12 Interesting Facts About Madrid

Madrid, Spain’s capital city’s pull is unquestionable. Popular and much in limelight because of its Real Madrid football club, Madrid is a golden metropolis. The city is passionate and knows how to live. Madrid holds plenty full of surprises, from grand architecture and appealing plazas to high-flying fountains and iconic marble statues. Skillfully decorated with world class art galleries, Madrid would make you want to come here again and again. If you plan to take a trip to Madrid, you must witness the heart of Madrid, the Plaza Mayor, and the El Prado museum. Here are 15 amazing facts about the city that never sleeps, the Kingdom of Spain, El Foro, Madrid:

Madrid City Spain
Madrid City Spain
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1. Madrilènes Don’t Like To Stay Home At Night!

La Latina Nightlife, Madrid, Spain
La Latina Nightlife, Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its legendary nightlife. Often compared with New York, Madrid is one of the liveliest cities of the World. The city has a long list of night party venues but La Latina is probably the most charming place to chill out and enjoy a drink in Madrid. The city loves to celebrate whether it’s a night party or a football game.
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2. The Giant Real Madrid”

Real Madrid Football Team
Current Real Madrid Football Team
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

The famous Madrid Football Club, ‘The Real Madrid’ was founded in the year 1902 and is the world’s most successful football club of the 20th century. Real Madrid has a record for the most victories in a row i.e., five for having won the competition Champions League from 1956 to 1960. It is widely respected for such talented team players. It is the richest football club in the world. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the home stadium of Real Madrid.
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3. 2200 Years Old!

The name ‘Madrid’ is found to be some 2200 years old. According to Arabic records, ‘Mayrit’ or ‘Magerit’ are the old names of Madrid meaning ‘place of abundant water.’
source: madridinfo.net

4. Third largest European city

Population of MadridMadrid comes in third in terms of the population of the European Union. In 2015, around 3.1 million people were noted living in the capital city of Spain. Apart from that, Madrid is the largest city in Spain. It is the third largest metropolitan area in Europe after London and Paris.
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5. ‘Madrid’s Flag Symbol’

Flag of Madrid
Flag of Madrid

Madrid’s flag symbol is a bear on its hind legs eating berries. This symbol is significantly a metaphor of Madrid’s growth and progress, also represents possession of the wood used to construct buildings.
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6. Never Miss The “Golden Triangle”

Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Art Gallery of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
Art Gallery of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
Main Facade of Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Main Facade of Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

The Golden triangle is basically the three major art galleries of Madrid which are located pretty close to each other. They are the Prado, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia completing the triangle.
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7. Food Alert: Madrid Tapas

Tapas of Madrid
Tapas of Madrid

Tapas are small Spanish savoury dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar. Madrid’s tapas are a must try thing to do in Madrid. Earlier, this snack would usually be a piece of bread and ham placed on top of a glass of wine. Tapas have now become a delicious tradition that can be enjoyed in Madrid.
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8. “Bullfighting Museum”

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Museo Taurino, Bullfighting Museum, Madrid
Museo Taurino, Bullfighting Museum, Madrid

Another great place to see in Madrid is the Bullfighting Museum (Museo Torino). The place is best to explore the roots of the sport, its history and changing trends in dressing style.
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9. Are They Cats?

Madrilènes are many often called “Gatos” meaning cats because of a historical legend; an adroit soldier climbed the outer walls with the agility of a cat after which, his family was given the name of Gatos.
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10. Birthplace Of Vibrant Talents!

Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
Plácido Domingo
Plácido Domingo

Madrid is the birthplace of Famous celebrities and people. The long list includes the best of their talents, Fernando Torres (footballer), Enrique Iglesias (singer and pop artist), Penelope Cruz (actress), Rafael Benítez (football manager) and Placido Domingo (opera singer).
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11. The Golden Mile For Shopping!

Zara Showrooms
Zara Showroom in Madrid

Madrid abounds five shopping districts, small outlets, and famous Spanish brands such as Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Blanco or Stradivarius. These shopping provinces include the stunning neighborhood of Salamanca, also known as “the golden mile, the more affordable Princesa and Cuatro Caminos – the best shopping destination for bargainers.
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12. Palacio Real de Madrid: Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid. This Royal Palace has 135,000 square meters (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area.
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