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Madrid, capital of Spain

Madrid, capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and its status as an economic, financial, administrative and service center with an immense cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of fascinating history.

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Strategically located in the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula, at 646 meters above sea level, Madrid retains one of the most important historic centers among the major European cities, which blends harmoniously with the most modern and comfortable infrastructures, a complete offer of accommodation and services and the most advanced technology in audiovisual media and communication. Conditions that, together with the thrust of a dynamic and open society, but also cheerful and welcoming have made this metropolis one of the great capitals of the Western world.

Populated from the Lower Paleolithic, it will not be until 1561 when King Felipe II grants Madrid the capital of his extensive empire. The historic 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 ofSpain, are living proof of the city’s nascent splendor during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Near the Plaza Mayor is the so-called “aristocratic center” where the Royal Palace dazzles, monumental construction of the seventeenth century, a mixture of baroque and classicism. Next to it, the Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House and the modern Almudena Cathedral, consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. The Puerta del Sol surrounded by a varied and select commercial area and the “Paseo del Arte”, named for its incomparable museums, palaces and gardens, complete this monumental complex where the Banco de España building, Palacio de España, shines with its own light Telecommunications and the sources of the Cybele and Neptune.

Art and culture occupy a prominent place in the Madrid agenda. The capital has more than 60 museums that cover all human knowledge. They emphasize, the Museum of the Prado, one of the most important pinacotecas of the world; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, with more than 800 paintings that range from primitive flamencos 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-tended parks and gardens such as the Retiro Park, formerly the recreational place of the Spanish kings, the Casa de Campo, the Juan Carlos I Park, allow you to enjoy the sun, stroll, paddle in its ponds or feed the squirrels , in one of the greenest capitals in Europe. While the importance of its international airport, where more than a thousand flights from all over the world arrive weekly, its two Congress Centers, the modern Campo de las Naciones fairgrounds and more than 80,000 seats in other meeting centers make Madrid in one of the most attractive business centers in Europe.

But if there is anything that characterizes Madrid is a deep and contagious passion for life that is reflected in the friendly nature of its people. Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, a select theatrical billboard, the latest film premieres, taste a wide sample of the best Spanish and international cuisine, savor the charm of its bars and taverns, are some of the leisure options in Madrid, as well as a tempting commercial and shopping offer in traditional stores or in the most outstanding establishments of the first international brands and brands.

 

The lively nightlife of Madrid is also an important attraction of the capital of Spain for the variety and good atmosphere of its bars, pubs, flamenco clubs and flamenco clubs, 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.

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