An art insider’s guide to Madrid’s Golden Triangle


In search of artistic masterpieces? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what to see at Madrid’s powerhouse museums.

Three behemoths of the museum world form Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo Nacional. All three are moments away from Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, along the tree-lined, UNESCO-listed Paseo del Prado. Between them, these museums provide a consummate trip through Western art history, peppered with its most significant creations, from Velázquez’ Las Meninas to Picasso’s Guernica. With this holy trinity in situ, it’s no surprise that the neighbourhood has become a hotspot for culture. Other don’t-miss addresses include the Espacio Miró, along with contemporary art dealers like Helga de Alvear.

Fans of M.O. can skip the queues and get free entry to the Prado and Reina Sofia, with free global museum membership, too, courtesy of The Cultivist.