When you think about organizing a weekend outside your home city, go to Madrid! In this article, we will explain why you should come here and feel this unique atmosphere. Madrid is a city for all seasons. The weather is almost always great. The capital of Spain and its surroundings offer attractions for everyone. Madrid is an open city that welcomes visitors as fully-fledged members of Madrid’s extended family. People are very friendly and sociable! You will not regret your decision!
Madrid is a city of art and culture.
Madrid is one of the most important centres of European culture and art. There’s always something to see or do in Madrid, as the city has one of the most extensive cultural and artistic offerings globally. You can visit many museums, art galleries, as well as go to the theater for great art or a good concert. When speaking about the local museums, it is impossible not to mention Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, rated by connoisseurs among the world’s top collections. The Prado museum, founded in 1819 by order of King Ferdinand VII, is the most emblematic museum in Madrid. You can’t miss its works of art by artists such as Diego Velazquez, Francisco Goya and José de Ribera. The Reina Sofia museum has over 18,000 exhibits dating from the 19th century to the present day. Since 1992, the most famous work of this museum is “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso. If you opt for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, you’ll find there works by Pablo Picasso, El Greco, Rembrandt, Velazquez, van Gogh, Caravaggio, Goya, Monet and Dürer. Doesn’t it sound tempting?
In addition to Madrid’s veritable wealth of museums, the city’s effervescent culture is characterized by its equally vibrant offer of entertainment activities, in which flamenco is of course to the fore. Madrid has been a flamenco city ever since this artform, declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, became fashionable in the 19thcentury coffee houses. Today, Madrid is essential to understand flamenco, not only because this is where the great artists of the day come to make a name for themselves, but also because the city’s record industry has helped to make the genre known around the world. From its flamenco festivals to daily shows in its tablaos. In Madrid you’ll find quality flamenco 365 days a year!
Madrid has a great historical heritage as well as continuous development. The city is constantly developing for its residents and visitors. In recent years, Madrid has expanded its outdoor public spaces so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy its streets and open-air events. The widening of pavements on Gran Vía avenue, the pedestrianization of Plaza de Canalejas and the remodelling of Plaza de España are some of the most recent renovations.
Madrid means heritage.
Madrid is a city where you need to slow down. Exclusive hotels, modern cuisine steeped in tradition, 24/7 cultural program and 3000 hours of sunshine per year, green spaces… What more could one ask for? Madrid offers many ways to experience true heritage and tradition. Let’s start!
UNESCO has declared Madrid’s Landscape of Light a World Heritage Site, a landscape created for the enjoyment and enrichment of the city’s residents.
Madrid is always alive. The city boasts a very rich festival calendar, with the most popular and recognised: Festival de Otoño, El Festival Internacional Madrid en Danza, El festival Mulafest, Suma Flamenca, JAZZMADRID and many others.
Madrid is very active. Madrid is home to two famous football clubs: Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. In Spain, football is almost a religion – you have to take it seriously and be a believer. It is an unforgettable experience to watch a match live in the stadium or in one of the many bars surrounded by enthusiastic fans. During your visit to Madrid, make sure you visit the Santiago Bernabéu and Wanda Metropolitano stadiums. When talking about sports here, Formula 1 races should be mentioned next to football.There is a race track in Madrid where the Formula 1 Grand Prix competitions are held. Did you know that, Madrid is second to London only when it comes to the number of clubs and sports arenas? Also, don’t forget about Tennis Open, Horse Week or the Madrid Marathon… Are you tired of physical exertion just thinking about it?
Madrid means shopping.
It is a true shopper’s paradise. This is heaven for all kind of spenders: chic, bohemian, alternative, vintage, and more. The best time for shoppers to visit the capital of Spain is during the sale, which starts at the beginning of the year and offers bargains to all budgets. Who doesn’t love small independent designer boutiques? Madrid is a city with a long history. There are many shops with a tradition going back 100 years and more. Ancient trades are preserved in street names such as Calle Bordadores (Embroiderers), Calle Curtidores (Tanners) or Calle Botoneras (Button-makers).
So, what to buy as a souvenir of your stay in Madrid?
- espadrilles – specialist stores selling woven goods are located close to the Plaza Mayor square and the neighborhood of La Latina.
- ceramics – D’A Ceramics and Arte Hoy are two of the many examples of artists who work with clay to make original pieces based on modern designs.
- handmade guitars – The capital is a city steeped in musical tradition, especially flamenco.
If we are talking about quality, it would be an unforgivable sin not to mention Canalejas Madrid. This gallery has over 40 stores selling fashion, accessories, perfumes and jewelry the most prestigious brands in the world.
Where can you find the most exclusive shops in Madrid? Their home is mainly the Salamanca district. Check them along with very popular services of personal stylists who will advise you according to your preferences. If we think about luxury shopping, Claudio Coello, Ortega y Gasset, Jorge Juan, and Serrano were home to the most exclusive boutique. Be warned: avoid this place if you don’t want to spend too much money on beautiful gadgets.
Madrid is the center of business.
Madrid has become a forum for economic exchange. Professionals from all over the world choose Madrid when searching for a location to showcase a work or meet up with other experts in their industry.,. Madrid has many venues ideal for congresses and big events. The city also has an excellent location and air connection with other capitals is very convenient. Madrid is a safe and tolerant city. Business people appreciate it that, after work, they can spend time well together with their business partners in places of culture and art.
Do you feel tempted? Are you planning your trip to Madrid?