The fact that Madrid is the home of the Royal family has many tourists streaming in just to get a glimpse of its magnificent view and get the opportunity to enter its premises and explore the palace rooms which are regularly open to the public and tourists except when there are state meetings. The palace contains 3,418 rooms and it will take you more than just a day to visit all of them. The inside of the palace is full of decorations and is rich of fine art including the Royal Armoury of Madrid, famous artists’ paintings and objects made out of silver. For those who love music, the palace contains the only complete Stradivarius string quintet built by the famous Stradivari family members. Fine materials used for its construction are evident all over the interior. Beside the place runs the Manzanares River adding beauty to the already exquisite scenery especially from the aerial view. Visit the Royal Palace to quench your curiosity and marvel in the beauty it holds.
Madrid’s population according to the 2013 Census report is about 3.2 million people with a total population of 6.5 people including the 20 adjoining metropolises. Its population density fluctuates from place to place where places with high densities surpass 30,000 people per square kilometre and the least densely populated places exceed 1,500 people per square kilometre. Due to its economic properties, there are a large number of immigrants from South America and Eastern Europe in the city. However, most of the immigrants are in the country illegally and they therefore mostly work in the large markets that fill all of Spain to go unnoticed and undetected by blending in. About 90% of the population is Spanish citizens. The largest immigrant groups are the Romanians who amount to 148,000 in population, followed by the Moroccans being 136,000 people and lastly the Colombians ranking in the fourth position of immigrants by 61,000. Other immigrant groups include the Chinese, Filipinos, Ecuadorians and the Peruvians.
Madrid is the home of Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid, two worldly recognised and loved football clubs. Almost everyone is a fan of a certain club and loves watching football as it is among the most viewed sports. Real Madrid was selected by FIFA as the best team of the 20th century after its victorious encounter of 10 European Cups. It is among the four cities in Europe to have two UEFA stadium categories of a 5star rating. Apart from football, Basketball is also a prominent sport in Madrid. Real Madrid basketball team boasts of many victories in Spanish Leagues including 5 intercontinental cups, 8 Euroleague Championships and 22 Spanish Cup Championships. Madrid offers every sport from skiing during the winter to all time golf playing. You will get a golden chance to watch international sports and football matches. If you are a sports fan you can practice a little football basketball or golf at the sports ground and stadiums.
Being a modern metropolitan city and located at the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, it is the economic, financial and industrial centre of Spain. The standards of living in Madrid are high hence its economic status. The Monocle Magazine in 2014 report ranked it as the 17th most live-able city in the world. It acts as the headquarters for many international organizations including the United Nations Organisation, the World Tourism Organisation and the Organization of Ibero-American States. Many educational institutes are located in the city including the Royal Spanish Academy, the Foundation of Spanish and the Cervantes Institute. For anyone who wants to learn the Spanish language, these institutes are highly recommended among others not mentioned.
The city is full of attractions that offer entertainment and amusements as well as cultural aspects that you might want to observer during your vacation in Spain. This comes from the amusement parks including the Warner Park that offers entertainment to the whole family including children activities where they can be able to see their favourite cartoon characters like Scooby Doo and Donald Duck at the Cartoon Village. Live shows are offered and the behind the scene secrets are revealed on big screens for adults. There is great fun for the family as every member gets entertained fully and gets to relax in front of the screen. The Madrid Amusement Park offers water rides, pirate ships for children, roller coasters, adventure playgrounds, cars and miniature train rides. After a hot day, the water rides will do a great deal in cooling off your body and freshening up. Some people have a passion for wild life as well as marine life, animals including fish, sea snakes, turtles, see weed among others. The Madrid Zoo Aquarium offers tourists a chance to take a tour and see the animals in the zoo including Pandas and Koalas. It also contains an aviary where rare breeds of birds can be found flying around. Not to forget children, there is the Little Farm specifically for entertaining children at the same time educating them. The aquarium have tanks with large dolphins at different stages, tourists can get to observe the life cycle of a dolphin, which is always fun and intruding. On a hot summer, you might want to escape the heat and take a trip to the Aquapolis Water Park, relax under a shade while your children run around playing with the waters and slides.
Great monuments found in Madrid include the many museums; Museo de America that encompasses the finest assortments of pre-Colombian American art and relics in Europe, Museo Del Romanticismo shows the Spain’s Romantic era and the people’s way of living during that time. Great works of Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, Rosalia de Castro and Lord Byron are manifested and represented in this museum. Over 1,600 pieces including pianos, furniture, paintings are kept on display. This is eye candy for the unending string of visiting tourists to Spain. After a long tour, be sure to stop over at the Garden Café just adjacent the museum for a relaxing hot cup of coffee. Tourists of all races and ages are usually awed by the unique collection at the Natural Science Museum in Madrid, which overlooks a beautiful garden. It contains a great display of Mediterranean flora and fauna, which reflects the biodiversity of the expanse. An open-air rock garden referred to as the Jardin de Piedras parades rocks and fossils from the Community of Madrid and a carbon copy of a Diplodocus alongside a very long whale skeleton more than 20 metres. Finally yet importantly is one of the oldest museums in Madrid, Museo Arquelogico Nacional. Here you can find many artefacts supporting the evolution of human cultures from the pre historic time up to the 15th century and other cultures of different races. Excavations carried out within Spain were the sources of most of the archaeological pieces; evidence of the settlement of humans in the Iberian Peninsula.
The weather in Madrid varies from hot and dry in the summer to cold in the winter. During the summer, the weather is warm and hot with the warmest month, July, the daytime temperature ranging from 32 to 33 degree Celsius and usually go as high as 35 degree Celsius in the heat waves of the city. Madrid’s dry climate and altitude brings about diurnal temperature variations during the summer season. In the winter season, the weather is usually cool and mild due to its altitude of 667m above the sea level and the distance to the sea. Snowfalls are witnessed during this season and the temperatures drop up to below freezing levels. For this reason, you might want to carry along very heavy clothes in preparation for you winter vacation in Madrid to protect your loved ones and yourself from frostbites and cold. In the autumn and spring, there is concentration in precipitation therefore minimum occasional showers and thunderstorms.
Bullfight and boxing enthusiasts should visit Madrid between the months of March to October because this is usually the period where bullfights are held during the festivals of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid, and public holidays. Bullfights happen every day on the onset of these festivals for a total of 20 days beginning at 7 pm. It will give you the opportunity to witness the best bulls and fighters in action. The city is known to have the largest bullring in Spain, Las Ventas, majorly thought of as the world core of bullfighting and can accommodate as many as 25000 spectators. The city of Madrid holds secrets that awaits your discovery, grab the chance to take a trip there and have a mind-blowing experience.