Born out of the Hispanic Arabian fortified settlement, conquered by Alfonso VI de Castilla y León in 1083, the town was designated in 1561 as the seat of the court of Philip II, the first permanent capital of Spanish monarchy. Since then, except for a brief interval of time between 1601 and 1606 in which he temporarily moved the capital to Valladolid, Madrid has been Spain's capital and seat of government of the Nation.
There are many things of interest to see when visiting Madrid; Madrid train station was built in 1851 and is an example of the iron architecture style present in that time by Gustavo de Palacio, a disciple from the known Gustave Eiffel.
Madrid is the city of art in Spain. There are many museums in Madrid, from the Prado Museum to the Reina Sofía National Art Centre with different exhibition rooms taking in all the different periods and styles.
For families or people looking for Madrid attractions, there are plenty of them; Madrid nightlife meaning is going out with friends, enjoying a drink, dancing in the discos and having some fun...you will never know where the night ends.
Below you can browse more information about this cosmopolitan city of Madrid and the surroundings. Explore and enjoy Madrid!