Madrid

About Madrid

Madrid, city, capital of Spain and of Madrid provincia (province). Spain’s arts and financial center, the city proper, and the province form a comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) in central Spain.

Madrid was officially made the national capital by Philip III, an entire generation after Philip II took the court to Madrid in 1561. Under the patronage of Philip II and his successors, Madrid developed into a city of curious contrasts, preserving its old, overcrowded center, around which developed palaces, convents, churches, and public buildings. 

Madrid, cheerful and vibrant at all hours, is famous for being an open city with all kinds of people from anywhere in the world.

In addition to its famous museums, busy streets dotted with all kinds of shops, restaurants with world cuisine or unbeatable nightlife, Madrid will surprise you with its charming, tranquil historic spots, with traditional and family-run century-old bars where friends meet up for a drink, all kinds of neighborhoods, and cultural centres that offer an alternative type of tourism. Madrid has an authenticity that is hard to match. It is welcoming and diverse. Madrid is, without a doubt, one of Europe’s most interesting cities.

Study in Madrid

- One of the most significant benefits of studying in Madrid is that the qualifications of most Spain-based schools are recognized worldwide

- As people from all over the world come together to study in Madrid, you’re exposed to not just one culture, but many others as well. The culturally diverse nature of Madrid meet and interact with people from different countries all over the world

- In Madrid, you don’t have to study full-time. You can choose to combine internships or part-time jobs with academic study. Selecting this option allows you to have a real-life work experience that may come handy in understanding both the course and future career placements

Advantages of the Madrid

- Excellent public transport

- Broad opportunities

- Can cater to younger expats

- Central location

- Football paradise 

- Spending smart pays 

Disadvantages of the Madrid

- Living in the city center is costly 

- Poor rental market 

- High cost of living 


Interesting

- Madrid is the third biggest city in the European Union

- Madrid is not only a city but a ‘state’

- Madrid's official symbol is a bear rearing up on its hind legs and feasting on berries from the madroño tree. The symbol is a metaphor for Madrid's growth and represents the possession and importance of wood which is essential to build a country

The Retiro Park in Madrid has the only statue dedicated to the fallen angel Lucifer. The statue is at the Fuente del Angel Caído in the park and has gargoyles that spit water at the base

- Madrid has the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness book of records, the Sobrino de Botín restaurant was founded in 1725 and is still running today. You can find it serving typical Madrid cuisine at Calle Cuchilleros, 17, 28005 Madrid

Climate of the Madrid

Madrid has an inland Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csa) in the western half of the city transitioning to a semi-arid climate (BSk) in the eastern half.

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