Activities for a Rainy Day in Madrid

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  • Tom S
    Washington, DC77 contributions
    Don't miss the Garden of Earthly Delights and the extensive collection of artists including Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco. Well worth the trip, one of the better museums we have visited worldwide.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • CorMom
    New York City, New York108 contributions
    I had seen on tripadvisor that the stadium is under construction and they have reduced the price of the tickets. For me it wasn't worth the visit but my son is a real fan and it was still exciting for him to see the 14 champion cups and to see the stadium even with the pitch ripped up. If you have the right expectations, can make the decision whether or not the tickets are worth it.
    Written 21 August 2022
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  • Tom S
    Washington, DC77 contributions
    Definitely go with a guide, as they will be able to explain the significance and relationship of the royal families over time, like how the Habsburgs and Bourbons had a major influence on Spanish history. The palace is still used for high level government meetings.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Geeta S
    Philadelphia, PA95 contributions
    Incredible museum with an impressive collection. Also easy to navigate.

    Do not miss this museum! I did the first time I went to Madrid.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Barry I
    Maidstone, UK4 contributions
    As an art lover, I found this place amazing. Such a great display of the art I like - Picasso, Miro and the amazing Salvador Dali. Lots of other great artists as well and could not help but spend hours in here! But mainly, if you like Salvador's work, do not miss this.
    Written 27 September 2022
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  • EgyptophileEngland
    Burnley, UK197 contributions
    We have been visiting the Museo Sorolla whenever we were in Madrid and for YEARS. Their website says the Sorolla Museum Foundation was created through the bequest of Clotilde García del Castillo, the painter's widow, who bequeathed her personal collection of his “paintings, notes and drawings” and the family home to the Spanish State in her 1925 will, in order to create a Museum in remembrance of her late husband. The State accepted the bequest and the Sorolla Museum opened as the Sorolla Museum Private Educational Foundation.

    It remained in this form until 1993, when new regulations prohibited the State from owning foundations. The institution was then divided into two: The Sorolla Museum, dependent on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, which is still connected to the Museum and is governed by its Board.

    When we first visited - pre 1993 - the ceilings were peeling, the walls were damp and the place was virtually devoid of visitors - though the art was absolutely STUNNING and made us Sorolla aficionados for life. Over the years the building has had vast improvement, the programme of exhibitions and hangings has extended or been changed around and more areas of the house have increasingly been opened up to visitors. When we visited last week the museum was seriously over-crowded - rather in the manner of 'block buster' exhibitions at a National Gallery though without the space or systems to deal with such numbers. It was wonderful to see so many people now appreciating the superb paintings of this talented artist brought about by the generous bequest of his wife but, oh something has to be done about the numbers, organisation of this success and, to be honest, one or two of the staff. We were treated with consideration and politeness. We didn't have to queue to obtain our tickets as the attendant pulled us from the queue blocking the door to the shop/ticket office/left luggage/and toilets, took our age validations and returned with our free entry tickets. Wonderful, simply wonderful not even to have to pay to see Sorolla's stunning paintings even if we were shoulder to shoulder with other enamoured visitors. We noted though that one of the attendants in the main studio was just WAITING for a visitor to put a toe on one of the rugs on the floor before rudely reproving them. Curators, put a little chain round it so people know they're not allowed to stand on it, or round any precious items they're not allowed too near to so they don't fall foul of the attendants. The little dried flower bundles and pine cones indicating people may not sit on the chairs is discreet, charming and seems effective.

