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
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
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
|Madrid en Danza (Madrid Dance Festival)|
April is a month of dance and music in Madrid. Featuring assorted events including the Interna
|Reyes (Epiphany or Three King's Day)|
Evening processions brighten the city with celebration. Kids are showered with sweets and later give
|Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day)|
This festival celebrated on the 12 th commemorates the birth of the Spanish unified nation. The main
|Todos los Santos (All Saints' Day)|
The festival is celebrated on the first day of November as a public holiday. It is about remembering
|Romeria de la Virgen de Gracia. |
Termed as a religious pilgrimage, it is about carrying the statue of Virgin Mary to a sanctuary plac
|Almudena Day, patron saint of Madrid. |
Festivities include preparation of special dishes, dances and taking out of processions
Caters to the rich and famous of Madrid; consequently, there is a great empha
This restaurant has catered to the elite not only of Spain but some of the most important visitors t
For those with an obsession with all things Italian this is a place to be. Decorated in the minimali
|El Cosaco Restaurant|
This small cosy restaurant is for all those who love their stroganoff. Inside you will find artefact
This is the restaurant to go to if you are looking for a good meal at extremely affordable prices. T
This bistro specialises in tasty snacks ranging from homemade pastries and cakes to French toast to
Madrid region, central Spain.
+34(country-Spain) 91 (area code) Emergency numbers
Rapid emergency number: 112.
National Police: 091 Population
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GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Average January temperatures:
Average July temperatures:
439mm (17 inches).