Museo Reina Sofía
Spaniards will say that you haven’t seen Picasso until you’ve seen him in Spain and we’re inclined to agree. If you can only go to one museum in the city it should be here, purely because you can experience Guernica, his 25ft long masterpiece that illustrates the tragedy of the Spanish Civil war.
There are other strings to this museums bow though. Found in the so-called ‘museum triangle’, It has recently been vamped up with stylish glass and steel architecture by no less than Jean Nouvel. The Sofia presents an impressive collection of 20th century Spanish art – Dali and Miro amongst them – punctuated with contemporary installations and a small but well selected number of international artists including Gerhard Richter and Francis Bacon. Big names for a big building (6 floors of imposing 18th century ex-hospital to be exact) plus a credit-card threatening book shop, gorgeous tiled courtyard and a pretty sexy tapas bar to boot, means this place will satisfy even the most demanding of cultural aficionados.
Santa Isabel 52
Monday 10.00 – 21.00
Wednesday – Saturday 10.00 – 21.00
Sunday 10.00 – 14.30
Train: Atocha Station
Metro: Lavapies and Atocha Stations