Don’t miss Prado Museum Reina Sofía National Art Centre Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Royal Palace Plaza Mayor Square Alcalá Gate City Hall and Cisneros House Retiro Park Santa Ana Square
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures and the status as an economic, financial, administrative and service centre, with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history.
Read more Strategically located in the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid has one of the most important historic centres of all the great European cities. This heritage merges seamlessly with the city’s modern and convenient infrastructures, a wide-ranging offer of accommodation and services, and all the latest state-of-the-art technologies in audiovisual and communications media. These conditions, together with all the drive of a dynamic and open society –as well as high-spirited and friendly– have made this metropolis one of the great capitals of the Western world.
The historic centre, also known as the “Madrid of Los Austrias” and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square are a living example of the nascent splendour of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Near the Plaza Mayor is the area known as the “aristocratic centre” where the jewel in the crown is the Royal Palace, an imposing building dating from the 17th century featuring a mixture of Baroque and classicist styles. Beside it is the Plaza de Oriente square, the Teatro Real opera house, and the modern cathedral of La Almudena which was consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. The Puerta del Sol square is surrounded by a varied and select area of shops and businesses, and the “Paseo del Arte” art route –whose name derives from its world-class museums, palaces and gardens– are further elements in an array of monuments which includes particularly the Bank of Spain building, the Palace of Telecommunications, and the fountains of Cibeles and Neptune.
The importance of its international airport, which every week receives over 1,000 flights from all over the world, its two Conference Centres, the modern trade fair ground in the Campo de las Naciones, and over 80,000 places in other meeting centres make Madrid one of Europe’s most attractive business hubs.
Art and Culture
Art and culture play a key role in Madrid’s cultural life. The capital has over 60 museums which cover every field of human knowledge. Highlights include the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre.
Madrid’s lively nightlife
But if there’s one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and infectious passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly and open character of its inhabitants.
Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, a select theatrical offering, the latest film releases, the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of the best Spanish and international gastronomy, to savour the charms of its bars and taverns… all these are just a few of the leisure options on offer in Madrid.
There is also a tempting array of shops and businesses featuring both traditional establishments and leading stores offering top brands and international labels. Madrid’s lively nightlife is another key attraction of Spain’s capital.
Its design affords it great versality together with the necessary technology and services to cover the market’s demands, especially the organisation of conferences, meetings an product presentations. It has over 30.000 sqm of usable area, divided in large exhibition areas, two auditoriums with capacity for 1.814 an 913 people respectively, a 2.200 sqm multipurpose hall, plus twenty-eight various sized rooms. There’s also a 600 space public parking area. The Madrid Municipal Conference Centre has 28 meetings rooms with a capacity ranging from 26 to 360 people, two auditoriums, a multipurpose hall and large exhibition areas.