While I like Madrid, I prefer to be driving through all the beautiful smaller cities throughout Spain. I visited Madrid when I was in my 20s, and it looks much the same. The weather wasn’t the greatest on this visit, but luckily the Prado can keep one entertained for quite long time. We also spent quite bit of time in the Palace.
You have to see google “Interior Madrid Palace” because you won’t believe the inside of the palace. Photography is not allowed, so I cooperated with the rules. But I would have had a field day in there if I could have. See the porcelain room and dining room for the highlights.
The last picture is a photo of my brochure from the Prado. You’ll recognize some paintings or at least some artists for sure.
Thanks to Fodor’s Travel Guides, Trip Advisor, and Wikipedia for the great lessons that helped me to plan and summarize this trip.