Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts about Madrid

  • The official symbol of Madrid is a bear rearing up on its hind legs feasting berries from a tree. This symbol stands for Madrid's enduring growth and shows the importance of wood that is essential to build a country.
  • The hottest day in Madrid was measured on 10th of August 2012, the scale showed 40ºC.
  • In the last century Madrid's population grew from 950 to over 3 million inhabitants.
  • Before getting a bullfighter you always have to go to Madrid, because Las Ventas, the local bullfight arena is the place where you have to kill your first bull and show off your skills in this ring.
  • From the airport, that is called Barajas, to the city center it's just about 13 kilometers.
  • You can find two big railway stations in Madrid: Chamartin in the north and Atocha in the south. If you prefer going by car, we would like to recommend our Private Transfers for all kind of groups or the Shuttle Service to you.
  • Madrid including the metroplolitan areas is the 4 most populated city in Europe, only Moscow, London and Istanbul are bigger.
  • Together with its metroploitan areas Madrid has a larger poulation than Denmark, New Zealand, Scotland , Ireland and many other countries.
  • The most famous food in Madrid is definitively tapas, that should be tried by every visitor coming here. "Tapas" is the Spanish word for cover. The history dates back to the 13 century when stagecoach drivers made stops at so many bars that they were drunken by afternoon. So the government passed a law forcing them to have some food with their drinks. At that time tapas were just a piece of bread with some ham placed on top of their glass, nowadays there is a huge variety of delicious tapas available.
  • Madrid has 1 bar per 130 citizens
  • The Bankia Tower or Torre Bankia is the highest building of both Madrid and Spain and was designed by Sir Norman Foster, it has a height of 250 meters and has 45 floors.
  • Madrid is considered as the 4 richest city in Europe, following London, Paris and Moscow.
  • The Real Madrid is the world's richest football club with a value of $ 3.40 Billions.
  • The famous football players Raul Gonzales and Fernando Torres were born in Madrid as well as the famous singers Enrique Iglesias and Placido Domingo and also Penelope Cruz.
  • The bullring Las Ventas is also a famous location for concerts, Radiohead and AC/DC performed there.
  • The famous Plaza Mayor was used for public executions, Inquisition trials and bullfights in the past, today it is a very popular and crowded place for tourists and inhabitants.
  • Madrid has the second largest Metro network in Europe with 12 lines and 200 stations. The price for a single ticket is 1 €.
  • In Retiro Park in Madrid you will find a statue dedicated to the devil, it sits at an altitude of 666 meters above sea level.
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