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Things to do in Madrid

Madrid's 'Golden Triangle' of The Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum on the Paseo del Arte warrant several days' exploration. The lesser known Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Salamanca and Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Arts in the Centre offer similar quality without the crowds. Explore the Old Town on foot, from Plaza Mayor to the Royal Palace. Several museums are closed on Monday.

KIO Towers, Madrid. © Turespaña

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Sorolla Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Sorolla Museum, Madrid. Courtesy of Sorolla Museum (Ministerio de Cultura)

    The Sorolla Museum, located in Chamberi, is a typical Andalusian-style house and the former home and studio of Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla Bastida. Alongside Sorolla's Impressionist paintings, the museum exhibits the artist's possessions, including sculptures, ceramics and old photographs.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3; concessions €1.50; Sun free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9.30am-8pm; Sun 10am-3pm

    Address

    37, Calle General Martínez Campos, Madrid 28010

    Telephone

    +34 91 310 1584

    Transport

    Rubén Darío metro

    Website

    Sorolla Museum Website

  2. 2. Lázaro Galdiano Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid. Courtesy of Fundación Lázaro Galdiano

    The Lázaro Galdiano Museum houses prized paintings by Spanish, Flemish and English masters. Located in the exclusive Salamanca neighbourhood, highlights of the museum include two Goya paintings of witches and Bosch's St John the Baptist in the Wilderness.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2

    Opening hours

    Wed-Mon 10am-4.30pm

    Address

    122, Calle Serrano, Madrid 28006

    Telephone

    +34 91 561 6084

    Transport

    Gregorio Marañón metro

    Website

    Lázaro Galdiano Museum Website

  3. 3. Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Arts - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Arts, Madrid. Courtesy of Pura Ramo

    Former San Fernando Royal Academy of Arts students include Dalí, who was expelled, and Picasso. He didn't excel either but did leave some sketches behind, held in the city centre Museum along with works by Goya, Sorrolla and Rubens.Show this on map

    Cost

    €3; concessions €1.50; students free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 9am-2.30pm

    Address

    13, Calle Alcalá, Madrid 28014

    Telephone

    +34 91 524 08 64

    Transport

    Sol or Sevilla metro

    Website

    Museum of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Arts Website

  4. 4. The Prado Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Prado Museum, Madrid. © Turespaña

    The Prado Museum in the Paseo del Arte, contains an unrivalled Spanish art collection, including Goya's The Third of May and Velázquez' Las Meninas. It also has several Italian and Flemish paintings, such as Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.Show this on map

    Cost

    €8; concessions €4Tue-Sat 6pm-8pm & Sun 5pm-8pm free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 9am-8pm

    Address

    Paseo del Prado, Madrid 28014

    Telephone

    +34 91 330 28 00

    Transport

    Banco de España or Atocha metro

    Website

    The Prado Museum Website

  5. 5. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid. © Turespaña

    The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, in Paseo del Arte, includes works collected by Baron Thyssen and his wife Carmen Cervera. They highlight the most significant artists and European art movements of the last 700 years as well as modern American art.Show this on map

    Cost

    Permanent collection €8; concessions €5.50

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-7pm

    Address

    Palacio de Villahermosa, 8 Paseo del Prado, Madrid 28014

    Telephone

    +34 91 369 0151

    Transport

    Banco de España metro

    Website

    Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Website

  6. 6. Reina Sofía Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Pablo Picasso's painting

    A modern-art extravaganza, the Reina Sofía Museum in Paseo del Arte is home to Picasso's world-renowned Guernica, as well as works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris. The museum grew substantially with the opening of Jean Nouvel's extension in 2005.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6; concessions €3;free Sat 2.30pm-9pm; Sun

    Opening hours

    Mon & Wed-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-2.30pm

    Address

    52, Calle Santa Isabel, Madrid 28012

    Telephone

    +34 91 774 10 00

    Transport

    Atocha metro

    Website

    Reina Sofía Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 7. Society of Spanish Writers and Editors - Attractions

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    Society of Spanish Writers and Editors, Madrid. Photo by Robert Smyth

    The Society of Spanish Writers and Editors' building is an example of Catalan modernism, a rarity in Madrid and marvellously out of place in Chueca neighbourhood. José Grases Riera's creation resembles a wedding cake that hasn't quite set properly.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    4, Calle Fernando VI, Madrid 28004

