Capital of Spain since 1561 Madrid is the
home of the Spanish government and of the Spanish royal family.
Furthermore it is the countries cultural
capital. The Prado, one of the greatest art galleries in the world
houses unrivalled collections of Goya, Velázquez, El Greco
and Titian as well as important works by El Bosch and the Flemish
School. Across the road you will find the Tyssen Bornemisza museum
and the Reina Sofia, home of Picasso's "Guernica".
For those seeking high culture, the opera
house opposite the Royal Palace, has recently been restored. Additionally
theatre and classical music in the Auditorio Nacional are with
in easy reach.