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Located in a Neo-Classical mansion, this multi story museum host some lovely 16th century to modern paintings and sculptures. Most of the artist you might not have heard of, but the quality of the art is top drawer.
This is a delightful museum. It was three parts. The masterpieces are on the ground floor and they are worth spending plenty of time on, the submissions from various academy members are upstairs and are very interesting - especially if you have an interest in...More
We walked past this place a bunch of times during our last visit to Madrid, but our timing was bad, and they were closed every time. This trip, we made a point of getting here when it was open. The good thing is that it's...More
This museum is often over-looked because of the many other big named museums in Madrid that tourists flock to see. I had never visited it during my many trips to Madrid, and was very surprised to see the lovely building, filled with renowned painters beautiful...More
Not so well known as the Prado, so you won't find hordes of chavs ticking off their bucket list here without any appreciation of what's within. Just tranquil galleries, polite staff and a few people enjoying the art.
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San...More
i don't know how I missed this on previous trips to Madrid - even on a free Wednesday it was almost empty yet full of amazing paintings by renowned artists such as Goya, Velazquez, Rubens and Van Loo. Situated on Calle Alcala a 5 minute...More
This is the collection of the arts academy in Madrid. It has a number of paintings by Goya, Zubaran, Arcimboldo, etc. that make it worth the visit. Goya is well represented being a former pupil. They also have his etching plates. Their collection is also...More
Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as
desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.