Spain’s capital city cannot be overstated for its cultural and historical importance. Madrid has been settled in one way or another since the Paleolithic Era, earning its name for the first time during the 9th century Muslim Age.
One of the top global destinations for foodies, the cuisine here is legendary. As for the art scene – the whole city is your oyster from Goyas to Picassos. Cultural museums, local music performances, unbelievable parks, nightlife, and world-class sports: this “city of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree” is one of Europe’s great conurbations.
This heavyweight capital is home to over 3.25 million people, with well over twice that number living within the greater metropolitan area. A full week here would still ensure new things to see, so make the most of your explorations during your stay. Top neighborhoods to check out include the bustling Puerta del Sol, the shopping destination of Salamanca, the tapas-bar laden La Latina, the massive park space known as Retiro, the hip nightlife mecca of Malasaña and the internationally-flavored hotspot which is the Lavapiés district.