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 in Madrid.
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. Your first visit should focus on this must-see museum which, since 1819, has displayed collections brought together by all the Kings of Spain from Charles V onward. You can stroll through the halls of its galleries and discover a range of collections that showcase various themes and art throughout history.
Buen Retiro Park
When temperatures rise and the city gets warmer, a walk under the shade of the trees in Buen Retiro Park (El Retiro) 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. A visit inside Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) is a chance to be surrounded by a beautiful glass and metal building, which will feel like you've been transported into a fairy tale. Plus, it is certainly among one of the most Instagrammable spots in Madrid!
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After this little cultural break, you can devote yourself to a more trivial but no less enjoyable art: shopping! In the surrounding walk-able 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. If you're in the mood for a hearty meal, then Ana la Santa will not disappoint! Located on Plaza de Santa Ana, you will find all sorts of dishes, but be sure try their paella, which is reportedly the best in the city!
You can also peruse the program of the Teatro Español, the uncontested benchmark of the Spanish stage. Lastly, finish your day 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 Radisson Blu Madrid Prado.
Immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and book your trip to Madrid with Radisson Blu!