Madrid, Spain
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About Madrid, Spain

  • Population: approx. 4 million
  • Distance from Alicante: 222 miles
  • Distance from Bilbao: 200 miles
Puerta de Toledo is the main acces to Madrid and next to the gate is a well-known flea market called El Rastro de Madrid where you can obtain a variety of items known only to Spain.

Puerta de Toledo is the main acces to Madrid and next to ...

Madrid is a city of great cultural and political importance. It is one of the liveliest capital cities in Europe and boasts some of the finest art museums in the world. Its location in central Spain makes it a good starting point for any trip to other Spanish cities such as Cordova, Seville, Barcelona, or Valencia or to neighboring countries like France or Portugal. There are many buses and trains that connect Madrid with these destinations and beyond. Morocco is also within easy reach, located just across the Strait of Gibraltar.

The capital is a melting pot for all regions of Spain, and, more recently, for other cultures, yet it has maintained its own well-defined character.  The city offers a wide variety of entertainment for people of all ages and cultural interests, as well as a wide variety of sports.

Retiro Park was once a recreational spot of the Spanish Kings and at the top of the pillars is the statue of the Spanish King Alfonso XII built in 1922 in his honor.

Retiro Park was once a recreational spot of the Spanish ...

Madrid has a modern infrastructure, but has successfully preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. The result is in a cohesive blend of old and new: cobblestone streets and monumental architecture, parks, and plazas, alongside modern architecture and public art. Hence, the city is home to both ancient buildings and modern skyscrapers designed by world-renowned architects. In the same fashion, you may eat in a new gourmet restaurant or a century-old café. The local public transportation system, mainly composed of buses and a subway, makes any part of the large city easily accessible. You are encouraged to embrace and become a part of Madrid’s culture and meet local people. Without a doubt, spending the summer, semester, or year in Madrid will be the experience of a lifetime.

Spain was the strongest kingdom in Europe in the sixteenth and first half of the seventeenth centuries. In the middle decades of the twentieth century it came under a dictatorship, but democracy was restored in 1978. In 1986 it joined he European Union and has experienced an economic and cultural renaissance. Widely known for excellent food and art, Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches, and lots of sunshine, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years. It was home to famous artists such as El Greco, Diego Velasquez, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Salvador Dalí.