Dynamic, lively, hospitable, an endless offer of cultural and leisure activities... This is how Madrid has always been and continues to be. This spring it is blooming with new venues, museums, exhibitions and guided tours... Make the most of the good weather, recapture the thrill of travelling to other cities and check out the best plans for enjoying the months ahead. All the spaces comply with the strictest safety measures and Madrid really looks forward to greeting you.
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As of March, the guided walking tours “Pasea Madrid” will be restarting with 13 routes and almost 7,000 free places which you will need to book. The walks will lead you to discover places such as the Paseo del Prado or the Retiro Park, places that aspire to form part of the UNESCO World Heritage List under the collective name “Paisaje de la Luz”. There are also many associations offering all sorts of guided tours: helicopter trips, covering Madrid “With the 5 senses”, tours of buildings alongside the architects, “tracing” the works of urban artists, wine and tapas routes…
Spring is the perfect time to visit the parks
The capital’s most iconic park, El Retiro Park, reopened its 12 gates on 22 February and you can once again visit its famous viewpoint, located at the Monument to Alfonso XII. You can also visit fantastic places such as El Capricho park and its secret bunker, or Madrid Río, a green artery that runs parallel to the Manzanares river which you can travel by segway to discover its different bridges. And another special place to experience the floral explosion of spring? The Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can also take a seat in its enchanting terrace and enjoy the sunshine.
From viewpoint to viewpoint
Many of them are located on rooftops with spectacular terraces such as the one at Círculo de Bellas Artes (where you can also visit a complete exhibition dedicated to Banksy from 9 May) or in the City Hall located in the CentroCentro building. Other noteworthy vantage points can be found by taking a stroll from the Moncloa Lighthouse for example, which stands at 110 metres tall to the Temple of Debod, the only Egyptian temple in Spain. The views at sunset are completely unique.
Exhibitions and new museums with an original flair
“Mythological Passions: Tiziano, Veronese, Alliori, Rubens, Ribera, Poussin, Van Dyck, Velázquez” at the Prado Museum is one of the most important exhibitions that you can visit in Madrid this spring. You can also pay a visit to the Reina Sofía National Art Museum or the Thyssen Museum. The latter is also celebrating the centenary of the birth of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza with activities and an open doors event on 13 April.Some of the original spaces that have recently opened include Espacio SOLO, the Sweet Space Museum, IKONO: the first art gallery of immersive experiences in Spain, the Velazquez Tech Museum and the Museum of Illusions. You will want to take photos of every corner.
Ideas for eating out in Madrid
Did you know that more than 50 restaurants have opened in the capital in the last year, with something to suit all tastes? For example, renowned chefs have chosen to open here, like Dani García with his new rooftop brasserie at the Four Seasons Hotel Madrid. The iconic and historic hotel Mandarin Oriental Ritz is also reopening.Other great ideas include admiring the Madrid skyline from the top of Gran Vía while you enjoy a spot of brunch in a rooftop restaurant like the Picalagartos Sky Bar, or a whole host of other locations. You will simply love sampling tapas Madrid-style in terrace bars or in gourmet markets (some new ones have opened up in districts like Chamberí) with all the guarantees in place. You can also start the day in these places with a cup of hot chocolate with churros, try dishes from all over the world and buy fresh produce at the same time.
Adapted to the new times
Even though many of the famous musicals or festivals in Madrid don’t start until the summer/autumn season this year, there are still a multitude of theatrical proposals at new venues like the Gran Teatro Bankia Príncipe Pío or original ideas like those at the Teatro Español, which is marking its 130th anniversary with the exhibition “Maquetas”.You can also get to know the Royal Sites (including the Royal Palace of Madrid): check for possible discounts on admission. Why not take home a hand crafted souvenir made by Madrid artisans from the new Casa de la Panadería shop, in the heart of the Plaza Mayor.You will find that all spaces have been adapted to the new times with the use of digital menus, a reduction in seating capacities and constant disinfection of facilities. You will feel safe on your visit to Madrid. But above all you will feel alive.