Guide of Madrid

Culture

Madrid’s cultural and art scene offers much more that its admired world known museums located at the “Paseo del Arte”.

Our region gathers an impressive collection of art forms that range from prehistoric paintings to the most avant-garde art contemporary works of art. There has also been a recent growing interest in museums linked to science, technology, history and anthropology.

The importance of Madrid as the seat of the royal court since the sixteenth century enables the visitor to discover it’s the “Reales Sitios” (Royal Places), located in beautiful surroundings such as Aranjuez or San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Spain’s capital has also various monuments that are well worth a visit. A stay in Madrid cannot be complete without visiting “La Puerta del Alcalá” or “La Fuente de la Cibeles”.

 


Museums

Apart from the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía museums and as long as the traveller has enough time, there are many other options to choose from. An art museum not as popular but well worth a visit is the Real Academia de San Fernando, as well as other local and themed museums such as the Museo Romántico, the Museo del Ferrocarril, the Museo Naval, the Museo del Ejército, the Museo de América, the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, etc.

Other museums located across the region are the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares and Museo de la Ciencia Cosomocaixa in Alcobendas.

Museo del Prado
http://museoprado.mcu.es

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
http://www.museothyssen.org/thyssen

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
http://www.museoreinasofia.es/

 

Reales sitios

These architectural complexes certainly deserve a privileged mention in our guide. Later on used for the different Spanish royal family’s leisure and relax, the list of buildings includes even some monasteries, and they continue to be protected in a certain way by the Spanish royal family.

Patrimonio Nacional (“Crown Heritage”) is the organization that administers and preserves these properties. They can be visited by anyone who wishes to, just as any other museum in the country. They are real architectural gems where the finest gold works, porcelain, paintings and sculptures can be found. Other art forms enjoyed by their royal tenants can also be found here.

Spread across the region, they are a good reason to visit or rediscover places such as San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Aranjuez, El Pardo and hidden places unknown by even many “madrileños”.

These are:

 

* Palacio Real Madrid
* Real Sitio de El Escorial
* Palacio Real de El Pardo
* Palacio Real de Aranjuez
* Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
* Real Monasterio de la Encarnación
* Abadía de la Sta. Cruz del Valle de los Caídos
Panteón de los Hombres Ilustres

 

Monuments:

* Puerta de Alcalá
* Fuente de la Cibeles
* Templo de Debod
* Catedral de la Almudena
* Palacio de Cristal
* Monasterio de El Paular
* Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
* Castillo de Manzanares el Real
* Muralla de Buitrago
* Folleto turístico [ pdf 3.325kb ]