The city is located in the centre of Spain, on the Spanish Plateau. The capital Madrid is the fourth largest city in all of Europe. The city is also the capital of the autonomous region in which it lies, which is also called Madrid. The inhabitants are called Madrilenians.
Madrid is seen by many as the most important city in the country, among other things because of its central location, but also because of its history, political and financial functions. The city currently has more than 3 million inhabitants. Unique is that the city has a bustling traffic network, but that most neighbourhoods in the city have been able to retain their original atmosphere.
Culture in Madrid
You will not lack culture in Madrid. If you walk through the city, you will be surrounded by typical Spanish atmospheres, old buildings and churches, art and local shops.
Madrid is famous for its nightlife, among other things. The city is packed with bars, clubs and discos. Seven days a week, day and night – you will find all kinds of people, young and old, Madrid and tourists in the streets of Madrid. There are several busy exit streets such as Calle Bilbao, Tribunal and Alonso Martinez. There are neighbourhoods around the centre where it is just as lively at night as it is during the day.
The capital Madrid has three internationally renowned art museums, namely the Museo del Prado, one of the largest and most famous art museums in the world with works from the 14th to 19th centuries. Or the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia with modern and contemporary art. And finally, the Museo Thyssen-Boernemisza that initially contained a private collection.
Palacio Real is Spanish for the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the working palace of the current King of Spain. This impressive building has an area of 135,000 m2 and has 3418 rooms. It makes this palace the largest royal palace in the world. The palace dates from the 9th century. It was burned down around 1700, after which a new palace was built, that is the current palace that is now there.
In the palace itself, you will also find many beautiful sights such as the throne room (Salón del Trono), the royal chapel (Capilla Real) and the large stairwell with a ceiling painting by Corrado Giaquinto (Escalera Principal). All in all, the palace is worth a visit.
El Retiro (citypark)
Voor wat meer natuur kan je terecht in het stadspark dat gaat onder de naam Jardines del Buen Retiro of Parque del Buen Retiro; kortweg El Retiro. Het park van 1,4 km2 groot huisde vroeger het paleis van Filips IV, waarvan nog een aantal restanten te zien zijn. Het park heeft ook een grote vijver waarin gevaren kan worden met roeiboten.