El Rastro, located in the Madrid de los Austrias,
is given over to Madrid's bustling flea market. It's
the perfect way to while away a Sunday. Once you have worked
up an appetite examining an abundance of things old and new
(probably none of which you will buy), slip off to one of
the numerous tapas bars or hearty restaurants.
Museo del Prado
Madrid's Museo del Prado houses a dazzling permanent collection
of some 7000 paintings, especially noted for its Flemish,
Dutch, Spanish and Italian works. This gallery ranks with
the top five in the world and is an absolute must-see.
Originally built in 1850 and recently renovated, Madrid's
Teatro Real now hosts opera, concerts and ballet, with
a policy of being open to all.One of the most beautiful of
European lyric theatres, it can seat between 1440 and 1750,
depending on the size of orchestra (and whether it is needed
Telefonica Open de Madrid (October
Madrid's beautiful Club de Campo hosts the Telefonica
Open. Coming as it does a couple of weeks before the
Volvo Masters, many of the top names in European golf use
the event as preparation. Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez won
the 2003 tournament.
Madrid International Fashion Week
(Every 6 months)
The Juan Carlos I Exhibition Centre in Madrid
hosts International Fashion Week (SIMM), the most
important female fashion exhibition in the country. In 2005
Madrid celebrated 27 years of SIMM, demonstrating
the maturity of the Spanish fashion industry within Europe.
The quality and the competitive price of Spanish goods are
widely recognised on the international market, and this is
reflected in the increasing numbers of foreign exhibitors
at the exhibition.