Madrid isn’t the oldest city in Europe, nor is it one of the loveliest, but it is without doubt one of the most versatile metropolises.

Full of contrasts, exciting and yet comfortable – it’s a city for art lovers and connoisseurs. Allow yourself plenty of time for the sights such as the magnificent Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, the Museo del Prado and the many restaurants, cafés and bars.

Definitely keep one day for an excursion: We recommend a visit to the old imperial city Toledo. Then a flamenco show in the evening, or simply find somewhere to sit in one of the large squares and watch the world go by. «Buena vida» still means something in Madrid, and there’s no «last orders» for «la marcha», the pub crawl.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of Spain

  • Population

    About 3.3 million

  • Size

    Approx. 605 km²

  • Public transport

    Very well developed underground network, plus bus and rail.

  • Climate

    Mediterranean climate; very warm summers with temperatures over 30°C. Winters are cold.

  • Best time to visit

    Spring and autumn.

  • Good to know

    The symbol of Madrid is a bear against a strawberry tree.

  • Nice to know

    Inhabitants of Madrid are called “Madrileños” or “gatos” (cats).

  • Airport

    Madrid-Barajas, approx. 12 km from the city centre.

  • Bus

    Several buses (Línea Exprés) travel between the airport and the city. The travel time is about 40 minutes.

  • Railway

    The train departs from Terminal 4, and the travel time to various stations in the city is approx. 11 minutes.

  • Metro

    The no. 8 connects the airport with the city centre. The travel time is approx. 12 - 15 minutes.