Destination: Madrid region, Spain.
Under bright blue skies, Madrid never sleeps thanks to its mild climate, which provides plenty of sunshine a year, and the vibrant and colorful life of its people. There is no doubt that the capital of Spain is one of the most active cities in the world. It is also located in a dynamic area full of cultural attractions and works of art, as well as a unique natural environment of small towns and settlements lost in valleys and mountains, interspersed with large industrial, economic and commercial centers. All this makes up the Madrid region.
From the Madrid region, geographically located in the very center of Spain and connected to all regions by an excellent transport network, in just a few hours you can get anywhere in the peninsula, and air traffic connects it with all of Europe and the world, especially with America.
Since its foundation, Madrid has been an important cultural center. Great representatives of all directions of art lived in this city and great works of all eras were collected. Currently, they are kept in large museums and galleries both in the city of Madrid and in its many suburbs.
On the territory of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, such world-famous celebrities as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderon de la Barca, Francisco de Quevedo, Ortega y Gasset, Gregorio Marañón, Federico Chueca were born… Nowadays, many great people also live in Madrid representatives of sports, science, gastronomy, fashion and culture.
Madrid is a region open to everyone who wants to discover it for themselves. It is home to many cultural and gastronomic attractions, business, leisure and entertainment opportunities, and together they make up one of the most diverse and significant tourism offerings in the world.
The Autonomous Community of Madrid offers the traveler a vast historical and artistic treasure, reflecting both its glorious past and contemporary life. In addition to the cultural, historical and artistic treasures located in the capital, the region of Madrid also has a large number of cultural and natural attractions located very close to its center.
Museums and art galleries
Madrid is a unique meeting place for artists from all over the world, especially from Latin America, as this city is also a kind of bridge connecting both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Major museums and a dynamic schedule of cultural events place it at the forefront of the European avant-garde.
In the city center on the Boulevard of Arts (Paseo del Arte) there are three museums belonging to the most famous art galleries in the world. This is one of the world’s highest concentrations of art in one place. At a short distance from each other are the Prado Museum, the National Museum of the Reina Sofia Center for the Arts and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and very close to them – the National Archaeological Museum.
The Prado Museum shows visitors the full color of European painting from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. In its halls you can see the most famous works of great masters: Goya, Velázquez, Rubens, Bosch, El Greco… The National Museum The Reina Sofia Center for the Arts has a significant collection of modern art, in which Picasso’s Guernica stands out, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum stores about a thousand paintings, mainly related to painting of the XIII-XX centuries.
The National Archaeological Museum is the museum with the best collection of archaeological objects in Spain, with items from the prehistoric period to the early modern period. To the treasures of the permanent collections of these museums should be added the temporary exhibitions held in them.
This museum diversity is complemented by more than 100 museums located in the Madrid region, about 150 galleries and exhibition halls, where you can get acquainted with the most diverse trends in the art world in its various directions: photography, painting, sculpture and installation.
The most important places to visit in this sense are the Society of Fine Arts (Ci’rculo de Bellas Artes), the Burning House (La Casa Encendida), the Centro Cultural Conde Duque, CaixaForum, Matadero Madrid or the House of America (Casa de America), which are points of dynamic development of culture in the region. At the same time, in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, various fairs and exhibitions, such as the Madrid Book Fair (Feria del Libro), the International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO) or the festival of visual art and photography PHotoEspana.
The great importance of museum life in the Autonomous Community of Madrid is especially evident during the Night of Museums, a special event when the opening hours of the main Madrid museums are extended and they organize excursions, conferences, seminars, training classes and other activities specially scheduled for this time.