• Madrid is offering culture lovers a feast of possibilities this year

    by  • June 6, 2018 • Culture Breaks, Madrid

    Whatever your taste in art or music, there’s sure to be something to suit you in Madrid.


    A number of special exhibitions will be taking place in the city throughout the year.

    This travelling exhibition about the Nazi extermination camp in Poland makes its first stop at the Canal Art Centre in Madrid. Between now and 7th October visitors can see a wide range of exhibits including personal belongings from people who were kept prisoner (and most probably exterminated) there, including some pairs of the infamous striped pyjamas worn by prisoners.  This exhibition will visit museums around the world for the next seven years.

    For art enthusiasts a visit to Madrid is a treat at any time of year.  The Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) is a stretch of just over one kilometre in central Madrid where you’ll find the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum, as well as a number of other institutions and buildings well worth visiting.

    Rubens. Painter of Sketches
    If you visit the Prado Museum before 5th August, you’ll be able to discover why Rubens is considered to be the most important painter of sketches in the history of European art.


    Duchamp, Magritte, Dalí: Revolutionary artists from the 20th century
    Anyone who visits the Gaviria Palace before 15th July will see an extraordinary exhibition comprising nearly 200 works on loan from the Israel Museum, by artists who revolutionised the 20th-century art scene.

    At the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum from 26th June to 30th September is a long-awaited exhibition that addresses the relationship between the two Impressionist painters – Monet and Boudin.  The exhibition comprises a hundred works and reviews the careers of Boudin and Monet and shows the origins of the Impressionist movement

    Noches del Botánico
    If you prefer music to art maybe this one’s for you.  For the third year in a row the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Garden is hosting a series of summer concerts by international music stars.  During June and July the gardens are transformed into a magnificent stage for this unique festival that combines different generations and music styles (jazz, Brazilian, Latin, Flamenco, electronic, rock and pop music).  More than 45,00 people are expected to attend the festival to watch and listen to Elvis Costello, Serrat, Simple Minds, Norah Jones, Kraftwerk and Jeff Beck, among others. The festival runs from 21st June through to 29th July.


    What a time to visit Madrid! There’s sure to be something which appeals to everyone, whatever your taste in art or music.



    With a degree in Geography under her belt, Ann felt that a career in travel might be a good choice. Fast forward over thirty years, and Ann is still in the industry so her instincts have served her well. Ann spent much of her early career working for big names such as Global Overland and Wallace Arnold where she was involved in the contracting and operation of coach tours on a large scale. Taking time out to raise her family, Ann returned to the industry working for Cities Direct. Her desire to travel is as strong as ever and she loves nothing better than visiting a new destination and being able to relay her experiences first hand to Cities Direct clients.