The capital of Spain is a thriving cosmopolitan city. Divided into unique districts, Madrid offers a spectacular variety of things to see and experience.
In a country famous for its nightlife, Madrid has the most vibrant and exhilarating night scene of all. Thousands of clubs, pubs, and discos keep the city alive and dancing until well past four in the morning. A couple continue until noon the following day. Madrid is also famous for its live music, theatre, and exhibitions, a full listing of which can be found at esmadrid.com.
Spanish monarchs through the ages amassed an extensive art collection in Madrid, and any visit to the city without a look at its world-famous art museums would be regarded as a tragedy in most societies. Prado Museum, featuring 7000 works by artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco, is widely regarded as one of the best art museums in the world. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum keeps their collection as comprehensive as possible, with works from every major artist of nearly every movement. The Reina Sofia Art Centre houses a more modern collection, most famously Picasso's Guernica.
Madrid's enormous Barajas Airport (MAD) ensures a steady stream of flights in and out of the region. BMI, EasyJet, and British Airways are some of the numerous airlines that frequent the airport. The metro connects to the first three terminals and provides rides to the city centre in under half an hour. Buses run from each terminal, though travel times depend heavily on traffic and can last from 20 minutes to half an hour, and a number of taxis are also available.