The Museo del Prado is Madrid’s most famous museum, situated along the grand Paseo del Prado. I was incredibly excited about coming here, mainly because I’m a total ex-art student geek and LOVE museums and art galleries. I love the quietness, the silent respect and the feeling of being surrounded by beautiful things that seem impossibly old.
This is far more of an art gallery than a museum though, with sculptures and paintings from all over Europe ranging from a couple of hundred years BC all the way to the 19th century. There’s a statue of Goya outside the museum and a huge collection of his paintings inside which are just phenomenal.
If, however, you aren’t as enthusiastic about soaking up hours on end of culture, the restaurant in here offers excellent value for money. For €15, you can get a perfectly nice three course meal and a bottle of drink. And if you are like me, unshakeably determined to see every single thing contained within the building, then you’ll need a decent lunch break and a strong coffee in the middle of it all.