Interesting Facts about Madrid:
The name Madrid comes from the arabic "magerit" which means 'place of many streams'.
The population of Madrid was 950 000 in 1900 now it is over 3 million.
Madrid is 300 km from the sea
Madrid has three art galleries in close proximity called the Golden Triangle, they consist of the Prado which has four thousand works of art including Botticelli, El Bosco, Velazquez and Goya. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza features works by Renoir and Van Eyck. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia completes the triangle, this gallery houses twentieth century Spanish art including Guernica by Picasso.
Madrid enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe.
Madrid has two main railway stations: Chamartín (north) and Atocha (south)
The airport of Madrid is called
Barajas and is just outside the city.
It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. The city spans a total of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).
For information about Madrid see Ariel's Guide to Madrid written by Ariel after a 6 month stay in Madrid.