The Top 10 spots to experience Classic Madrid as per Madrid Guide Spain.
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Top Ten: Classic Madrid
Museo de la Ciudad
Study the citys story from its inception through to the modern day. Who did what? Why? How did the civil war change the face of classic Madrid to the modern metroplois it is now? Discover the origins of the Madrileño!
- Museo del Prado
THE gallery to see Picassos works. The largest collection of his work in one place however the gallery explores the works and influences of many other Spanish artists at the same time. Cenerally located and with guide/study materials available in English
- Plaza Colon
A monument with associated subterranean museum dedicated to Spains greatest gift to the world. The discovery of the "Americas". See the route taken and the names of the sailors in 30ft high relief. Just off the side of the Castellana and within 20 minutes walk of the city centre.
Understand the progression of both materials and styles of Spanish art & sculpture from the 13th Century to today. Conveniently located close to the Mueseo del Prado hours can be spent wallowing in a graphical history of Spain
Walk La Latina
Journey through Madrids oldest residential neighbourhood and birthplace of Madrids famous sons. Plaques indicate who lived where and maps are available from the tourist centre in Plaza Mayor with recomended routes!
The epicentre of Spanish and indeed world bullfighting. Whilst the spectacle itself may be a little too much for some palates the arena itself is a protected / listed building and features heavily in Spanish history. Its even believed to be where communist sympathizers were exectuted during and after the civil war!
Teatro & Opera
Take in one of the many high class performances of contemperary or classical works in Madrids Gran Via. Regular performances the Spanish national Orchestra see people travelling from Europe to Madrid only for this reason.
The historic town centre / village square in which regular markets were once held. Famed for its painted decoration of its internal walls it also houses a visitor centre and regular free exhibitions.!
Royal Palace and La Almudena
Visit two of Madrids principle
and get a taste for the rich history of the city. Conveniently located just 10 minutes walk from the centre of the city you can spend as much or as little time as you want.
Exhibition centres in Retiro Park
Two exhibition centres within the confines of this leafy park contain both permanent and temporary exhibitions of Spanish culture. Notwithstanding the fact that the park itself has a history and monuments all of its own!
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