Top Places To Visit 21 Spots
Museo Nacional del Prado
First, the most recognized art museum in Madrid is Museo Nacional del Prado. In comparison in size to the Lourve Museum in Paris, the Prado contains a massive collection: around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents. It’s one of the best collections of European art. Pieces date from the 12th to early 19th century, a number made by artists who were assigned to create works specifically for the Spanish royal crown. It can feel a bit daunting to try get through a lot of the Prado in one visit. I got there on a Monday afternoon, still recovering a bit from my early-morning flight, and, due to my jet lag, I decided to stick to about two floors. Or perhaps focus on a certain artist or join in a tour. Francisco de Goya has a high representation, as well as Diego Velázquez, Titian, and El Greco, among others. Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German and French masterpieces are also well featured. If all else fails, one painting I recommend seeing is Velázquez’s Las Meninas.
If you are traveling to Madrid, a flamenco show is a must! Audience members from around the world are enchanted by this alluring art form where the dancers, musicians and singers on stage display soulful feelings and tremendous passion. In this lively city located in the beautiful country of Spain, there are an abundance of flamenco shows to choose from that include dinner, tapas, and/or drinks. Since the hostel I stayed at is a part of a referral program with a local flamenco show, my friend Jackie and I ended up going to Tablao Restaurante Las Carboneras.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Madrid is from November to June