Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain. The city has almost 3.3 million inhabitants but the entire metropolitan area gets to a population of approximately 6.5 million.
Local madrileños have a expression. ¡De Madrid al cielo! (from Madrid to the sky! which a way to invite people to get to know… and fall in love with it.
Madrid is a very welcoming city. You will find how easy it is to move around Madrid and enjoy its many treasures
Madrid in 2 days. A complete itinerary to enjoy your stay in Madrid with a plan that includes daily maps, budget and a list of hotels, restaurants and recommended things to do. Adapt the plan to your budget and your travel style and get the most out of 2 days in Spain´s Capital
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Madrid, high on a plateau in New Castile, is the geographical centre of the Iberian
peninsula. The city now has over 3.5 million inhabitants
The area of present-day Madrid was settled during prehistoric times, as numerous finds from the Stone Age bear witness. The Moors gave the then insignificant town the name ‘Magerit’,
from which the name Madrid is derived.
For centuries Madrid stood in the shadow of Toledo. In 1083 Madrid was captured
by Alfonso VI and absorbed into the Christian kingdom. Under Henry II the town
was totally destroyed by fire. It was later rebuilt by Henry III who had himself
crowned in Madrid in 1390.
Henry IV turned the Moorish alcázar into his favourite residence and granted the town market rights. In 1474 Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile had the walls of Madrid destroyed.
Nevertheless, the royal couple made their ceremonial entry here in 1477.
In 1561 Philip II declared Madrid capital of the empire. Under Philip III monasteries, churches and hospitals were built and during the reign of Philip IV new buildings were constantly being constructed.
The Borbons demanded the further extension of the city, and this was continued
under Charles III in particular. From 1860 the outer suburbs were developed and
are constantly being enlarged. Today Madrid is a vibrant city, with not only historical buildings, but a large business district too. The city is home to 2 scoccer stadiums that belong to 2 of the most important fottball teams in the world (Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid) and there are also many green areas and parks.
The days in the middle ages in which the bad quality of dirt roads made it difficult to get food in a city from Madrid have changed a lot. The city offers some of the best seafood restaurants in the country , as well as top quality markets where food specialities from all corners of the country can be found.