Must-see exhibitions, Easter, combined ticket for the Royal Palace and Teatro Real opera house…Madrid tourism news. March 2018

2018’s top exhibitions in Madrid
This year is packed with exhibitions you won’t want to miss. Madrid’s famous Art Walk will welcome Rubens. Painter of Sketches at the Prado Museum, Monet/Boudin at the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Russian Dada 1914-1924 at the Reina Sofía Museum. Other noteworthy shows will also be held across the city including Derain, Balthus, Giacometti at the Mapfre Foundation (Recoletos exhibition hall), Toulouse-Lautrec and the Pleasures of the Belle Époque at the Canal de Isabel II Foundation, Duchamp, Magritte, Dali: The Revolutionaries of the 20th Century at the Palacio de Gaviria, and Disney, the Art of Storytelling at CaixaForum Madrid.
What’s new in Madrid
Teatro Real
Combined ticket for the Royal Palace and Teatro Real
The Royal Palace, one of the most visited attractions in the capital, and Teatro Real, one of Europe’s most important opera houses, are two of the most unique and iconic venues in Madrid de los Austrias (Hapsburg Madrid). Now they can be visited easily and affordably with a combined ticket that costs 15 euros and is valid for 30 days (it includes an audio guide available in five languages at Teatro Real and unguided entry to the Royal Palace). Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of either venue.
Monthly calendar of events
Processions through the capital’s most iconic sites, holy music in churches and basilicas and the traditional tamborrada drum parade in Plaza Mayor on Easter Sunday are some of Madrid’s most notable Easter events, and you can enjoy them alongside traditional seasonal cuisine like torrijas (Spain’s answer to French toast) as well as the capital’s regular cultural and leisure programme.
Ellas Crean
Devoted to female creators, the festival Ellas Crean (Women Create) is now in its fourteenth edition. Until 1 April, Conde Duque Cultural Centre will host a multidisciplinary that will feature both prominent and up-and-coming female figures from film, literature, music and theatre.
Emel Mathlouthi. Foto: Julien Bourgeois
Mercado de Motores (Motor Market)
Delightful markets
The city of Madrid boasts almost twenty specialist markets (both regular and occasional) where you can wander around, browse and buy food, fashion, design, decorations, hand-crafted items and more. Madrid Productores at Matadero Madrid, Mercado de las Ranas (Frogs’ Market) in Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter), Mercado de Motores (Motor Market) in the Railway Museum, and Malamarket in Plaza del Dos de Mayo are just some of them.
A new season at La Zarzuela Racecourse
The 2018 season is kicking off at La Zarzuela Racecourse, which celebrates the 77th anniversary since its opening this year. From Sunday 4 March to 2 December you’ll be able to enjoy horse races at this venue in the Spanish capital, which offers great entertainment and a range of food establishments.
Zarzuela Racecourse
Vuelve a Madrid Programme
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Vuelve a Madrid Programme
The city of Madrid’s loyalty programme makes over 150 exclusive offers and opportunities to enjoy the capital available to visitors, who simply need to register on its website Vuelve a Madrid users receive 600 Madrid Points as a welcome gift, which they can exchange for unique offers in the categories of leisure and entertainment, gastronomy, art and culture, shopping and nightlife. This gives them a chance to enjoy a selection of the best restaurants, musicals and shows, flamenco clubs, sightseeing tours, shops, museums and much more.
Anniversary celebrations
Aida at Teatro Real
Madrid’s famous opera house continues to celebrate its bicentenary as well as the 20th anniversary of its reopening with a special programme that will see one of its most monumental and iconic productions, Aida, return to the stage from 7 to 25 March. Giuseppe Verdi’s opera will be directed by Nicola Luisotti and will feature a triple cast including some of today’s best voices, such as Violeta Urmana, Daniela Barcellona, Gregory Kunde, Fabio Sartori and Alfred Kim.

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