About Madrid

Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union, with a population of around 3.2 million. Its metropolitan area has a population of around 6.5 million, which makes it one of the five largest in Europe. The city has a large and modern public transportation system, which makes transportation very convenient.

Madrid is the country's capital and its main economic and business center. It hosts Europe's third largest stock market (Bolsa de Madrid) and Latin America's second largest stock market (Latibex), as well as the headquarters of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Some of the world leading corporations, such as Santander, BBVA, Telefonica, or Repsol, are headquartered in Madrid, and the city is the preferred choice for both national companies central headquarters and multinational companies regional headquarters. Madrid is also one of Europe's top meeting cities and international trade shows take place continuously throughout the year.

The city has a high safety level and a vibrant cultural life. Restaurants and bars are open late at night and the population is very outgoing. The city hosts the Prado Museum, one of the worlds most important museums, as well as the outstanding Reina Sofía and Thyssen Bornemisza museums. World-class sports events are frequent as the city has two of the leading European soccer teams (Real Madrid and Atlético) and the Madrid Mútua Open Tennis championship is part of the ATP World Tour. For those who like hiking and skiing, the nearby mountains of Madrid's "Sierra" provide excellent opportunities within and hour drive or train ride.

Madrid is one of Europe's main transportation hubs, with excellent connections to all continents. Its international airport Europe's fifth largest airport in terms of traffic. Moreover, Madrid's location in the center of Spain makes it an excellent base to explore the country's rich variety of regions. Madrid is also the main hub of the Spanish high-speed train network, which provides fast connections to most of the other main Spanish cities.