This is the most famous thoroughfare in the metropolis, a street steeped in history and full of businesses and shops.
Dotted on both sides with the most important theatres and cinemas in the country, always playing top musicals, you’ll appreciate why the Gran Vía deservedly receives the nickname Madrid’s Broadway.
With almost 4900 pieces, this art gallery is the largest in Spain and one of the most outstanding in the world.
Las Meninas by Velázquez, La Maja desnuda and El 3 de mayo by Goya, as well as El Caballero de la Mano en el pecho by El Greco, are its most famous pieces.
Address: Paseo del Prado, s/n. (Entrance via Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 20.00. Closed Mondays.
Free entry: Tuesday to Saturday from 18.00 and Sundays from 17.00.
The Palacio de Villahermosa, built at the end of the 18th century and an example of Madrid Neoclassical architecture, is the building which houses this major museum.
With almost 1000 pieces exhibited in its rooms, its masterpieces include Sueño causado por el vuelo de una abeja alrededor de una granada un segundo antes del despertar by Salvador Dalí, Retrato de un campesino by Paul Cézanne and El Sueño by Franz Marc, amongst many others.
Address: Paseo del Prado, 8.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00.
Free entry: not available.
Reina Sofia Museum
The Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre (MNCARS) is situated in Madrid’s old General Hospital, a large Neoclassical building from the 18th century situated in the Atocha district.
The most popular and famous painting in its collection is Guernica by Pablo Picasso, the masterpiece by the outstanding painter from Malaga. Highlights in the museum’s permanent collection include pieces by Salvador Dalí, Picasso himself and Joan Miró.
Address: Calle Santa Isabel, 52.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 21.00; Sundays from 10.00 to 14.00. Closed Tuesdays.
Free entry: Saturday afternoons, Sunday mornings and the rest of the week from 19.00.
Teatro Real (Royal theatre)
This is the theatre for opera, a real jewel with room for 1746 spectators, opened in 1850 and built in Neoclassical and eclectic style.
Address: Plaza de Isabel II, s/n
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
This is the stadium of Real Madrid Football Club, opened on 4 December 1947.
If you like football, then you’ll find the Tour of the Bernabéu very interesting, which allows you visit all the facilities in the complex: changing rooms, pitch, presidential box and trophy room.
Address: Av. de Concha Espina, 1
Opening hours: provided it isn’t a match day, you can visit from 10.00 to 19.00; Sundays and bank holidays from 10.30 to 18.30.
This street and the surrounding ones (Arenal, Carmen, etc.) form the city’s shopping area par excellence. A place packed with shops and department stores where everything is available at affordable prices.
This is one the Spanish capital’s liveliest thoroughfares, constantly buzzing with social life.