Spain's capital city is Madrid and it is also the largest city in the country. This beautiful city is situated on the river Manzanares and bordered by Castile–La Mancha and Castile and Leon communities. The climate in Madrid is continental Mediterranean having cold winters with snowfalls and warm summers. The hottest time in Madrid is between July and August.
The name of the city was derived from the word “Matrice” which means “rich in waters” in pre-Muslim language. The prehistoric hunters gave it that name due to the stream that runs down Calle de Segovia. Madrid was reigned by the Arabs during the 9th century and later on by the Romans, Bourbons and French.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Madrid is famous for its festivals and the most-attended include the San Isidro Festival in May which features the city's biggest bullfighting event, and the Madrid Gay Pride in June which is one of the largest gay parades in the world. Madrid boasts of its great architecture so make sure to check out some of its famous structures such as the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Alcala Gate, Royal Theatre, City Hall, Las Ventas and Temple of Debod. Art lovers should definitely visit the Museum Triangle which consists of many world-class museums including Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Other popular areas include Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor.
Explore more of Madrid by taking the metro which is Europe's second largest network. There are also many buses in the city and most even have free Wi-Fi.