Madrid is not only the capital of Spain, but also capital of the province and autonomous community of Madrid. Settlement is the third most populous capital in the EU after London and Berlin. Located in the center of the Iberian peninsula, on the Manzanares River and at an altitude of more than 650 meters on the plateau Castilian Madrid is the highest capital of Europe and is the perfect combination between high altitude and mountain breeze, which generates a unique atmosphere.
Madrid is a city full of life and light is a hospitable location, full of cafes and restaurants, theaters and nightclubs. Bullfighting Madrid is capital of the world and stores here are among the best across Europe. While infrastructure is very modern, Madrid no shortage of old and full of historical atmosphere. Among representative attractions include the Royal Palace, Royal Theater, Buena Park Retiro founded in 1631, the National Library in 1712, and three exquisite museums, called "golden triangle" with the Prado collection of fine art in the world Queen Sofia Art Centre and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.
Madrid people can be very pious in church, but large amateur striptease while, sometimes politeness wins hands Kiss law of the jungle, which in another area (such as in public transport, at peak times) alone impose their supremacy. Madrid daily routine of people is influenced by climate - given the afternoon heat, "siesta" has become a tradition: almost all small businesses take a break of several hours.
Madrid is a city famous for its night life and its disco - biggest number of bars per capita. For most of Madrid is not uncommon to dance all night and then go to work this morning - this is the reason why city residents are called "Gatos" - cats. During the summer of Madrid offers a wealth of festivals and shows sponsored by the city hall - take the newsstand "Guia del Ocio" to find out the concerts, films and shows.
Madrid's nightlife can be divided into areas: Plaza Mayor / Puerta del Sol is the most popular location, streets Cava de San Miguel, Cava Baja and Cava Alta is full of bars. Gran Via is known for cinemas and theaters, and in the Plaza de Isabel II / Plaza de Oriente are many restaurants. Area is a district where gay life takes place, especially on the streets Hortaleza, Infantas, Barquillo and San Lucas. Perhaps the most lively area at night is Arguelles / Moncloa, where are many clubs and fastfood sites where students meet.
Madrid has enough museums to keep a tourist deal throughout the stay, but not be overlooked or surrounding regions, with magnificent views.
By Maria Morari
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