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The traffic mesh of Madrid is a ...
Metro
Madrid's metro is based on two main ...
Buses
The bus network of Madrid is known to ...
Car For Hire
Driving around Madrid is comparatively ...
From the airport
Madrid is easily accessible via  ...
Taxi
Like any other place in the world, ...
City in a day
For those short on time and wanting to experience the varied flavors of Madrid in a day, head ...
La Candaleria (feast of the candles)
All over Madrid, parades, feasts and festivities mark this religious anniversary of the day when ...
Vernos de la Villa (Madrid Summer Festival)
The onset of summers in Madrid is accompanied by varied cultural colorful events featuring theater, ...
Jueves Santo (Good Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
A week long religious celebration with processions taken out each night by men dressed in long ...
When to go
The city of Madrid is synonymous with “Nueve meses de invierno, tres meses ...

Madrid, Spain

Madrid Today
The location of Madrid is at the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula at the crossroads between Europe, America and Africa. The city boosts of superb air routes leading to the major cities of the world. 

The city of Madrid enjoys the privilege of being the capital city of Spain since 1562, hence attracts a huge tourist population.  The stable economic and political scenario has established the city as one of the fast progressing, major cities of the world. The cultural flavor of Madrid is equally appealing. Madrid as described today offe

Madrid Back then
The history of Madrid dates back to the 9th century A.D. with mostly Muslims conquering the peninsula. A location was chosen by the Arabs to settle here that has Royal Palace standing there now. The city with its abundance of natural springs was earlier nicknamed as 'Mayrit' or 'Magerit',  meaning 'place of many springs' by the Arabs.

The Christians took over the city during 11th and 16th century and the town came under the management of Christians, however the city largely benefited by developments made by Muslims. 

The Gran Melia Fenix Hotel
A five star hotel, it offers 215 guest rooms featuring 19th century English style decor. Established
Hotel Melia Castilla
Located in close proximity to boulevard Paseo de la Castellana, other landmarks within easy reach in
Hotel Ritz
Built almost 9 decades back in 1910, it touches shoulders with Prado and Thyssen museums. This hotel
Hotel Husa Princesa
Established in 1976, the hotel was earlier named as Hotel Princesa Plaza and was later named as Hote
Hotel Opera Madrid
Recently renovated, the hotel is located ideally at the core of Madrid amidst 'the Austrias', the pr
Hotel Best Western Atlantico
The history of the hotel dates back to 1921 and even today portrays the 17th and 18th century tradit

ABC Serrano
One of the most upmarket malls in Madrid, housed within the old ABC newspaper premises.  
Salamanca District
The Salamanca district  located in the northeast center of Madrid features exclusive shops of h
Madrid Majadahonda Market
A market for everyone and everything. Moderately priced, it offers a variety of items to suit many p
Mercado Puerta de Toledo
With its vast collection of 14 shops, one finds here a plethora of collectable items, one of the fi
El Corte Ingles
Considered the main chain of departmental stores, one may find a large assortment of Spanish handicr
Galeri­a de Arte del Lubre
It is housed in a mid 19th century building shopping area and stocks plenty of souvenir and antique

Christmas
Like any other place, Madrid comes alive on this day. Plaza Mayor becomes the central attraction for
Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day)
This festival celebrated on the 12 th commemorates the birth of the Spanish unified nation. The main
Semana Santa (Easter)
The Easter celebrations in Madrid depict religious passion with many processions enlivening the stre
Jueves Santo (Good Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
A week long religious celebration with processions taken out each night by men dressed in long hoode
Fiestas de San Lorenzo, San Cayetano and La Paloma.
These three festivals mirror the Madrid character with ten day festivities from the 6th to 15th. The
Todos los Santos (All Saints' Day)
The festival is celebrated on the first day of November as a public holiday. It is about remembering

Bazaar
This is the restaurant to go to if you are looking for a good meal at extremely affordable prices. T
Oam Thong Restaurant
Rated as one of the best Asian restaurants in Madrid, this is the place to go if you are one for aut
Annapurna
For those who want to have a taste of home while in Madrid, this elegantly decorated Indian restaura
Tse Yang
The most exclusive and luxurious Chinese restaurant in Madrid, it is located in Hotel Villamagna. Yo
Suntory
This restaurant is for the Japanese food aficionado who is willing to pay the price as well. The int
Ciao
For those with an obsession with all things Italian this is a place to be. Decorated in the minimali

Fast Facts
Location:
Madrid region, central Spain.
 
Dialing code:
+34(country-Spain)   91   (area code)    Emergency numbers
Rapid emergency number: 112.
Ambulance: 061
Fire: 080
National Police: 091   Population
3,155,359
 
Languages
Spanish Basque Gallegan Catalan
 
Time zone:
GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).   Average January temperatures:
5°C (42°F)
 
Average July temperatures:
24°C (76°F)
 
Annual rainfall:
439mm (17 inches).  

 
What to do with children in town
Aquopolis - If you and your children enjoy having some water related fun, then Madrid's two water theme parks are the place to go. Here you ...
Health and Safety
Like any other cosmopolitan city, Madrid has its own share of crimes. So to ensure safety at all costs, it is a good idea to avoid looking ...

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