Cortes Entertainment Walk, Madrid

Madrid is the economical, political and cultural center of Spain. Founded in the 9th century, this city is one of the most relevant destinations that Spain has to offer to its visitors concerning culture and history. Madrid is a hot destination filled with interesting spots including museums, historical sites, Flamenco bars and much more. Discover Cortes barrio step by step, as proposed in the list below.
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Cortes Entertainment Walk Map

Guide Name: Cortes Entertainment Walk
Guide Location: Spain » Madrid (See other walking tours in Madrid)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: emma
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

1) Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (must see)

Founded by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is housed in a 19th-century Neo-Classical mansion near the Prado Museum. It is one of the finest private art collections in the world and was ceded to Spain by Baron Hans in 1992.

The museum is part of the “Golden Triangle of Art” and has a truly wonderful collection of Impressionist and Expressionist European and American art, Renaissance, Mannerism, Rococo and Romanticism art dating from the 13th to the late 20th century.

The Baron and his son weren’t lovers of religious art, so in this museum, you will find few religious paintings, but mainly portraits and landscapes executed by great artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas and Cézanne. In 2004, the Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza (widow of Baron Hans) lent her extensive art collection to the museum.

You can admire Ghirlandaio’s “Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni”; Carpaccio’s wonderful “Portrait of a Knight”; “Our Lady of the Dry Tree” by Petrus Christus and a diptych of the “Annunciation” by Van Eyck. In the part of the museum devoted to Pop Art, you will find the original “Woman in Bath” by Roy Lichtenstein.

Why You Should Visit:
A very cozy, relaxing, interesting and well-organized gallery, with all great pieces commented by an outstanding audio guide.
You can get close and examine the techniques used, take photos of your favourite works, or just admire them.
The artwork is more varied than in the Prado – there are more artists/styles represented, and something to suit all tastes.
Good café/restaurant for either coffee, snack or lunch – you can either sit inside or outside in the courtyard.

Tip:
If you go on a Monday, check out the temporary exhibitions on the top floors first as they close at 1pm.
Otherwise, either start on the top floor and work your way down or do it vice-versa if you prefer contemporary art.
Also, bring your earphones so you can plug into the audio piece.

Operation Hours:
Tue-Fri, Sun: 10am-7pm; Sat: 10am-9pm; Mon: 12am-4pm, free visit and access.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plaza Cánovas del Castillo

2) Plaza Cánovas del Castillo

When you visit the Plaza Canovas del Castillo, do make sure that your camera’s batteries aren’t low and that you have plenty of space for photos, as it would be a pity not to keep some of souvenirs of this lovely plaza.

Actually, “plaza” is rather a grand name for what is now Madrid’s most popular and most beautiful roundabout. Surrounded by impressive Baroque buildings, the centerpiece of the plaza is the fountain “Fuente de Neptuno”, a large basin with a statue of Neptune upon a conch-shell chariot drawn across the waves by two horses. The statue was designed by Ventura Rodriguez and sculpted in white marble by Juan Pascual Mena not long before his death in 1784.

Over a hundred years later, the plaza was renamed after Antonio Canovas del Castillo. Del Castillo was a Prime Minister of Spain in the 19th century. In 1876 he was the principal author of the Spanish Constitution and he spoke out for the freedom of religion.

Unfortunately, the statesman and historian also had a darker side to his character. The political legacy of his fervent opposition for the independence of Cuba led eventually to the Spanish-American War in 1898. In 1896 after a bomb exploded during a religious rally, he ordered the arrest and torture of over 300 men and women, many of them innocent. He was assassinated in 1897 by an Italian anarchist.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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La Venencia

3) La Venencia

La Venencia is a famous bar among tourists due to the great sherry and tapas it serves. It has a stunning design, with everything remaining completely unchanged from its opening in 1953. The bar is dedicated to serving customers the finest sherry and is frequented by an eclectic group of madrilenos.
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Vinoteca Barbechera

4) Vinoteca Barbechera

An elegant and quite inexpensive wine bar, Vinoteca Barbechera is the best choice for those who want to enjoy a cup of authentic Spanish wine. It offers a variety of more than 300 Spanish wines and traditional tapas. It can be easily found on Plaza de Santa Ana in Central Madrid.
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Cerveceria Alemana

5) Cerveceria Alemana

Cerveceria Alemana is located in central Madrid's Plaza Ana, well known for hosting many cafes and eateries and for being a popular night spot for Madrid's youth. It is also the place where Hemingway had his daily haunt- the Cerveceria Alemana (German Bierkeller). His regular table still stands in the near right-hand corner and this tavern is noted in his novel "The Sun Also Rises."
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Plaza de Santa Ana

6) Plaza de Santa Ana (must see)

Plaza de Santa Ana is located in central Madrid, nearby Puerta del Sol and Calle de Huertas, in the Barrio de las Letras. It features monuments to Spanish Golden Age writer Pedro Calderón de la Barca and the Grenadian poet Federico García Lorca and numerous restaurants, cafes and tapas bars, with its terraces covering most of the sides surfaces. Teatro Español, the oldest theater in Madrid, is located on the plaza's east side. It was built in the 17th century and then had the name Corral de la Pacheca, and Príncipe. On the west side of the plaza, a luxury hotel (now ME Madrid Reina Victoria) was built in the early 19th century. The hotel achieved fame for being the favorite among the most popular bullfighters. For example, the regular guest Manolete always reserved room number 220 in superstition. The plaza is a popular meeting point in Madrid.

