Madrid: keys to enjoying the capital and its culture in times of COVID-19

With the outbreaks of COVID-19 it is difficult to travel because there are places where there is confinement or more restrictive measures. It is the moment to be able to take the opportunity to make small trips, always within the established rules, to discover nearby places or to enjoy the city in which you live without having to leave it. And one of the ones with the greatest possibilities is Madrid . This capital offers multiple options for sightseeing for a weekend, a long weekend or longer stays. On this occasion, we are going to focus on cultural options that tourists and also the people who live in this city can enjoy.


Museums are a good option to enjoy culture in Madrid and, also, do it for little money. To those more than known as the Prado Museum, other renowned proposals are added such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum , which is free on Mondays .

This way, you can see the permanent collection with works by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rubens, Duccio or Carpaccio, among others, without spending one euro, but whenever I go on Mondays and on schedule from 12.00 to 16.00. The advantage is that you do not need a prior reservation, but you do have to take into account the measures in times of COVID-19.

Continuing with art, another option is the exhibition offered by CentroCentro , which hosts an exhibition until February 7 focused on the figure of Botero . An artist of which he exhibits a total of 67 large-format works , taking a tour of his 60 years of artistic production and his most recent unpublished work of watercolors on canvas.

Another less known museum, but with great interest, is the Lázaro Galdiano , which includes more than 5,000 pieces , which are distributed over four floors . Among them, tableware, jewelry, ceramic objects, furniture or ivory pieces stand out, among other attractions.


For those who prefer music, the Excelentia Foundation has scheduled concerts within the Great Classics cycle at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid with works by Tchaikosvsky or Beethoven, among others.

The Opera House is another of the alternatives available to enjoy cultural life in Madrid with the start of the new season with a program that includes Don Giovanni, Tosca, Elektra or Norma.

And, for those who love musicals , these days the Teatro de La Latina hosts the musical with comic and romantic overtones inspired by the songs of the Italian artist Raffaella Carrà .

More spicy is the show – for adults only – Clandestino Cabaret at the Gran Teatro Bankia Príncipe Pío, which is a mixture of burlesque theater and music hall with humorous overtones and impressive acrobatic and circus numbers.


Reading is also present in Madrid. For example, La Casquería is a bookstore , which is in the gastronomic market of San Fernando, where books are sold by weight . A very curious way to enter the world of knowledge.


And, if what is preferred is the cinema, there are also alternatives. In addition to the usual cinemas with corresponding movie releases, you can enjoy other options. Among the most striking is the possibility to enjoy a movie without leaving the car to the style of the old driveins.

It is the Autocine Madrid RACE proposal, which is in the Fuencarral-El Pardo district, which has a capacity for 350 parking spaces, being the largest in Europe so far. Among the screenings, there are classic films in the history of cinema, but also films premiere.