Madrid is a cosmopolitan city and as Spain’s capital, it has a vast wealth of interesting history. Its historic traces merge with the city’s modern buildings and services, and all the latest state-of-the-art technologies and media. In 1561 King Philip II decided to make Madrid the capital of his already large kingdom. The historic centre and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square -had its impressive beginnings in 1620 and is now one of the most popular and typical sites in Spain- are a living example of the splendor of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries. Dating back to the 17th century, one is enticed to ponder on such an building as the Royal Palace, which can be found in the “aristocratic centre” or The Plaza Mayor. Near to this is the well known Plaza de Oriente square, the Teatro Real opera house.
Madrid’s cultural influences are mainly from its art and human achievements over the years and the city features over 60 museums which encompass every human philosophy. The Prado museum is a widely influential museum in Madrid and is now world famous. Another impressive art museum is the Thyssen-Bornemisza which recorded a massive 945,000 visitors in 2013. If your preference is more in harmony with paradisaic and tranquil gardens, Madrid houses some delightfully maintained parks such as the Retiro park, previously owned by the Spanish monarchy, offering boating on its lakes and a chance to enjoy nature in its manicured lawns. Madrid attracts businesses from many sectors with it International Airport receiving 1000 flights a week from around the globe, two Conference Centres and many other huge conference and meeting locations. However if there’s another thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and infectious passion for life that finds its avenue in the welcoming and receptive character of its residents. Also popular for Concerts, exhibitions, ballets, theatrical performances,Madrid is a also a central attraction and hub for the fashion industry.
There’s also a tempting selection of shops and businesses in Madrid’s city centre, featuring both traditional establishments and stores offering leading names and popular overseas brands. Madrid’s spirited nightlife is an additional main fascination of Spain’s capital, due to its variety and the exciting atmosphere to be found in its pubs and flamenco halls. Other attractions and nightlife on offer are the many bars, and restaurants where one can also indulge on the very best of Spanish and international fine dining.