Instituto Cervantes is the public institution created by Spain in 1991 for the promotion and teaching of the Spanish language and diffusion of the Spanish and Hispanic culture.
The Madrid headquarters of this institute is located in Alcalá street, in what is known as the “Edificio de las Cariátides” (Caryatid Building). The former head office of the Central Bank, it was designed by the architects Antonio Palacios and Joaquín Otamendi to house the historic Río de la Plata Bank. The Instituto Cervantes organises a full programme of cultural activities for all audiences, such as plays, exhibitions and workshops for children.
Cultural activities: variable timetable, consult website.
Library: Mon – Fri 09:00 – 15:00.
Reception: Mon – Fri 08:00 – 19:00.
One of the world’s leading art galleries with works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum takes you on a incredible journey through seven centuries of European painting.
Make your way up to the observation deck for stunning views of the city.
Climb on board and discover the city in a panoramic format.
Visit more than 50 museums and enjoy numerous discounts.