a few blocks are three world class art museums. The Prado contains works
from the 12th to the 19th centuries. There are collections of both Spanish
and foreign artists. The most renowned collections are of Valáquez
Reina Sofia has a outstanding collection of 20th century art. Among the
artists are Miró, Dali and Picasso. The third museum is Thyssen-Bornemisza
which has a little of everything from 13th century to the present.
There are at 25 to 30 theatres in Madrid that can be visited in the evening.
Probably the most famous is the newly restored Royal Theater, Teatro Real.
It is world renown for opera and the home of the opera company, Fundación
del Teatro Lirico.
The biggest bullring in Spain, Las Ventas, lies in Madrid. Bullfighters
throughout Spain come to this challenging arena. There you can feel the
fury of the bull and the rear and pride of the matador.
Sunday afternoon is soccer time in Spain. Madrid has two soccer teams,
Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. Real Madrids stadium,
Santiago Bernabéu, is 50 years old and seats 75 000 people. A match
with so many can be deafening but well worth it.
There are museums to everyones taste if you have the time. There
is the Municipal Museum, which you can get an overview of the town and
its history, the Musco de la Ciudad which has miniature models of
Madrid, the Wax Museum which speaks for itself, the Natural Science Museum
and many more.
Dont leave town without visiting the El Rastro flea market. Its
been around since the middle ages and the major part is around the Plaza
de Cascorro. Calle Ribera de Curtidores is the main street of Madrid.
There you can find some great bargains.