A holiday in Spain is a holiday immersed in art! With Velázquez, Picasso, El Greco and Goya amongst the country's many native sons, nearly every location in the country brims with exceptional museums that feature the work of these geniuses.
The Capital quartet
Spain's top four museums are located in Madrid, the Spanish capital.
- Museo Nacional del Prado. Spain's most famous museum, the Prado's collection includes works spanning the 12th to 19th centuries and is home to masterpieces like Velázquez's Las Meninas and Goya's Third of May of 1808.
- Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Across the street from the Prado, this private collection contains exceptional Medieval, Impressionist and Expressionist jewels.
- Museo Nacional Reina Sofía. Spain's definitive collection of modern art, this museum is home to Picasso's legendary Guernica and numerous works by Salvador Dalí.
- Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Established by Royal Decree in 1744, the Royal Academy houses works by Rubens, Zurbarán, and Murillo, among others.
All four can be explored from the comfort of Parador Alcalá de Henares, set within a centuries-old convent school less than an hour away from Madrid.
Even outside of the capital, Spain's artistic wonders abound.
- Guggenheim Bilbao. Located within a spectacular building designed by Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim contains a great collection of 20th century art. Nearby Parador Argómaniz, a stately Basque manor, is your home away from home while here.
- MUSAC. Awarded the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, this 21st century museum features works made exclusively from 1992 onwards. Elegant, 16th century Parador León is located nearby.
- Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. The Thyssen's Málaga outpost, easily accessed from lush Parador Málaga Golf, features a splendid collection by the great Andalusian masters.
- Salvador Dalí Theatre Museum. A surrealist masterpiece, this museum is home to the famous Mae West Room. Coastal Parador Aiguablava is an ideal place to stay while visiting this location.
- Museo Picasso (Barcelona). Check in to Parador Vic-Sau for perfect access to this great repository of the artist's later work, located in the medieval heart of Barcelona.
- Museo de Bellas Artes (Seville). A former convent plays host to a collection of medieval period to the early 20th century Spanish wonders. Check them out from Parador Carmona, a former Moorish fortress-palace.
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