Tempting Travellers to…  Spanish cities that inspired Picasso, Dalí, Miró, El Greco and Velázquez

Madrid and Velázquez

Velázquez painted the majority of his pieces in Madrid where he worked as a court painter for King Philip IV. The majority of his most famous paintings, such as “Las Meninas”, can be seen at the Prado Museum in Madrid’s city center. Tempting Travellers to recommends two more world-famous museums nearby:  you’ll want to visit the famous Reina Sofía National Art Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Statue of Velazquez outside the Prado Museum in Madrid

Malaga and Picasso

The port of Malaga and its Mediterranean atmosphere inspired the work of Picasso from his birth.

Picasso in MALAGA photos taken by Fiona Knight

Tempting Travellers to meet surrounded by the architecture and paintings by Picasso at the Museum of Malaga is a real passion and frequent pleasure! A magnificent place to return to and always find something special and unique in the local art and area. A cocktail in the central courtyard, an out-of-hours guided tour, a videoconference in the auditorium, an art workshop… Museo Picasso Málaga offers a whole range of opportunities to hold events, congresses and activities. Located in the Buenavista Palace, the dimensions of this renaissance building provide an ideal setting for encounter and insight. Tradition and avant-garde live alongside each other in this privileged position located right in the historic center of Malaga.  Museo Picasso Málaga’s team of professionals will help you to design your event to suit your preferences. 

Figueres and Dalí 

“In this privileged place, the real and the sublime almost touch,” Dalí said of his beloved Empordà (Girona), a beautiful region of Catalonia whose landscapes were fundamental to his work. Figueres is an interesting Spanish city to visit. But, if you’re interested in Salvador Dalí, then a day trip to Figueres is a must-do! Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres and lived his entire life there. It’s where he set up his museum with the largest collection of his work which can be seen in Figueres, a city with the biggest surrealist object in the world: the Dalí Theatre-Museum.

Courtyard in the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres

Mallorca and Miró

According to Miró, “Mallorca is really a very lovely country, where some places still have the freshness of the first days of creation.” Tempting Travellers to is in full agreement with the artist. The light, color and nature which inspired him are still very present on the whole island, and also in Palma de Mallorca. where the Pilar and Joan Miró foundation is situated.

He had a special relationship with Mallorca: his mother was from there, as was his wife Pilar Juncosa, whom he married on the island, and he died there. You will love this beautiful Mediterranean island and its turquoise waters. A good way to get there is to fly from Barcelona to the airport of Palma de Mallorca, the capital (the flight takes just one hour).

If staying in Palma, you may be interested to know that this city has the first and only theme hotel devoted to this artist, the Hotel Joan Miró Museum. The rooms are all themed and the public spaces are decorated with works by the painter.

Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation © Turismo de Palma de Mallorca

Toledo and El Greco

When El Greco arrived in Toledo in 1577, its labyrinthine streets were nothing like those of Venice or Rome, where he used to live. This contrast inspired him to immortalize the place in the famous “View and map of Toledo” which can be seen in the Santa Cruz Museum located in this city embraced by the river Tagus, it offers a spectacular sample of the history of Spanish art within its walls. Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Jews, Christians, all left their mark on Toledo, making it worthy of being declared a World Heritage Site.

Detail of the painting ‘View of Toledo’ by El Greco.


For further information, please contact the Tourist Office of Spain.

For Prado Museum – eventos.privados@museodelprado.es 

For Thyssen Museum – tourism@MuseoThyssen.org

For Miro in Mallorca – info@fpjmiro.org

For Dali Foundation: comunicacio@fundaciodali.org

For the Picasso Museum – eventos@mpicassom.org



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