3 days in Madrid

Spent a few days in Madrid, getting a dose of much needed blue skies and sunshine. I was told by a friend who lives there that the sun shines for more than 300 days a year in Madrid, how lucky they are!

Took in my fill of Art and Culture with three museums. The Sorolla Museum which was originally the home and studio of the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla. There are still some of the original furnishings, Sorolla’s paintings fill the house, with rooms for Special Exhibitions upstairs. There is a lovely courtyard which must look stunning when all the roses are in bloom in the summer.

The Prado Museum took two visits in order to see the permanent displays and the Special Exhibitions, one of them being Goya in Madrid. Also lovely to see Goya’s The Naked Maja and Las Meninas by Velazquez again after many years. The cafe provided a well needed rest and a contemplation spot to take in all that inspiration.

My first time in The Reina Sofia Museum, and to see Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, so mesmerizing and so powerful in its message. A must see for all visitors to Madrid.

The best churros and hot chocolate is of course in that Madrid institution Chocolateria San Gines, heart stoppingly good churros dipped in that thick rich hot chocolate they are famous for. If you have never been, the roof top at Circulo De Bellas Artes is a must for the fabulous views of Madrid. Sadly too early in the season for the rooftop bar to be opened!

We ended with our last evening spent at SOT, the tapas restaurant run by Sergi Arrola, the two Michelin Star chef. A tapas experience that did not disappoint, all tasty morsels served in creative ways. Very delicious and highly recommended.

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Peep window into Goya's Winter Scene. The Prado Museum.
Peep window into Goya’s elegant and chilling Snowstorm. The Prado Museum.
Delicious churros dipped in a rich hot chocolate sauce. San Gines Chocolateria.
Delicious churros dipped in a rich hot chocolate sauce. San Gines Chocolateria.
Reina Sofia Museum, which was built as a General Hospital in the 18th Century, today houses 20th Century Art, mainly Spanish.
Reina Sofia Museum, which was built as a General Hospital in the 18th Century, today houses 20th Century Art, mainly Spanish.
From the rooftop of Circulo de Bellas Artes.
From the rooftop of Circulo de Bellas Artes.
Sorolla Museum's garden, pretty even in the winter.
Sorolla Museum’s garden, pretty even in the winter.
Sorolla's home turned Museum.
Sorolla’s home turned Museum.
Sorolla's Studio
Sorolla’s Studio
The Almudena Cathedral.
The Almudena Cathedral.
Luciano Fabro exhibition at Palacio Velazquez, located in El Retiro Park, the biggest Park in the city.
Luciano Fabro exhibition at Palacio Velazquez, located in El Retiro Park, the biggest Park in the city.
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Mercado de San Miguel, one of Madrid’s oldest markets that has undergone extensive renovations. A food lover’s delight!
Stocking up on goodies to take home. El Corte Ingles in Salamanca,
Stocking up on goodies to take home. El Corte Ingles in Salamanca,
Sergi Arola's tapas.
Sergi Arola’s tapas.
Arola's Patatas Bravas.
Arola’s Patatas Bravas.

So much more to do in Madrid, I will return when the weather is warmer!

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Global Nomad living in Stockholm, blogging on Art, Design, Beautiful Interiors and Travel. I have lived in 7 different countries, and travel widely. Love Art and Design especially the Scandinavian aesthetics. My blog features interviews with creative people, many of them top artists and designers from Scandinavia. I also blog on my travels, offering insider tips from my global network.

2 thoughts on “3 days in Madrid

  1. Hi V,
    Gorgeous pictures! Such a feast for the eyes! Madrid is definitely next on my must visit list !
    Love,
    N. Gotfredsen

    Like

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