Full of life, energy and charm… Madrid has the energy that only a capital city could have. From Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol to Plaza de España, Malasaña, Chueca, El barrio de las Letras and the Real Madrid stadium, it’s not the sheer multitude that makes the city vibrate. It’s the madrileño attitude of enjoying each minute with friends in “terrazas”, taking to the streets and cheerfully maximizing every hour outside the office.
Most of the time, the Madrid characteristic that most attracts visitors is its nightlife. The Spanish schedule generally runs later than most cities in Europe. Have dinner at 10pm and your night on the town begins to jump when most European and American pubs and bars are closing and continues ’til the sun comes up. “Salir” – to go out – only counts if you’ve made it past 5am. Otherwise it’s just a stroll around the block.
There are so many options that it’s almost impossible to choose!
Apart from the magnificient permanent collections of the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen Bornemisza, there are other museums,cultural centers, galleries, theaters, cinemas, music venues, flamenco locales, festivals… difficult to make a decision.
Madrid is right in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. Visit Madrid and see how easy it is to discover the rest of cities in Spain from this jump-off point. On the one hand, you can take day trips from Madrid to rich historical towns like Toledo, Segovia and El Escorial or enjoy nature activities in the Sierra de Guadarrama. On the other hand, Madrid’s airport, train and bus stations are the best connected in Spain. No national destination is more than an 8-hour ride from the city and low cost airlines make it even easier to move around the country.
TRADITION & MODERNITY
The fact that Madrid is not as popular as Barcelona lends it a special charm. Traditions like San Isidro and El Rastro flea market prove madrileños value local customs, while the gay neighborhood of Chueca, rocker Malasaña and multiethnic Lavapiés prove that Madrid is fervently embracing modernity as well.
So still with doubts?
Apart from being the capital with greater employment opportunities, Madrid offers endless possibilities to have fun, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums, tours, theaters, exchange programs, etc. From Madrid you can travel around Europe and Spain. We have trains and flights everywhere you want. Madrid has great weather and beautiful parks to enjoy all year round. Full of theatres to see all the Broadway plays. Enjoy Madrid’s famous tapas and picturesque neighbourhoods. Still not sure?, check this out: