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Introduction to the city

The Spanish capital is in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. A cosmopolitan city, it hosts an extensive business center, headquarters for the Government, Spanish Parliament and the Royal Family.

Enjoy the best that this city has to offer visiting the historic center; explore the most central location La Puerta del Sol, go to La Plaza Mayor, the main square in the city where you can taste some “tapas”. Visit the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral and Plaza de Oriente, a beautiful place located in front of them. Walk up to the old city gate Puerta de Alcalá and discover the icon of Madrid.

In the heart of the city, the Paseo del Prado is home to three of the most comprehensive painting museums in the world; the Reina Sofía National Museum Art Centre with Picasso’s Guernica, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum which presents an overview of art history and the Prado Museum with artworks by Goya, El Greco and Velázquez.

The Gran Vía is the street where you will find hundreds of stores, shops, bars, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, being one of the most important commercial districts in the city and also characterized by a very lively nightlife. If you are a football fan you can´t miss the Real Madrid stadium situated in Paseo de la Castellana.

Madrid has also a wealthy natural heritage. The number of trees that line the avenues and gardens clean the air and generate the ideal atmosphere for walking, sports or leisure. El Retiro, La Casa de Campo and El Pardo are a few of the large parks and forests located within the city.

A great destination with lots of history, culture and variety to host our 77th Conference and Exhibition!

City highlights

Museums

Madrid has many museums in a wide range of different art subjects and history, of which a small selection is mentioned below:


The 'Golden Triangle of Art'

Along the 'Paseo del Prado you will find three art museums called 'The Golden Triangle of Art'. It consists of the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

The Prado Museum features one of the finest collections of European art, from the 12th to the 19th century. Please visit this website for more information about the collection, opening hours and entrance fees of the Prado Museum.

The Reina Sofia Museum is Spain's national museum of 20th century art and mainly dedicated to the Spanish art. It is therefore no suprise to find excellent selections here of Spain's greatest 20th-century masters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Juan Gris and Julio Gonzales. On this website you will find more information about this museum, its collections, opening hours and entrance fees.

The third museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, has a collection of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. It has art from among other Italian, English, Dutch, German and German works. Furthermore they have a specific collection of American art, which is quite rare in Europe.
For more information about the collection or practical information you can visit their website here.
 

National Archeological Museum

If you are interested in history and architecture, the National Archeological Museum will definitely be worth a visit. The collection includes many of the cultures that have passed the Spanish grounds. In this collection you will find Egyptian, Hispano-roman and Arab exhibit pieces.
More information about the collection, as well as practical information can be found here on their website.
 

National Museum of Natural Sciences

Located at the 'Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz', the National Museum of Natural Sciences houses exhibits about mainly the flora and fauna in Spain, but also of the Mediterranean. The museum offers you a journey back in time via centuries of history. For more information about their collection, activity, opening hours and fees, please visit their website. Please note that their own website is only available in Spanish.
 

Naval Museum

On the 'Paseo del Prado' boulevard, the oldest historical urban area in Madrid, you will find the Naval Museum. They show a lot of sea-faring history from the 15th century to the present and exhibits the earliest preserved map of the Americas. For more details about the museum, their opening hours and entrance fees, you can consult the Tripadvisor website here.
 

Culture & Architecture

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

This bullring is regarded as home of bullfighting in spain and houses 25,000 seats. Bullfighting is a very traditional sport in Spain, as well as Portugal, Southern France and some Hispanic American cultures. If you like the rough sports, this bullring will be a very nice place to visit, to get a feeling of a very old and Hispanic sport. For more information please visit this website.

Santiago Bernabéu & Vicento Calderon

One of the best football clubs in the world and by FIFA selected as the best team of the 20th century, Madrid is home to football club Real Madrid. Fans of international football may find it interesting to pay a visit to the stadium of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabéu. For more information about the club and stadium please visit their website here.

Madrid is also the homebase of the well known football club Atletico Madrid, who won the UEFA Europe League in 2010 and 2012. Their stadium Vicento Calderon is located in the south of Madrid, next to the river Manzanares. Please visit their website for more information.
 

Puerta del Sol

The Puerta del Sol is a square in the heart of Madrid, originated as a gateway in the city wall surrounding Madrid and is now a central point from where you can reach several sightseeing spots. From the square you can easily reach the Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Parliament and the museum district.

The Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace are a couple of Madrid's sightseeing highlights, for its beauty and history. The Plaza Mayor is big rectangular plaza surrounded by three-story residential buildings and dates back to the 16th century. It has a lot of history and shows some nice historical architecture.
The Royal Palace in Madrid was built in the 18th century, but the site used to have a fortress in the 9th century. The old history and political importance during the ages, as well as the architectural beauty, makes this Royal Palace worth a visit.
 

Cathedral of the Almudena

Although this cathedral is not very old, the size and architecture are quite interesting. The build started in the late 19th century, was posponed during the civil wars and was continued in 1950. It wasn't completed until 1993 and hosted the marriage of Prince Felipe, son of King Juan Carlos. The Cathedral of the Almudena, named after the Virgin of Almudena, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid and officially consecrated by Pope John Paul. For more information, opening hours and entrance fees, please visit this website.
 

St. Jeromes Church

The St. Jeromes Royal Church is a Roman-Catholic church from the early 16th century in Madrid. This church has undergone some major restorations during the years, which you can see in the different architectural styles embedded in the structure. This place is interesting for both believer and non believer, due to the beauty of the architecture and the history it has gone through. More information about the church and practical information can be found on this website.

 

Explore more in Madrid

The information only scratches the surface of all the nice things there are to see and visit in Madrid. If you would like more information about Madrid and all it's highlights, please visit this website.

 

How to get around in Madrid

Public transport card

A free public transport card will be available to all registered full conference delegates, delegates with workshop packages (three days) and all registered family members. With this card you can travel throughout the city of Madrid by using public transportation. If you are not planning to use the public transport card, you can opt for a voucher instead. The voucher is exchangeable for a gift, book discount or you can donate your voucher to support a student with his/her EAGE membership fee.

The public transport card is sponsored by Dolphin Geophysical and Mitcham Industries.

Public transport

In Madrid there is an extensive network of public transportation. The bus- and metro lines are used most often and give a good coverage in the whole of Madrid. For transportation from the airport you can use the suburban train or the suburban bus, but in the city itself the metros and buses are providing best coverage.

Buses

The buses within Madrid are red, and called EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transporte). They can get you to any part of the city and operate mainly in their own bus lanes, which helps them to avoid traffic most of the time. The buses operate between more or less 06:00 to 23:30, depending on the line. From 23:30 - 05:00 am there are night buses running, exact times depend on the line. More detailed information for the buses is available here.

Metro

The metro can get you anywhere in Madrid, just like the bus, but tends to be faster. The metro works with zones, split up in zone A and zone B. This is important to look at when buying your transportation ticket. For more information about the metro, please go to this website and for the overview of the metro lines you can go here.
 

Taxis

The official Madrid taxi is white with a red diagonal stripe across the front door, and if the taxi is free it will display a green light on the roof. The 'fare' number of either 1 or 2 will be shown next to this light. The taxis are often used to get from the airport to the city centre or within Madrid during the late or nightly hours.
The taxis are quite expensive, compared to public transportation and are therefore less efficient to use to get around Madrid. For more information about taxi's and fares, please visit this website.