Madrid Weekend of Art, Gardens and Shopping
Here's Red Maps' short list for a fun weekend in Madrid, with beautiful art, shopping and a fun neighborhood to have a casual dinner. Ole!
Las Meninas, a 17th century painting by Velazquez of a young princess and her attendants. (Pictured above)
La Maja Desnuda, Goya’s painting of the reclining nude woman. There's another version with clothes: La Maja Vestida.
A Great Idea: The Prado website provides highlights' tours, for one, two or three hours visits. Read more: Prado What to See Tours.
The von Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has one of the greatest collections of Impressionists, German Expressionism, and 14th-18th century art - in the world. Its treasures left a memorable impression on Red Maps.
Here's four highlights to see in Madrid’s main park:
Plaza Parterre a small enclosed symmetrical garden of neatly trimmed and sculpted bushes and plants.
Jardines de Cecillo Rodriguez is a more extensive formal garden with elegant greenhouses and rows of beautiful plantings to admire.
Palacio de Cristal: Located in the middle of Parque del Retiro is an ornate 19th century metal and glass greenhouse, set on the edge of a pond.
Lago de El Retiro is a nearby expansive lake where you can rent a paddle-boat to take in the languid scene.
Eat & Drink:
100+ year-old shops:
Bread: [h]arina 10 pl. Independenzia
Espadrilles: Casa Hernanz - 18 calle Toledo
Fans: Casa de Diego - 12 puerta del Sol
Antiques: See the shops in the Salamanca area along calle Columela.