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Madrid Community, Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide

Lodging, Tours & Hotels in Madrid Community & Madrid Metropolitan Areas, Spain

Traffic at Night, Gran Via, Madrid, Spain
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Panoramic Madrid Tour
 
Madrid - became Spain's capital simply through its geographical position at the centre of Iberia. When Felipe II moved the seat of government here in 1561 his aim was to create a symbol of the unification and centralization of the country, and a capital from which he could receive the fastest post and communications from each corner of the nation. The site itself had few natural advantages - it is 300km from the sea on a 650-metre-high plateau, freezing in winter, burning in summer - and it was only the determination of successive rulers to promote a strong central capital that ensured Madrid's survival and development.
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Hotels in Community of Madrid / Madrid Metropolitan Areas:
Alcalá de Henares Hotels - Alcobendas Hotels - Aranjuez Hotels - Chinchón Hotels
Fuenlabrada Hotels - Getafe Hotels - Leganés Hotels - Madrid City Hotels by area
Móstoles Hotels - Parla Hotels - Pinto Hotels - San Sebastián de los Reyes Hotels
Torrejón de Ardoz Hotels - Villaviciosa de Odón Hotels
Madrid - Self-Catering/Vacation & Holiday Rentals:
1 bedroom apartments - 2 bedroom apartments - Aparthotels in Madrid - Apartment Search
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A Whistlestop Tour of Madrid, Spain
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Relax and read about the major sights & monuments in Madrid and watch a travel video ...

Madrid - a guide to the key sites and monuments
Atocha Railway Station and its surprising residents
El Rastro Flea Market Madrid
Madrid-Barajas Airport
Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat)
Paseo de la Castellana
Plaza de Cibeles
Plaza Mayor
Prado Museum (Museo Prado)
Puerta del Sol
Reina Sofia Museum
Royal Palace (Palacio Real)
Royal Theatre (Teatro Real)
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Temple of Debod
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

A Whistlestop Tour of Madrid, Spain  by Anne Sewell

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Hotels in Madrid  /  Self-Catering Apartments

Madrid is a modern, world-class, but also  historic city - the capital of Spain - located almost centrally in the heart of the country.  A contrast of old and new, Madrid is a beautiful and vibrant city of great architectural interest.  You might find the drive into the city a bit boring with its suburbs of concrete apartment blocks, but once in the centre, you will enjoy the traditional streets, with medieval buildings and some narrow and very atmospheric alleys, containing shops and bars.
 
The old quarter has a concentration of magnificent attractions including the Prado Museum with its great art collection, as well as the Reina Sofia and Thysssen-Bornemisza galleries, displaying Picasso and many other European and American masters.

The people of Madrid are among the great attractions of the city.  Commonly known as the "Madrileños" they can be seen relaxing in the traditional cafes and cars, at the Sunday El Rastro flea market, and also late into the night at the many bars and nightclubs of Madrid.

For shopping, Madrid is a shopper's paradise, including the classy and expensive shops of the Salamanca Quarter.  For those on a more modest budget, the El Rastro flea market is highly recommended.

Plaza de Cibeles, Cibeles Fountain, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Plaza de Cibeles, Cibeles Fountain, Madrid
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Templo De Debod, Madrid, Spain
Templo De Debod, Madrid, Spain
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Other attractions include:

Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) - a lovely green and leafy oasis in the heart of the city including a lake where rowing boats can be hired.  There are also wonderful puppet shows for the children in the park.

Temple of Debod - an ancient Egyptian temple which has been rebuilt in Madrid. The temple was originally built in southern Egypt, close to the first cataract of the Nile and is dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. Due to the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan In 1960,  and the subsequent threat it posed to certain monuments and archaeological sites, UNESCO made an international call to save this rich historical patrimony. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state donated the temple to Spain in 1968.

The Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) which has the world's finest stage and acoustic settings for opera.

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium - home to Real Madrid - is a must visit for football fans.

