Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain and is located on the Manzanares River. It is the most touristic city of Spain and is ranked among the 12 greenest European cities.
While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets.
Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the 19th-Century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain’s historical archives; an archaeological museum; and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.
In addition to the cultural sites and attractions, Madrid offers 27 golf courses and has some of the finest international restaurants.
The shopping opportunities are endless, with a range of chic boutiques alongside many well known outlets such as El Corte Ingles, Zara, etc.
Madrid’s influence in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Due to its economic output, high standard of living and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula.
Madrid hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies.