It is the capital of Spain, and the largest municipality of the Community of Madrid. The population of the city is almost 3,2 million with a metropolitan area population of approximately 6,5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the UE. Located in south-western Europe, the city spans a total of 604,3 km2 , so Madrid offers you a wide choice of sightseeing such as Buen Retiro Park , Sun Gate, Main Square, Alcalá Gate and Gran Vía Street.
The Madrid region experiences a cold semi-arid climate with cool winters. Summers are hot, average temperature is ranging from 32 to 33 °C, and diurnal ranges are often significant during the summer. During the year, the average temperature is around 14.5 and 15 ° C. Precipitation are concentrated in the autumn and spring, but it is considered the driest capital in Europe, so if you want to visit Madrid the best time is in May or October.
The language spoken in Madrid is Spanish also called Castilian, although in others parts of the country Catalan, Basque and Galician are spoken. Spanish is a Romance language , evolved from Vulgar Latin, which was brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Romans during the Second Punic War, beginning in 210 BC . Today has hundreds of millions of native-speakers across the world and It is estimated that more than 427 million people speak Spanish as a native language, which qualifies it as second on the lists of languages by number of native speakers after Mandarin language.
Where and how to enjoy Spanish food?
This guide will help you move with ease through the bars, cafes, Madrid restaurants or markets. Here are all the keys to enjoy the maximum of Spanish gastronomy. You must bear in mind that in Spain schedules are very different from the rest of Europe. It is customary to eat five times a day, which is generally healthier. Breakfast is usually made first thing in the morning in the morning and many times on the street. Around twelve it is common to stop to nibble on something, either salty or sweet. Later, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., the food arrives most forceful of the day. Half In the afternoon they usually have a snack and at night dinner is around 9 pm.