Flamenco rhythms, Velasquez painting, bullfighting, clear sea and wide beaches – the charm of the Spanish country attracts people from all over the world to me. Spain is called an open-air museum. There are cultural and historical monuments of global significance located here, which are easily unreal to lose if you want to learn more about European civilization. The beautiful and wayward city of Madrid, the capital of Spain, keeps a huge wealth of the Prado Museum, the name of which is known to everyone, because it is one of the largest and most fascinating museums in the world.
The Prado Gallery began its own countdown from the 18th century, when the refined and sophisticated wife of King Ferdinand VII, Isabella of Braganza, wanted to create a museum in Madrid in which it was possible to collect art and the best examples of painting. The Prado owes its name to the Prado de San Jeronimo Alley, which was founded in the age of Enlightenment.
In total, the collection of the famous gallery has more than six thousand paintings, four hundred sculptures and countless treasures of Spanish churches and kings. In the Prado you can notice many of the works of the scandalous painter Hieronymus Bosch and the most famous painting by Diego Velasquez “Menines”.
Madrid is also not only the keeper of the treasures of high art, but also a city in which the native Spanish traditions of bullfighting are still strong. Since the 30s, Madrid has had a grand bullring, Las Ventas, at the end of Alcana Street. Here, every Sunday during the period from March to October, bullfights take place, which attract tourists from all countries.
And if you want to see with your own eyes a real bullfighting festival, then go plan your own trip to Spain in May. The fact is that for a whole month (from May 1 to May 30) in honor of the city holidays of St. Isidora hosts the most important series of bullfights in the world – Feria de San Isidro. She gathers a lot of bullfighters from thousands of spectators and all over Spain from all over the world.