If you are in Madrid, there is no excuse to miss the Prado Museum. One of my favorite places in the world so far, a peacefull, full of history and obviously full of art, thanks to the spanish royals that collected all the amazing paintings and scultures of great artists.
The building itself is a work of art, a beautifull 18th century Neo Classical building.
Go along through the eponymous street, El Paseo del Prado, to start getting the artistic vibe.
Once You get to the museum, You´ll be amaze by Tiziano, Velázquez, Rembrant, El Greco, Goya, Zurbarán, Durero, Van der Weyden (El descendimiento de la cruz, is just breathtaking), Ribera, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Rafael, Murillo and Rubens.
I never though I was going to be just centimeters away from Las Meninas de Velazques, I always imagine there will be like a lot of security around the paintings and you have to be at least ten feet away.
This Museum is enormous, I spend almost 4 hours and only got to apreciate the masterpieces (50). It’s worth picking up a free map when you arrive, they include the must see masterpieces and a floor plan (thanks to my hubby´s recomendation and also for being such a perfect tourist guide).
- ¿Wanna save a few euros? If you are also planning to visit, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia National Museum Art Centre buy the Paseo del Prado Ticket (around 14.40 €)
- No, you are not allowed to take pictures
- If you stay close to groups you may be able to over hear some information about the paintings
- Buy a souvenir at the Prado shop
- Buy the General admission + the Official Guide (23 €)
- Read in advance about the artista, here is the oficial site https://www.museodelprado.es/en
- Spend most of your time contemplating Las Meninas, one of the most enigmatic Velasquez’s works
- The hours of maximum influx of visitors is from 11.00 to 13.30
- If you carry larger bags there is a Cloakroom
- Download the floor plan and masterpieces here http://goo.gl/oQ2R0v