“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
The Paseo del Prado is known as the "Golden Triangle" as the home of Madrid's three most famous museums: Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia. Inside you'll find wall-to-wall masterpieces, and outside a pleasant green area with wide, tree-lined boulevards and a park-covered island with benches and fountains. Although this is a touristy area, it's less crowded than Sol and offers nice restaurants and bars in the plaza just opposite the Prado Museum. The side streets behind the museum are mostly residential, but include some architecturally intriguing townhouses.