Madrid City - Facts and information

Madrid is Spain’s largest city, which may also be the reason why it is hailed as the country’s capital. Madrid is both a historical and an architectural masterpiece. It keeps a population of about 6.5 million and is the third largest city in the entire European Union. The capital city is where many popular attractions such as Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Colon, and Plaza Mayor are located. It is also where you’ll find the Royal Palace, which is the center of the Spanish Royal history. There are also dozens of beautiful churches and cathedrals all over town as well; and all of them are worth visiting, if only for their splendid architecture. To get to Madrid coming from another country, fly to the city via Madrid Barajas International Airport. This airport is located just about 8 miles (13 kilometres) away from the town centre. However, if you’re coming from another Spanish city, you can travel by train, bus, or car instead. The public transportation all over Spain is fairly reliable, so it should be okay to use the Metro or hail a taxi to get to any point you want in the city.

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History of the city

If you’re ready for some historical exploration of this city, go straight to the Museum Triangle where you will find different museums clustered together. Some of the ones you can visit are Museo del Prado, Caixa Forum, and the Naval Museum. However, if you are a nature lover, you might find the parks more enticing. Do visit El Retiro Park, the Royal Botanical Garden, and Templo de Debod when you have the chance.Aside from history and world-class attractions, the arts are highly celebrated in Madrid as well. As a matter of fact, tourists always have an easy access to an Art Gallery Tour while here. They can also drop by the Sanchinarro Cultural Center and Caja Del Arte Centro to enjoy a good dose of Spanish arts and culture. Madrid is also where you can enjoy the most authentic flamenco shows, Spanish classical orchestra, operas, and concerts. So the moment that you arrive, do consider checking out what’s happening in Madrid’s entertainment arena. That way, you will be able to treat yourself to a pleasurable show while in the city.

There different sports that are quite popular in Madrid as well. The ones that have the highest following are football, bullfighting, basketball, and tennis. Of them all, bullfighting is the most exciting game that you can witness. So be sure to purchase tickets for the Las Ventas Bullring when you arrive. That way, you will be able to enjoy a bull fight in the stadium where it all started. As for festivals, Madrid celebrates three major feasts all year round. These are the La Transhumancia Festival, the Madrid Gay Pride, and the La Paloma Festival. These festivals are held during November, June, and August, respectively.