FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
United

For Your Future Travel Consideration: Madrid is for Art Lovers

by Barbara Rogers

Jul 17, 2020

Photo: Stillman Rogers

Destinations / Europe

Few cities in the world offer as much for couples who share a love of art as Madrid. Travelers can choose from romantic hotels a few steps from three of Europe’s finest art museums. Without leaving that same “Avenue of the Arts” they can stroll through a beautiful botanic garden and visit an innovative contemporary art center.

 

Spain has been home to some of the greatest classic European artists, including Velasquez, Goya and El Greco, but there is so much more to Spanish art. Two of the most creative and innovative artists of the 20th century are Spanish: Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, each of whom developed unique ways of representing the world.

 

Much of this rich history of Spanish and other European art can now be found in the powerful museums of Madrid. The amazing thing is so much of this artistic wealth is concentrated in four museums along or immediately adjacent to the broad boulevard, Paseo del Prado.

 

Of these, probably the greatest and best-known is the Prado. This museum houses much of the art collected by Spanish monarchs of the 16th and 17th centuries and comprises some of the most complete selections of major artists anywhere, sometimes as many as 100 examples of a single artist. The museum is rich with artists such as Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Ruebens, Velasquez and Goya, to mention a few.

 

The Prado Museum, Paseo del Prado

 

Almost directly across the street from the Prado on the Paseo del Prado is the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, whose collection of approximately 1,000 items includes major artists from the 13th century to the late 20th century and such names as Fra Angelico, Tiepolo, Titian and Tintoretto. The museum also has one of the finest representations of American artists in Europe and includes Thomas Hart Benton, James McNeil Whistler and Andrew Wyeth.

 

The CaixaForum is housed in a building that is a modern work of art itself. In a masterpiece of deconstructionist architecture, an old four-story electrical plant was raised and set above an open space with a flowing waterfall beneath it. A facing wall is a living artwork formed by a multistory vertical garden of green and flowering plants. While the Caixa has a fine collection of contemporary art of its own (mostly post-1980s), the reason to visit is its outstanding capacity to bring in exciting special exhibitions.

 

Officially the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, it is known more commonly known as the Reina Sofia and focuses on the changing nature of art as a social medium from the late 19th century to the present. Its works are organized into three collections defining specific periods of Spanish and European history. The art of this museum is reflective not only of the explosion of new forms and styles of art, but also of the depth of turmoil and conflict during these periods. The most famous work in this museum, Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, is an immense canvas created to commemorate the destruction of the Spanish city by Nazi bombing.

 

The Reina Sofia Museum. Photo: Stillman Rogers

 

A few steps from these museums are two romantic hotels: The Westin Palace Madrid and the boutique Vincci The Mint. The elegant façade of the Belle Epoch Palace Hotel, now a Westin property, overlooks the Paseo del Prado next to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, five minutes from the Prado. Before heading for the galleries, savor fresh-baked breakfast pastries under the hotel’s spectacular stained-glass dome. The stylish modern boutique hotel Vincci The Mint is nearby on Gran Via, where you can enjoy a cozy drink on the rooftop terrace as you watch the sun set over the city.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Multigenerational
Sep 29, 2022

Hurry: Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express Train Ride Filling Up Fast

It’s not too early to plan holiday family travel, and those bound for the Grand Canyon region might want to consider booking tickets now for Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel’s popular Polar Express. Tickets are going fast!

Take the Family Vacation of a Lifetime to Alaska with Celebrity Cruises

Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.

Mexico
Sep 28, 2022

Nature and Fun Await at Xel-Há Park

Family travelers spending time in Riviera Maya, Mexico, cannot miss Xel-Há, a park offering an extensive list of activities, all surrounded by the pure natural beauty of the region. The beginning of fall marks the perfect time to visit the park, with more than 20 unique experiences.

Middle East
Sep 28, 2022

Plan a Winter Getaway to Qatar at Winter Wonderland

Qatar may not seem like your typical wintertime family travel destination. After all, you won’t find many snow-capped peaks or ski resorts in the world’s desert nations, but the country’s newest winter attraction will make sure you have so much fun you won’t even think about snow. From roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to cotton candy and ice cream, there will be something for everyone at this nightly, winter-themed entertainment park.

United Aviate Academy Takes Off

United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.

Mexico
Sep 28, 2022

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort Unveils Family Zone

Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort unveiled its Family Zone, a secluded area for families with activities for guests of all ages. Add the resort to your family travel bucket list.