Beyond Madrid’s Street Art

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Street art is something that has gained a sterling reputation in Madrid over recent years, to a point where some people will visit the city purely to admire.

However, beneath the brush strokes are a host of other artistic attractions that will appeal to anyone who appreciates these more cultural things in life. Some might be some of the most famous paintings in the world, while others are simply buildings that have been crafted with some of the finest architectural style.

With restrictions across the world starting to lift, Madrid is slowly opening its streets back up to tourists. As such, if you’re armed with all of the new documentation and travel insurance that offers coronavirus protection, let’s take a look at some of the main artistic attractions you should take to.

Plaza Mayor

This is, without a doubt, Madrid’s most attractive plaza. In terms of sheer size and impressive architecture it can’t be faulted. It’s also been the location for many powerful events over the years from bull fighting to royal coronations. The Square was designed by Juan de Herrera in 1580 but wasn’t finished until 1619 due to a number of historical factors.

Nowadays it’s home to some incredible artwork, although it is the architecture that grabs most of the headlines. In short, it’s absolutely stunning, and if you visit around Christmas you’ll be able to bask in the festive markets which are often based here.

El Prado Museum

This is Madrid’s most visited museum both in terms of numbers and the quality of works on display. It’s also well laid out making it easy to get around, yet still gives you time to admire each work at your leisure. As well as being home to some fantastic art pieces from Flemish painters Rubens and Bosch, there are also four Goya masterpieces that are worth checking out too.

The works span the entirety of Goya’s life, from his youth right up to his death in 1828. They’re on display for free during certain times of the year so keep your eyes peeled!

Palacio Real de Madrid

This is the main Royal Palace in the city and is also known as the Alcázar. It was built on what used to be a Moorish fortress which dates back to around 1085, although it has undergone various alterations since then. The site itself stretches over 4 hectares, making it one of Spain’s largest palaces. If you’re lucky enough to visit inside there are some incredible examples of Spanish artwork including several from Goya.

Even if you don’t get through the entrance, take the time to admire the external architecture. Suffice to say, there’s a very good reason it’s been constructed for royals!

Casa de Campo

This is Madrid’s largest park and covers an area of over 750 hectares. It was originally designed by the architect Juan de Villanueva, although it has been altered on a number of occasions since then. The site also accommodates some spectacular architecture including the Palacio Real de Aranjuez which was once a royal residence. As well as this there are plenty of beautifully landscaped gardens for you to admire too, making it one of Madrid’s most glorious outdoor settings.

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