No sooner had the celebrations receeded after the recent decision to add the El Prado & Retiro areas to the UNESCO World Heritage List than the news came that the capital has been added to Time Magazine´s list of “World´s Greatest Places”.
The list which is now in its third year is compiled from the magazines international network of correspondents and contributors, “with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences”.
Madrid´s citation reads: “Madrid Safeguarding tradition”
” Social distancing is not conducive to the intimate art form of Spanish flamenco, nor to Madrid´s famous tablaos, where the dance is usually performed.
While Spain’s Ministry of Culture invested more than €1.1 million in flamenco last year to help the industry ride out the pandemic, the next few months will be crucial in determining whether the city’s tablaos can survive beyond 2021.
New luxury hotels opening this year are sure to help by attracting first-time and return visitors, including the remodeled Rosewood Villa Magna, the brand’s first Spanish property; Mandarin Oriental Ritz, a recently restored Belle Epoque hotel in the center of the capital; and the 200-room Madrid Edition, set in a historic square featuring a roof terrace and sky bar.”
The 100 destination list also includes two others in Spain – the town of Caseres in the Extremedura region where the Helga de Alvea Art Museum is featured as well as Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, which is most famous for its cathedral and final stop for pilgrims walking the Way of St James.