Four Spanish cities among those preferred by travelers to visit museums

Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Bilbao among the 19 European, according to a survey of

Four Spanish cities are among a selection of 35 from around the world that stand out for their museum offer, according to a survey conducted by the search engine for flights and Jetcost hotels for its new section Explore, which facilitates the best destinations according to different criteria: fishing, architecture , caves, castles, beaches, hiking, safaris … and so on up to 30 search concepts. In this section you can also find the best flights to travel to these places.

Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Bilbao are among the 19 selected European cities, out of a total of 35 worldwide. Other cities in Europe that stand out for their offer of museums are Milan, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Florence, Vienna, Athens, Antwerp and Moscow. According to data reflected by the survey, 67% of tourists choose their holiday destinations based on the museums they can visit.

Those surveyed by had to choose their favorite cities to visit museums of different types depending on their variety, quantity and quality, highlighting which had interested them most and some that would have surprised them. In the case of Madrid, of course, the most mentioned was the Prado Museum, which this year celebrates its bicentennial with several special exhibitions that join its monumental offer of art from all eras, and which is the most visited in Spain, with almost three million people. The other two museums that make up the so-called “Art Triangle” and that they are very close to each other, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía, occupy the following places, although curiously Queen Sofia surpasses the Prado in visitors: 3.9 million in 2018. Soon we will have to talk about the square? ? of art, integrating the CaixaForum Madrid, also in the same area. These are followed by the National Archaeological Museum, although, curiously, one of the most striking, especially among foreign visitors, is the Bernabéu Tour of Real Madrid that last year had 1.3 million visitors, in addition to others Small but full of charm, such as the Sorolla Museum, the Costume Museum or the Lazaro Galdiano. In total, Madrid was visited by 8.2 million people in its art museums in 2018.

A similar case occurs in Barcelona with the so-called Barça Stadium Tour & Museum, the most visited museum in Barcelona, ​​with 1.8 million visitors, a figure that is close to visitors to the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres and slightly superior to those of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. In total, attendance at the art museums in Barcelona is 3.7 million people, less than half of those in Madrid, although the number of tourists in the Catalan capital is higher than in Madrid: 12.1 million compared to 9.9. The notable difference is apparently due to the fact that visitors to Barcelona go to other centers of interest that are not museums, such as the Sagrada Familia or the Park Güell. Other museums that attract visitors’ attention are the Egyptian Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) and the Maritime Museum.

Something similar happens in Valencia, where several monuments, which are not museums have had more visitors in 2018 than these. Of the total of 1.4 million visitors to museums and monuments in Valencia, most of them opted for the Lonja, the Cathedral and the Serranos Towers. Among the museums that Jetcost users have chosen is the spectacular Prince Felipe Science Museum, the work of Calatrava and one of the new icons of the city, also the nearby Museum of Fine Arts of Valencia and the unique National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts González Martí. Among the curious museums that many visitors highlight, is the Concha Piquer House Museum and the Fallero Museum.

Finally, in Bilbao it stands out, of course, as the most international and visited the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in the Bilbao widening that includes the trio of the most important art museums in the entire Basque Country, the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, the Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum and the aforementioned Guggenheim that was visited in 2018 by 1.2 million people. Although the museums in this area of ​​the expansion are the most popular, we must not forget others. The Casco Viejo de Bilbao is not just a great center of outdoor life. Among its old buildings and squares there are backwaters of culture and wisdom. Four museums, which are large, hide among the «Seven Streets»: from the smallest of them all, the Easter Steps, to the oldest, the Basque Museum-Basque Museum, to the newest, Arkeologi Museoa, or to Eleiz Museoa-Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro, in the square of La Encarnación.