Author Sushant Published on June 11th 2019
With around 6.5 million inhabitants, Madrid's population growth has been fairly stable and is said to increase in the coming years. Considering the rise, Madrid is the third-most populated city in the European Union. It's not only the capital city but also a state. Madrid is now said to be the world’s most powerful empires.
It was in the 50s that Gran Vía witnessed a massive influx of immigrants from all parts of the world. New neighborhoods were developed in the 60s. The city started to spread its wings, the economy began to grow, modernization woke up the Madrid city. From destruction to democracy, the skyline has gone through several changes. Nearly 16% of the population accounts for people from all around the globe.
The city now enthralls on a different level. The infrastructure feels contemporary. However, many streets have still preserved the historic allure. Madrid is ranked the highest when it comes to leisure and business travel. Over 750 hotels, 70+ museums, around 19,000 eateries, and 90+ art galleries - all of these represent the openness of the city. Rising as a travel and business hub sets Madrid apart from the pack!
When To Visit?
The city of extremes is great during the spring and autumn seasons. The days remain slightly warm and nights are cooler.
The city is well connected and accessible by road, rail, metro, taxi, and busses.
Things To Do?
1. At the Plaza Mayor, the streets take you past the royal history, tapas bars, and churches.
2. Absorb the city's artful and cultural vibes at the Matadero Madrid.
3. Relish traditional and world cuisine at Mercado de Vallehermoso.
4. Don’t miss the oh-so-popular cinema style cocktail bar -Sala Equis.
5. Head towards Templo de Debod - the only Egyptian temple that’s 2,200-years-old.
6. Explore, shop and relax at Mercado de San Fernando - one of the symbolic marketplaces in Lavapiés.
7. Take a guided tour to the Palacio Real or the Royal Palace, Home to the Kings of Spain.
8.Admire the city's artistic life and a beautiful sunset view from the Círculo de Bellas Artes.
9. Unwind at the El Retiro Park and lake.
10. Fine dine at DiverXO - the only three Michelin star restaurant.
11. Click Instagram-worthy pictures at the KIO Towers. Leaning at 15° angle, these defy gravity but support the financial stature.
12. Every street here leads to the famous Bear and strawberry tree statue located in Puerta del Sol. Check that out.
13. At the La Fábrica, there's something for everyone - books, music festivals, art and photography exhibitions, and good coffee.
14. Get on a Hop-On-Hop-Off Madrid city bus tour.
15. Visit the Golden Triangle (three major art galleries):
o Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
o Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
o Museo del Prado
16. Dive into the craziest and hottest nightlife scenes at Sala But concert venue and nightclub or the Joy Eslava.
17.Admire the architecture, go for a movie and discover more cuisine options in and around Gran Vía - most iconic and busiest street in Madrid.
18. Bargain relentlessly at the oldest street market - El Rastro.
19. Gobble up the oh-so-famous churros with chocolate at the Chocolatería San Ginés.
20. Last but not least, support Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. QuickFact: The Real Madrid tops the list of the highest earning football clubs according to the independent consultancy firm, Brand Finance. It’s valued at €1.646 billion.