Madrid is located on the Manzanares River and is the home of the monarch King Juan Carlos II.
Landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid and the Prado Museum, the famous Picasso painting Guernica sits in the Reina Sofia gallery, and the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is Spain’s largest bull-fighting arena.
There are also a number of catholic churches while most of the city’s tourist attractions city in the old city and Ensanche.
The city’s nightlife is also a big drawing card with many tapas bars, cocktail bars, clubs, jazz lounges, and music venues and the all-important flamenco centres. Flamenco is the national dance of Spain.
The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers. Green areas are a highlight of the city which has the highest number of tree and green areas per inhabitant than any other city in Europe.
The city is served by the Madrid Barajas International Airport and there is also an international rail network and one of the largest metro networks in the world.