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    General
    Emergencies www
    Youth Community of Madrid www
    Community of Madrid, info job www
    TráficoTraffic System www
    Weather forecast www
    Yellow pages by the telephone company www
    Aeropuerto de Barajas (airport) www
    Railway system www
    Post office information www
    RENFE Railway system www
    Madrid Metro system www
    Madrid Transport system www

Culture
Prado Museum www
Thyssen Museum www
Reina Sofía Museum www
National Library www
Royal Theatre - Opera House www
Classical Music House www
Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music www
Culture and Education Ministery www
Círculo de Bellas Artes www
Residencia de Estudiantes www
(IFEMA) Trade fair www

Government
Madrid Community www
Madrid Council www
Asamblea de Madrid www
Senado www
Congreso de los diputados - Parliament www
President House www
Royal House www

Economy
Bank of Spain www
Madrid value market www
Agencia Tributaria www
Madrid commerce organization www

Entertainment
Real Madrid (soccer) www
Atlético de Madrid (soccer) www
Rayo Vallecano (soccer) www
Las Ventas (Madrid bullring) www

Newspapers
El País www
El Mundo www
La Vanguardia www
ABC www
Segundamano (classified adds) www
Madridiario.es www

 
MADRID became Spain's capital thanks to its geography; when Philip II moved the seat of government here in 1561, his aim was to create a symbol of Spanish unification and centralization. However, the city has few natural advantages – it is 300km from the sea on a 650-metre-high plateau, freezing in winter, baking in summer – and it was only the determination of successive rulers to promote a strong central capital that ensured its success. Today, Madrid's streets are a beguiling mix of old and new, with narrow, atmospheric alleys and wide, open boulevards. It is also home to some of Spain's best artworks, from the outstanding pictures acquired by the monarchs, which went on to form the basis of the Prado's world-renowned collection, to the impressive modern works at the Reina Sofía museum. Galleries and sights aside, much of Madrid's charm comes from immersing yourself in the daily life of the city: hanging out in the traditional cafés and chocolaterías or the summer terrazas, packing the lanes of the Sunday Rastro flea market, or playing hard and very late in a thousand bars, clubs, discos and tascas.