Why You Should Visit:
Not the best venue for real good Spanish food, but not bad nevertheless for taking refreshment on a terrace and people-watching.

Tip:
Be mindful of your belongings anytime you are in this area, as it is infamous for pickpockets.
The Madrid Reina Victoria hotel has a restaurant and a terrace on the top floor with nice views of Madrid.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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CaixaForum

7) CaixaForum (must see)

When you arrive at the Caixa Forum you will be immediately struck by two aspects of this extraordinary building. The first thing to draw your eye is the vertical garden adjoining the Forum; the second feature will take your breath away: the building appears to be floating off the ground!

When the Caixa Foundation acquired the disused power station they wanted to create a modern multicultural center, but the building was classified as a historical monument and they couldn’t have it pulled down. Instead, they hired Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron who created this truly amazing building, incorporating the ancient station with top floors in “rusted” steel. To make the building “float”, they removed the crumbling base to create a covered plaza and provide the entrance to the Forum.

There is a central staircase to take visitors of the 2000 square meters of the exposition rooms from the two underground levels to the top floor where the administration offices and a restaurant are to be found. The underground levels house an auditorium and a theater. On the other floors, you will find a library, a bookshop, exposition rooms that house both temporary and permanent exhibitions of post-modern art, conference rooms and concert rooms.

The vertical garden is over 25 meters high and is a beautiful contrast to the brick and steel Forum. The garden was designed by the French botanist Patrick Blanc, who invented the concept of mural gardens.

Why You Should Visit:
For a cheap price, you have access to exhibitions of great quality and the upper floor has a nice & comfy coffee shop to rest your legs.
They also have an exquisite gift-shop where you can do all your gift-shopping, albeit their special designs are not so cheap.

Tip:
Since the exhibits are on a rotational basis, check the website before planning a trip to make sure you want to see what they have.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kapital

8) Kapital

An elaborate nightlife complex housing an impressive seven floors of varying entertainment, Kapital truly defines the Madrid nightlife scene. The bottom floor features the main room where techno beats get guests going on the spacious dance floor. Offering three bars and top quality light and sound, this is only the beginning of a guest to Kapital’s journey through this massive club. The second floor features karaoke, the third offers hip, R and B, and funk, while the fourth floor features the VIP area with its own DJ. The fifth level of Kapital features pop favorites from yesterday and today, while the sixth floor offers a more laid back vibe better for conversation. Finally, the rooftop terrace offers a tranquil setting under the stars.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: midnight – 6 am

Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Create Your Own Walk in Madrid

Creating your own self-guided walk in Madrid is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Moncloa and Camberi Walking Tour

Moncloa and Camberi Walking Tour

Madrid is a vibrant metropolis made up of 21 districts. This walk covers two of them - Moncloa and Camberi - with the former being a leafy area replete with laid-back cafe terraces, evening crowds, and students hanging out at bars around Moncloa’s colleges. Camberi, in turn, is a quintessential castizo neighborhood, rightfully regarded as “simply cool” and ideal for those seeking to enjoy the authentic way of life in Madrid. Take this walk and discover Moncloa and Camberi in their variety.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

El Parque del Buen Retiro is one of the main attractions of the city of Madrid. Known to the locals simply as "El Retiro," the park is a favorite place to spend weekends and summer days and was considered a Royal Park up until two centuries ago. Highlights of the park include several fountains, palaces, monuments and arranged gardens. Discover this historical site step by step in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Salamanca Walking Tour

Salamanca Walking Tour

The Spanish capital is a vibrant metropolis made up of 21 districts. This walk brings you to and around one of them - Salamanca - one of the wealthiest and most expensive areas of Madrid, home to many foreign embassies and upscale venues. To see what else makes Salamanca a famous destination, take this walk and find out.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Nightlife Tour

Nightlife Tour

Citizens of Madrid are famous for being dynamic and very outgoing. Living in one of the liveliest cities in Europe, locals enjoy the nightlife, when Madrid transforms into an array of colors and music. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Madrid in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Gran Via and Sol Nightlife

Gran Via and Sol Nightlife

Citizens of Madrid are famous for being dynamic and very outgoing. Living in one of the liveliest cities in Europe, locals enjoy the nightlife, when Madrid transforms into an array of colors and music. Check out the most popular nightlife spots in Central Madrid in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
City Center Walking Tour

City Center Walking Tour

The oldest part of Madrid, Centro district is one of the most happening areas of the Spanish capital. A place of regular celebrations and festivals, it is also home to some of Madrid's major attractions, such as Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Espana, Plaza de la Villa, Puerta del Sol, as well as many cultural venues – theaters, museums and galleries. On this walk you will visit a good number of them.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

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