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Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Madrid start with?

United States of America John, United States of America

27 days ago

Thyssen museum is in a class of it's own. The unique chronological ordering of art makes innovators stand out amongst there peers. Oh yeah Reina Sofia and Pardo is nothing to sneeze at either. Amazing collection of art in this city!
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    The Spanish Soul of Art and Entertainment

    The modern Madrid is one of the greenest cities in Europe and the most popular destination in Spain. Whether you want to experience its legendary nightlife or a flamenco show, this is the place to be.

    The renowned Prado Museum holds one of the world’s finest art collections with iconic paintings by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. For a more modern touch, the Museo Reina Sofia houses works by Picasso and Dali.

    Start your evening at Puerta del Sol, one of the city’s busiest spots. Make some room in your stomach for great tapas and sangria in La Latina district, south of the city’s most famous plaza, Plaza Mayor.

    Real Madrid plays at Santiago Bernabeu and Atlético Madrid competes at Vicente Calderón Stadium, two opportunities that no sports fan will want to miss. The popular Salamanca district is a great place to look for boutique gifts and unique shops.

    Thanks to great public transportation system, getting to the city center from Madrid Barajas International Airport is very easy. Whether you’re looking for luxury hotels, budget hostels or comfy apartments, Booking.com has a perfect place to stay for your Madrid holiday.

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    • We were traveling in Spain and Portugal for three weeks. We stayed in six different hotels during that time. This was the largest, best room that we had. The bathroom had two sinks, was large & very modern. Very close to the airport with shuttle service. All-in-all a great place. Good restaurant, excellent professional staff.

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    • The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. I am traveling throughout Spain and coming back to Madrid two more times. The hotel has been kind enough to store the extra luggage I don't need to carry around. Metro is right outside the door. The best grilled vegetable dish I have ever had was made in the restaurant next to the hotel.

    • great value for the money. Close proximity to get back to the airport. staff very helpful and food there was surprisingly great and an excellent value. quiet hotel. didnt eat the breakfast but it looked best of all we had had/seen in spain

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