Madrid doesn’t usually dazzle the first time visitor like other Spanish favorites. It doesn’t have a beach, there is no star architect (think Barcelona & Gaudi), and Spanish tapas aren’t at their finest here* (unless you go to Melo’s).
Yet its art, both contemporary and earlier, are world-class. Beyond the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza, (the Golden Triangle of Spanish art), small galleries litter the city with political criticism, bold ideas and true emerging modern talent.
Location: Tabacalera, Calle de Embajadores 51
Its previous function: an old tabaco factory
* Revision: Madrid does great tapas, but do your research. For a few instant suggestions, check out http://inmadridblog.wordpress.com/