Welcome to Madrid - The city of music, entertainment and vibrant atmosphere!
Madrid is the capital of Spain and is situated in the centre of this sunny country.
With its lights, its cosmopolitan and multicultural environment, Madrid is able to attract you and to make you fall in love with it.
You will be fascinated by its vibrancy along its lively streets; the most dynamic one is the Gran Via.
This is a city with music in its soul and where people are always smiling and friendly.
Art and history are also prominent. All around the town, you can appreciate the buildings and architecture.
This wonderful city offers many monuments and museums to see and visit.
The three most important art museums are the Museo Nacional del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
If you want to have a break and enjoy the weather in Madrid you have to go on a walk in the Buen Retiro Park. Inside the park you can also find a lake.
Every barrio (district) is particular and unique in its way. There are a lot of beautiful squares, but the most famous and vibrant is the Plaza Mayor. During the day you can see people sitting on the ground in circle: this is a traditional custom of Spanish people.
The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid contains 2,000 rooms and there is a private garden outside.
For people who love football and the Madrid team, a tour into the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is an unavoidable stop for you.
Whether you fancy chic cocktails, a pub crawl or dancing all night long, there are several clubs in Madrid for experiencing the city's incredible night-life. The nature and rhythm of Madrid's night-life varies according to which barrio you wander into.
You can relax and enjoy your time in many bars, clubs, pubs and terraces scattered across this multicultural and extravagant city. But the key element of the noche madrileña (madrid night) is the music.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
One of the most popular shopping areas in Madrid is the Salamanca District, with its famous Calle Claudio Coello and Calle Lagasca where you can find a wide variety of shops. There are also many good and not so expensive shops in the Calle Goya.
Another area to go shopping is Calle Serrano, a very long avenue which goes from north to south.
If you like department stores, you have to go to El Corte Inglés, a place where you can buy everything you want.
The weather in Madrid is influenced by the continental climate as it is situated in the centre of Spain.
Winters in Madrid are cold compared to other parts of Spain, while during summers it can be hugely hot. For instance, in the hottest days the temperature can exceed 40°C.
There are several ways to move around Madrid, and it is also quite cheap.
The Metro system has 13 lines with distinct colours and numbers. It serves the town from 6:00am to 1:30am. It is the easiest and safest way to move around the city.
Buses connect the city centre with the neighbourhood. They run every day from 6:00am to 0:00am, every 5 to 15 minutes.
If you are willing to go on a tour of the city enjoying the monuments, you can take one of the three tourist buses that pass by the most fascinating monuments and areas of Madrid.