Madrid is witness to the history of Spain. It has been the heart of Spain during its golden era in the 16th century. It suffered under the regime of the fascist Francisco Franco. It has been reborn in the last quarter of a century, celebrating the fruits of social and political freedom.
Madrid today is a city shared by 3 million residents. It is a canvass for Renaissance and modern art museums, world famous restaurants, and alleyways. These variety offers excitement to anyone who will visit this corner of the globe.
Compared to the cities of the south, Madrid does not offer much of seeing architectural landmarks. World famous museums though must be part of the itinerary of any tourist. Madrid boasts of around 24 museums. If you cannot cover all these, focusing on the Prado, Thysen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofia will suffice your cravings for things worth looking at over and over again.
The Prado Museum was originally built to showcase the wonders of natural science. Today it serves as home to the master opus of artists like Goya, Velasquez, Bosch, El Greco, Botticelli, and Titian.
If the classic works of the masters doest suit your taste, try the colors of the modern art works displayed in the Reina Sofia. The museum building is converted from a hospital facility and now houses the works of the Guernica by Picasso.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza will give you a peek of the development of the arts from the 13th to the 20th century.
Another artistic spectacle that should be listed is the Corrida de Toros or bullfight. It is best seen at the Las Ventas Arena in Salamanca, Madrid.