Top Places to Visit In Madrid!
– Buen Retiro Park: is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. The park is filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake, and a host to a variety of events.
– Temple of Debod: is an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in one of Madrid’s parks, the Parque del Oeste. The park has fantastic views of the Royal Palace and the best sunset in Madrid
– Madrid Río Park: is a huge recreational and cultural area on the bank of the river Manzanares. It’s a great place for families and also a place where adults can enjoy a great cultural offering held in the exhibition space Matadero Madrid.
– Plaza Mayor: in english Main Square was built during Philip III’s reign (1598–1621) and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid. Many cultural and social events occur in this plaza as well as many tapas bars and restaurants.
– Puerta del Sol: is a public square in Madrid, one of the best known and busiest places in the city. This is the centre (Km 0) of the radial network of Spanish roads. The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year.
– Mercado de San Miguel: the historic wrought-iron-and-glass food market, just off Plaza Mayor, has become one of the liveliest culinary spots in the city since it reopened in 2009 after a nearly six-year restoration. Alongside stalls selling fresh produce are tapas bars offering a wide variety of treats
– Mercado San Antón: More food court than traditional market, this venue is in the LGBT-friendly district of Chueca, known for its nightlife and shopping. Its 22 vendors sell everything from fresh produce and meats to cooked regional specialities.
Top Museums in Madrid
– Prado Museum: This museum is the main Spanish national art museum. It is widely considered to have one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. The largest holdings of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, some numbering more than 100 works.
Free Monday-Saturday from 18.00 to 20.00 h; Sunday and bank holidays from 17.00 to 19.00 h. Website https://www.museodelprado.es/en#
– Reina Sofía Museum: The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain’s two greatest 20th-century masters, Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly, the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso’s painting Guernica.
Free Monday and Wednesday-Saturday from 19:00 to 21:00 h; and Sunday from 13:30 to 19:00 h. Website http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en
–Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: It is known as part of the “Golden Triangle of Art”, which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia national galleries. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills the historical gaps in its counterparts’ collections: in the Prado’s case this includes Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools, while in the case of the Reina Sofia it concerns Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the 20th century.
Free Monday from 12:00 to 16:00.Website https://www.museothyssen.org/en
– Royal Palace of Madrid: The 16th century palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies.
Free Monday-Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00. Website http://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/palacios/6039
– National Archaeological Museum: Its mission is to offer the general public an accurate, attractive, interesting and critical interpretation of the objects that belonged to the different cultures which populated the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region, ranging from Antiquity to more recent periods.
Free Saturday from 14:00 h and Sunday mornings. Website http://www.man.es/man/en/home
– Museum of America: is a National museum that holds artistic, archaeological and ethnographic collections from the whole American continent, ranging from the Paleolithic period to the present day.
Free all Sunday and Thursday from 14:00 h. Website https://www.mecd.gob.es/museodeamerica/en/el-museo.html
– Sorolla Museum. http://www.mecd.gob.es/msorolla/en/inicio.html
– Romantic Museum. https://www.mecd.gob.es/mromanticismo/en/inicio.html
– Cerralbo Museum. https://www.mecd.gob.es/mcerralbo/en/home.html
– Fashion Museum. http://www.mecd.gob.es/mtraje/inicio.html
– Natural Science Museum. http://www.mncn.csic.es/
– Royal Botanic Garden. http://www.rjb.csic.es/jardinbotanico/jardin/?len=en
– National Library. http://www.bne.es/en/MuseoBibliotecaNacional/index.html
– Royal Observatory. http://www.ign.es/rom/visitas/index.html
TOP SUMMER EVENTS!
– Madrid Pride: Thursday 28th June – Sunday 8th July.
The parade on Saturday evening, 7 July, is considered the biggest gay party in Europe and one of the most important in the world, only surpassed by the city of San Francisco, attracting more than a million and a half people each year. The celebrations include a large number of cultural activities, speeches, performances, live music, etc; in the Chueca neighbourhood and around the center of the city.
– Veranos de la Villa: June – September
The festival’s cultural proposal is extremely diverse in terms of genres, disciplines and styles. Its programme, which spans over more than two months, includes concerts, magic, film, circus, sport, theatre, dance and unprecedented participative activities in Madrid, which take place at numerous venues throughout Madrid, with the aim of rediscovering the urban territory.
Website https://www.veranosdelavilla.com/en/ (2018 program is not yet confirmed)
– Noches del Botánico: 21st June – 29th July
Music festival held in the Royal Botanical Gardens of the Complutense University. The festival’s lineup includes artists like Elvis Costello, Simple Minds, Norah Jones and many more.
– Suma Flamenca: June
Suma Flamenca has over the past ten years become one of the most important flamenco festivals in the world. The most innovative and classic artists, young newcomers and veterans showcase their art in a wide range of spaces. Singing, dancing, guitar playing, there is a place for everything and for all tastes.
Website http://www.madrid.org/sumaflamenca/2017/index.html (2018 program is not yet confirmed)
– Madcool Festival: 12-13-14 July
The festival’s third edition is held in a new location, called “Mad Cool Space” its situated in Valdebebas – IFEMA and it’s capable of holding 80.000 Pax within its 100.000 meter square grounds. The festival’s lineup includes artists like Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Massive Attack and many more.
– Download Madrid Festival: 28-29-30 June
The famous British rock festival comes to Madrid taking place in the “Caja Mágica” venue. The festival’s lineup includes artists like Guns N’Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold and many more.
– Mulafest: 22-23-24 June
Madrid’s Festival of Trends and Urban Culture, street food, street workout, a garage section, slacklining, rollerblading, parkour, skateboarding, BMX, 3D printing, art, urban circus, and concerts by leading electronic artists