, charm and verve to this day, playing host to markets and festivals, restaurants and cafés, in addition to street vendors, artists and musicians.
PALACIO REAL / ROYAL PALACE

PALACIO REAL / ROYAL PALACE

A stone’s throw from the Plaza Mayor, you’ll find the awesome Royal Palace, built on the site of the old Alcázar. With 2,800 rooms, it holds the title of being the largest palace in Europe and plays host to one of the world’s largest collections of books, manuscripts, maps and musical scores, in addition to an impressive armoury. No longer home to the Spanish royal family, the palace is today still used for state occasions.
MUSEO DEL PRADO

MUSEO DEL PRADO

The Prado is famed as Madrid’s premier tourist attraction and houses one of the oldest – and greatest – art collections in the world. Indeed, of the 16,000 paintings, drawings and prints owned by the Prado, only a fraction are on display at any one time. Highlights include the world’s largest ensemble of paintings by Goya and close to the entire portfolio of Velázquez. The museum also contains an impressive collection of works from the Dutch, Flemish, German and Italian Schools. 
MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA

MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA

Situated in the former Palacio de Villahermosa on the Paseo del Prado, this museum is home to some 800 works of art collected by Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his wife. Containing an impressive ensemble of art dating from the Renaissance all the way through to modern art, the cast list of artists is an A-list feast, with masterpieces on display by Caravaggio, Titian, Canaletto, Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse and Kandinsky, amongst many others. 
MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA

MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA

Located at the southern end of Madrid’s golden art triangle and housed in a former hospital, the Reina Sofía and is dedicated to contemporary art from the 20th century to the present day by Spanish as well as international artists. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th-century masters, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, with pride of place going to the museum’s showpiece, Picasso’s monumental Guernica.  
PUERTA DEL SOL

PUERTA DEL SOL

The Puerta del Sol marks the very epicentre of Madrid and it is from here that all distances in Spain are measured. A bustling meeting point and shopping centre, highlights include the Casa de Correos, a beautiful 18th-century building once the city’s post office but later the HQ of Franco’s secret police. You’ll also find a bronze statue of Madrid’s official symbol, a bear eating the fruit from a strawberry tree. 

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