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Madrid (4,600,000 inhabitants) stretches over 607 square kilometers.
Built at the foot of the Sierra Guadarrama, Madrid is the highest capital in Europe (665 m).
The Barajas airport is 6 kms away.
Epicentre of the country, Madrid is the natural intersection of the most important road, rail and air networks in Spain. One peseta in six is generated in Madrid, one Spaniard in seven is employed there.
The main banks and the headquarters of the biggest companies are established and managed in Madrid.
Industrial activities are localized in the southern suburbs.
Madrid is both an intellectual centre (universities and academical seats) and a cultural centre.
It unfurls its charms quietly, naturally, with no arrogance or false modesty.
Life slows down at siesta time, nearly everything closes, monuments are reopened at around 3.30pm.
Madrid is the most animated capital in Europe come nightfall, at any time of the night you can sit down in a tapas bar, everyone is out strolling, all ages together, in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
To visit : the Prado, one of the most beautiful museums in Europe, the Convent of the Incarnation, the St Antonio of Florida hermitage, and corrales like el Meson del Sogoviano, the Plaza de la Paja and the Moorish district, the Toledo Bridge, the Royal Palace, the Sabatini gardens....
Don't miss seeing a real flamenco at :
Casa Pate, Canizares 10; or La Carcelera, Moneleon 10; or Espana Cani, Plaza del angel 14; or Corral de la Moreria, calle de la Moreria 17.
Shopping : leather, wickerwork, Spanish capes, turrones and mazapanes (nougat and marzipan), ham, fans, mantillas... For luxury items shop in the Serrano road and the area around it. On Sunday mornings visit the Rastro, the well-known flea market, half-way between bric-a-brac and boot sale.

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