City Guide, Madrid
The capital of Spain, located in the heart of the peninsula and right in the
center of the Castillian plain 646 meters above sea level, has a population of over
three million. A cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public
Administration, Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal
Family, Madrid also plays a major role in both the banking and industrial sectors.
Most of its industry is located in the Southern fringe of the city, where important
textile, food and metal working factories are clustered. Madrid is characterized
by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife.
In Madrid as the capital of Spain you will be able to see more tourist attractions
in some of the cities of the country than the capital. This condition does not eliminate
the reality that Madrid has a fascinating archaeological aspect. There are a great
deal of art galleries and museums that you should travel. Some of them are
Muralla Arabe (Arab Wall) at the center of the city was constructed by Madrid's
early-medieval Muslim rulers. From theatre performances to music shows, different
kinds of organizations are held here in summer.
Basilica de San Miguel situated at La Latina is a religious monument including statues
of four virtues and of the relieves by Justo and Pastor.
Culture & Entertainment
The availability of many theaters, cinemas, music, opera, dance, art and literature
study centers reflect the cultural prosperity of Madrid. There are many galleries
in the city. Flamenco and jazz are the integral parts of city culture. Also, bullfighting
is a cultural tradition of the city.
There are many people who say that Madrid were Europe's capital of Night Life.
Every night of the week is a paradise. Most of the night locations are open till
the early mornings. It is impossible to line all the nightlife venues in Madrid,
besides, if you are telling about Madrid cited as the city of nights.
Food and Drink
Madrid is a melting pot for the cuisines from all over the peninsula. The Spanish
immigrants (Asturians, Galician, Andalusians and others) enrich the culinary culture
of the city. You can find an eatery with a broad menu at every point of the city.
The magnificent tapas are the traditional ingredients of both national and local
cuisines. Also, sea foods are pretty pervasive in the city restaurants.
Madrid has popular delicacies which are peculiar to its cuisine. Cocido madrileno
(chickpeas with vegetables), besugo al horno (baked bream), tortilla de patatas
(potato omelette), sopa de ajo (garlic soup) and caracoles (snails) are some examples
from the classics of the city cuisine.
Madrid is without doubt one of the main centers for shopping in Spain and the
numerous districts provide a shoppers' paradise. Whether you are looking for Spanish
fashion, antiques, furniture or home accessories, rest assured that Madrid will
provide you with a huge choice.
City Map, Madrid