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Madrid – City of Music, Energy and Color

Madrid is a national and international hub for culture, business, finance, literature and music. The city is especially well known for its many internationally significant museums and its lively nightlife. Located in the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid enjoys dry, hot summers and cool winters. The best time to visit the city is during spring when the temperature is warm and there is little rainfall. Madrid is thought to have the largest number of bars per capita of any city in Europe. Most social events occur in cafes and bars, and this has given Madrid the reputation of having a relaxed lifestyle. Among the must see sights of Madrid are the famous museums, particularly the Prado and the Museo Reina Sofía. The impressive Golden Triangle of Art consists of these two museums along with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. After visiting the museums a wonderful place to relax is in the nearby El Retiro park, Madrid’s largest public park. Madrid also hosts performances every weekend by the Spanish National Orchestra in the wonderful National Auditorium of Music. If you prefer opera, the main auditorium in which to witness performances is the imposing Royal Theatre. The ‘Circulo de Bellas Artes’ cultural centre offers a fascinating program of visual art, music, dance and shows. The flea market in the district of La Latina takes place every Sunday and is the most popular market in the city. Another wonderful sight which many visitors to the city enjoy is the Royal Palace, one of the most iconic and emblematic buildings in the country. There is an excellent range of quality Hotels in Madrid as well as hostels and guesthouses. It is also possible to rent an apartment for a short period of time or to organise a stay with a Spanish family. Hotels in the business district and the central areas such as Puerta del Sol tend to be luxurious and pricey, whereas those in trendier, more bohemian neighborhoods such as Chueca are more affordable. The transport system is modern, elaborate and efficient. It includes the Metro service as well as a large bus network. Flights to Madrid arrive at the Barajas airport which is connected to the city centre by line eight of the Metro. Many airlines operate cheap flights to Madrid from across the world.

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