Madrid has positioned itself as a global destination for travellers and conference attendees alike. Its central location in Europe makes it an excellent starting point for business ventures throughout the EU. You will find works by Goya, Velasquez, and other Spanish master artists.
The Centro de Congresos Principe Felipe is one of the primary conference destinations in Spain, drawing visitors from all over the world, particularly from Latin America. This meeting spot boasts over 50 meeting rooms and a 2,200-seat auditorium. It is located just steps away from the city's Madrid-Barajas International Airport.
You should take time out to see the Las Ventas Bullring, the most famous bullfighting ring in the world, and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of the world-renowned Real Madrid football club. Madrid's Royal Palace is the largest in Western Europe and should not be missed.
Madrid offers a wide range of accommodation. Those who enjoy the finer things in life can find exceptional luxury hotels, while those on a budget can also find suitable accommodation. You can also stay in local venues that truly capture the essence of the city in rented apartments or boutique hotels. Madrid is home to a wide range of accommodation choices, so here are some recommendations to help you narrow it down:
Travellers from all over the world love to visit Spain for its unique flavours and spices. When visiting Madrid, be sure to sample some of the local flavour, including some sangria to wash everything down. Churros are a must-try, particularly for those who have a sweet tooth, as are patatas bravas (potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce) and cocido madrileno (a delicious beef and vegetable stew). Many restaurants offer tapas, or small plates, so that you can sample many offerings without having to purchase a full order. Check out some of these popular restaurants:
Central Madrid is an excellent area for pedestrians. Not only can you get just about anywhere in the city on foot, but you'll also have the opportunity to see a wide variety of the beautiful sights the city has to offer. There are a number of spectacular vistas from high points in the city that offer a unique vantage point to take some great photos.
Madrid's metro system is easy to understand and use, making it an excellent option for travellers. You can use the Metro system with single-use passes or day- or week-passes. The price is affordable, and these trains can transport you throughout the city efficiently.
An alternative is the Madrid City Tour bus. This sightseeing bus costs 21 euros for the day, but it allows you to get on and off at as many destinations as you choose throughout the day.
Taxis are readily available throughout the city; you can hail one on the street or call one from your hotel. Fares are usually metered, but you can also hire one for a day or half-day for a fixed rate, although this tends to be more expensive. Many drivers will offer to estimate the fare for a single trip rather than run the meter, but be advised, their estimates are typically higher than what the metered fare would have been. Take note also that taxis add on a surcharge for transport to many popular tourist destinations, in addition to the metered fare.