Among this cultural offering, three world’s top art galleries should be highlighted: Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofía Museum, forming what is called The Art Walk.

Enjoy a pleasant walk through its gardens and you will be able to contemplate the historic buildings and monuments that shine out with their own light, with Cibeles and Neptuno fountains, the Bank of Spain, the Palace of Communications (the current headquarters of Madrid city council) and the “Puerta de Alcalá”.

interior de museo con esculturas

Street culture

The most monumental Madrid is represented by the “Plaza Mayor”, the “Plaza de Oriente”, the National Library, the Royal Palace or the Jerónimos Church. And do not forget the municipalities and surroundings around it.

Great cultural centres, such as the “Círculo de Bellas Artes” (Fine Arts Circle), “La casa encendida” (House on fire), Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Caixa Forum or the Casa de América have become the movers and shakers of Madrid’s culture. With fairs like the Book Fair of Madrid, the Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO) or PHotoEspaña, Madrid becomes a national and an international spotlight. 

Culture is also felt on the streets of Madrid, a wide range of activities are promoted which surprises both people of Madrid and visitors. There are a lot of spontaneous activities everywhere, contributing to the life of Madrid. For example, the traditional puppet theatre in the Retiro Park, that every weekend delights the younger children. Annually events such as Theatre Night, Museum Night or Book Night, allow all those who wish to do so to enjoy the culture up to early hours.

Image credits: Prado Museum | Juan Castro ©Region of Madrid