Madrid: elegant, historic and regal
- Name: Madrid;
- Founded: 9th Century;
- Population: 3.2 million;
- Area: 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi)
- Known as: Capital of Spain
Spain’s elegant capital, Madrid, is famous for its boulevards and parks and as a centre of world’s most renowned art museums. Prado Museum hosts works of Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish and European masters. Reina Sofia Museum hosts one of Picasso’s best works – Guernica. Madrid is also very modern city that offers great restaurant and night life experience and famous Gran Via street is lined up with shops for high end shopping experience.
Main attractions. Royal Palace, massive, 2,000 room place with armory and garden, Prado Museum, with world famous art collection, Parque del Buen Retiro, 19th century built park with fountains and boating lake, Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main square, lined with cafes and restaurants, Puerta del Sol, famous pedestrian public square with statue of King Carlos III, and last but not least Gran Vía, for fine shopping and dining. This is just a sample of Madrid’s numerous attractions.
Top things to do. You can, of course, visit world top museums and famous landmarks from the list above, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or go on a bike and foodie tour to many local restaurants with amazing food and wines. Daily trips to nearby cities are also recommended.
Festivals and events. Dos de mayo, (May, marking uprising against French rule), San Isidro (also in May), San Lorenzo, San Cayetano and La Paloma (All n August), Nochevieja, (December 31 celebration on the main square).
Best time to fly to Madrid. The peak season for flights to Madrid is July, August and September. The low season for purchasing tickets is January, February and November.
Madrid is served by Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. Direct flights to Madrid are offered by 51 airlines.
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Interesting facts about Madrid:
Situated at 650 meters above sea level, Madrid is the capital of Europe at the highest altitude.
The only monument to the devil in the world is located in the Madrid’s Retiro Park.
There are 17 trees per each citizen of Madrid and there are about 3.2 million people living in Madrid.