The capital city of Spain and also its largest, Madrid is located on the Manzanares River in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid. This city is the political centre of Spain, housing both the government, and the Spanish monarch. Madrid has many architecturally distinctive neighbourhoods, from medieval to modern. The oldest of the preserved districts are Lavapiés, Malasaña, and Chueca.
Madrid’s economy is diverse. It is a major centre for international business and commerce, and is one of Europe’s largest financial centres and the largest in Spain. It also has a prominent service industry as tourism is important to the city. Notable companies based in Madrid include Acciona construction and engineering, Acerinox steel, ACS construction, the BME stock exchange, and Enagas energy. There are many locations within Madrid for companies to let serviced offices. Madrid is also home to the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Art lovers will enjoy the Museo del Prado, which was founded in 1819 and has over 4,000 items on display. This art gallery offers a collection of 16th - 19th century paintings by artists such as Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, and Goya. Another museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicated to Spanish 20th century art. Located in a former hospital it features artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and Juan Gris. Dining options in Madrid are plentiful and varied. La Isla del Tesoro offers a vegetarian menu filled with delectable items such as the Jungle Burger. Another choice, Casa Mingo, focuses on simple dishes such as roast chicken and chorizo in cider. This cider house restaurant has a history that dates to 1916. Sula is another great option, featuring a tapas bar, restaurant, and gourmet food store.
The nearest major airport is Madrid-Cuatro Vientos Airport. This airport operates international flights and is just 18 km (11 miles) from the city centre. Another major airport is Madrid-Barajas Airport, which provides further international and domestic flights and is 21 km (13 miles) from central Madrid. There is a very well developed network of public transport within the city and Madrid is one of the world’s largest high-speed railway hubs with connections to the rest of Europe.