There are many reasons to come to Madrid apart of attending IWSDS 2020, but they will all lead to only one conclusion: It is a city where you will find everything. Cutting-edge facilities, devoted professionals and modern infrastructures, allowing you to comply with the most demanding quality levels.
Furthermore, you will find a booming culture, a thriving lifestyle, warm people and blue skies. For instance, in Madrid you will find:
- 6.4 millions of inhabitants in the region of Madrid
- Around 90 museums
- More than 17,000 food and beverage establishments (restaurants, cafes, bars and discos)
- One of the largest subway and transportation networks in the world: 300 metro stations – 293 km underground transport network – 16,000 taxis
- 6 World Heritage Sites within 1 hour drive (Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, Ávila, El Escorial, Segovia and Toledo)
- 6.480,15 hectares of green area
- 2,710 hours of sunshine per year
- 6 theme and leisure parks in and around Madrid
With almost 3,000 hours of sunlight per year, Madrid is a bright and warm city. Its Mediterranean continental climate is the best invitation to go for a walk. A great number of parks embellish the city and contribute to creating a pleasant and healthy atmosphere, making it, at the same time, the greenest city in Europe.
Madrid Río, the new park on the banks of the Manzanares River, off ers a wide variety of areas for sports and recreation along its six-mile stretch. The Puente de Arganzuela bridge, designed by Dominique Perrault, and the Invernadero and Matadero walkways, decorated by Daniel Canogar, are other contemporary icons that are now associated with the image of the city in everyone’s mind. The park’s design and construction has positioned Madrid in second place in the world ranking of cities with the highest ratio of green areas per inhabitant.
El Retiro Park, where Spanish monarchs once took their leisure, is madrileños’ favorite green spot. However, history is also palpable in other parks which are true gems, such as Sabatini Gardens or Campo del Moro Park around the Royal Palace, the Royal Botanical Gardens in the middle of the Art Walk, Casa de Campo, once the kings’ favorite hunting preserve, and El Capricho, one of Madrid’s bestkept secrets.Source: Madrid Convention Bureau
Talking about Madrilenian cuisine means we are talking about variety. Over 3,100 restaurants delight the most exquisite palates, adding even more flavour to its gastronomy. Madrid can be considered a melting pot of all the different cuisines in the world and, of course, Spanish specialties as well. Regional cuisines are, indeed, well represented in Madrid, hence the variety of stews, roasts, salads, pastries, wines and liqueurs that compose the city’s gastronomic offering.
In addition to its 16 Michelin star winning restaurants (boasting a total of 23 stars), the city offers a staggering variety of dining options, from the most traditional fare to the most sophisticated, cutting-edge culinary creations.
Madrid also has exclusive establishments where rooms can be booked to hold private parties or relish the chef’s choice in a more intimate setting. These restaurants are famed for their meticulously prepared dishes, superb service and exquisite décor.
Finally, there are numerous markets where visitors can not only buy products but also eat, enjoy a midday coffee or an evening cocktail with friends, watch concerts and see exhibitions or attend a range of other events. It’s a new urban trend.Source: Madrid Convention Bureau
Art and Culture
Madrid is open to every culture and superbly connected. The political and financial capital of Spain encompasses the latest technology in communications and audiovisual media. Thanks to all of this, Madrid is a city to share, a city in which entertainment and business create a perfect balance, a thriving city to visit.
However, its cosmopolitan nature has not affected the warm, friendly and passionate character of its people. Art to the core Nearly one hundred museums and two hundred historical and artistic monuments bear witness to the history and the art of all the peoples who have been a part of Madrid throughout the centuries.
A legacy comprised of illustrious figures, whether born and bred or adopted Madrilenians, such as Cervantes, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso or Dalí. Madrid offers visitors an incomparable tour: the Art Walk (where the three major museums are located: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum), a unique itinerary in the world, flowing through painting and sculpture, architecture and nature, in one of the most emblematic and cherished areas in the city, Paseo del Prado. Madrid’s cultural and historical legacy can be felt in the streets: Hapsburg Madrid, Bourbon Madrid, Medieval Madrid, 19th-century Madrid, Goya’s Madrid or Velázquez’s Madrid, amongst others.Source: Madrid Convention Bureau
Madrid is the only city in the world which is surrounded by six sites considered World Heritage by UNESCO within a 100 km radius, less than an hour drive: Toledo, Ávila, Segovia, Alcalá de Henares, El Escorial and Aranjuez. Given our geographical location, this historical and artistic ensemble, a combination of live culture and history, includes perfectly preserved architecture, monuments and art from Roman times to our days.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Segovia is world-famous for its stunning Roman aqueduct. It was probably built in the year 50 AD and is the best preserved Roman aqueduct.
In its more than 2,000 years of history Toledo contains masterpieces created by various civilizations and stamped by the three main religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Alcalá de Henares
One of the most significant cities in Spanish history, is situated 30 kilometres from Madrid. Cervantes, Tirso de Molina and Lope de Vega are just a few of the writers who lived in Alcalá de Henares.
This city is a splendid fusion of architecture and nature, where the Royal Palace and historic gardens, such as the Principe and Isla, merge with tree-lined walks, kitchen gardens and copses.
Built at the end of the 16th century according to a fl oor plan resembling a grill, the instrument of martyrdom of St. Lawrence, the Monastery of El Escorial is located 50 kilometers from Madrid, in the Sierra de Guadarrama, an exceptionally beautiful site in the Region of Madrid.
This city is the finest example of a medieval Spanish walled city. Founded in the 11th century, it still preserves its medieval austerity. The architecture of Ávila ranges from Gothic to Renaissance, not forgetting the stamp of Islam in the Mudéjar buildings.