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Museo ABC

Attractions

Dedicated to drawing and illustration art, but an interest in design and architecture is all it takes to make a visit worth your while.

La Terraza de Óscar Pool Club

Pools

Not exactly Olympic-sized, but it comes with giant white loungers, astro-turf flooring, and a cocktail bar open past sundown.

Madrid & Beyond

Guides & Tours

Let the experts take the touring out of your hands and get you the insider track on Madrid.

Bus Turístico Madrid

Guides & Tours

The classic open-top bus way to get your bearings and see the sights.

Trixi

Guides & Tours

The best way to see your surroundings and get a workout in is via bike, and Trixi does transportainment like no other.

Parque del Buen Retiro

Attractions

Gather around the pond for street performers, puppet shows and fortune tellers in the city’s biggest park.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Attractions

A family legacy which makes up part of Spain’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of art includes old masters and major 19th and 20th century works.

Museo Nacional del Prado

Attractions

One of the world’s finest art museums and home to the Spanish royal family’s vast collection of paintings, prints, sculptures and decorative objects.

Matadero Madrid

Attractions

Getting the city’s young creatives thinking in a slaughterhouse converted into multi-functional spaces.

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Attractions

An essential visitor attraction with Picasso’s Guernica. The mainstay of modern art exhibitions in Madrid but an equally pleasant place to just hang out.

La Casa Encendida

Attractions

A diverse range of cultural programmes from dance and music to art and theatre in the multi-ethnic Lavapiés neighbourhood.

CaixaForum Madrid

Attractions

This postmodern art gallery and cultural centre is as well loved for its interior exhibitions as for its architectural significance.

Segovia

Day trips

If you still harbour secret fantasies of meeting your prince, you could do worse than start in Segovia and the Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso.

El Escorial

Day trips

Severe and austere, this is no Barbie fantasy palace, but it holds a wealth of cultural treasures, including a huge collection of art.

Avila

Day trips

Often overlooked, even though some claim its superiority over Toledo in terms of picturesque, hilltop beauty.

Toledo

Day trips

Aficionados of the old master will find plenty of inspiration in El Greco’s hometown, but the World Heritage town is an attraction in itself.

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