Madrid is Spain's capital and largest city, with over 3.2 million residents within the city limits and 6.8 million people live in the autonomous Community of Madrid region (as of 2018). A city that has been marked by Spain's varied and tumultuous history, Madrid has some of Europe's most impressive cultural and architectural heritage, which includes grand avenues, plazas, buildings and monuments, world-class art galleries and museums, highly popular football teams, and cultural events of international fame for everyone. Madrid is also renowned for gastronomic delights and a nightlife lasting up until dawn.
Despite its size, numerous assets, and the fact that it's the capital of Spain, Madrid is more often than not disregarded by tourists that gravitate to other parts of Spain and Europe. But though it may lack the breathtaking architecture of Barcelona, the frenetic energy of London, the youthful strides of Berlin, or the flair of Paris, Madrid is a massive treasure chest that has something for those who are willing to get off the beaten tourist tracks. It might not be the most sought-after city, but those who seek out what Madrid has to offer will discover a city of unexpected beauty.