All About Madrid
Elegant, cosmopolitan, creative and bustling, Madrid has a unique atmosphere!
Madrid – the “Place of many streams” derived from the Arabic word “Magerit”, is the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, as well as the political, economic and cultural center of Spain. It is a modern metropolitan city, the biggest city in Spain and the third most-populous metropolis in Europe (after Paris and London).
Madrid is a city to enjoy and share, with 144 museums, almost 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, 59,000 hotel beds, 6 public and 7 private universities, more than 350 metro stations and almost 300 km of underground lines, and more than 5.000 restaurants.
Located on the banks of the Manzanares River, in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, 646 meters (2,119 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and natural parks. The city’s many parks make Madrid the greenest city in Europe.
Art and culture play a key role in Madrid’s cultural life. The city is full of great monuments, like the royal palace, the Plaza Mayor or the many statuettes. Art highlights in Madrid include the museums Del Prado, one of the world’s most important art galleries, Thyssen, with over 800 paintings ranging from primitive Flemish artists through to the avant-garde movements as well as Reina Sofia National Art Centre, dedicated to contemporary Spanish art and containing works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Juan Gris, among others.
If there’s one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and catching passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly and open character of its residents. Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, the latest film releases, the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of the best Spanish and international gastronomy… all these are just a few of the leisure options Madrid has to offer.
Exploring the historical and cultural legacy of this capital city will leave you with an exceptional experience.
Madrid never loses her potent energy to influence the heart and alter the lives of all who visit.
Experience Madrid through the ages and the cosmopolitan Madrid of today!
Sights & Attractions
Paseo del Arte
If you’re a lover of classic and modern art, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum should be on your list.
The Madrid palace is the largest functioning royal palace in Western Europe, with 3,418 rooms and 135,000 square metres of floor space.
Puerta del Sol
The Puerta del Sol is the square in the heart and center of Madrid, where the main streets meet and the famous clock bells of Madrid reside.
An arcaded square located in the historical center of the city.
Puerta de Alcalá
Built for Charles III in the 18th century, the Puerta de Alcalá is one of the most iconic monuments in Madrid.
Found at the beginning of the Paseo de Arte, this fountain is an icon of Madrid.
Las Ventas Bullring
The most famous bullfighting ring in the world.
El Retiro Park
A green oasis in the center of the city.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Go behind the scenes of Real Madrid, visit the club’s museum and see the players’ changing rooms.