The Community of Madrid refers to the area that surrounds the city of Madrid, and is among the 17 autonomous communities or regions within Spain. Among the cities within the community include Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, Chinchón, El Escorial, Getafe, San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Sierra de Guadarrama, and Torrelaguna, among others. The Community of Madrid is situated at the centre of Spain, in the Iberian Peninsula. Its capital is Madrid, which is also the national capital of the country. The region is surrounded by Castile-La Mancha to the south and east and by Castile and Leon to the north and west. Climate in the region is described as temperate Continental Mediterranean, with cold winters.
What to see & do
The Community of Madrid is home to one of the world’s last bastions of the Spanish imperial eagle, which are found in the Park Regional del Suroeste. The capital, Madrid, is notable for its busy and vibrant nightlife and great art museums, among others. The city of Aranjuez is home to the Palacio Real and the Casa del Labrador, as well as the summer home for the Bourbons. The mountainous El Escorial has the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the largest monastery in Spain, as well as the Valle de los Caidos. The Peñalara Nature Park can be found in Sierra de Guadarrama. When within the Community of Madrid, some of the places that should not be missed also include Buen Retiro Park, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Plaza Mayor, Temple of Debod, Sorolla Museum, Plaza de Cibeles, National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Museum of Lázaro Galdiano, Gran Vía, Museum Cerralbo, San Francisco el Grande Basilica, Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida, Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes, National Museum of Romanticism, and Plaza de España, to name a few.
How to get around Madrid
Madrid can be accessed via its highly efficient public transportation networks, which are considered as the best in the world and the second largest in all of Europe. The Metro de Madrid, Madrid’s Subway or Underground, has multilingual ticket machines in Spanish, English, French, and German. When travelling via the metro, getting the ticket stamped once allows for the continued usage of the metro network, so as long or as far as the traveller would like. Ensure to stay within the metro zone, to prevent having to stamp the ticket again. Although signs are in Spanish and English, announcements within the metro are only done in Spanish. The buses within the capital city cover the areas that the metro does not cover. There are night buses available, referred to as the ‘night owls’ or Búhos, and can be found by their main hub at Plaza de Cibeles, and covers most of the city at in 20-minute intervals. Trains within Madrid, also referred to as Cercanías, connect the outlying suburbs and villages together with the city centre. It is recommended to take the trains when visiting historic or outdoor destinations that are outside the city centre, and for getting from the north to south of the city. Lastly, there are city tour buses available within Madrid. The Madrid City Tour Hop on/Hop off Buses stop by Museo Del Prado, Puerta De Alcala, Barrio De Salamanca, Plaza De Colon, Plaza De Cibeles, Gran Via 14, Gran Via 30, Gran Via 54, Plaza De España, Templo De Debod, Teatro Real, Palacio Real, Puerta De Toledo, San Francisco El Grande, Cathedral De La Almudena, Plaza Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, Circulo De Bellas Artes, Museo Thyssen, Museo Reina Sofia, Jardin Botanico, and Museo Del Prado, on Route 1; and Plaza De Neptuno, Plaza De Cibeles, Plaza De Colon, Museo De Esculturas, Museo De Ciencias Naturales, Nuevos Ministerios, Santiago Bernabeu, Consejo Superior Investigaciones Cientificas, Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Serrano 61, Serrano 66, Museo Arqueologico, Puerta De Alcala, Alcala 19, Puerta Del Sol, Plaza De Las Cortes, and Plaza De Neptuno, on Route 2.
How to get there
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is an airport that serves Madrid, Spain. The airport is a hub for airlines such as Air Europa and Iberia, while also being the focus city for Iberia Express, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pullmantur Air, Ryanair, and Vueling. The airport serves flights from destinations such as Athens, Dublin, Moscow, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Berlin, Beijing, New York, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Asturias, Rome, Bogotá, London, Caracas, Bristol, Cairo, A Coruña, Accra, Algiers, Amsterdam, Seoul, Santiago de Chile, Copenhagen, Budapest, Jeddah, Istanbul, Bangkok, Barcelona, and Paris, among others.