WHO WE ARE
Madrid General Information
Find out a little bit about our city before your visit
Madrid is the capital of Spain and is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. Madrid means “abundant, rich in waters” and has been inhabited by prehistoric hunters, the Moors, the Romans, the French, and is now a thriving metropolis full of individuals from all over the world.
Madrid can be hot in the summer, during July and August there can be highs during the daytime that could reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) but rest assured the summer evenings are more tolerable. During the winter, the average low temperature is 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 F) with the highest average at 9 degrees Celsius (48.2 F). Madrid has most of its rainfall during the autumn months. Snow is common during the winter months so be sure to bring a warm coat if visiting in December and January.
There are over three million people living in the city of Madrid with an additional three million living in the Madrid metropolitan area. With over six million inhabitants in the city and surrounding area this makes Madrid the largest city in Spain. The economy is flourishing due to an increase in the services industry, such as finance, logistics, communication, and tourism.
The Madrid City Council is comprised of fifty two members and is presided over by the Mayor. Currently Madrid is a stronghold of the Peoples Party. The Peoples Party is a right winged party that has been in power since 1989.
Madrid has a plethora of options when deciding on what type of artistic medium you might be interested in seeing during your vacation. If you are interested in spending the day at an art museums the city has many to choose from but the three “must see” locations are Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and Reina Sofia Museum. If you are interested in the theatre take a trip over to Gran Via. For those whose ears are itching for a beautiful melody of classical music or opera, book a show at The Royal Theater, La Zarzula National Auditorium, or the Monumental Theater. While in Madrid you might be lucky enough to catch an international pop star on tour at the Vincente Calderon Stadium or the Palacio de los Deportes.
Madrid has a huge assortment of dining options from casual tapas to formal dining. With numerous bars to catch the local football match and live music to suit any musical taste everywhere you turn, you are sure to have a night out that you will never forget. Madrid’s nightlife starts late, but once it starts the metropolis turns into one of the hottest party cities in Europe. It is not unusual for locals to start their night out at 12:30am and stay out until 6:30am.
Other Important Information
If you need an ambulance, police or the fire department – dial 112.
- British Consulate General
Telephone: +34 913342194 (outside of Spain) or 902109356 (in Spain/afterhours)
- Unites States Consulate General
Telephone: +34 915872240 (during hours) or 915872200 (afterhours)
There are several tourist information offices where you can find maps, ask questions or just get information. There are several tourist offices around the city but the main location is Plaza Mayor Tourist Center and is open every day from 9:30am to 8:30pm.
Enjoy your visit to Madrid!
-The MDT Team