Madrid, Spain
ZipTipz Madrid Travel Guide

Welcome to Madrid, the political and financial capital of modern Spain. With its incredible offer of museums, myriad of cultural activities, delicious cuisine and unbeatable nightlife, it easily rivals the best the world has to offer.

District Guide

Spaniards will tell you that while the rest of the world lives to work, they work to live. Nowhere is that more evident than in the capital where the free-spirited Madrileños (people who live in Madrid) provide the main attraction for visitors. The unrivalled number of bars, cafés, discos,...

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Historical Background

In 1561 Madrid - with a population of 15,000 - became the capital of Spain by decree of King Felipe II. He chose Madrid because of its central location, his aim being to unify the disparate regions of the peninsula and his vast empire.

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Where To Stay

Madrid offers visitors a full range of accommodation options, from the most luxurious five-star hotels to small affordable hostels.

The Ritz, which opened in 1910, is widely considered to be the city's most elegant hotel. The Westin Palace has always been popular with writers, performers and...

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Dining and Drinking

Good food and drink are central to life in Madrid, and there's no shortage of either anywhere in the city.

The bars are full of people having tapas along with a drink. Two of the most popular tapas are boquerones en vinagre (marinated anchovies) and empanada (pastry filled with tuna and tomato...

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Madrid is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the world's best cities for having fun. Madrileños don't tend to go out on the town until after midnight and rarely arrive at clubs before 3a. However, even if your entertainment tastes are more sedate, you won't be disappointed (unless you were...

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Recommended Tours

This walk links up the city's three most important art galleries: the Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Thyssen Bornemizsa, in the shape of a triangle.

Start at the Atocha railway station. If you're coming by metro, be sure to get off at the Atocha metro station and not the Atocha-Renfe...

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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Madrid is the capital of Spain and the third most populous city in the European Union. Its effect on world history and politics, as well as its major cultural influence, has ranked Madrid one of the main global cities of the world. Madrid is also the largest city in Spain, as well as in the province and the autonomous community of the same name. It is located on the river Manzanares in the center of the country, between the autonomous communities of Castilla-León and Castilla-La Mancha. Due to its geographical location, wealth and history, Madrid is considered one of the financial centers of the Iberian Peninsula, together with Lisbon, and the political center of Spain.

As the capital of the Spanish Empire, Madrid is a city of great cultural and political importance. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid; a restored 1850 opera house; the Buen Retiro park, opened in 1631; the imposing 19th-century building containing the Spanish National Library (founded 1712); the national archives; an archaeological museum of international reputation; and three superb art museums: Prado Museum, which houses one of the finest art collections in the world, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.

The population of the city was 3.5 million (December 2005), while the estimated urban area population is 5.5 million. The entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area (urban area and suburbs) is calculated to be 5.84 million. The city spans a total of 607 km² (234 square miles).

Following the restoration of democracy in 1975 and Spain's integration into the European Union, Madrid has played an increasing role in European finances, marking the city as one of the most important European metropolises. The residents of Madrid are called Madrileños, and the current mayor is Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, of the centre-right Partido Popular.

See Wiktionary for the name of Madrid in various languages other than English and Spanish.

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