Madrid

Madrid

Madrid, the highest capital in Europe, is located almost in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. Felipe II chose it as capital for its location. With 5 million residents it is the ideal starting point for a visit to Spain. Madrid Barajas airport has direct connections to over 80 countries. In the Atocha and Chamartín stations be start the network of high-speed train (AVE) longest in the world.

What to see in Madrid?

Tradition and celebrations
In the capital, old traditions are maintained as the fair of El Rastro. You can also enjoy culinary traditions such as tripe “callos” or “cocido”.
The festivals of Madrid, with processions, festivals and other shows are held in honor of San Isidro Labrador. Other popular festivals are the San Antonio de la Florida, San Cayetano, the Paloma and San Lorenzo, celebrations of the Virgin of Almudena.
Among the festivities in the capital, the Three Kings deserves a special mention.
During Holy Week, the City of Madrid has several brotherhoods, which combine in their processions both Andalusian style and Castilian style.
Madrid also hosts various celebrations: Gay Pride in late June and prestigious bullfighting in the Feria de San Isidro.

Cultural Capital
In Madrid are located 3 important museums: Prado Museum (works by Goya, Velázquez and Murillo, among others), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (over 1,000 works representing art history) and Reina Sofia Museum (Dali´s works , Miró and The Guernica by Picasso). It is also advisable to visit the Royal Palace, Teatro Real (Opera and Ballet), National Library, Caixa Forum (temporary exhibitions).
Fashion and design are in their neighborhoods: Malasaña, Chueca or Lavapies as multicultural points.
Madrid is a business center and home to top-level meetings, seminars and conferences with its services.
They stand out internationally renowned events: Summers of Villa, The London Book Fair, Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week, the International Tourism Fair – FITUR and International Contemporary Art Fair – ARCO.

Nightlife
Madrid’s nightlife is famous for the large number and variety of restaurants, tapas bars to exit or to have a drink or just enjoy the city lights and streets .

The main attractions of the capital are:
Puerta de Alcalá, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the Madrid de los Austrias, Plaza Spain, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – Real Madrid FC , Calderón Stadium – Atletico Madrid, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
Over 10 years in the capital held a Masters ATP 1000. The Mutua Madrid Open which takes place at the Caja Magica in Madrid is a meeting point for fans of the sport.
Near Madrid
• Toledo: travels to the Middle Ages in the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Spain. (Download the audio guide with information about the main attractions of the city).
• El Escorial: the imposing monastery San Lorenzo de El Escorial was built by Philip II in 1562.
• Segovia: famous for its Roman Aqueduct and Alcazar.
• Salamanca: marvel at the city that hosts one of the three oldest universities in the world
• Avila: Walled City
• Aranjuez: This World Heritage city is famous for its gardens and splendid Palace
• Alcalá de Henares: memorable for its ancient university and for being the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.

Conference center, events and conventions:
IFEMA – Feria de Madrid
Palacio de Congresos
Centro de Congresos Príncipe Felipe
Madrid Espacios y Congresos
Hotel Auditorium Madrid

Top business Hotels
Meliá Princesa; Meliá Castilla; Hotel Ritz Madrid; Hotel Wellington Madrid; The Westing Palace Madrid; Hotel Villa Magna; Hotel Occidental Miguel Ángel & Urban Spa; NH Abascal; Petit Palace Mayor; Hotel Silken Puerta de América; Hotel Intercontinental Madrid; Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower; Hotel Petit Palace Embassy; Hotel Esperia Madrid; Hotel Palace Madrid