Passion and drama
Madrid is often considered to be Europe’s most passionate capital. The city has a dynamic business center and thus the madrileños work long hours, they clearly seem to enjoy life and take time for long walks in the splendid Retiro Park and meet friends over tapas and dinners. According to statistics Spaniards sleep the least number of hours in Europe and it is easy to understand when you see how the madrileños live – they are almost always out in cafes, bars or restaurants; the night often begins at midnight and then we are not talking only about weekend evenings. The capital is grand with big city pulse, still you find that the madrileños open and easy to connect with. It is a city with both passion and drama, from flamenco to the melancholy of the intense dance between bullfighter and bull. The culture offer is of world class, it boasts museums such as the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen with works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Picasso. Apart from world famous museum the major sights are Puerta del Sol, a square, an intersection, and a metro station, the impressive medieval squares of Santa Ana and Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace, Palacio Real. You get a lot for your money when prices are below many other Spanish cities and the supply of hotels, conference venues and really good restaurants is enormous.