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El Greco Year

 

There’s only one way to celebrate the year of El Greco

El Greco year celebrations began 14 January. To mark the 400 anniversary of the death of Doménikos Theotocópulos, El Greco, exhibitions are being held in Madrid and Toledo to highlight the life and works of the painter.

The main exhibition, El Griego de Toledo, is designed to acquaint the public with the painter’s life, while the exhibition in the Museo Nacional del Prado, entitled El Greco y la Pintura Moderna, will focus on the productive innovations introduced by El Greco’s workshop and the artist’s influence on painters like Picasso, Pollock and Bacon. 

Book your trip now and celebrate the year of El Greco with TAP!

 

Madrid Departures from Portugal
 

EL GRECO

ITINERARY THROUGH THE EL GRECO´S WORK.

This year –2014– Spain marks the fourth centenary of El Greco's death.

Although he was born in Crete in 1541, Doménikos Theotokópoulos travelled to Madrid in 1577 and from there to Toledo, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life, being known as the “The Greek from Toledo”.

If you're planning a trip to Toledo you should on no account miss a visit to the El Greco Museum itself in the heart of the Jewish quarter. You'll have a chance to see some of his best-known paintings, including "The tears of Saint Peter", "The altarpiece of San Bernardino" and "View and plan of Toledo". Other monuments and museums in Toledo also contain works by El Greco, such as the church of Santo Tomé, the convent of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, the Tavera Hospital, the Cathedral sacristy, the chapel of San José and the Santa Cruz Museum.


 

 

Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic, financial, administrative and service center, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history.

Madrid has one of the most important historic centers of all the great European cities. This heritage merges seamlessly with the city's modern and convenient infrastructures. With more than thirty museums and the "Paseo del Arte" art route, at the Paseo del Prado, as reference, Madrid is indeed an important cultural reference in the world. Shopping time is part of the touristic program. Madrid is the second best European shopping destination. But if there's one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be the hospitality of its people. Open and friendly people who will show any visitor the best of the city: the “madrileño” life style.

LOCATION

Madrid is strategically located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula, at 646 m above the sea level.

HOW TO GET THERE

TAP Portugal has daily and direct flights from Lisbon and Porto.

DON´T MISS

- Plaza Mayor;
- Parque de El Retiro;
- Puerta de Alcalá;
- “Paseo del Arte“

Spain's capital has three of the world's most important collections. The Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Museum are the three vertexes of the so called Art triangle. The work of some of the most important masters can be admired in their premises: Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, Monet, Degas, Dalí, Rembrant. The three museums are located just a few meters from each other and along this route, you can admire emblematic buildings such as the Caixa Forum, which offers an extraordinary cultural, social and educational offer, where the visitor can also enjoy exhibitions, workshops, lectures and concerts. 


 

 

Toledo

Toledo is located in the center of the peninsula, only 70 km from Madrid.

Toledo is known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries, behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. The old quarter, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, still maintains its original medieval design and takes us to another age.

All over the historic center you’ll find an array of shops and businesses where you can buy the city's most traditional products (swords, damascene work, ceramics, leather articles, embroidery…). These establishments are clustered mainly around the monumental areas such as the Cathedral, the Alcázar and the Jewish Quarter. The streets of Santo Tomé, and Comercio are two particularly busy shopping streets.  

HOW TO GET THERE:

TAP Portugal has daily and direct flights from Lisbon and Porto. From Madrid, it is very easy to reach Toledo by train, bus or by car through the A42 highway. The most comfortable and convenient option is by train: From Atocha Railway Station there are trains every hour and it takes only 25 minutes to arrive in Toledo.