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Buen Retiro Park is the green lung of Madrid. It was built by the ancient kings as a recreation park. Here you can find real jewels. You have to visit the beautiful Crystal Palace, the French garden and the majestic pond. If you go with children it is very fun to rent a boat by the pond.
El Retiro de Madrid is undoubtedly one of the most visited parks in the capital. Birds, ducks, squirrels and many more animals walk every day through this beautiful natural space. It is an ideal place for families, couples, friends or even just to read with a book under one of its trees. You can also practice skating, cycling or rowing in the boats.
The Retiro is one of the emblems of the city. It is filled daily with people walking, cycling, picnicking, running, doing yoga, Pilates or many other sports. But let's go with some history about this famous park in Madrid. The Historical-Artistic Garden was created in the 17th century. It is the most important green area of Madrid, both for its size and its plant wealth. And it has different parts that have been transformed over time throughout its different historical stages. They emphasize the Parterre of French style; the Big Pond, the Rías and artificial Lakes; the Campo Grande of landscape style where the Palaces of Velázquez and Cristal are located; the gardens of Cecilio Rodríguez characterized by its cut cypresses, hedges of boxwood and pergolas and the Rosaleda; the gardens of the Planteles formed by pictures of bosquetes delimited by hedges and the Forest of the Memory.
The Parque del Buen Retiro is one of the protagonists of this district of Madrid. It has its flanks in the streets of Alcalá and O'Donnell in the extreme north, Doctor Esquerdo street in the east, the Avenida del Mediterráneo and the Reina Cristina promenade in the south and Alfonso XII street in the extreme west.
El Retiro belongs to the time of the Catholic Monarchs, at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th. However, the construction of the neighbourhood dates back to the end of the 19th century, when the city's demographic boom led to successive expansions.
Madrid Río is a large park located in the southern part of the city, on the banks of the Manzanares River. Its construction is recent and is the place where many people go to run, skate, play or just walk.
Madrid Rio is also one of the most visited parks in the city. Hundreds of people walk every day through this beautiful natural space, full of trees and with a river in the middle that crosses the city. It is an ideal place to go for lunch or snack with family, couple, friends or even take a walk alone and read a book under one of its trees. You can also practice skating or cycling. There are many kilometres of river where you will pass by the old football stadium of the Atlético de Madrid, the Calderón. It is also a monument to photograph.
Madrid Rio, thanks to its renaturation, once again boasts an incredible fauna. Historical monuments and leisure and cultural facilities can also be seen next to the bed of the Manzanares River. From a recreational point of view, children have a great time in the 17 children's play areas that can be found along the Salon de Pinos. All of them with swings made with sustainable and natural materials such as wood and hemp rope, which form spider webs, hammocks, hanging bridges or climbing lianas. There are areas for children and others for older people based on skill, balance and strength.
As we said Madrid Rio also has space for adults. They can enjoy a great cultural offer with bio-healthy circuits, petanque courts, games tables and a Manzanares River Interpretation Centre. Many of the cultural activities (exhibitions, music festivals, plays...) take place in Matadero Madrid. It is a place that we highly recommend from here.
And finally, in Madrid Rio is also the Explanada del Puente del Rey, where the Spanish football team celebrated its victory in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.
The Temple of Debod is a beautiful park in the centre of Madrid with views of the best sunset in the city. In the middle of the park is the Temple of Debod, a gift from the Egyptian government. It is highly recommended to go to see the sunset with some refreshments and contemplate the incredible sky of Madrid.
Sometimes in the Temple of Debod there are groups of music playing the guitar, violin or even in the Fiestas of the city, with piano. People take to the grass to talk to friends, drink refreshments or eat picnics. A very pleasant atmosphere in the middle of nature.
The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple from the 2nd century BC. C. installed in the Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña, near the Plaza de España. The temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government to prevent it from being flooded after the construction of the great Aswan dam.
The construction of the temple began at the beginning of the second century B.C. the king of Meroe Adijalamani, who dedicated a chapel to the gods Amon and Isis. The chapel is decorated with reliefs. Later kings built new rooms around the original nucleus. After the annexation of Egypt to the Roman Empire, Emperors Augustus, Tiberius and perhaps Hadrian completed the construction and decoration of the building.
In the 6th century, after the conversion of Nubia to Christianity, the temple was closed. Already in the twentieth century due to the construction of the dam, the Egyptian government gave it to Madrid and it was transported, rebuilt stone by stone and opened to the public in its current location in 1972. The reconstruction that was done in Madrid maintained the orientation (from east to west) of its place of origin, as can be seen today.
These gardens are part of the Royal Palace. Its palace style, French style, was designed by the Italian architect Sabatini. Here you can abstract yourself from the noise and imagine what the life of the palace was like, when the Kings walked through this beautiful garden.
