The city of Madrid, Spain

Madrid travel guide

Madrid is the capital city of Spain, located right in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula. Its geographical location grants good communications of the city with other Spanish regions. As capital of the country, it is the seat to the Spanish government institutions and the city of residence of Spanish Royal family.

Madrid is also the largest Spanish city with more than 3 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. You will find in the city a rich mixture of cultures, since besides the native "madrileños" people from other countries and especially from Latin America have made of Madrid their second hometown.

Madrid is indeed a very active city with a bustling nightlife, busy business centres and lively streets either by day or night.

Most of Spain's main companies have established their headquarters here profiting from the wide range of services available in the city: conference resorts, good public transport and of course its leisure facilities which include some of the best restaurants of Spain, shopping centres, theatres, opera, famous museums and more. Its international airport "Barajas", with three terminals, is the busiest airport in Spain receiving domestic and international flights from most major cities in the world.

If you are not staying in Madrid and your plan is to travel around in Spain, consider hiring a car at Madrid Airport as a good way to explore the country.

Traffic is heavy in Madrid and driving in the city can be quite and adventure for visitors. Taking the "metro" (tube) or the bus can be a wise alternative when you are visiting Madrid. From here you can easily travel to most Spanish cities by train, plane or bus.

In Madrid you will find all kind of interesting things to do and to see, whatever your interests are. The city has a wide offer for tourism, culture, business and for ludic activities with excellent facilities and services. A great acknowledgement in this sense was the election of the city as European Capital of Culture in the year 1992.

Madrid was also candidate city to host the Olympic games in 2012, although finally the winning city was London, Madrid had been one of the favourites and reached a third position in the competition.

In this section we offer you a guide to help you plan your stay in Madrid.