Located in the heart of Spain, Madrid is the largest city in Spain, as well as its capital. One of the largest cosmopolitan cities in Europe, Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage. Beautiful monuments punctuate the city, along with galleries and art museums, including the El Prada Museum—the largest art gallery in the world. The Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful architectural splendors in Madrid, has been the center of festivities, bull fights and royal coronations.
There are a variety of options for tourists in Madrid. Visitors can take in a soccer game, stroll through one of Madrid’s beautiful parks or dine at a restaurant that offers flamenco entertainment. A melting pot of Spanish flavor greets diners to restaurants throughout the city, including Botin, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest restaurant in the world, dating back to 1725.
Climate-wise, though August in Madrid can be very hot, low humidity and mild nighttime temperatures make the daytime highs easier to tolerate.