Madrid

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain, as well as in the province and the autonomous community of the same name. It is located on the Manzanares river in the center of the country.

Due to its geographical location and history, Madrid has been considered the financial and political center of the Iberian Peninsula.

Madrid Cibeles Fountain and townhall

Madrid Cibeles Fountain and townhall

Madrid has excellent restaurants where to set the bases for a big night out. Remember, Spaniards love to have dinner really late. A normal time for this would be 10PM on winters and even 11PM on summers. The dinning ceremony extends well until 1 AM, good time to have the “primera” (the first drink).

In Chueca district you can find hundreds of trendy, but not neccessarily expensive, dinner restaurants. If “spanish tapas” is what you fancy, La Latina and C/Segovia districts have very interesting wineries specialized on tapas. La Latina is really famous on Sunday Mornings, but for a Saturday dinner is good as well.

The region of Madrid has a Mediterranean climate that manifests itself with fresh winters that often experience temperatures lower than 8 °C. Summer tends to be warm with temperatures that easily reach 24 °C in July and that can often reach 35 °C. In fact, the daily oscillation of the weather conditions its quite reduced in the center of the city, but its far more noticeable in the outskirts of Madrid. Precipitation, although very limited, can be observed all throughout the year except during summer.

Important cultural and tourist spots include the so-called Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising the famous Prado Museum,free on Sunday mornings, (with highlights such as Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Francisco de Goya’s La Maja Vestida and La Maja Desnuda), the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum (where Pablo Picasso’s Guernica hangs); the Plaza Mayor; the Gran Via; the Casón del Buen Retiro (hosting the 19th-century collection of the Prado Museum; currently closed for reform), the Palacio Real-free to go in on Wednesdays if you have a European Union passport, the Templo de Debod (a temple brought stone-by-stone from Egypt), the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, the Puerta del Sol and the Parque del Buen Retiro.The Naval Museum between Cibeles and the Prado (Paseo Prado,5) is free and gives a great insight into the former Spanish sea-power.