Known for its deeply-rooted cultural and artistic heritage, the Spanish capital offers lots of opportunities for art enthusiasts. The Radisson Blu Madrid Prado is located right in the heart of the city center, only a few meters from the Prado Museum which can be admired from the hotel terrace. There are so many things to see and discover in this city that you won't know where to begin.
First of all, head to the Royal Botanical Garden, classified as an artistic garden in 1942. Whether on a guided tour or otherwise, you can spot over 5,000 different plant specimens among countless exotic species. A refreshing outing for when temperatures rise in the city!
Art galleries also offer a cool venue to escape the blazing sun. At the Reina Sofía Museum, discover the work of one of the most famous painters in history, Pablo Picasso. Until September 4th, there is an exhibition marking the 80th anniversary of the creation of the painting Guernica. In addition to this special event, you can admire the museum's permanent collection, housing almost 21,000 works of contemporary Spanish art. If Picasso is not enough to satisfy your cravings, go to the Sorolla Museum which is dedicated to its former owner Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923), known as the painter of Mediterranean light. You can enjoy the many works by this master on show at this location including his paintings and drawings, but also sculptures, ceramics, and jewelry.
Then, head towards Retiro Park. The majestic Palace of Velázquez welcomes you with a beautiful steel and glass structure. It hosts several temporary exhibitions, such as one dedicated to the German artist Franz Erhard Walther (until September 10th) where you'll be immersed in in the second half of the 20th century Art Nouveau era, featuring installations, videos, photos, etc. After your visit, take in the green landscape of the park and perhaps reward yourself with a little nap in the shade of the oldest cypress tree in Madrid (400 years old!).