The city has many relaxing plazas with beautiful sculptures, including the Plaza de Cibeles with its magical fountain and the Plaza Mayor, a lovely place for strolling, feeding the pigeons and enjoying a cup of coffee at one of the sidewalk cafes.

Weather in Madrid:  Freezing cold in winter, and boiling hot in summer!  Recommended seasons for visiting this fascinating city are Spring and Autumn, when you can stroll around the city and enjoy its many pleasures in comfort.

Transport - with the versatile metro and bus transport systems, plus convenient taxis that can be hailed in the street, you will have no problems getting around Madrid.

Flamenco Jam Session at Cardamomo, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
Flamenco Jam Session at Cardamomo, Madrid
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Where to stay in Madrid: The city offers many and varied accommodation options, with everything from bed & breakfasts, hotels and hostels to self-catering holiday rental apartments in the centre of the city.  While hotels are great, sometimes it is better to live like a Madrileño in your own little home-from-home!  Either eat in or dine out at your leisure and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

In conclusion, Madrid is among the world's most popular destination cities and is well worth the visit.

Hotels in Madrid  /  Self-Catering Apartments

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The Community of Madrid (Spanish: Comunidad de Madrid) is one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. It is located at the center of the country, the Iberian peninsula, and the Meseta Central or Central Plain. The community is also conterminous with the province of Madrid and contains the capital of Spain, which is also the capital of the community. It is bounded to the south and east by Castile-La Mancha and to the north and west by Castile and León. It has an estimated population of 6.2 million (2008) mostly concentrated at the metropolitan area of Madrid.

The creation of the contemporary Community of Madrid was preceded by an intense political debate during the "pre-autonomic" period; that is, the period of political debate that led to the institution of autonomous communities as the first-level political divisions of Spain consisted of provinces, a political division that had existed since 1833. Autonomous communities were to be created by one or more provinces with a distinct regional identity; since Madrid was part of the historic region of Castile, assigned to New Castile in the 1833 provincial organization, it was first planned that the province of Madrid would be part of future community of Castile-La Mancha (which was roughly similar to New Castile, with the adding of the province of Albacete) but with some special considerations as the seat of government of the State. The integrating provinces of Castile-La Mancha opposed such a special status, and after considering other options—like its inclusion to the community of Castile and León or its constitution as an entity similar to a federal district—it was decided that the province of Madrid would become a single-province autonomous community by appealing to the 144th article of the constitution, whereby the Parliament can authorize the creation of an autonomous community, even if it did not satisfy the requirement of having a distinct historical identity, if it was the "nation's interest". Thus, in 1983, the Community of Madrid was constituted and a Statute of Autonomy was approved taking over all the competences of the old Diputación Provincial and the new ones the Statute considered.

The City of Madrid (Spanish: Villa de Madrid) was designated as the capital of the community as well as has been explicitly designated as the capital of the country by the 1978 Constitution. Nonetheless, several proposals have been made to make other towns the capital of the community like Alcalá de Henares, in the 1980s, and more recently, Getafe, without any relevance.

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Hotels in Community of Madrid / Madrid Metropolitan Areas:

Alcalá de Henares Hotels - Alcobendas Hotels - Aranjuez Hotels - Chinchón Hotels - Fuenlabrada Hotels - Getafe Hotels
Leganés Hotels - Móstoles Hotels - Parla Hotels - Pinto Hotels - San Sebastián de los Reyes Hotels
Torrejón de Ardoz Hotels - Villaviciosa de Odón Hotels

Madrid City Hotels by area with travel information:

Madrid - Airport - Trade Fair IFEMA - Atocha Station (AVE)/Museum Triangle/Parque del Buen Retiro - Castellana Avenue
Old Quarter - Residential Area - Salamanca Quarter

Madrid - Self-Catering/Vacation & Holiday Rentals:

Aparthotels in Madrid - 1 bedroom apartments - 2 bedroom apartments

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Latest update: May 27, 2017