Atocha is the zone surrounds Atocha train station located in the Public square of Emperor Carlos V, facing the station is The Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art, Paseo del Prado or Paseo del Arte, Retiro park and Ronda de Atocha (where there are several cultural centers). In the area there are also a number of art galleries, restaurants and shops selling a range of curiosities.
The Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art opens on Mondays, making it a good choice for a day when the other museums in the city are closed. The museum is one of the essential museums of the city. besides the temporary exhibition halls and the halls devoted to the permanent collection the museum houses one of Picasso's most important pieces “The Guernica”, as well as many other important works of contemporary artists.
The museum is located in a reformed building of the XVIII with modern elements and 2 years ago a new area was to him agrgado designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, with a showy red structure in the cover. Within the new extension of the museum you have the restaurant Arola Madrid run by cook Sergi Arola, one of most famous of Spain. It is an informal restaurant, dedicated to the Mediterranean kitchen in his essence and where its modern inner design, divided in three different atmospheres plays an important role.
The Station of Atocha is complex structure made up of the beautiful crystal structure
And brick dating back to the19th century. The station's main entrance houses a tropical greenhouse, part of the reform by Rafael Moneo.
Atocha is also the monument to the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings ,also known by Spaniards as 11-M (eleventh of March)