Spain Is Art

Spain is Art

An inspiring independent tour for lovers of arts, combining Madrid´s riches with those of the south´s up-and-coming art hub, Málaga.

Day 1 Madrid

Transfer from the airport.  Settle in and relax. This afternoon enjoy a guided walking tour of “Madrid of the Austrias”, the oldest parts of the city which bear the imprint of the Habsburg dynasty (originally from the Austro-Hungarian empire) that ruled Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain’s imperial powers were at their height. You will visit the sumptuous Royal Palace, built in 1734 in the reign of Philip V, a superb example of the Baroque in Spanish architecture and which boasts paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Goya.  Overnight.

Day 2 Madrid

This morning is dedicated to the Prado Museum: during your guided visit your expert guide will pick out some paintings to take you on a journey through Spanish Art history. From Diego de Velazquez with his portraits and paintings of scenes inspired in Greek mythology, the religious works of Murillo and the innovative and extravagant paintings of “El Greco”. A highlight: the portraits of the royal family by Francisco de Goya, and his black paintings. There is a great deal more to see, have a rest in the museum´s café and then maybe take off to discover the early Flemish paintings or Goya´s drafts for tapestries.  Rest of the day at leisure with gallery and sightseeing recommendations.  Overnight.

Day 3 Madrid - Malaga

This morning you have time for another art highlight: visit the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno Reina Sofia, THE reference for Spanish Art of the 20th and 21st century. Another option is the Museum Thyssen with its wide private collection of art.
In the afternoon the very efficient and comfortable AVE high-speed train takes you to Málaga, the vibrant city endowed with modern and ancient culture and history, from a Roman ampitheatre to modern art.  Overnight.

Day 4 Malaga

Start the day in one of the museums of the city, where, with the help of an audioguide you can discover: the Thyssen Museum, a private and extensive collection with a strong focus on 19th- and early 20th-century Spanish paintings depicting romantic landscapes and everyday life and customs in Andalucia.  Enjoy a guided lunchtime stroll around the Mercado de Atarazanas, the central market of the city, where you can find stalls selling all manner fresh foods and treats. Housed in a wrought-iron building from the late 19th century the market is a photographer's - as well as a gourmet's - delight.   Enjoy a tasting of local products in different and distinctive bars.  Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight.

Day 5 Malaga

Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, has restored his legacy with the motto “The artist's work, in the city where he was born“ and in the shape of the Museo Picasso Malaga, opened in 2003 in the heart of the city. It holds more than 230 works, donated by the artist’s daughter-in-law and grandson and covering the majority of his varying styles and media, combining the collection with temporary exhibitions. Discover this museum with an expert guide.
The afternoon is free to further discover Malaga: you might want to visit the Santiago church, where Picasso was baptized, or the house where he was born, now a small museum. Overnight.

Day 6 Malaga

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