Madrid is the capital city of Spain. With more than 3 million inhabitants on the city area and more than 6 million considering the metropolitan area, it is the biggest Spanish city and the third most populated European city after Berlin and London.
Founded as a Muslim military fortress, the city passed to Castilian hands with King Alfonso VI in 1083 and it has been the capital city of the reign since 1561 with Felipe II. Nowadays it is the capital and definitely the most important city in the country. Not only it is home of the national government, but also of several national and international companies which have its headquarters there.
Madrid’s economy is strongly related to the services sector which is the most important earning source. Among services, tourism is one of the leading sectors. Madrid is one of the top European tourist destinations and a symbol of Spain. Its urban beauty, rich history and monumental value attract millions of visitors either national or foreigners every year. The city has architectural jewels of all eras such as the iconic Alcala’s Door, Cibeles Fountain, the Zarzuela Palace and the super modern Kio Towers. On the last years Madrid has experienced a big development in the area of fashion attracting many international brands to its avenues. The local fashion event "Cibeles Fashion Week" is one of the most important worldwide in this industry.
Another attractive feature for foreigners is Madrid’s cultural life. This is a city where arts have a very important place, with several museums that cover different areas of knowledge. Probably the most well known is the Prado Museum, one of the most important art museums in the world which exhibits the most famous works of masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Durero, El Greco and Rubens among its enormous collection.
All who visit Madrid, either for work, study or pleasure, fall in love with this awesome city. As a capital in all its right, Madrid clearly represents Spain. Its gastronomy (strongly influenced by other regions culinary legacy) and its culture are a perfectly balanced mixture of local character and the input of all the Spaniards from other regions that live or have lived in Madrid.
Public, holidays and celebration days in Madrid are:
• New Year (January 1st)
• Procession of the Three Wise Kings (January 5th)
• Epiphany (January 6th)
• Carnival (mid February or beginnings of March depending on the year)
• San José (March 19th)
• Holy Week (March or April depending on the year)
• Labour Day (May 1st)
• Festival of the Autonomous Community of Madrid (May 2nd)
• San Isidro Labrador (May 15th, celebrated with huge events to honor Madrid´s patron)
• Virgen de la Almudena (November 9th)
• Constitution Day (December 6th)
• La Inmaculada Concepción (December 8th)
• Christmas (December 25th)
Tourists will feel charmed with the beauty of Madrid and its huge offer of things to see and do. The open character of Madrid’s people will surely make you feel at home.
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