Madrid is a fabulous European city unlike any other. There is a lot to do and to see. This is a city for art lovers. Europe has many excellent art museums, but Museo del Prado has to be rated as one of the very best. Among the more important museums in three art museums, the golden art museum triangle in Madrid: Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace and of course Royal Palace of Madrid the Reina Sofia, Museum of the Americas, etc. Madrid's culture scene enjoys both a traditional artistic heritage, with theaters, museums and exhibitions, and a variety of seasonal festivals, fairs and other events.
The city hosts one of the richest museums in the world, Prado Museum, which holds more than 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 6,300 drawings and other masterpieces of Spanish and international art. Madrid Prado Museum has become a mecca for classical art lovers from around the world.
Just imagine alongside national heroes such as El Greco, Velazquez and Goya it exhibits the works of many Italian, Flemish and German artists. Some works from the Prado's latest collection are stored in the museum's branch - the El Cason del Buen Retiro building, where the pearl of the collection is located Picasso's Guernica. El Prado is situated not far from the Madrid's city center and easily reachable by bus or the Metro de Madrid.
Other works by contemporary Spanish artists such as Miro and Dali are in the Reina Sofia. Additionally, a private collection of paintings and a repertoire of temporary exhibitions are also offered by the Thyssen-Bornemisza gallery.
No cultural tour to Madrid would be complete without the fiery flamenco! It is obligatory for tourists to visit the renowned tablaos flamenco. When it comes to music, Madrid is no less vivid and full of contrasts, with jazz, chamber music and popular international acts often shown.
Spaniards love their holidays, and during the Day of Saint Isidore of Seville - the patron of the city, whose day is celebrated on 15 May -the city bustles for a week with diverse activities, the so-called "verbena", with its concerts, street performances, fairs, dancing and fireworks, as well as the year's most prestigious bull fights. There are more than 70 bull fights that take place in Madrid in total over the year, and the country's largest metropolitan Las Ventas arena can accommodate 22,000 spectators.
Be sure buy the Madrid Museum Pass MadridCard and you gain free entry to more than 50 Madrid museums, without standing in line, and as many time you wish. Among them are Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, The Royal Palace, Museum of Decorative Arts, Sorolla Museum, Museum of America, Madrid Zoo and others