The Sabatini Gardens belong to the Royal Palace and are worth a visit if you are in Madrid. It is one of the most visited and beautiful parks in the city, with statues decorating its gardens and fountains. Hundreds more people walk every day through this beautiful natural space, with trees and benches to sit and rest after a long visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid.
They are classicist gardens, created in the 1930s, in the place occupied by the stables built by Sabatini for the Royal Palace. Hence its name. They are located opposite the north façade of the Royal Palace and were promoted during the Second Republic. These gardens were completed after the Civil War.
Their architectural and ornamental character as an extension of the Royal Palace increased when several of the sculptures that were destined to decorate the cornice of the Palace were placed in them.
At night these gardens are magical. It is one of the best places in Madrid to witness the sunset.
From the large rectangular pond in the centre of the Garden, surrounded by fountains, trees and white marble sculptures, you can see how the yellow and reddish tones change the shades of the Palace's greyish stones and you will finally see the sun hide behind the perspective of the Casa de Campo.
It is an ideal place to sit down with family, couple, friends or take a book and read under the shade of one of its trees.
The Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid is the name of the Museo Nacional y Centro de Arte de España. The Reina Sofía Museum is one of the best in the whole national panorama. If you want to get to know some of Picasso's most famous pieces, you must come to the Reina Sofia Museum. The artist's most famous work is within the walls of the Reina Sofía: "El Guernica" (Picasso's most popular work of art). There are also other collections and works by other international artists. It has a great artistic richness at the level of the Museo del Prado or the Museo Nacional Thyssen.
Let's go with a bit of history about this charming Museum. The opening of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía was in 1990 and meant the creation of a modern and contemporary art museum in Spain of international level. The Reina Sofía is located in the Old General Hospital of Madrid, the work of architect Francisco Sabatini, which has been extended by Jean Nouvel with an auditorium, library and new exhibition rooms under a large red marquee of aluminum and zinc.
The Museum has two more venues in Madrid, the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal, both in the Parque del Retiro, which house temporary exhibitions and artistic installations created for these spaces. The Reina Sofía is open every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday, except Tuesdays. From 10:00 in the morning until 21:00 in the afternoon.
The Reina Sofía Museum Collection is made up of more than 21,700 works. The price of the general ticket is 10 euros at the box office and 8 euros online plus expenses. If you come to Madrid for a few days, I recommend that you come and see this beautiful museum. Not only because of the artwork of "El Guernica", Picasso's most famous artwork, but also because you will find great jewels.
The Santiago Bernabéu is one of the most famous stadiums in the world and a very important tourist spot. Thousands of football fans and lovers visit the Santiago Bernabéu every year and its interior museum which already has 13 European Cups.
His last years in the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo at the head of the team have allowed him to win three consecutive European Cups, something never achieved by any European team in the history of the Champions.
If you consider yourself a football lover and you are in Madrid, you cannot miss this obligatory visit. The Santiago Bernabéu is one of the most important and historic stadiums in the world. The Santiago Bernabéu gathers memories, 13 European Cups and many more trophies that will transport you to all its successes. King's Cups, Spanish Football League Cups, World Cups such as the Club World Cup, etc.
World football stars such as Zidane (coach and player), Figo, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, Marcelo, Benzema, Beckam and Casillas among others have passed through this lawn. You can book through the MyCity website a tour for the Santiago Bernabéu. Click on the link. Don't miss this magnificent experience.
The Museo Nacional del Prado is undoubtedly the most famous museum in Spain. Here you can see paintings by the most important painters in Spain and abroad: Goya, Velázquez, Miró, Picasso, Tintoretto and El Bosco, among many other famous painters.
The Museo Nacional del Prado is located on the Paseo de Prado and the promenade itself is decorated with sculptures, full of art. Inside the Museum you will find works of art such as "Las meninas de Velázquez" and "Los fusilamientos del 3 de mayo" by Goya. Its rooms have masterpieces from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools. El Prado has a valuable collection of 8,600 paintings and more than 700 sculptures.
The Prado Museum has the most complete collection of Spanish paintings in the world. The itinerary begins in the 11th century, in front of the Mozarabic murals of the church of San Baudelio in Berlanga. Next, the works of Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Juan de Juanes or Luis de Morales trace the arch that goes from Hispanic-Flemish Gothic painting to the Renaissance. The rooms dedicated to El Greco preserve some of the author's most singular paintings, such as "The knight with the hand on the chest" or the "Holy Trinity".
You can also enjoy El Siglo de Oro with works by Ribera, Zurbarán and Murillo, which help to understand the context in which Velázquez's painting arises, whose most important works, such as "Las meninas" or "Las hilanderas", are also in the museum. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Goya's halls show everything from the cardboard he made for the Royal Tapestry Factory to the "black paintings" with which the artist covered the walls of his house, La Quinta del Sordo. There are also rooms dedicated to 19th century painting, with works by Fortuny, the Madrazo and Sorolla.
