GENERAL AND TOURISTIC INFORMATION
History and modernity blend seamlessly here in Madrid, which is known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and countless cultural, leisure and entertainment activities.
There are countless things to do and see here, as well as world-class dining (everything from Japanese cuisine to traditional tapas restaurants) and exciting nightlife. What’s more, Madrid’s superior transportation network makes it easy to travel anywhere in the city.
The average annual temperature is 57.2 º F (14º C), ranging from 41º F (5º C) in the colder months to 77ºF (25º C) in the warmer months.
The amount of rain varies, though it is mainly scarce in the large continental area of the region. Therefore, umbrellas are rarely necessary.
The Community of Madrid has a fantastic transportation network, which provides convenient access by road, plane, or train, as well as the Madrid underground.
CULTURE AND ART
Madrid is the home of some of the world’s greatest art galleries, extending far beyond the well-known and deservedly admired galleries located in the "Paseo del Arte" (Art Walk).
The broad and varied range of art in the region includes everything from prehistoric rock paintings to the most avant-garde works of modern art, in addition to popular museums on science, technology, anthropology and history.
LEISURE AND SHOWS
Madrid offers leisure ideas to suit all tastes, with a wide range of options for tourists and local residents alike. The city of Madrid and the towns and villages of the region are both true to their roots and open to the latest trends.
Have fun with the little ones at the different theme parks, discover the capital’s happening nightlife, catch a theatre performance or a film… These are just a few of the leisure options available.
Gran Via is Madrid’s very own Broadway. On the streets of the city, the arrival of summer brings the opening of the year’s most fashionable terrace bars, and with each season comes the exhibition of the moment.
Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid are two of the most famous football clubs in the world, with supporters from every country. Thousands of tourists visit the city each year just to experience an exciting match.
Mountain activities can be found at the region's ski resorts: Navacerrada, La Pinilla and Valdesquí. Many different reservoirs and navigable rivers provide options for water sports, golf lovers will be delighted with the 20 or so courses dotted throughout the city.
The area known as Barrio de Salamanca, where the Hotel Wellington is located, is one of the most exclusive in Madrid; it is home to some of its most luxurious establishments, as well as famous streets including Calle Serrano, Calle Goya, and Calle Velázquez.
The epicenter of the area, known as the "Milla de Oro" (Golden Mile), lies at the junction of Calle Serrano, Calle Ortega, and Calle Gasset. This famous zone, which is barely one square kilometer in size, is so called because of the many leading international fashion and jewellery outlets that are located here.
It is a veritable paradise for shoppers, and has deservedly become the most chic and elegant district in Madrid. Visitors can browse the most prestigious international names and the most exclusive Spanish fashion boutiques. Even if you are not shopping, a stroll around the streets to admire and enjoy the area is highly recommended.