Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. It is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. It is rich in nearly every respect: the arts, culture, history, leisure, nightlife. The city is large and modern and yet retains a relaxed and friendly appeal
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million.
As the capital city of Spain, the city has attracted many immigrants from around the world. About 83.8% of the inhabitants are Spaniards, while people of other origins, including immigrants from Latin America, Europe, Asia, North Africa and West Africa.
The 10 largest immigrant groups are from Ecuador, Romania, Colombia, Peru, China, Morocco, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Paraguay. There are also important communities from Philippines, Guinea, Bulgaria, India, Italy, Argentina, Senegal and Poland.
Madrid has a Continental Mediterranean climate, with cold winters (including sporadic snowfalls) and very hot summers (38-42 degrees Centigrate) from July to August.
Madrid is one of Spain’s most popular destinations and is renowned for its numerous cultural attractions. Madrid is one of the top European destinations for art museums.
The most famous one, and certainly one of the most visited in the world, is the Prado Museum that features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection.
Madrid’s influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.
Due to its economic output, high standard of living and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial hub of Southern Europe and the Iberian peninsula. It hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies.
Madrid is the most touristic city of Spain, the fourth most touristic of the continent and is the 10th most liveable city in the world.
The nightlife in Madrid is undoubtedly 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 for all tastes and ages. Pubs and discos close at 3am.
Some of the most popular night destinations include the neighbourhoods of: Bilbao, Tribunal, Atocha, Alonso Martinez or Moncloa, together with Puerta del Sol area (including Opera and Gran Via, both adjacent to the popular square) and Huertas (barrio de Las Letras), destinations which are also filled with tourists day and night.
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Last Updated: 29 March 2021