    Telephone

    +34 91 349 9550

    Transport

    Chueca or Alonso Martínez metro

    Website

    Society of Spanish Writers and Editors Website

  2. 8. San Francisco El Grande Basilica - Attractions

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    San Francisco El Grande Basilica, Madrid. Photo by Sally Anderson

    Located in La Latina, the beautifully restored San Francisco El Grande Basilica boasts one of the world's largest domes. Goya's depiction of St Bernardino of Siena is in the first chapel on the left with Goya himself looking on.Show this on map

    Cost

    Guided tours €3; concessions €2

    Opening hours

    Guided tours: Tue-Fri 10.30am-12.30pm & 5pm-7pm

    Address

    Plaza de San Francisco, El Grande, San Buenaventura, Madrid 28005

    Telephone

    +34 91 365 38 00

    Transport

    La Latina metro

  3. 9. San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage - Attractions

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    San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage, Madrid. © Turespaña

    San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage by River Manzanares is an exquisite 18th-century chapel and final resting place of great Spanish artist Goya. The elaborate ceiling frescoes depicting a miracle by Saint Anthony of Padua are among Goya's greatest works.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 9.30am-8pm; Sat & Sun 10am-2pm

    Address

    5, Glorieta de la Florida, Madrid 28008

    Telephone

    +34 91 542 0722

    Transport

    Príncipe Pío metro

    Website

    San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage Website

  4. 10. Royal Palace - Attractions

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    Royal Palace, Madrid. © Turespaña

    The Royal Palace in the Old Town is a Neoclassical masterpiece built by Italian architects Juvarra and Sacchetti. Inside are a maze of lavishly decorated chambers. Highlights include ceiling frescoes by Mengs and Tiepelo and Goya's brutally honest royal portraits.Show this on map

    Cost

    €8; concessions €3.50-€6

    Opening hours

    Apr-Sep daily 9am-6pm (until 3pm Sun); Oct-Mar daily 9.30am-5pm (until 2pm Sun)

    Address

    Calle Bailén, Madrid 28071

    Telephone

    +34 91 454 8800

    Transport

    Ópera metro

    Website

    Royal Palace Website

  5. 11. Descalzas Reales Monastery - Attractions

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    Descalzas Reales Monastery, Madrid. © Turespaña

    Descalzas Reales Monastery, located close to the Plaza del Sol, was founded in 1564 and is still active today. It is an oasis of calm filled with art treasures, including elaborate floor-to-ceiling frescoes and paintings by Rubens and Titian.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5; concessions €2.50-€4

    Opening hours

    Tue-Thu & Sat 10.30am-12.45pm & 4pm-5.45pm; Fri 10.30am-12.45pm; Sun 11am-1.45pm

    Address

    3, Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid 28013

    Telephone

    +34 91 454 8800

    Transport

    Ópera metro

    Website

    Descalzas Reales Monastery Website

  6. 12. Plaza Mayor - Attractions

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    Plaza Mayor, Madrid. © Turespaña

    Once market square, Plaza Mayor became the Old-Town hub in the 17th century. Its uniform architecture is dominated by the Casa de la Panadería, whose bright frescoes only date to 1992. There's a coin and stamp market here on Sundays.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Madrid 28012

    Transport

    Sol or Opera metro

Special things to do

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  1. 13. KIO Towers - Special things to do

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    KIO Towers, Madrid. © Turespaña

    Also known as the Gate of Europe, the leaning KIO Towers on Castellana resemble a pair of designer stereo speakers. Originally planned to symbolise Spain's new economic dawn in the early 1980s, they were finally finished in 1996.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Plaza de Castilla, Madrid 28046

    Transport

    Plaza de Castilla metro

  2. 14. Parque del Buen Retiro - Special things to do

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    Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid. © Turespaña

    Buen Retiro Park ("The Retiro"), near The Prado Museum, is a large 17th-century French-style garden. Highlights include the Alfonso XII Monument overlooking the boating lake, the Crystal Palace, Velázquez Palace and the Fountain of the Falling Angel statue depicting Satan.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Winter: daily 7am-10pmSummer: daily 7am-12am

    Address

    Madrid 28009

    Transport

    Príncipe de Vergara, Retiro or Ibiza metro

  3. 15. Plaza de España - Special things to do

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    Plaza de España, Madrid. © Turespaña

    Plaza de España is dominated by two contrasting buildings, the Soviet-style Edificio de España and Benidorm-style Torre de Madrid from the Franco era. There's also a striking statue of Cervantes watching over his legendary characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Madrid 28008

    Transport

    Plaza de España metro

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