Madrid is a cosmopolitan and a fun-loving city where life is lived to the fullest. You can feel the life of the city in its rhythm: the streets are always full and it never seems to be getting late.
Madrid owes its name to the Arabic Magerit given to the fortress built by the Omayyad from Cordoba, Muhammad (823-886). With the coming of the Austrias in the 16th century the great monuments of Madrid began to emerge in the area that is nowadays referred to as the Madrid de los Austrias, where in addition to the Plaza Mayor, there are many outstanding spots, churches, and convents, full of art and atmosphere.
The 18th century left its Neoclassical mark on the splendid Royal Palace, the Sabatini Gardens, the Puerta de Alcalá and the fountain of La Cibeles, which has become an important symbol of Madrid.
You can of course spend several days just seeing Madrid's extraordinary museums, including the world renowned Museo del Prado, considered by many experts to be the best art gallery of the world, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía (home to a host of priceless works like the Picasso's Guernika).
Visitors can enjoy the sun, go for walks, go rowing or feed the squirrels in Madrid's large, impeccable parks and gardens. The Retiro Park, once playground of Spanish Monarchs, the Casa de Campo and the Juan Carlos I Park among others make Madrid one of Europe's greenest capitals. If there is one thing, however, that characterizes Madrid, it is the deep, contagious passion for life reflected in its friendly, welcoming people.
You can sample a wide variety of the finest Spanish and international cuisine in the restaurants, or be enchanted by its bars and taverns where the tapas tradition is alive and bar hopping is a wonderful way to enjoy savory appetizers of every description. Madrid has an exciting night life, especially at weekends.
These are just some of Madrid's leisure alternatives, alongside tempting shopping in the most traditional establishments of Spanish crafts (like ceramics, lace and embroidery),in elegant boutiques (where superb spanish leather goods can be found )and world-famous outlets stocking the finest international brands. Madrid's five hundred year old Rastro (flea market) is another option for the visitor, and it is at its best Sunday mornings.
Madrid for children
For children or those of you who love excitement Warner Park,Faunia ,Amusement Park,Zoo Aquarium, or skiing in summer in Xanadú are some of the suggestions , choose your option!!.
Madrid is exceptionally well equipped for trade fairs, conferences, and exhibitions, with two convention centres, and two trade fair complexes. The city's capacity and high standards attract more than five million professionals each year.