Nearby attractions

Within walking distance of the Círculo de Bellas Artes you will be able to find the major touristic attractions of the city, including its world-renown museums. For example, the distances to the most iconic Madrilenian attractions are:

  • Plaza de Cibeles: 200 meters
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: 400 meters
  • Puerta del Sol: 650 meters
  • Retiro Park (Puerta de Alcalá): 700 meters
  • Prado Museum: 750 meters
  • Gran Vía (Callao): 800 meters
  • Plaza Mayor: 1.1 km
  • Reina Sofía Museum: 1.3 km
  • Royal Palace: 1.6 km
  • Bernabéu stadion: 4.3 km (there are several buses, number 14, 27 or 150, stopping at Plaza de Cibeles that take you there in less than 15 minutes)

The Community of Madrid offers a Map of the Central Zone of Madrid (PDF), with dimensions of 48 x 33 cm, especially suitable for tourists visiting our city. The map can be obtained as well in the various Tourist Information Points of the Community, such as the one at the Madrid Barajas airport.

Free visit to museums

Some world-renowed museums can be visited for free at certain times.

  • Museo del Prado (if you do not have much time, see the 1 hour itinerary so that you get the most important to see!)
    • Monday to Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00
    • Sundays and holidays from 17:00 to 19:00
  • Museo Reina Sofía
    • Monday from 19:00 to 21:00
    • Wednesday to Saturday from 19:00 to 21:00
    • Sundays from 14:30 to 19:00
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
    • Mondays from 12:00 to 16:00
  • Royal Palace (Palacio de Oriente)
    • All days: 10:00 – 20:00 (professors in individual visit with teaching staff card.)
    • Monday to Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00 (citizens of the European Union, residents and holders of work permit in that territory and Latin American citizens)
  • Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum)
    • Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 14:30
  • Museo de Historia de Madrid (Madrid History Museum)
    • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00

More Touristic Information

The official tourism site of the city of Madrid offers a lot of information of what can be done in Madrid during your stay, from cultural events to visits to essentials.