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Madrid Tourism Overview

About Madrid

Madrid, the capital city of Spain is situated in the peninsular region and is surrounded by the river Manzanares. Being a largest city of Spain, Madrid is the home of various cultural activities, artistic excellence and a very lively nightlife. Madrid is also known as a cosmopolitan metropolis, centre of Spanish Government, a business centre, public administration headquarter, home of the Spanish royal family and so on. The city dwells rich artistic heritage and great culture, which attracts tourists from every corner of the world. Apart from that, there are numerous places to explore and enjoy. You will definitely collect pleasant memories that will make your trip a lifetime experience.


Area : Land : 607 Km2 (234.4 sq mi). Metro : 10,506 Km2 (4,057 sq mi).
Population : City : 3.255.944. Metro : 6.386.932.
Language : Spanish.
Currency : Euro (EUR).
Geographic Coordination : 40°23'N 3°43'W.
City : Madrid, Spain.

Climate and Geography

Being a dry city, the rains in Madrid are rare, and the heat level is not very high because of low humidity.

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : The best time to visit Madrid is in spring season i.e. the months of April, May and June.

Transportation

The best way to explore the beauty of this vibrant city is to travel through Metro de Madrid, one of the widest Metro networks in Spain. It covers almost every part of the Madrid and the remaining ones can be reached through local bus service. Special night buses, covering every part of the city are loved by the tourists because they make your journey exciting. Taxi, although expensive but a good medium for discovering the beauty of Madrid. Hired cars and bicycles are also on the list if you are an adventurous traveler.

Getting Around : Madrid is very well connected with other parts of the world through different modes of transport. One can easily reach Madrid by air, the nearest airport i.e. Barajas International Airport is around 15 to 20 min away from Madrid. The other best way of reaching Madrid is train; undoubtedly, Madrid has a vast rail network, connecting the city from major European cities like Portugal, Switzerland, France and Italy. Those who like to explore the true life of the city also prefer bus and car. Keeping a route map handy will help in locating the destination you wish to reach.

Excursions : Once you plan your Trip to Madrid, the next thing you want to know would be the major excursion points in the city. Madrid as a tourist destination has many excursion joints like Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, Manzanares el Real, El Escorial, Ávila, Segovia and Toledo. All these places are not only magnificent and have numerous places to visit but are also easy to reach through local transport. You can have your best time at Madrid trip if you go for these destinations.

Shopping And Entertainment

If you wish to explore the Spanish fashion, then Madrid is your place. The streets of Almirante and Conde de Xiquena, are flooded with the shops selling fashion garments, jewelry, gifts, leather products etc. Looking for some traditional stuff, then head for Plaza Mayor and if you are searching for pocket friendly departmental stores, then nothing can beat the vicinity of the Puerta del Sol and also the streets of Goya, Princesa and Castellana. Rastro the open-air market is an excellent hot spot shopping destination.

Nightlife

Madrid is known for its vibrant and thriving nightlife and leaves a huge impact on the first time visitors. A paradise for night owls, the city boasts of pubs, clubs, bars, discos, late night eating joints, movies, flamencos and the never-ending list of night out options. Streets like Plaza de Santa Ba�rbara, the Glorieta de Bilbao, Alonso Marta�nez, Arguelles, Moncloa etc. are flooded with famous eateries and night destinations. The Calle Huertas and the Plaza de Santa Ana offer a lively nightlife with amazing live music.


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