Attractions of Madrid are diverse and numerous. Practically every visitor will find something for themselves in the southern city! Let’s look briefly into Madrid’s biggest attractions.

  • Prado Museum is one of the best museums in the world, displaying thousands art pieces. Goya, Bosch, El Greco, Rubens, Titan and Velazques are some of the many great Old Masters whose works can be admired in the museum.
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum focused on paintings housing works of artists younger than the ones displayed at Prado.
  • The Basilica of San Francisco el Grande is a giant cathedral decorated by several of the Old Masters.
  • Museo Sorolla is dedicated solely to the works of Joaquin Sorolla, Spain’s most important impressionist painter.
  • National Archeological Museum is focused on the most ancient history of Spain and the world.
  • Lazaro Galdiano Museum is a large collection of miscellinea, including more paintings of Old Masters.
  • Buen Retiro Park is a large public park that started as royal garden and displays centuries of gardening traditions and architecture. An oasis of peace within the city.
  • The Royal Palace is the Spanish Versailles, still used as a royal household, with paintings of greatest Old Masters decorating the walls. While visiting the palace take a detour through the royal gardens, kept in strict French style.
  • In La Montana Park, you can admire an authentic ancient Egyptian temple, gifted as a thanks for Spanish help with relocating Abu Simbel temple.
  • Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida is a small chapel with frescoes painted by Goya himself.
  • Finally, by the peculiar Cybele’s Fountain you will find Palacio de Cibeles, housing the city hall and CentroCentro cultural center, which hosts art exhibitions and workshops, conferences, and concerts.

What are your favourite attractions of Madrid? Let’s talk about them in the comments! And before you go, check out when it’s best to visit Madrid and what prices to expect.

What are the biggest attractions of Madrid? Photo by Felipe Gabaldón
What are the biggest attractions of Madrid? Photo by Felipe Gabaldón