Madrid from only £89
Madrid is strategically located at the geographical centre of the Iberian peninsula, 646 meters above sea level. Its old town is exemplary among major European cities, and blends harmoniously with the most modern and convenient of urban infrastructure. Madrid offers a broad range of accommodation and services along with the most advanced audiovisual and communication technology. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic and open, and at the same time warm and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.
The Madrid area has been settled since the Lower Paleolithic age, but it was not until 1561 that King Philip II made it the capital of his mighty empire. The historic old town, also known as “Madrid de Los Austrias” (referring to the Hapsburg empire) is a living example of the city’s 16th and 17th century heyday, as is its impressive Plaza Mayor (square).
Visitors and residents alike 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. Madrid is also one of Europe’s most attractive business centres. Its international airport receives more than one thousand flights weekly from all over the world and it has two main conference centres, as well as the modern Campo de Las Naciones exhibition centre and a capacity to hold more than 80,000 people in other varied conference and meeting facilities.