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  • 1 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paseo del Prado 8 E - 28014 Madrid

    The neo-classical Palace of Villahermosa, which was specially converted by the architect Rafel Moneo, houses this fabulous collection, gifted to Spain, the native land of his wife Carmen Cervera, by Hans Thyssen-Bornemisza. It is probably the world's..

  • 2 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Santa Isabel 52 E - 28012 Madrid

    A suitable place had to be found to display Picasso's emblematic painting, Guernica, a symbol of the absurdity and cruelty of the Civil War. It was painted for the Paris World Fair (1937) then taken to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, whe..

  • 3 Museo del Prado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paseo del Prado E - 28014 Madrid

    It is undoubtedly the most important Fine Arts Museum in the world, created in this neo-classical building designed by Juan de Villanueva to house the Academy of Sciences and became a museum at the instigation of Ferdinand VII. Faced with the incredi..

  • 4 Old Madrid Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Mayor E - Madrid

    Old Madrid is composed of narrow stepped streets, little squares bordered by houses with colourful façades, 17C palaces and aristocratic residences, 19C and early-20C houses with wrought-iron balconies. The nucleus of the city evolved progressively f..

  • 5 Zoo-Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    pl. del Campo E - 28050 Madrid

    It is one of the most interesting in Europe - take it from an expert. What is more, a dolphinarium adds to the popularity of these friendly cetaceans, while birds of prey flying free in demonstrations add an emotional touch!

  • 6 Royal Armoury (Real Armeria) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. de la Armeria E - 28013 Madrid

    Even if you are not particularly interested in weapons, you should visit this collection made by the Catholic Kings, Charles V and Philip II, if only to see the exceptional armour. Note in particular those of Charles V and his successors, as well as ..

  • 7 Museo Arqueológico Nacional Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Serrano 13 E - 28001 Madrid

    Founded in 1867 by Queen Isabella II, it is certainly the finest archaeological museum in Spain and a visit to its collections, housed in the same building as the National Library, is definitely an unforgettable experience that you will not regret. T..

  • 8 Lazaro Galdiano Museum (Museo) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Serrano 122 E - 28006 Madrid

    Here is a museum which is not well known to the general public, but is of the greatest interest! In this classical palace, the art lover José Lázaro Galdiano brought together some extraordinary collections, which he bequeathed to the State. One of th..

  • 9 Retiro Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    C/ Alfonso XII E - 28014 Madrid

    The 130 ha Retiro Park is today a green space where you can breathe in the heart of the capital, scattered with thick clumps of trees, like La Chopera in the south. You can row on the (artificial) lake under the indifferent gaze of King Alfonso XI, o..

  • 10 Royal Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bailén, s/n E - 28013 Madrid

    The Bourbons built this impressive edifice, after the old Alcazar, the palace of the Habsburgs, had been destroyed by fire in 1734. The Italian architect Filippo Juvara was given the job of building the new palace by Philip V and it became the offici..

  • 11 Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de las Descalzas Reales 3 E - 28013 Madrid

    This is an astonishing contrast: two minutes from the busy Gran Via and its incessant traffic noise, you are suddenly transported to the middle of the 16C in this convent which Joanna of Austria, daughter of Charles V, founded in the palace where she..

  • 12 Museum district Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 28001 Madrid

    Carlos III, son of Felipe V, was the second generation of Bourbons to succeed to the Spanish throne. Keen to endow his capital city with a layout worthy of its status, he called upon the best architects of the era to design the Prado's famous north-s..

  • 13 Plaza Mayor Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Mayor E - 28013 Madrid

    Built in the reign of Philip III by Juan Gomez de Mora (in 1619), this huge square, surrounded by buildings with arcades, is the architectural heart of the Madrid of the House of Austria, even though the way it looks today is thanks to Juan de Villan..

  • 14 Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes Interesting

    Religious buildings

    calle de la Puebla 22 E - Madrid

    Largely overlooked by tourists, this church (built between 1624 and 1631) is nonetheless a Baroque jewel. Originally called San Antonio de los Portugueses (having initially served the Portuguese community, Portugal being part of Spain at that time), ..

  • 15 Prado Walk (Paseo del Prado) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Paseo del Prado E - 28014 Madrid

    Running from the Cybele Fountain to the Neptune Fountain, this avenue was designed for King Charles III, the «enlightened» monarch who remodelled Madrid. It used to be considered good form to be seen at the evening 'parade': ladies of fashion in carr..

  • 16 (Paseo de Recoletos) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Paseo de Recoletos E - 28001 Madrid

    On the extension of the Paseo del Prado, between Cybele and Colombus Squares, this avenue is famous for its large cafés, including the Gijon, at No. 31, its décor unchanged since 1888, where all who mattered in the world of literature, the arts, show..

  • 17 Gran Via Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Gran Via E - 28008 Madrid

    To the people of Madrid, this is the second most beautiful avenue in the world. The first has not of course been built yet! This judgement is undoubtedly clouded by a little exaggeration, but the avenue, lively and noisy, lined with cinemas, cafeteri..

  • 18 Temple of Debod (Templo de Debod) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    C/ de Ferraz E - 28008 Madrid

    The Habsburgs and the Bourbons were not the only dynasties to leave their mark on Madrid. This 4CBC Egyptian Temple, saved from the waters when the Aswan Dam was built, has been rebuilt in the West Park, on the Principe Pio Hill.

  • 19 Gardens of the Moor's Field Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Cuesta de San Vicente E - 28008 Madrid

    Located behind the Royal Palace, of which there are pleasant views, these attractive winter gardens owe their name to the Moorish armies, which established their encampments here during several sieges of the city.

  • 20 Museum (Museo) of America Interesting

    Museums and art

    av. e los Reyes Católicos 6 E - 28040 Madrid

    Even those among you who have little interest in the Latin American and Amerindian civilisations should go to this museum, which is both archaeological and ethnographical. It includes a real gem: the Cortesano Manuscript, one of the rarest Mayan manu..

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