Madrid the city
At present, the city of Madrid represents the perfect symbiosis and harmony between efficiency and quality of life. It is a city where you will find everything: cutting-edge facilities, devoted professionals and a modern infrastructure, allowing you to comply with the most demanding quality levels. Furthermore, you will find a booming culture, a thriving lifestyle, warm people and blue skies. Thanks to all this, we are sure the event will be a unique experience.
Art, Culture, Leisure,
Shopping, Gastronomy, Sport,
Business and much more!
THE ART AVENUE, THE PREMIER ARTISTIC ITINERARY
Prado Museum, the best Spanish painting collection from the XVI-XVIII centuries, Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, and the Flemish, Italian, German, French and British schools.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, 800 western art masterpieces, early Italians, German, Renaissance and Dutch paintings from the XVII century, North American paintings from the XIX century and vanguard collections from the XX century.
Reina Sofia Art Center, cubism, surrealism, vanguard collections from the 40's and 50's, pop-art..., Picasso, Dalí and Miró masterpieces.
A GREEN CITY
2nd world capital in green areas (16 m2 / inhabitant), 250,000 ha of green area, 43 parks and gardens: Parque del Retiro, Real Jardín Botánico, Parque del Oeste, Casa de Campo, Jardines de Sabatini, Parque Juan Carlos I, Campo del Moro...
Single and multicuisine at the same time, Wide offer of regional and international gastronomy, Best traditional cooking Tapas, a typical delight for everyone
A PARADISE FOR SHOPPING
National and international brands (Salamanca quartier)
Traditional and artisan shops (City center)
Antiquities and galleries (Paseo del Prado)
The high quality of Madrid’s airport, train stations and its all embracing public transportation system places it among the best in the world, due to the ease and freedom of movement throughout the city resulting from excellent connections between the airport, the Metro, bus and regional train networks.
- 58,995 hotel beds
- 3,132,463 friendly people (of which 14.25% are foreigners)
- 144 museums (92 in Madrid city centre and 52 outside Madrid)
- 5,077 restaurants, 1,531 coffees, 2,073 pubs, 18,726 bars, 345 discos
- During 2006 12,384 meetings attending 1,185,521 delegates
- 4 major convention and trade fair centres
- 186 members of the Madrid Convention Bureau
- 166 direct flight destinations
- 293 metro stations covering 283.3 km of underground transport system
- 15,023 taxis
- 7,314,337 tourists per year
- 24 golf courses
- 6 public and 7 private universities
- 6 world heritage sites within 1 hour drive (Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Alcalá de Henarés, El Escorial and Aranjuez)
- 5,380.86 ha of green space and 281,531 trees (1 for each 14 inhabitans)
- 666 metres altitude
- 2,769 hours of sunshine per year
HOW TO GET TO MADRID
Madrid-Barajas Airport it is just 13 km away from the city, and its connections by public transportation are some of the quickest and easiest to use in the world: besides bus or taxi, travelers may take the Metro, where every five minutes a train to/from Madrid-Barajas Airport leaves from Nuevos Ministerios Station in the City Centre at a cost of 2 € while you will pay only 1 € for a ticket within the City!
In 2007, the airport handled 52,143,275 passengers, 483,284 operations and 322,244 tonnes of cargo. Madrid-Barajas International Airport receives flights from over 166 destinations, including several low cost airlines, and is the main European air hub for Latin America. The inauguration of the new terminal that has set its capacity in 70 million passengers a year took place on 5th of February 2006. The building was designed by Richard Rodgers and Lamela and it has received the Stirling Architecture Award.
To take a taxi you must go to the appropriate taxi rank. Signs of taxi stops are well indicated at the arrival area of each terminal. The official taxis are white with red line. Ignore any drivers who offer their services unsolicited inside the terminals. Make sure that the taxi driver has started up the taximeter at the start of the journey (minimum fare). You may request a free receipt with the tax ID, amount, date, license number and vehicle registration number, or a printed receipt. The estimated cost of a taxi from the airport to the city centre is 30 – 40 €, and from the airport to the venue is 15 – 20 €.
International trains arrive at Atocha or Chamartín train stations. Atocha is the station located in the south center of the city and Chamartín is in the north. Both stations have access to metro stations.
Avenida de América and Méndez Álvaro bus stations are the main bus stations in the city. Both stations have routes to other Spanish cities. Méndez Alvaro is located in the south of the city and Avenida de América is located in the north east.
Bus Line 204 and 200 connect Barajas airport with the bus station Avenida de América.
TRANSPORTATION IN THE CITY
The underground (Metro) is the fastest, most efficient and most affordable way to move around Madrid. The city has a vast metropolitan network, one of the most comprehensive in Europe, and covers almost all the points in the capital and many of the neighboring areas. Currently, there are twelve metro lines and three Metro Ligero (tramway) lines. Out of all these, Line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios – Airport-T4 terminal) is particularly noteworthy. This modern line connects the capital to Barajas international airport, arriving in only 12 minutes to the rest of terminals, and to Madrid’s Trade Fair grounds (Ifema).
The underground system covers a total of 283.3 km. The price of a single ticket with a validity of 1 hour is 1,50 €, and can be purchased at all Metro stations.
Madrid has an extensive city bus network, run by the company Empresa Municipal de Transportes (EMT), which covers the whole city. All the vehicles that make up the EMT fleet, 2,022 in total, are air-conditioned. Madrid’s buses have special facilities for handicapped people. The cost for a single ticket with a validity of 1 hour is 1 €.
There are more than 15,000 taxis in Madrid, so it is not usually difficult to find one available in the city’s main thoroughfares. You can order them by phone or through internet. In the streets, just make a sign and they will be keen to stop! Prices are quite reasonable, considering that a one-way trip from the city centre to the airport costs around 20-25 euros.
Journeys beginning or ending at the airport, including those within the airport grounds: 5.50 €.
Journeys originating or ending at bus stations, train stations or the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I (IFEMA) fairs complex: 2.95 €.
TOURIST TRAVEL PASS
The Tourist Travel Pass is the most affordable and practical way to get to know Madrid. It can be used on all public transport in the Region as many times as necessary within the valid dates. There are five passes valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. The Tourist Travel Pass can be purchased at:
- All Metro stations
- Metro Passenger Information Office at Barajas Airport (T1-T2-T3 Metro stations)
- Certain tobacco shops and press kiosks
- Municipal Tourist Office (Plaza Mayor 27)
- Regional Tourist Offices (c/ Duque de Medinaceli 2 and at the Atocha Station
- National and International Tour Operators
- Spanish Travel Agencies and hotels in the city
SOME TOURIST OFFICESCity Hall:
- Duque de Medinaceli Tourist Office, Duque de Medinaceli 2, E-28014 Madrid,
- Puerta de Toledo Market Tourist Office, Ronda de Toledo 1, E-28005 Madrid,
- Atocha Station Tourist Office, Plaza Emperador Carlos V, E-28012 Madrid,
- Chamartin Station Tourist Office, Station Central Lobby (Gate 16), Agustin de Foxa, E-28036 Madrid,
- Barajas Airport (Terminal 1, Arrivals), E-28042 Madrid,
Tel. +34 913 058 656, +34 902 100 007, Fax: +34 913 054 195
- Barajas Airport (Terminal 4, Arrivals, Halls 10 and 11), E-28042 Madrid,
Tel. +34 915 881636, +34 902 100 007