Welcome to Madrid
Madrid, capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and its economic, financial, administrative and services center with an immense cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of fascinating history.
Strategically located in the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula, at 646 meters above sea level, Madrid retains one of the most important historical hulls between the great European cities, which harmoniously merges with the most modern and comfortable infrastructures, one Complete offer of accommodation and services and the most advanced technology in audiovisual and communication media. Conditions that, together with the push of a dynamic and open society, but also cheerful and welcoming have made this metropolis into one of the great capitals of the western world.
Poblada from the Paleolithic Inferior, it will not be until 1561 when the king Felipe II grants to Madrid the capitalidad of its extensive Empire. The historical center, also known as “Madrid de los Austrias” and the impressive Plaza Mayor, inaugurated in 1620 and one of the most popular and typical corners of Spain, are a living example of the rising splendor of the city during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Near the Plaza Mayor is the so-called “aristocratic center” where the Royal Palace dazzles, a monumental building from the 17th century, a mixture of baroque and classicism. Next to it, the Plaza de Oriente, the Opera Theater and the modern Cathedral of the Almudena, consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. The Puerta del Sol, surrounded by a varied and select shopping area and the “Paseo del Arte”, named for its incomparable museums, palaces and gardens, complete this monumental complex where the building of the Bank of Spain, The Telecommunications and the sources of the Cibeles and Neptuno.
Art and culture occupy a prominent place in Madrid’s agenda. The capital has more than 60 museums that cover all human knowledge. Highlights include the Prado Museum, one of the most important art galleries in the world; The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, with more than 800 paintings ranging from early Flemish to avant-garde movements. And the Reina Sofía National Art Center, dedicated to contemporary Spanish art, with works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Juan Gris, among others.
Extensive and well cared for parks and gardens such as the Parque del Retiro, a former recreation area of Spanish kings, Casa de Campo, Juan Carlos I Park, allow you to enjoy the sun, walk, paddle in the ponds or feed the squirrels , In one of the greenest capitals of Europe. While the importance of its international airport, where more than a thousand flights from around the world arrive weekly, its two Palaces of Congress, the modern fairground of the Field of the Nations, and more than 80,000 places in other centers of meetings make Madrid in one of the most attractive business centers in Europe.
But if there is something that characterizes Madrid is a deep and contagious passion for life that is reflected in the friendly character of its people. Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, a select theater billboard, the latest film premieres, taste a wide sample of the best Spanish and international cuisine, savor the spell of its bars and taverns, are some of Madrid’s leisure alternatives, as well as a Tempting commercial offer and shopping in traditional stores or in the most outstanding establishments of the first international brands and brands.
The lively nightlife in Madrid is also an important attraction of the Spanish capital for its variety and good atmosphere of its flamenco bars, pubs, discos and tablaos, which can be alternated during the day with traditional festivals, popular festivals or the fair Taurine of San Isidro, considered as the most important in the world.