So, you may find yourself with a spare day before your tour departs from Madrid, lucky you! Or you may just have returned to Madrid from Barcelona or Andalucía and you’re wondering how to spend those last hours before heading off home. When you’ve already been on a city tour and seen Madrid’s key sights here is a list of five lessor known places to explore. We’ve listed our favorite five.
Don’t be fooled by the rather simple exterior of this beautiful church located in central Madrid. Founded at the beginning of the 17th century this treasure is unique due to its ellipsoidal layout. The walls are completely painted in sublimely beautiful frescoes. Take a moment away from the tourist hustle to sit and gaze in awe at the artistry. Many noteworthy artists of the day were involved in this masterpiece know as the Sistine Chapel of Madrid. Principally Francisco Ricci oversaw the decorating of the tromphe l’oeil styled dome.
Address: Calle de la Puebla, 22 28004 Madrid
Telephone: +34 91 522 37 74
Times: Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 2.00pm
opening subject to change / closure during special services.
The Sorolla Museum is in the home and former studio of the great Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. The house has been immaculately conserved complete with the garden which was also designed by Sorolla. Inside you will find the largest collection of his artwork, much painted in the Impressionist style. Alongside there is also his personal collection of ceramics, sculptures, antique photographs and letters received by Sorolla during his life. It’s a fascinating collection and well worth a visit.
Address: Paseo General Martinez Campos, 37 28010
Telephone: +34 91 310 15 84
Times: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 8.00pm
Sunday and Public Holidays 10.00am – 3.00pm
Check website for up to date openings
A special piece of Madrid history, one for kids and adults alike! Step back in time to 1919 and discover a place where time has stood still. This was what the Madrid Metro looked like back at the turn of the century. The complete station from the ticket booth to the tiled platform, to the furniture, to the antique advertising posters have all been lovingly restored to bring you a taste of Madrid’s urban history. The best part is it’s completely free.
Address: Plaza Chameri, s/n 28010
Telephone: +34 91 392 06 93
Times: Thursdays 10.00am to 1.00pm
Fridays 11.00am to 1.00pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Check website for up to date openings and for more Madrid Metro Museums around the city. Including the Paleontological remains at Carpetana Station.
You will find that now is the perfect time to visit this wonderful Madrid museum. After six years of careful renovation it is finally open again to the public. With a rich collection of artifacts that span from prehistory to the modern era, this museum is also child friendly with the new layout incorporating informative displays and touchable replicas. A great place to spend a rainy afternoon or for some respite from the midday Madrid sun. The museum also features a café serving breakfast and casual meals. General admission is E3. However, they do offer free admission on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings see their website for more details about hours and admission.
Address: Calle de Serrano, 13, 28001 Madrid
Telephone: +34 91 577 79 12
Times: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 8.00pm, Sundays and public holidays 9.30am to 3.00pm. Closed Mondays.
If you feel like stretching your legs after a long flight or bus adventure, then this is the place you. The Real Jardin Botanico or Royal Botanical Garden created in 1755 is located right in the heart of Madrid. It offers miles of walking paths where you can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the most diverse collection of plants in all of Spain. There is also a cafeteria onsite if you wish to stay for lunch or enjoy a refreshment.
Address: Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid
Telephone: +34 914 20 30 17
Times: The gardens open every day of the year at 10.00am and closing times depend on the season.
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