Madrid is the capital of Spain since the year 1562 and is located right in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula. It is situated in the center of the Castilian plain at 646 meters above sea level. Madrid occupies third position in the list of largest cities of Europe. Madrid and its suburbs are located on the banks of the River Manzanares that flows through the centre of the country and the Madrid community. In Spain, a community is comprised of the main city and the immediate suburbs and villages.
While Madrid possesses 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 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, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising several art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which completes the shortcomings of the other two museums. Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become one of the monument symbols of the city.
You can expect an average August temperature of 25°C, reaching a high of 33°C, and a low of 16°C during the evening. Rain is minimal, with only 10mm expected throughout the month, affecting 3 days to some degree. Sunshine however is very plentiful, with 10 hours of sunshine on average per day. Madrid is a very sunny city during this time of year!
Talking about Madrilenian cuisine means we are talking about variety. Over 3,100 restaurants delight the most exquisite palates, adding even more flavour to its gastronomy. Madrid can be considered a melting pot of all the different cuisines in the world and, of course, Spanish specialties as well.
Regional cuisines are, indeed, well represented in Madrid, hence the variety of stews, roasts, salads, pastries, wines and liqueurs that compose the city's gastronomic offering.
In addition to its 16 Michelin Star winning restaurants (boasting a total of 23 stars), the city offers a staggering variety of dining options, from the most traditional fare to the most sophisticated, cutting-edge culinary creations.
Madrid also has exclusive establishments where rooms can be booked to hold private parties or relish the chef's choice in a more intimate setting. These restaurants are famed for their meticulously prepared dishes, superb service and exquisite décor.
There are numerous markets where visitors can not only buy products but also eat, enjoy a midday coffee or an evening cocktail with friends, watch concerts and see exhibitions or attend a range of other events. It's a new urban trend.
For further information, visit the ¡Madrid! gastronomy section at www.esmadrid.com/en/madrid-food-and-drink