Event Venue: Madrid Spain
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. 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. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris. Madrid has a lot of interesting attractions that offer both culture and amusement. The city is full of great monuments, like the royal palace, the Plaza Mayor or the many statuettes, and for people interested in art, the museums Del Prado, Reina Sofia or Thyssen have some of the most fantastic collections of famous Spanish painters like Velazquez, Goya, Picasso or Miro. If you like to be entertained, Madrid has two big amusements parks (including the new Warner Bros park) and there are regular international concerts, big flea markets, parades and other activities going on.
To sport enthusiasts Madrid can offer everything from skiing (only 1 hour away by bus) during the winter, to golf all year round, as well as international sporting events and the possibility to practice nearly any sport at the University facilities. The Madrid-Barajas Airport is Spain’s busiest airport and the second largest airport in Europe. As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is unsurprisingly rich in cultural history. At only twelve kilometers from the center of the city, and with numerous transport options available, it makes sense to drop off your luggage and explore, even if only passing through. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using the Metro line and once you hit the city there are plentiful luggage storage lockers close at hand..
- Madrid is the second largest city in the European Union since Brexit happened
- A truly world-class museum, the Museo Nacional del Prado has a collection of more than 8,000 paintings and 700 sculptures. The city is full of museums that hold some of the world’s most classical and modern art. In addition, it has an amazing theatre district and fun local neighbourhood festivals that you will be able to participate in.
- The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Madrid’s avant-garde center for contemporary art. The sleek modern building was created by the architect Antonio Fernández Alba and has features that recall the Pompidou Center in Paris, especially the three glass towers that house the elevators on the outside of the building.
- The Fuente de Cibeles (Cybele’s Fountain) is one of the most emblematic monuments in Madrid. Lifelike statues depict the Roman Goddess Cybele riding a lion-drawn chariot.
- Even though Madrid is one of the best-known cities in the world, it is actually also a state.
- Madrid is one of the best spots in Europe for university education. Many of its business schools and universities are reputed to be some of the most prestigious ones in the world.
- Madrid used to be a European Capital of Culture. European Capitals of Culture are designated every year by the European Union.
- The world-class club is obviously located in Madrid and was founded back in 1928. Since then, it has become one of the best teams in the world, rivals FC Barcelona
- Madrid is one of the best cities for museum enthusiasts. There are tons of museums in Madrid. Art, history, anthropology, and science museums can all be visited.
- 6 million tourists visit Madrid every year, and that trend is only going upwards. There also lots of tourists that love the city because of its famous food, tapas, as well as bullfighting, an ancient and traditional event in the region.
- Madrid is among the 4 richest cities in Europe. Madrid has an estimated GDP of 240 billion dollars, making it one of the 4 richest cities in Europe.
- The oldest restaurant ( Sobrino de Botín was founded in 1725 )in the world is situated in Madrid.
- Madrid is the sunniest city in Europe, it has an average sunshine rate of between 250 and 300 days per year. Madrid is a major cultural capital in Europe. Explore the places and characters that raised the city to the top of the art and culture scene.The city’s temperate daytime weather gives way to its night-owl rhythm—with tapas bars, live music venues, and town squares bustling well past midnight.
- Madrid offers you the chance to visit an authentic Egyptian temple without travelling outside Spain at the Temple of Debod. Located close to Plaza de España, it is open to the public and is free of charge.
- The most visited museum was the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, with 3.8 million visitors in the sum of its three seats in 2018. Conversely, the Prado Museum had 2.8 million visitors and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 906,815 visitors.
- A recent study placed Madrid 7th among 36 cities as an attractive base for business. It was placed third in terms of availability of office space, and fifth for ease of access to markets, availability of qualified staff, mobility within the city, and quality of life.
- There’s a lot more to sport in Madrid than just football. You can also go cycling or running, play golf, attend a horserace and do much more!
- The city is home to Sharma Climbing Madrid, considered the largest rock-climbing arena in Spain. A huge climbing centre in the district of San Blas that has about 4000 square metres of climbing walls, including walls up to 19 metres high.
- Its less favourable characteristics were seen as pollution, languages spoken, and political environment. Another ranking of European cities placed Madrid 5th among 25 cities being rated favourably on economic factors and the labour market as well as transport and communication.
- Madrid is an important film and television production hub, whose content is distributed throughout the Spanish-speaking world and abroad.
- Madrid boasts an array of public parks and gardens from the Casa de Campo, Spain’s largest green space, to El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The city of Madrid forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, which includes sites with exceptional universal value. The Paseo del Prado and the Buen Retiro are included in the Landscape of the Arts and Sciences category, and the Paseo del Prado is the first of the European, urban tree-lined walkways.
- Madrid is served by several roads and three modes of public surface transport, and two airports, one of them being almost two different airports. A great many important road, rail and air links converge on the capital, providing effective connections with other parts of the metropolitan region and with the rest of Spain and other parts of Europe.
- The legendary flamenco house, Villa Rosa, is considered to be the world’s oldest flamenco house. Located in a century old establishment in the Plaza de Santa Ana
- Madrid is an international hub of highly active and diverse nightlife with bars, dance bars and nightclubs staying open well past midnight. Madrid is reputed to have a vibrant nightlife. Some of the highlight bustling locations include the surroundings of the Plaza de Santa Ana, Malasaña and La Latina
- The Madrid urban agglomeration has the third-largest GDP in the European Union and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.
Madrid is a one of the business cities in Europe. If you are looking to grow your business and network, as you enjoy some pretty good leisure activities, it is the city to beat.
- Plaza Mayor
- Museo Nacional del Prado
- El Retiro Park
- Royal Palace of Madrid
- Temple of Debod
- Puerta de Alcalá
- Market of San Miguel
- Thyssen Museum
- Reina Sofia Museum
- Caixa Forum