The Prado is essential viewing—but not just any viewing will do. We propose a very special visit, savoring the museum’s best and most fascinating works. Rather than rushed, our visit will be relaxed but thorough, and so enriching that you never forget that you saw that painting at the Prado. Accompanied by guides with a unique and thoughtful understanding of the museum, we will enjoy the artwork and everything else that a visit to a place of such history and beauty entails.
Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza’s collection, which is one of the world’s most prestigious, has been joined by that of his wife, Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. Both collections can be visited at the Palacio de Villahermosa, one of Madrid’s most magnificent old palaces, which was restored by the architect Rafael Moneo and opened to the public in 1992.
The Thyssen – as people from Madrid often call it – also plays host to temporary expositions that leave us no choice but to wander through its rooms again and again, as if attending a never-ending art history lesson.
Further north, in the Plaza de Cibeles, Antonio Palacios, the architect who gave shape to the first works of Madrid modernity, built the impressive Palacio de Comunicaciones, thus passing the baton to his follower in the post-war, Luis Gutiérrez Soto. La Castellana, in its growth north, shows us the first examples of contemporary architecture, almost all of which are tied to the appearance of the first large Spanish companies, the best-known of which is Banco de Bilbao’s Sáenz de Oiza tower.
History continues and the list would be never-ending, new times come and La Castellana continues its northbound expansion creating the stage which makes new architectural representations possible. Contemporary Spanish architectural history is thus condensed onto an almost 3-kilometer-long promenade architecturale.
A journey through Baroque Madrid, its streets, monuments and, above all, its churches, provide an up-close look at Spain’s fascinating Golden Age.
Created at the behest of Clotilde García, Sorolla’s widow, the home where the artist spent the last few years of his life opened its doors as a museum in 1932. Sorolla himself was responsible for its design: a large number of spacious, well-lit rooms, surrounded by a lush and cheerful Andalusian-style patio, reflecting all of the tradition of the gardens of Sevilla and Granada.
In addition to his own paintings, Sorolla’s private collection is also on display at the museum, including sculptures by Benlliure, Rodin and Bloy and pictorial works of art by José de Ribera, Mariano Fortuny and John Singer Sargent.
The most rule-breaking masterpieces comprise the core of the exposition, which features works from leading international artists. Cubism, Surrealism, Dadaism, Expressionism… splendid examples of the historical avant-garde hang alongside works by the most contemporary artists on today’s art scene.
A relentless traveler, he collected the complete and marvelous trove of all different types of artwork that one can visit at the palace that he had built at the beginning of the twentieth century. From paintings by Bosch, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Murillo, to archeology, furniture, numismatics and ivory. This is a compulsive collection that calls out for order.Cerralbo Museum Designed to be more of a visitable gallery and party venue than an actual residence, the rich rooms of this small Madrid palace, commissioned at the end of the 19th century by Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, the 17th Marqués de Cerralbo, almost completely preserve their original aesthetics and decor, as well as the particular expositions and arrangements that this collector created by using his possessions.
Zurbarán, El Greco, Alonso Cano, Bronzino and Tintoretto are only some of the great masters whose works comprise the collection of this insatiable traveler and passionate archeologist.
Cultural city par excellence, in the 15th century Toledo was known for its important School of Translators, becoming a reference point for the world’s scholars. Afterwards, the Catholic Monarchs expanded and beautified the city, commissioning the building of the magnificent San Juan de los Reyes Monastery, one of the most emblematic buildings that can be visited in the city, in addition to the cathedral, the synagogue and the Santa Cruz Hospital, now a museum.
Today, this unusual cultural encounter still lends the city a unique character that makes it possible to imagine the splendor of the Middle Ages, while bestowing it with the name “the city of three cultures”.
Architecturally inspired by the mythical Solomon’s Temple, in Jerusalem, this impressive building functioned as a palace to serve the court, and included a basilica worthy of a Catholic monarch; a royal pantheon, where all the Spanish kings and queens are buried; and one of the most interesting and beautiful libraries in all of the European Renaissance. It is one of Spain’s most fascinating buildings and reveals the Spanish monarchs’ immense power during the modern period.
A few years ago, the city government moved Madrid’s ring road underground, below the Manzanares River, which brought to light an unknown landscape. We will pedal from the Royal Palace to the revitalized La Arganzuela district, along a smooth, well-kept bicycle route, to the western edge of the city, offering a unique, relaxed and leisurely way to experience Madrid.
Enclosed within impressive medieval walls, its historic quarter is home to palaces, temples, convents and residences, the result of a history shaped by the cultures that lived there together: the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities left their mark, and all three are a living part of our cultural legacy.
Ávila is also a mystic, spiritual city. All roads lead to Saint Teresa, Doctor of the Catholic Church. We can follow her journey, from the house where she was born to the place where she was buried, including the convents where she was hidden away early in life and those she founded after creating the Order of the Discalced Carmelites.
You can see flamenco in an auditorium, a theater or a small club, but the best way to experience it is at an intimate gathering with a few friends. Attending live, unplugged performances by artists such as La Tana, who sang alongside Paco de Lucía, or Paco del Pozo, who received the prestigious Lampara Minera Flamenco award, is possible with THE REAL THING. We also offer other options, such as dinner and a flamenco show at one of Madrid’s leading venues, or even classes to learn how to dance, sing and play along with flamenco, given by some of the leading professionals in these areas.
A walk can be the most special part of your visit if you discover something you didn’t expect or end up in a place you’d like to return to over and over again. When you’re with jewelry designer Virginia Abascal, every route is unique and special: “I never know where we’ll end up in Madrid, but I always start by listening to you to figure out what your perfect route would be”.
Virginia has always had an eye for hidden treasures and the ability to see things others don’t. Ever since she was a little girl, she has followed her own path and taken the road less traveled. This ability to find beauty in the unusual led her to become an independent jewelry designer whose beautiful creations shape emotions and feelings.
In addition to making reservations for you at the best restaurants and recommending lesser-known locales, we’ll accompany you to the market, cook with you and take you for tapas.
Perhaps the best way to discover Spanish cuisine from the bottom up is with one of our chefs. We’ll head to the market to seek out the best seasonal products and produce, then learn some tricks in the kitchen and savor our creation.
And if wine is your passion, you’ve come to the right place. Because wine has been a part of our history (Spain has more than 60 Designations of Origin); because it’s pleasure, both aesthetic and sensorial; because there’s always a cause for celebration… for these reasons—and many more—we invite you to exclusive guided tastings led by our sommeliers, and to pairings, a surprising labyrinth of flavors, colors and aromas.
Fans consider Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, one of the largest in Europe, a sanctuary where they can admire the trophies from 32 Spanish La Liga titles, 9 European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles and the Best Club of the 20th Century trophy, among others. Visit the museum, feel the energy from the locker rooms, sit on the bench as if you were part of the team. And if we have the chance, we’ll even take you down to the field…