Madrid is undergoing a period of astonishing creativity, resulting in a city that feels more distinctive and authentic than many other modern capitals. A young city by European standards, the vibe here is adventurous and unpretentious but with an eye toward quality in all pursuits of life, from architecture and design to food and wine.
On the cultural front, the Spanish capital is home to many of the country’s greatest national museums, including the masterpiece-dense Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen art museums. Building on their strength, at least a dozen other cultural institutions and attractions share the same sidewalks, and the surrounding streets are lined with commercial galleries. The city’s culinary reputation as more traditional than daring, dynamic Barcelona has also come unbuttoned. With chefs from across Spain and around the world joining the local talent, the city’s restaurants and bars are a major draw for gastronomes.
Travel to Madrid to see its gorgeous architecture and plazas, many of which were constructed during the 16th and 17th centuries, and its lovely avenues and thoroughfares. Read Travel + Leisure’s Madrid travel guide to see why those who visit can’t get enough of this bustling Spanish city.
What to Expect
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