Capital of Spain

What is the Capital of Spain?

Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The economic and cultural life of the country concentrated in Madrid, and the abundance of architectural monuments from different eras allows us to call it a real museum. This beautiful modern metropolis with a population of 3.5 million is the largest city in Spain.
The symbol of the city of Madrid in Spain is a bear reaching for strawberry fruit. The same bear depict on the coat of arms of Madrid.
There are several versions of the origin of this symbol.

You will also see such a symbol on the flag of Madrid, which is a dark crimson cloth, and the coat of arms with the animal is located in the center.

Madrid is the largest city and capital of a European country, but it is not overwhelming at all. The city has quiet streets and cozy parks that are ideal for leisurely walks.

At night, life in the city of Madrid is in full swing: pubs and nightclubs open, impromptu concerts held on the streets.

By the number of party-goers from all over the world, this place is not inferior to the famous Ibiza.

The capital of Spain will not leave indifferent sports fans either.

Here you will find everything from golf all year round to skiing in winter.

But most of all, the Spaniards love football: during the matches of the famous clubs Atlético and Real Madrid, thousands of fans come here.

Madrid Geography

Capital and largest city of Spain, Madrid has 3,335,000 inhabitants, which becomes almost double taking into account its entire urban agglomeration, which includes several other cities of around two hundred thousand inhabitants, such as Móstoles, Alcalá de Henares, Fuenlabrada and Leganés.

Madrid rises almost 700 meters high, on the southern Meseta, an ancient plateau of the Iberian Peninsula; the city is bathed by the Manzanarre, a 92 km river that originates in the Sierra de Guadarrama, located about sixty kilometers north of the Spanish capital.

The origin of present-day Madrid dates back to 852 AD by the Arabs, who called it Magerit; the inhabitants were just 4,000 in 1530, but in the following years the city grew considerably, to count 37,500 people in 1594, thanks to the fact that in 1561 it became the residence of the kings and since then the Spanish capital, except for a brief period in which Valladolid took his place (1601-1606).

Madrid exceeded one million inhabitants shortly after 1930, at the turn of the two world wars, and by 1970 it had 3,145,000 inhabitants, a number slightly less than the current one.

After Andorra La Vella, Madrid is the second highest capital in Europe; it has a temperate continental climate, with temperatures that in summer can reach around 40 ° C, with peaks above this threshold, while in winter there are days when it drops a few degrees below zero; rainfall is rather scarce and slightly higher only in autumn, making it an enjoyable city for most of the year, also because the humidity is generally low.