    As it happens this current temporary exhibition wasn't for me because the dark environment and oddly positioned lighting played havoc with my sight. The opening up of a different route to get back downstairs certainly should help for a 'through route' but then one finishes up at the front of the house, the opposite side of the building from the shop and temptingly close to the gateway to the street without having to make any post visit purchase. We did work our way back to the shop through the artists in the garden/more folk queueing for tickets to select, and join the queue to pay for our purchases but PHEW! It had to be someone as talented as Sorolla to give us the enjoyment of visiting the Museo Sorolla. Either the admission price has to be raised (would be worth every cent!) or timed, limited number admissions system has to be introduced. We enjoyed Sorolla's paintings for FREE and with not another soul around in the Fundacion Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson and also in the Prado which is free in the evenings. The Museo Sorolla is now a victim of its own success and needs some tweaking - if not re-thinking. We love it, love it....but....
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • roborant
    Fairborn, OH172 contributions
    Great museum to visit. Much bigger than you would think. We spent several hours going through it and were unable to see everything.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • MichaelBNielsen
    Odense, Denmark358 contributions
    It should be the best tapas in town presented in an old beautiful building and with a very hectic atmosphere. There is a broad variety of food and drinks at medium prices. The only challenge is to find a place to sit down and eat. You are not allowed to take beverages in glasses outside. Worth a visit even if you don’t go there to eat,
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Steven S
    4 contributions
    I don't usually bother writing reviews but feel compelled to write one for this lesser known attraction. For 3 Euros, the price of an overcharged bottle of coke from the airport, you can experience a mini-palace. You get the impression of how royalty might live if forced to downscale into a smaller property. All the lavishness of decoration and acquisition of furnishings and art objects are there to behold and admire. I was shocked at how it exceeded my expectations. There were no camera police within, and I was not made to feel a criminal by staff for having the affrontery to want to capture memories on my phone camera (the Palace opposite had the air of tolerating visitors by comparison and the camera police were severely official). The staff were engaging and friendly, an experience i found exceptional for Madrid attractions, where staff usually give off an air of dismissive indifference if you dont speak Spanish.
    Written 29 August 2022
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  • BobPraz
    Toronto, Canada222 contributions
    Aside from the Royal Palace, this is probably one of the architectural highlights of Madrid, and the most noteworthy religious monument. From the outside is more plain-looking than the inside, which is spacious under its huge dome and covered in frescoes and gilding. You can see it quickly or wander around and appreciate the details. It's also a little off the main tourist trail, so it was generally peaceful inside.

    The only inconvenience were the opening times, which at the time did not match anything I read online or in a guidebook. when we were there it was open in the morning but closed in the early or mid afternoon. It may have been because it was August (the local holiday season), but generally it seems like a good idea to check the times at the site itself (or call ahead).
    Written 9 September 2022
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  • binab
    Ljubljana, Slovenia25 contributions
    The cathedral is beautiful, it's different from the ones I have been to before. I especially loved the ceiling. The comission was free. There were A LOT of tourists.
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • DublinEyespy
    Dublin, Ireland401 contributions
    What a treat! This building is a stunning piece of architecture, currently housing an exhibition on how humans have portrayed themselves since the stone age. Excellent exhibition. Just outside the museum is a glorious vertical garden.
    Written 23 November 2021
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  • Joe Kemchi
    Tel Aviv, Israel232 contributions
    We attended the Madrid derby between Atletico and Real earlier this season.

    Access to the stadium by the metro from the center of Madrid was rather easy and a lot of fun.

    Unlike matches at Bernabeu or Camp Nou where a significant portion of the attendees are tourists from outside Spain, almost everyone in the stadium was an Atletico supporter.

    As a result, the atmosphere throughout the game was fantastic with the Atletico supporters signing - often with very colorful language directed at the Real players - for almost the entire 90 minutes.

    At the end of the game, the stadium cleared out rather quickly and we were back on the train to our hotel in the center of Madrid within 15 to 20 minutes.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • Ksenia O
    4 contributions
    There is a big exhibition, we were happy to see such a good models of ships. There was not enough interactivity like maps, videos. So if you are not into the theme it will be quite hard to understand the history of naval
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • Emily A
    Madrid, Spain269 contributions
    Covid is currently restricting life in all its facets, not least of these the art world, and yes, it has touched the magnificent Galdiano. But should you yearn for great art, lovely old home decor, and a tranquil place to get away, then get over to northern Serrano district to the Galdiano.
    I went in the morning on the weekend, always good to beat the queue. And was able to spend some time in the Goya room where the collection of the Witches Sabbat paintings hang. Personally, I just love Goya. They also have The Third of May 1808, another must see of all art.
    You may also get a tour or spend time in the gardens. All good ideas.
    Written 14 July 2021
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