If your idea of a great vacation is spending time in museums admiring some of the world’s finest works of art, then this itinerary is sure to delight you.
In the heart of Madrid you will find the famed “Golden Triangle of Art”, which is an area that includes the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia museums, all located within a short walk of each other.
The Prado is one of the world’s top museums, and has one of the largest and most impressive collections in the world. In addition to having the finest collection of Spanish art from artists including Velazquez, Goya and Zurbarán, they also have an impressive collection of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries which were from the Spanish Royal Collection.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is home to the second largest private collection that was amassed by Heinrich, Baron Thyssen Bornemisza de Kaszón, and his son. The collection includes works by Old Masters, including Van Eyck, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Frans Hals, as well as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Degas.
The Reina Sofía Museum is the national museum of 20th C. art that primarily features works by Spanish artists. The most famous painting displayed in the museum is Picasso’s Guernica, which was created during the Spanish Civil War. The museum has an impressive collection of works by Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, and Juan Gris.
Please note that the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and El Greco Museum in Toledo are closed on Monday, and the Reina Sofia Museum is closed on Tuesday, so plan accordingly.
- Day 1: Arrive in Madrid; afternoon sightseeing in the city – for info on Sites to See, click here
- Day 2: Sightseeing in Madrid
- Day 3: Visit to the Prado Museum – for more info, click here
- Day 4: Visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – for more info, click here
- Day 5: Visit to the Reina Sofia Museum – for more info, click here
- Day 6: Day trip to Toledo (71 km) – visit the El Greco Museum – for more info, click here
- Day 7: Depart Madrid to return home
Information on what to see and do, and where to eat can be found on our website or on our blog.
Book a private tour! You may want to consider booking a private tour with an English-speaking guide. Your personal guide can provide you with information on the city and its historic sites. For more information, click here.
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