Geography of Madrid
Madrid is the capital of Spain, and the largest municipality of the Community of Madrid. The population of the city is almost 3.2 million with a metropolitan area population of approximately 6.5 million. Madrid mountainous regions consist of peaks rising above 2000m. The Madrid community conserves an ecological diversity of the evergreen Holm Oak trees in the low lying plains, in spite of the city having a population of approximately 5 million people.
Madrid Climate in Autumn
Madrid is a city that comes under the Mediterranean climate. Precipitation levels are low, but precipitation can be observed all throughout the year. Summer and winter are the driest seasons. Most of the rainfall occurs in the autumn and spring. October is still fairly warm with an average daytime temperature of 20°C (68°F) and is a pleasant time to visit.
Castillian is the official and most widely spoken language in Madrid. However, English is quite widely spoken in Madrid as well.
The official currency of Madrid is the Euro. Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, Atocha and Chamartín train stations, and the main transport hubs – Avenida de América, Méndez Álvaro and Moncloa – are dotted with foreign currency exchange offices. There are several exchange offices in central Madrid, especially in Puerta del Sol. Most banks and some hotels offer currency exchange services as well.
Running out of cash isn’t a problem in Madrid, since chances are you’ll find an ATM within walking distance wherever you are. Also, most establishments accept credit cards, which you can even use to purchase your tickets to get around Madrid on the underground.
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards, American Express and Diners are less common. You should contact your bank if you wish to find out what commission they’ll charge you for using your card in Spain.
The document must be valid for the entirety of the projected stay. Citizens from any State of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid national identity document or passport.
If you come from another country, the maximum stay in Spain is 90 days.
There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to have a valid current visa in order to enter Spain. You can find a list of these countries. Citizens of these countries can also travel to Spain if they have a residence permit or a long-term visa issued by another country in the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.
Citizens of all other countries must be in possession of documents which justify the object and the conditions of their stay, and be in possession of sufficient economic resources for their maintenance throughout the period they are intending to remain in Spain. The documents they are required to present will vary according to the motive of the trip. You can check these on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
TOP 5 RESTAURANTS
Paseo de la Castellana, 57
(Distance to venue : 2,7km)
The Michelin-starred Santceloni is one of Madrid’s best restaurants, with luxury decor, faultless service, fabulous wines and nouvelle cuisine from the kitchen of chef Óscar Velasco. Each dish is a work of art and the menu changes with the seasons, but we’d recommend one of the menús gastronómicos to really sample the breadth of surprising tastes.
Calle del Capitán Haya, 43
(Distance to venue : 3m)
Opened in 1983 and a pioneer in Madrid, the famous L’Albufera restaurant is the ideal place for enjoying exquisite east coast rice dishes as well as a wide range of traditional Spanish dishes accompanied by an extensive wine list.
The restaurant is divided into two different ambiences for greater privacy: a cosy, covered terrace and a large split level dining area.
Perfect for a special occasion for groups (special menus available) or a corporate event, L’Albufera is ideal for enjoying impeccable service and excellent cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
Calle de Rosario Pino, 12
(Distance to venue: 130m)
Piñera is in the heart of Madrid's business district between Plaza de Castilla and Nuevos Ministerios. It offers haute cuisine with an emphasis on seasonality, reflected in its classic dishes prepared with modern techniques and style. Influence is drawn from around Spain to create a variety of dishes and styles on its long menu, using the finest quality ingredients. There is also an extensive but carefully chosen list of some 800 wines with special emphasis on sparkling wines from different regions. This wine lover's paradise also offers a huge selection of international wines alongside the best of Spain from the country's classic and emerging regions.
Plaza Ángel Carbajo, 6
(Distance to venue: 290m)
This restaurant has a Basque Cuisine influence. Pedro Abrego, owner of Meson Txistu and Asador Donostiarra (both opened from the 70´s), built up this place for those who like to enjoy traditional food with first class products, such as jabugo ham, cured loin, manchego cheese and other specialties as red meats and seafood. Everything is cooked with a basque and bilbainan style making of every dish a wonderful experience. Mostly frequented by football celebrities, politicians, actors…
Calle Juan Hurtado de Mendoza, 13
(Distance to venue: 650m)
Established 22 years ago, La Misión is a place where you can sample our exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. We will strive to make you feel at home, making sure to do so, that in our great oven Toledano never lack their tasty lamb. We offer a varied menu and continuous innovation, which includes among other dishes, sixteen varieties of carpaccio, cooked green lasagna, our succulent lamb roasted in a wood oven, Galician octopus and hake fillets with salmon. All our desserts are homemade, as Tiramisu made with Mascarpone that it requires. The winery hosts the best vintages of the different denominations of origin of our country.
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS
Museo del Prado
Welcome to one of the world's premier art galleries. The more than 7000 paintings held in the Museo del Prado’s collection (although only around 1500 are currently on display) are like a window onto the historical vagaries of the Spanish soul, at once grand and imperious in the royal paintings of Velázquez, darkly tumultuous in Las pinturas negras (The Black Paintings) of Goya, and outward looking with sophisticated works of art from all across Europe.
(Distance to venue: 6km)
Parque del Retiro
The glorious gardens of El Retiro (just next to the Museo del Prado) are as beautiful as any you’ll find in a European city. Littered with marble monuments, landscaped lawns, the occasional elegant building (the Palacio de Cristal is especially worth seeking out) and abundant greenery, it’s quiet and contemplative during the week but comes to life on weekends.
(Distance to venue: 6km)
Spain's lavish Palacio Real is a jewel box of a palace, although it's used only occasionally for royal ceremonies; the royal family moved to the modest Palacio de la Zarzuela years ago.
(Distance to venue: 6km)
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947, with a current seating capacity of 81,044.
Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world's most famous and prestigious football venues. It has hosted the European Cup/Champions League final on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010. The final matches for the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, were also held at the Bernabéu, thus making it the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA European Championship and a FIFA World Cup final.
(Distance to venue: 2,1km)
Madrid's grand central square, a rare but expansive opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid, is one of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, a winning combination of imposing architecture, picaresque historical tales and vibrant street life coursing across its cobblestones.
(Distance to venue: 6km)