Madrid is located on the Manzanares river in the centre of the country. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. Voted one of the world's best cities in which to live, the city of Madrid represents perfect harmony between efficiency and quality of life, at a price which is hard to beat anywhere else in the world.
With 144 museums, almost 3.000 hours of sunshine per year, 59.000 hotel beds, 6 public and 7 private universities, more than 350 metro stations and almost 300 km of underground lines, and more than 5.000 restaurants - Madrid is a city to enjoy and share. The city's many parks make Madrid the greenest city in Europe.
While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums. Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become the monument symbol of the city. Madrid offers visitors an incomparable tour: the Art Walk (Prado Museum, Reina Sofia National Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum), a unique itinerary in the world in the most emblematic area in the city: Paseo del Prado. Madrid's cultural and historical legacy can be felt in the streets: Habsburg Madrid, Borbón Madrid, Medieval Madrid, 19th century Madrid, Goya's Madrid or Velazquez's Madrid, amongs others. City center walking is an exclusive experience: Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles,… Madrid offers visitors a unique gastronomy with spanish and local cuisine ("cocido madrileño", "chocolate con churros"), shopping for every taste and every pocket, and shops from the most avant to the traditional.
Madrid is the only city in the world which is surrounded by six sites considered World Heritage by UNESCO, less than an hour's drive away: Toledo, Ávila, Segovia, Alaclá de Henares, El Escorial and Aranjuez. The Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) welcomes you to Madrid and the 82nd EAS Congress.