Spain's broad sweep of architectural history provides a glorious backdrop to city life, from
medieval mansions and royal palaces
to the unimagined angles of Spanish contemporary architecture, from the sober brickwork and slate spires of Madrid baroque to the extravagant confections of the belle époque. Put simply, this is one beautiful city.
Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s: many art lovers return here again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries.
Madrid has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe
. The city has wholeheartedly embraced all the creativity and innovation of Spain’s gastronomic revolution. From tapas in sleek temples to all that’s new to sit-down meals beneath centuries-old vaulted ceilings, eating in Madrid is a genuine pleasure.
Plaza de Castilla 1.4km
Retiro Park 4.5km
EL Prado Museum 5km
Royal Palace 5km