Area: 8022 km²
Population: 5.43 million
Capital: Madrid

The Autonomous Region of Madrid has a number of attractions, the stand-out being the city of Madrid itself, one of the great capitals of Europe, and a major art centre.  The Prado Museum, one of the world’s great painting collections, as well as the Reina Sofía National Art Centre and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum—lined up one after another on the same street, Paseo del Prado—form an exceptional art complex. The city also boasts a vibrant nightlife, and a wide variety of restaurants.

The region also includes other major tourist destinations, including Alcalá de Henares, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This splendid example of Spanish Golden Age architecture includes a prestigious university founded in 1499 and the house where Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, was born. In the south of the region we find Aranjuez, formerly a vacation residence for Spanish monarchs and the court.  The Royal Palace, built in 1561, along with its beautiful gardens and the nearby Old Town, were all placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.


For more information:

Madrid tourism website