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Golden Triangle of Art

Golden Triangle of Art: Our most recommended tours and activities

Majestic Madrid 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Majestic Madrid 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Get to know part of Madrid on a 2-hour walking tour of some of its more majestic streets and districts. Begin your tour directly east of the ancient heart of Madrid in the literary neighborhood, the Barrio de las Letras. It's here where some of the greatest writers, poets, and playwrights in history lived. The memorable quotes lining the streets make it one of the cultural highlights of the city by day, and the busy bars and cafés make it a party hotspot by night. As you walk through the area, discover one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite bars, along with his passion for bullfighting. Then visit the Cervantes House, where one of the world's greatest novels, Don Quixote, was written. Next, walk down Calle de Alcalá and the Paseo del Prado, where you'll find iconic buildings that form an incredible skyline of bold designs, vibrant colors, and monumental grandeur.

Madrid: Literary Quarter & Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

2. Madrid: Literary Quarter & Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

Escape the busy city streets of Madrid and enjoy a 2 or 3-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. Discover the green lungs of the city in the heart of its arts and museum district. Cycle a green oasis in the heart of the city, and glide gracefully down the "Barrio de las Letras" (Literature Quarter). Learn more about some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Continue to the Prado Museum via Calle de las Huertas. Admire the façade of Spain’s temple of Spanish art and pass through the Prado promenade, where you'll find the art triangle. See one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid as you pass the Iglesia de los Jerónimos. Once inside the park, discover a lovely pond, a crystal palace, and a monument to the “Fallen Angel” one of the only sculptures of the Devil. Apart from its monuments, Retiro Park is an ideal place to experience an electric bike. As you depart the park, pass over the largest street of Madrid and see sights such as Alcala Gate, Cibeles Palace and Puerta del Sol in the true heart of the city.

Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Madrid: Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Examine artworks by international artists such as Goya and Velazquez. Learn the use of different pictorial techniques and find out the customs and habits of society in the past. Marvel at Las Meninas, famous for the unparalleled use of the perspective. Hear about the characters, details, anecdotes, and secrets hidden in the paintings that otherwise you would not realize.  Prado Museum is located in the heart of Madrid. It is definitely an unmissable landmark in the Capital of Spain. Inaugurated in 1819, Prado Museum is the home to more than 7,000 paintings. Immerse yourself in Prado Museum and travel to the most brilliant epoch of the history of arts. Admire paintings from the North of Europe like the Flemish. Exquisite, precious, and full of detail paintings made by genius as Van der Weyden fill the rooms of the museum. Enjoy the enigmatic artwork by Bosch, which are a mirror of the society and beliefs of his time. See Italian paintings made by Fra Angelico, Rafael, and Titian whose equestrian portraits and religious painting became a source of influents for later artists. 

Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

4. Madrid: Prado Museum and El Retiro Park Guided Tour

See El Retiro's most famous sites including the Crystal Palace, the Philip IV Gate, as well as places that are not listed in guidebooks. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the main attractions in Madrid. Along the way, you'll gain valuable insights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, walk with your guide along the Paseo del Prado until you reach the Prado Museum, which is the main Spanish national art museum. El Prado is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. It's based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of painting and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. Explore one of the greatest art museums in the world without having to queue. Once you get inside, you'll be able to marvel at the incredible works of Francisco Goya, the most extensively represented artist in the collection, as well as orks by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

If you want your visit be complete in Madrid, you cannot miss seeing some of the world’s great masterpieces located in this museum. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. The collection hosts thousands of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures to be discovered by the visitors. Don't miss the most important ones - the visit will be focused on Durero, Fra Angélico, El Bosco, Tizziano, Tintoretto, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, and Goya.

Madrid Sunset Walking Tour and optional Flamenco Show

6. Madrid Sunset Walking Tour and optional Flamenco Show

Starting from Plaza Mayor, meet your guide and begin a leisurely evening walk around Madrid. Discover the Bourbons district, which was constructed to reflect the architectural taste of King’s Charles III. Walk past exceptional sights as you learn local anecdotes, mysteries, and secrets. Gaze up the Prado Museum façade, and walk along the Golden Triangle of Arts, a group of three world-class museums. Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere of Madrid, walking with the guide through long streets and centric squares, such as Puerta del Sol where Spaniards celebrate New Year's Eve and the twelve strokes. Experience the nightlife of the metropolis that never rests. If you chose, the option with Flamenco show, at the end of the tour, the guide will lead you to ablao Flamenco Torres Bermejas. Taste a glass of “fino” as you admire the stunning furnishings of the Tablao which were inspired by the Alhambra palace. The Moorish decorations will make you feel that you have been transported to Andalucia.

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What people are saying about Golden Triangle of Art

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 443 reviews

Joaquin was the tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I used to live in Madrid a few years ago but he took us to cool places that I never knew about before. He talked about the history of this beautiful city in detail which I found fascinating. I highly recommend this tour but make sure to wear comfortable footwear.

great tour. our guide Lydia was lovely. you get to know the main points inside the huge retiro park. inside the museum was very organized and the guide was very knowledgeable

The tour guides were incredible and really made the experience so much more enjoyable than simply seeing the Retiro and Prado themselves!

Fully recommend this tour, our guide Sebastien was very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged throughout. Interesting and enjoyable.

Very interesting tour, well organised, the guide was friendly and shared lots of information with us.