At the heart of Madrid art

It's through being immersed in the arts and literature of a country that you truly come to know it. Museums, theaters, libraries, and more make  the El Barrio de las Letras neighborhood an open book on Madrid.

The Radisson Blu Madrid Prado is located right in the heart of the city center, only a few meters from the Prado Museum that you can admire from the hotel terrace. Your first visit will focus on this must-see museum which, since 1819, has displayed collections brought together by all the kings of Spain from Charles V on. From April 4, you can stroll through its galleries and discover a selection of 200 items concerning Hispanic art for the special exhibition on the treasures of the Hispanic Society of America.

When the temperature rises, a walk under the shade of the trees in the Retiro Park will offer you some coolness. In this neighborhood which has been home to such distinguished writers as Cervantès, Lope de Vega, and Francisco de Quevedo, you will discover numerous contemporary galleries, as well as the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, which has one of the most beautiful 20th-century collections, plus a selection of works from the Fine Arts Museum of Budapest where you can admire paintings and sculptures from artists such as Raphael, Durer, Nicolas Poussin, Leonardo da Vinci until May 28.

After this little cultural break, you can devote yourself to a more trivial but no less enjoyable art: shopping in Madrid. In the surrounding walkable streets, there is something for everyone. Stroll towards the Plaza de Santa Ana,in the heart of Barrio de las Letras, dominated by the statues of the poet Pedro Calderón de la Barca and the writer Federico García Lorca.

You can also peruse the program of the Teatro Español, the uncontested benchmark of the Spanish stage. Lastly, finish your shopping spree with a tapeo (tradition of eating tapas), paired with a glass of wine, in the Calle de las Huertas, famous for its many bars. This major artery crosses the entire neighborhood from the Plaza del Ángel up to the Plaza de la Platería de Martínez and, like all lovers of Madrid life, you can taste and test some only a short distance from the hotel.

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