Art and Culture

  • Gente en el interior del Museo del Prado

Paseo del Arte

This area, which translates into English as Art Walk, is uniquely beautiful and is home to some of the world's finest artworks. Along a stretch of just over one kilometre, you’ll find the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía museums (where you can use the Essential Paseo del Arte app to learn more about 24 great masterpieces they hold between them). Paseo del Arte is also lined with a number of other institutions and buildings well worth visiting. In July 2021, the area known as the Landscape of Light, which encompasses the Paseo del Prado and El Retiro Park, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Venues hosting conferences, exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year.

Look out for museums tucked away in old mansions and ancestral homes offering an intimate glimpse into history.

Enjoy the performing arts at Madrid’s many theatres, stages and concert halls.

Learn and have fun in Madrid. Museums are full of secrets for children. Find the closest one on our map!

An itinerary through the most iconic fountains in Madrid.

An itinerary through the archways that adorn the streets of the Spanish capital.

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Museum dedicated to Joaquin Sorolla, the painter of Mediterranean light, set in his former family home.

This vibrant cultural centre is famous for its temporary exhibitions and its amazing vertical garden.

Known as the "Royal Palace's little brother", the official residence of the House of Alba is now open to the public.

The city's old slaughterhouse, at Madrid Río Park, has been transformed into a cultural megacomplex.

This small hermitage in the area known as Madrid Río boasts a ceiling covered in original Goya frescoes.

Madrid headquarters of this Spanish cultural foundation located in Chamberí, where you can take part in all kinds of cultural and educational activities as well as exhibitions.


Madrid boasts a fantastic assortment of museums matched by few other places in the world.

A fascinating introduction to the city’s main museums and their top masterpieces.


The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck offering wonderful vistas of the city.

Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!



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