The Prado National Museum now begins its bicentennial celebration. A great excuse to come and see this incredible jewel of art. Every year the museum welcomes thousands of people. It is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourist itineraries in the capital. We recommend consulting a guide and preparing the visit before entering the museum, since it is really big.
This museum is the house where Joaquín Sorolla lived and painted, one of the most important painters of Spanish impressionism. His paintings reflect the incredible light of his native Valencia. In the museum you can enjoy all of the painter's paintings, as well as all of his personal objects. The decoration of the house is a perfect blend of neoclassicism with the Mediterranean style that will leave you fascinated.
The Sorolla Museum maintains the original essence of the home and workshop of the painter Joaquín Sorolla, who was born in Valencia, 1863 and died in Cercedilla, 1923. This museum has the richest collection of his works. It is one of the most complete and best-preserved artist's houses in Europe, and its garden is wonderful. An authentic oasis. It was designed by him.
The Sorolla Museum is in the district of Chamberí. This museum was created by the wish of his widow, Clotilde García del Castillo, who in 1925 donated all her assets to the Spanish State to found a Museum in memory of her husband. The Museum concentrates most of the objects that Sorolla collected during her lifetime. The artist's work, painting and drawing predominate, which is the largest and most representative collection preserved today.
In addition to donations from his wife, his children also donated part of their assets in 1951. Sorolla's son, Joaquín Sorolla García, handed over all of his belongings and with them the Casa de Sorolla was enlarged. And since 1982 it has been increased with acquisitions made by the Spanish State to complete the collection.
Joaquín Sorolla gathered many other objects that are the antecedent of the other collections that the Museum has. Of particular note in this collection are those of sculpture, ceramics, popular jewellery, antique photography and an important archive of the correspondence that the painter received during his lifetime.
The Lion King is undoubtedly the best musical in the city. Every year Madrid welcomes thousands of spectators who come to the capital and do not hesitate to go to see the Lion King. The Lion King is one of the best shows that can be seen in the world today. Music, emotion, lights, colour and of course, the history of Disney, are mixed in this magical spectacle. The Lion King has been seen by 95 million spectators worldwide and has won more than 70 awards worldwide. This incredible Broadway musical has more than 20 years of history and will continue to climb the stage halfway around the world for many years to come.
The Lion King is one of the most universal musicals out there. Its surprising staging, animated sculptures and evocative music known to all catch the viewer. In Madrid, the work celebrates its eighth uninterrupted season on the bill, becoming the first musical to do so in Spain. Its protagonists Simba and Nala, remembered by everyone in the mythical Disney film, are liked by audiences of all ages. The actors who play these friendly and attractive animals are Tiago Barbosa and Andrea del Solar.
The musical by El Rey León transports the spectator to the African savannah both through its music and the different stages. Renowned musical talents (Elton John, Time Rice, Lebo M and Hans Zimmer) and theatrical talents (Julie Taymor) from around the world came together to create this simply spectacular work. The Teatro Lope de Vega in Madrid has been hosting this production since October 2011. The Lion King is the most important musical in the history of the genre on Broadway. Its sales levels since its premiere in 1997 have been incredible, being the most successful musical at the box office.
Advance reservations are recommended for good seating. The nearest metro is Plaza de España, Gran Vía or Callao.
This building was inaugurated in 1880 because of the efforts of a small group of artists. In it there are several exhibition halls, elegant halls where festivals and the Carnival dance are celebrated every year. The Círculo de Bellas Artes has a large roof terrace from which you can see the entire city. The best views of Madrid are undoubtedly on this roof. Enjoying a beer on the rooftop chillout while watching the sunset is a more than recommendable experience.
You can come with family, friends or just have a drink and see the beautiful views of the city. If you like photography, this is a magical place to photograph. It is at Calle de Alcalá, 42. And the nearest metro stops are Sevilla and Banco de España, both of which are reached by Metro Madrid's red line number 2. Your contact telephone number for any doubt or to make a reservation is +34 91 360 54 00.
Let's go with some history to contextualize this beautiful place. When it was inaugurated in 1880 thanks to the efforts of a small group of artists, not many people knew it. In its origins it was a rather restricted society, but with cultural diffusion. Its first president was the painter Juan Martínez de Espinosa. Between 1880 and 1926, the Circle changed incredibly a total of ten times its headquarters: Barquillo, 5; Madera, 8; Lobo, 10; Abada, 2; Libertad, 16; Barquillo, 11; Alcalá, 7; Alcalá, 14 and finally Alcalá, 42.
During the early years of the twentieth century, passed through the directive of the Circle of Fine Arts relevant figures of the cultural life of the time as Jacinto Benavente or Carlos Arniches. The young Picasso also attended his painting classes as a pupil and Ramón María del Valle-Inclán sat in his decorated rooms.