I took a trip with my partner to Madrid in August and for once was able to do some research that I can now share with you. If you don't do research on a short trip it may be relaxing but you can leave without seeing some of the better things. So I am sharing the wisdom of my weekend- this is a not a long post but an efficient one so please help share it and link to it.
Showing world class works of art from Spanish artists also Italian and Flemish.
Velázquez, El Greco and Goya Raphael, Titian and Tintoretto, Bosch and Rubens
There are temporary exhibitions too.
Located on the Paseo del Prado
€15 gets you access to both the museum and exhibitions anytime or the museum is free after 6pm or 5pm on Sunday.
Queen Sofia Museum
REINA is Spanish for queen so the Reina Sofia Museo.
Here is a link to the website - http://www.museoreinasofia.es/en
Located in a former 18th century hospital at Calle Santa Isabel 52.
Open: Mon and Wed-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm
€2 pp Savings can be made to get tickets online at €8pp (10 normally)
exhibitions are extra €4(3 online) free after 7pm and Sunday after 2.30pm
Guernica by Pablo Picasso draws the crowds (editor says good that leaves the good stuff for me!)
International artists contributed to the 20,000 pieces though not are all to be seen. Yes you really can spend weeks in the museums in Madrid.
13th century to present day art created by the Thyssen-Bornemisza family located Paseo del Prado 8 As with the other big two there are temporary exhibitions.€12 gets you access to both. Free Monday 12pm to 4pm.
Royal Palace, Calle Bailén
Yes Madrid has a Palace. Depending on the day and time it is free to EU citizens so take your passport. €11 euros otherwise anytime.
Real Madrid Bernabéu Stadium Tour
If you want to contribute to paying for the best footballers in the world then stump up the €24 euros. You get to see the tunnel and walk out onto the pitch see the presidential box and the trophies. It would have been interesting for me as I like football but I'm paying €24 euros!
Location Bernabéu Stadium, Avenida de Concha Espina 1
Now we are talking typical Spain postcard. It's a do not miss place for me and we spent some very pleasing times drinking for €8 euro pints of larger which worked in the temperatures which were lovely.
You see this idea exported to the zocalos of Mexico and it originates here. It is 17th century (1601-1700)
More on Wikipedia
Plaza de la Villa
San Andreas Church
San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum
Free on Wednesday otherwise €8. Closed on Monday, temp exhibits and an array of world class art again.
Descalzas Reales Monastery
Calle Ferraz 1, Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña
Where we stayed in Madrid
My partner did an awesome job in getting a corner room with a balcony which made the stay extra memorable. Hotel Paseo Del Arte Madrid.
Plaza de Santa Ana
If you like monuments then this is a great place for you and afterwards drop in to Tapas bars and enjoy coffee in one of the dotted around Cafés.
Learn more - http://www.gomadrid.com/sights/plaza-santa-ana.html