Madrid Facts And Information
Madrid is the capital of Spain and is also the largest city in Spain. The Metropolitan area has a population of over 6 million of which 3.4 million live in the city itself. It is the third largest city in Europe only behind London and Berlin.
Situated on the banks of the Manzanares River, in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula, the city is the headquarters to the Spanish Goverment and is also classed as the financial hub of Spain. Another major plus point for the city is that it is also home to the Royal family of Spain, who have their residence in the Royal Palace in the city. Due to the quality and standard of life and living in the city, it is one of the most sort after cities in the world to live in. It is also in the top five most visited cities in Europe.
The city is an abundance of culture, art and entertainment and offers something for everyone, no matter what your preference maybe. No matter what time of year you visit, there will be an event or festival taking place, so there is always something new or different to see.
The city boasts a wealth of galleries, tapas bars, restaurants, parks, gardens and museums, as well as some fantastic sights that are well worth seeing. Another main attraction for the city is that it is home to Real Madrid football team and many visitors either come to the city to watch them play or simply to just to take a look at the Bernabéu stadium.
The capital, is a very easy city to move around and the very efficient public transport systems, makes it easy for visitor to the city to get from one place to the next. The public transport services offer a wide choice of tickets and travel cards that allow you unlimited travel on the buses or the Metro, which are a great way to see the city. The Madrid Metro and the bus networks, are a viable option for visitors to get from one attraction in Madrid to another.
Madrid is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and if you are a night owl, you will not be disappointed with the night scene that Madrid has to offer. The nightlife in Madrid does not get going until the early hours of the morning and when one bar closes, another one seems to opens! In fact, Madrid has the most bars than any other city in the world. You will find music to suit all tastes and a large number of bars and clubs offer live entertainment such as Jazz and flamenco and traditional Spanish music.
Madrid enjoys very dry hot summer with cool winters. In the summer months, it can be very uncomfortable as temperatures soar into the 30’s. In the winter months temperatures drop dramatically and there can be rain and even snow!
A list of Madrid Attractions
Below is a list of some of the main attractions in Madrid:
La Gran Vía
La Puerta del Sol
Palaces & Mansions
Plaza de Colón.
Plaza de Oriente
Puerta del Sol
Real Academia de Bellas Artes
Spain – La Plaza de Santa Ana
The Caixa Forum Museum
The Plaza Mayor
The Prado Museum
The Rastro Flea Market
The Reina Sofia Museum
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
We hope the list above will provide you with a few ideas of things to see and do whilst visiting Madrid.