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A real must in Madrid is the Art Triangle, along the Paseo del Prado, also known at the Golden Triangle. This lovely stretch full of history and impressive monuments runs from the Fuente de Cibeles, where Real Madrid fans celebrate their victories, to the Fuente de Neptuno, the meeting point for fans of the city’s other major club, Atlético de Madrid. Make sure you’re fired up and ready for action as you leave your day rental for this full-on trip through the city’s artistic beating heart!
The Paseo del Prado boasts other gems as well, including the neoclassical Bolsa de Madrid, Museo Naval and Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid. If you stay in one of our apartments near the Prado in Madrid, you’re in luck! This well-connected area is perfect if you're travelling to Madrid with kids or with friends. There are several metro stations nearby and Atocha railway station, where you can catch local and high-speed trains. The beautiful Modernista station is worth a visit itself.
If you a rent accommodation near the Prado de Madrid, you won’t want to miss the Museo del Prado, home to over 20,000 artworks, mostly historical, religious and Flemish oil paintings, as well as an impressive selection of sculptures, coins, maps and decorative objects. This world-class collection includes work by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and other great masters.
Only a new metres away is the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, which houses a thousand artworks ranging from the Baroque to the present day. Don’t miss masterpieces by Caravaggio, Degas, Derain and Pablo Picasso. What better reason for art lovers to book a holiday apartment in Madrid?
On the other side of the Art Triangle is the Museo Reina Sofía, which follows on from the Thyssen-Bornemisza, as it centres on modern and contemporary art. Don’t leave without seeing Picasso’s Guernica and other Cubist masterpieces. If you’re keen to see more avant-garde art, head over to CaixaForum Madrid, which runs a packed agenda of exhibitions and cultural events. Other key art spaces in the area around the Prado and Retiro are Tabacalera Madrid, Casa América and Fundación Mapfre Madrid. You’ll struggle to pack them all in!
Halfway around you’ll come across a unique space steeped in history, where you can savour some tasty tapas or tuck into a set menu: Café Gijón, where leading figures from the world of Spanish culture, such as Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Benito Pérez Galdós and Ramón del Valle-Inclán, once gathered to discuss the burning issues of the day. So, you’ll have plenty of culture just around the corner from your apartment in the Prado in Madrid!
But this area isn’t only bursting with art, it also boasts wide avenues and impressive parks and gardens, including the Real Jardín Botánico and the huge Parque del Retiro.
The Real Jardín Botánico is a delight for the senses and lets you reconnect with nature in the city centre. Located on the Paseo del Prado since 1781, it is laid out on four levels. You’ll find medicinal plants, rose bushes, fountains, ponds and an exotic greenhouse full of aquatic and tropical plants. It also has a unique collection of bonsais.
The world-famous Parque del Retiro de Madrid is a great place to catch your breath or take a romantic trip in a rowing boat. From the middle of the Estanque Grande you can appreciate this marvellous park at its best. The metal-and-glass Palacio de Cristal is a striking example of late-Romantic architecture. It was built to house a variety of tropical plants only 36 years after Joseph Paxton’s iconic Crystal Palace, in Hyde Park. Inside the Parque del Retiro you’ll also find the Statue of the Fallen Angel, the Artichoke Fountain and the Monument to King Alfonso XII.
To make the most of your time, rent accommodation near the Retiro in Madrid, a spectacular area perfect for discovering the city with the greatest of ease. Check out our fully equipped holiday apartments by the Retiro in Madrid and you’ll feel right at home.