Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Madrid

A trip to Madrid cannot be complete without understanding its rich heritage. The art and cultural activities in Madrid will give you an insight into the city's history, traditions, and artwork. While visiting the cultural attractions in Madrid would prove to be informative, attending its artsy events will leave you entertained. From cultural performances to historical monuments that give you a glimpse of the past, take a look at this list to know Madrid better. Include these in attractions in your itinerary for Madrid and have a great vacation.

Check the list of top places for art and culture in Madrid:

  1. Thyssen - Bornemisza Museum

    4.6 (9069 Votes)
    Thyssen - Bornemisza Museum

    Art Gallery, Museum

    Madrid already had the The Prado and the Sofia, and somehow the Thyssen had to make a name for it among these incredibly popular competitor galleries. How did it do that? Well: With an intense focus on impressionistic and post impressionistic work. A clever chronological procession of paintings that let viewers almost literally strolls through history. Paintings that are superbly curated &ndas...Read more
  2. Queen Sofia Arts Center

    4.5 (7731 Votes)
    Queen Sofia Arts Center

    Art And Culture, Historical Site, Monument, Exhibition

    16th century onwards, this was a big old hospital, and it became bigger and more sprawling as needs expanded. There was talk of tearing it down, but a 1977 decree declared the building a National Historic Monument. Today, it’s one of Europe’s top centres of 20th century art, and a half bad centre of 19th century art. Other exhibits are just as excellent – these include a phot...Read more
  3. Mercado San Miguel

    4.4 (6576 Votes)
    Mercado San Miguel

    Food And Drinks, Market, Street Market, Architecture

    Madrid’s oldest market gets more beautiful and interesting by the decade! The city renovated it, but everyone was still surprised that it made such a great public space. The architecture is cool enough – Beaux-Arts in steel and iron an glass. But the food… ah, the food. Pastries, tapas, wine and everything in between – it’s 33 stalls of sheer delight. Heck, they ...Read more
  4. Paseo Del Prado

    Art And Culture, Boulevard

    This north-south boulevard is an intensely cultural, historical and public space of Madrid. It trails past some of the city’s major attractions, including parks and museums, the Royal Botanic Gardens and even the National Congress. The art museums here – Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum – are called the Golden Triangle of Art. Den...Read more
  5. Plaza And Palacio De Cibeles Image
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    Landmark, Walking Area, Palace, Plaza

    Madrid has many landmarks – this is perhaps the most beautiful. Cybele, the eponymous goddess whose fountain decorates the neo-classical plaza, has long been a symbol of Madrid; the Real Madrid Football Club reflects this, and fans celebrate wins right in front of the sculpture. Three beautiful and famous buildings border the square – the Banco de Espana, the Linares Place, and the...Read more
  6. Real Basilica De San Francisco El Grande

    Church, Religious Site

    A chapel converted into a convent in the 13th century. Neo-classically decorated as a basilica in the 18th century. Once a national pantheon. Franciscan. Paintings by Goya. The biggest dome among all Spanish churches. White marble Rennaisance pulpits. 49 fabulous paintings that deal with the life of St. Francis. 12. 2.85 metre high statues of the apostles. Quite possibly the most beautiful chu...Read more
  7. Salamanca

    Shopping Center, Neighborhoods

    Salamanca is the most exclusive commercial and residential neighborhood of Madrid. It is associated with good taste and wealth. It is frequented and inhabited by ultra-conservative upper class. In this place, there is a concentration of prestigious Restaurants, private Art Galleries and Haute Couture outlets. You can definitely have a good time out here. Here, you will find various brands like...Read more
  8. CaixaForum Madrid

    4.5 (1168 Votes)
    CaixaForum Madrid

    Museum, Garden, Architecture , Exhibition

    Take an old out of use electrical station. Plop several new floors atop it. Slap a green vertical garden (of 15,000 plants) up one side. Scatter a few moody looking sculptures about. Stick a trippy white staircase in the centre. Glam it up with interior decoration that looks like something out of a futuristic dream. And Viola – you’ve got what is one of Madrid’s most visited ...Read more
  9. Metropolis Building

    4.6 (1563 Votes)
    Metropolis Building

    Architecture , Heritage Building

    Riveting architecture, beautiful sculptures and stunningly lit at night, this early 20th century office building is one of Madrid’s most spectacular buildings. The Black Dome is really striking, with the statue of a winged goddess Victoria on top. You can’t go in, but you don’t need to. Just click a pic of it in the evening and move on. Also, visit nearby attractions which ar...Read more
  10. Catedral De La Almudena

    4.5 (657 Votes)
    Catedral De La Almudena

    Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena was built from the 1880’s to the 1990’s spanning 100 years. The Neo -Gothic architecture with influences of contemporary designand modern Pop-Art décor give the cathedral its distinct look. Highlights Include: Neo-Romanesque Crypt: A 19th century crypt that accommodates a 16th  century image of the Almudena Virgin. Museum: Sh...Read more
  11. Plaza Monumental De Toros De Las Ventas

    Arena, Concert, Architecture , Games

    Flamenco is only one of Madrid’s historical staple… bullfighting is the other! This Moorish architecture arena can seat 25000 and does! Bullfighting season is from March to December and some weeks fights are held everyday. Do not miss the chance to spectate one the worlds original extreme sports. All that aside, the architecture is really grand too; some of the highlights are the ...Read more
  12. Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales

    Historical Site, Monument, Architecture , Monastery

    Europe will never run out of crazy histories like this. Back in 1559, Joanna of Austria founded this convent. It began to attract nobleborn and wealthy spinsters and widows, who each brought with them a substantial dowry, and soon the convent was filthy rich. Not that it mattered – no one was allowed to spend or even display that wealth. The nuns became poorer and poorer until one day th...Read more
  13. Malasana

    Neighborhoods

    Like Camden in London and East Village in New York City, this neighbourhood breathes and oozes counterculture. If there’s anything the least bit non-mainstream, Malasana will have the boutique, book store, the bar, the café, or the nightclub to represent it: alternative, funk, LGBT, bohemian, hard rock and metal, house, nudists, BDSM, gothic, Latin, classic, 1980s, hip-hop and so ...Read more
  14. Palacio De Cibeles

    4.6 (1490 Votes)
    Palacio De Cibeles

    Palace, Architecture , Exhibition , Heritage Building

    The City Hall of Madrid has the grandeur of Gothic architecture having been built in the early periods of the 20th century. It was primarily designed to house the main administrative postal office of Madrid, and therefore it also bears the name of the Communications Palace. Through a consistent service for over a century, the City Hall was later renovated to be the operational central office o...Read more
  15. National Library Of Spain

    4.4 (462 Votes)
    National Library Of Spain

    Library, Museum, Play, Hall

    The National Library of Spain was established in the early 18th century by King Philip V as the Palace Public Library. He made it mandatory for the submission of a copy of every book printed in Spain to this library named ‘Biblioteca Nacional’. Today, the gorgeous building makes for an ideal place for book lovers to spend some time turning pages and getting engrossed in some of the...Read more