Art: Madrid stands out in the world as one of its best capitals of art. There is the artistic Golden Triangle that encompasses the Prado, the Thyssen Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum, all within walking distance of each other.
Bohemian: The city has venues for performing alternative art and expressive art. They are mostly located in the centre of the city include in Ópera, Antón Martín, Chueca and Malasaña. There are also several festivals in Madrid including the Festival of Alternative art the Festival of the Alternative Scene.
Capital: Madrid is the capital of Spain, it is the centre of the country and Spain’s largest city.
Disabled friendly: There are still improvements to be made but Madrid is making great strides to be a wheelchair accessible city.
Environment: Madrid is the European city with the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant and it has the second highest number of aligned trees in the world.
Football: Madrid is home to La Liga football club giants Real Madrid, who play their home games at the Santiago Bernabéu. Their supporters are referred to as Madridistas or Merengues (Meringues). Real Madrid is one of the most prestigious football clubs of the world.
Gay pride: Chueca is vibrant, young, friendly, and a great place to get a unique experience. It’s also known for its sizable gay community, unofficially deeming it the “gay neighbourhood” of the city. For this reason, it’s where any gay pride march happens in Madrid.
Hospitals: Madrid has 3 major hospitals, Ciudad Sanitaria La Paz, Hospital Clinico San Carlos and Hospital General Gregorio Marañón.
International: Madrid is a very international city with people from all over the world living in and visiting the city every year.
Jazz: If you love Jazz and visit Madrid, Bogui Jazz is a MUST. They have jazz concerts from Thursday to Saturday every week. Dick and Nobuko (owners) always select the best musicians to play, the audio is excellent and you’ll have a great time for sure.
Landmarks: Most of the tourist attractions of Madrid are in the old town and the Ensanche, corresponding with the districts of Centro, Salamanca, Chamberí, Retiro and Arganzuela.
Museums: Madrid is considered one of the top European destinations concerning art museums. Best known is the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three museums.
Nightlife: The nightlife in Madrid is one of the city’s main attractions. Tapas bars, cocktail bars, clubs, jazz lounges, live music venues, flamenco theatres and establishments of all kinds cater to all. Every night, venues pertaining to the Live Music Venues Association La Noche en Vivo host a wide range of live music shows.
Opera: The Auditorio Nacional de Música is the main venue for classical music concerts in Madrid. It is home to theSpanish National Orchestra, the Chamartín Symphony Orchestra and the venue for the symphonic concerts of the Community of Madrid Orchestra and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. It is also the principal venue for orchestras on tour playing in Madrid.
Parks: The city really makes an effort with its public parks. The most famous is definitely El Parque del Buen Retiro (El Retiro for short) but in addition to this beautiful centrally located green space, there is the enormous Casa de Campo and the newly renovated Madrid Río– which even shows off “Madrid Beach” where kids enjoy water fountains and clouds of mist on hot days.
Quotes: “To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon
Rastro: El Rastro is the most popular open air market in Spain, it is held every Sunday and public holiday throughout the year.
Sunshine: Madrid does have cold winters and hot summers, but the sun is always shining and that means that people are always out and about. Those of us who live in Madrid are so used to the sunshine, that rainy days turn into news stories and the daily topic of conversation!
Transport: Madrid is served by highly developed communication infrastructures, making the Spanish capital the leading logistics hub for both Spain and all of southern Europe. It also boasts a network of motorways, encompassing both ring roads and radial roads, and provides the backbone for Spain’s railway network, thereby providing effective connections with not only other parts of the region, but also the rest of Spain and Europe as a whole. See “Transport options in Madrid” for more
Urban sculpture: The Museum of Outdoor Sculpture, located in the Paseo de la Castellana, is dedicated to abstract works, among which theSirena Varada (Strander Mermaid) by Eduardo Chillida.
Vitality: Madrid has friendly locals, and expatriates, students, business people, and tourists all note that it’s easy to feel a part of everything while living there. What’s more, with dinner hours typically starting at 10pm, nightlife doesn’t end until dawn.
Water park: When the summer begins, these parks are the ideal option to cool off and make the most of the sun. Aquópolis de Villanueva de la Cañada and Aquópolis de San Fernando de Henares guarantee water-packed fun and entertainment.
Xanadu: Xanadu is a multi-level undercover sports and leisure shopping mall (centro commercial) with indoor ski slope is the exact place you want to be if you’re after a good day out that involves a minimum of effort. It is one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, housing an intoxicating mix of over 250 retail outlets ranging from well known Spanish stores to international brand name establishments.
Zarzuela: Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance.