LA CAPILLA DE LA BOLSA
Creative Mediterranean cuisine in an exclusive baroque dome hall with grand piano and live music
Lunchs: 13.30hs to 15.45hs
Dinners: 20.30hs to 23.45hs
* Closing break: Monday (all day) Tuesday (at noon)
C/ de la Bolsa, 12
Phone +34 91 521 86 23
MUSEO DEL PRADO
The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art.
Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 20.00 h
Sundays and holidays from 10.00 to 19.00 h
LIMITED OPENING HOURS
December 24th and 31th
From 10.00 to 14.00 h
Monday to Saturday from 18.00 to 20.00 h
Sundays and holidays from 17.00 to 19.00 h
Paseo del Prado w/n
MUSEO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, also called the Museo Reina Sofía, Queen Sofía Museum, is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art.
MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL
Almost a hundred years of history and an outstanding example of cast-iron architecture, one of only a handful of its kind in Madrid. This market has undergone a complete refurbishment that has turned it into a real gourmet temple.
San Miguel Market is a temple of quality products. Further to offering products to satisfy the day-to-day needs of the locals' shopping bags, this space is also designed for visitors and tourists wishing to sample the merchandise available at its stores. The market offers fresh products of the finest quality, including meat, fish and fruit, some of which are difficult to find elsewhere. There are also bars where you can enjoy an aperitif.
PUERTA DEL SOL
Central and bustling, Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid's best known squares. Several busy historical streets, such as Calle Mayor, Calle Arenal, Calle Alcalá and Calle Preciados, converge here and it contains several of the city's best known landmarks.
One of these is the famous clock at Casa de Correos, the headquarters of the regional government of Madrid. On 31December each year thousands gather in front of the clock and follow the tradition of eating twelve grapes as it strikes twelve, in a televised ceremony viewed by millions of Spaniards.
In the same place, opposite the Casa de Correos doorway, is the plaque marking Kilometre Zero, the point from which the country’s radial roads are measured and alongside which many Spanish tourists have their photos taken every day. The Puerta del Sol also contains the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, much loved by locals and a popular meeting point. The same image appears on the city's coat of arms.
On the opposite side, at the entrance to Calle Arenal, is the "Mariblanca" statue of Venus, a replica of the seventeenth century original that used to adorn a fountain located here, now held at the Casa de la Villa. Very near to the statue, in the centre of the square, is the equestrian statue of Charles III, the king who modernised Madrid in the eighteenth century with a series of improvements to the city's infrastructure.
Always full of locals and visitors, it is an attraction no one should miss if they visit the city on a Sunday or a public holiday. Set in the La Latina district, around Ribera de Curtidores, with Plaza de Cascorro as its nerve centre, the market takes in a large, almost triangular block bounded by Toledo, Embajadores and Ronda de Toledo and takes in other streets such as San Cayetano, Fray Ceferino González, Carlos Arniches and Mira el Río, as well as Plaza de General Vara del Rey and Plaza Campillo del Mundo Nuevo.
According to the area we walk through, we can find different articles, from craft work, clothes and accessories, to kitchen equipment, records and second-hand magazines, toys and all kinds of old objects from different periods. The surrounding area contains numerous antique and discount stores, while there are now many shops selling vintage furniture and other items.
It is thought that the market got its name from the trail left by the carcasses of animals being taken from the abattoir and the tanneries in the area. Today it is home to over 1,000 vendors, who are there on Sundays and public holidays from about nine in the morning until 3 pm.
Many people round off their visit with an aperitif in one of the area's bars, where they can enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or some draught vermouth with a paella tapa or a squid sandwich in Ribera de Curtidores and the surrounding streets.