08 Aug Top five places to visit in Madrid
If you’re moving abroad and looking for culture, European charm and great weather, look no further than the Spanish capital: Madrid. Here we give you the top five places to visit in Madrid, whether you’re moving to teach English or just for a whistle-stop visit.
Madrid’s Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is one of the top destinations to visit while in Madrid. The Palacio Real as the Spanish would say, was built from 1738 to 1755 and was the official residence of the royal family. While the royal family no longer lives in the palace, it is used for state ceremonies and tours. In the palace, you can view a few of the 300 lavish rooms where the king dressed, ate, and ruled while also learning the history of each room.
El Buen Retiro Park
Retiro Park is the largest park in Madrid and one of the most popular places for tourist and locals alike. Right in the city center, this stunning oasis is 1.4 km or 350 acres of lush green grass and has over 15,000 trees. The park is home to an artificial lake where you can rent out romantic rowboats and take in the gorgeous views. Retiro Park is a great place for a stroll, picnic, or a day to soak up the sun and enjoy the European lifestyle.
El Prado Museum
The artwork at El Prado dates back to the 16th through the 19th century. The museum features some of the most prominent artists, such as Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt, and El Greco. It houses the most comprehensive collection of Spanish art, while also displaying the masterpieces of Flemish and Italian artists, with over 8,600 paintings and 700 sculptures and the museum is planning a 16% extension. The best-known work on display at the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez. There’s plenty to see!
Reina Sofia Museum
The Reina Sofia is another museum that is a must-see. El Prado is made for history buffs, but the Reina Sofia is perfect for contemporary art fanatics. The 20th century art collection is divided into three sections: The Irruption of the 20th Century. Utopia and Conflict (1900-1945), Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968) and From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982). The Reina Sofia also houses Picasso’s famous masterpiece Guernica, which reflects the pain of the victims of the bombing of the Spanish city Guernica in 1937.
If you are in Madrid on a Sunday, El Rastro is the place to visit. It is a giant open-air market along the streets of the neighborhood Embajadores through the neighborhood of La Latina. The market is open from 9 am to 3 pm and houses 3500 stalls. The market sells everything from leather goods to trading cards, so you will be able to find everything you are looking for.