Trip Plan Details
- Hotel Ritz MadridPlaza de la Lealtad, 5, 28014 Madrid, Spainrecommended Hotel Ritz MadridAfter years of previous mismanagement which had left this Madrid icon neglected, Orient Express have restored this grande dame to its former glory. Although a stay here is strongly recommended - but ... read morenot to everyone's budget - do at least come for breakfast on a Sunday. If the weather is warm there are lovely tables out on the terrace. Good upgrade and welcome perks for members of the Leading Hotels of the World Leaders Club.Recommended for:Luxury Travelers. Troy
Go here for breakfast, especially on a Sun (you don't have to be staying)
- Parque del Buen RetiroPlaza de la Independencia, s/n, Madrid 28001 Spainrecommended Parque del Buen RetiroI stayed in Madrid for eight days, during which one of the friends that I made during the trip brought me here. This is a large, well tended park filled with flowers, manicured shrubbery and statues. ... read moreAs Madrid can be very got in June, the shade is at a premium.Rich Carriero
A great place to relax with family and enjoy the flowers.
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaCalle de Santa Isabel, 52, Madrid, Spainrecommended Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofíaThe Reina Sofia, along the Accademia in Venice, is the most memorable art museum that I've seen in Europe. This is where you'll find the Guernica. Although the image is famous, what you don't realize ... read moreis that it's about forty feet long and ten feet high. Close up the image is so powerful it's almost domineering.Rich Carriero
One of my favorite art museums in all of Europe. See it for Guernica, if nothing else.
- Puerta del SolPuerta del Sol, 28013 Madrid, Spainrecommended Puerta del SolBeyond being a historical place--it is the site of one of the original gates in the city wall surrounding Madrid--Puerta del Sol is a popular square for locals and tourists alike. There are tons of ... read morecafes and shops for day time fun (plus a street performer or two), and at night (like real night--1am or so), the clubs and bars around the square are alive--and hopping--with people.
- Plaza MayorSouthwest of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid 28013 Spainrecommended Plaza MayorPlaza Mayor is a central plaza in the city. It is ringed by traditional shops and cafes. But the main reason to go is to people watch. People criss-cross through the square while others linger to shop ... read moreor eat, and if you look up, you'll see people standing on the balconies.Recommended for:Local CultureLaurel W
Go to this or any of the plazas or the main streets during Easter week to watch the processions from the various churches. There's a great variety in the icons and the colours of the nazareno (the KKK looking robes). You can find them by just listening for the music. The Easter week experience in Spain was very different from other Catholic European countries that I've seen. More like Mexico, I understand.
- The Prado MuseumCalle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid 28014 Spainrecommended The Prado MuseumThe Prado is one of the world's great art museums. It houses Picasso's Guernica, and Las Meninas by Velazquez, which inspired good old Picasso to re-interpret it nine times on giant canvases with ... read morevarious cubist twists. However, in a turn of events quite possibly orchestrated by the Spanish train system, the nine Picassos are housed in Barcelona. There is a collection of El Grecos at once sumptuous and spooky. The strangest thing I saw here, however, was a depiction of a "miracle" in which a statue of the Madonna lactated in a giant arc-straight into a monk's mouth. I bet he DID think it was a miracle.Recommended for:Art & Design LoversJulia P
Okay, so this is on the beaten track, but definitely go. It's worth every bit of its reputation.