The Golden Mile of Madrid Museums

Turismo Madrid

The Paseo del Prado in the heart of Spain’s capital, is recognized all over the world as the Golden Mile of Museums in Madrid. I have been attached to this part of the city ever since I worked at the reception desk of the Hotel Ritz in Neptuno Square to pay for my college education. Undoubtedly, it’s the most cosmopolitan neighborhood of Madrid and, from a cultural perspective, it is second to none. When Spain was still a dictatorship you could wander through the surroundings and meet foreigners from the world over who came to Madrid to admire the Prado Museum. Nowadays, the Prado experience can be enhanced by visiting the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums. Nearby is the Barrio de las Letras, a district which saw Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Quevedo and Calderon, Spain’s renowned Golden Century writers, live their creative lives and enrich the country’s cultural legacy. The Paseo del Prado, Madrid’s oldest boulevard, offers visitors a lively atmosphere and a place to enjoy the peaceful greenery of the Botanical Garden, as well. It has something for everyone, even for businessmen and investors as they can pay a visit to Madrid’s Stock Exchange (Palacio de la Bolsa) headquarters, located between the Prado and the Cibeles fountain. A stroll through the Prado boulevard is good for one’s heart and mind. It deepens your sense of belonging to a city which is hospitable and all embracing. Kindred spirits from all over the world can share here common interests and establish bonds which may last a lifetime. I’ve seen it happen. It is an ideal meeting place and a refuge from the dizzying rat race lifestyle that can sometimes be so overwhelming. Next time you come to Madrid, take your time and allow yourself to take a slow stroll down the Prado boulevard and its adjoining delicacies. A surprise may be in store for you.

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