THE ROYAL CITY
After London and Berlin, Madrid is the 3rd most populated city of the European Union. With 15 renowned universities, Madrid’s scientific potential is very high and continues to grow. Madrid is a modern cosmopolitan city famous for its art, architecture, gastronomy and nightlife.
Madrid is an eclectic city. Its current face results from a long and rich history. The city has known many different influences. It was built in the 10th century by an Arabic emir. Then it became the capital city of the Spanish Empire. Now it is the political and economical heart of the Iberian Peninsula.
Madrid is the paradise for art lovers. Red, yellow, blue, green, purple, azure, carmine, magenta, cyan, ochre, gold… Colours are everywhere. In every street. In every house. Madrid is a real open-air museum. Without forgetting that the city counts 71 museums and more than 2000 monuments. Impossible to not meet one of these giants: Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, Dalí or Miró.
The architecture of Madrid is very diversified. Medieval mansions, royal palaces, gothic or baroque cathedrals and modern constructions go alongside in a heterogenous mood. Some buildings are inescapable: the Prado Museum, The Palacio de Cibeles, El Banco de España, The Telefónica building…
Madrid’s gastronomy is one of the richest in Europe. It can be based on traditions of Spanish cooking or on modern culinary experiences. Eating in Madrid is a real pleasure and so convivial. Tapas, cocido, jamon, tortillas… You will have more than enough options for every choice! And if you are not tired after the dinner, do not worry: Madrid is the queen of the night.