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Europe's highest capital hums and vibrates in the dry and barren heart of Spain. That's Madrid in a nutshell. As well as being Spain's economic, political and cultural capital, Madrid has another much more important reputation to maintain...

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Madrid

The city of Madrid was founded in 854 by Mehmed I of Granada. Madrid belonged to the Moors and it's role was to defend the city of Toledo. It was not a favourable site for a city. There was nowhere to lay a harbour, nor was it on the route to oth...

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Nochevieja (New Year's Eve)

See for yourself how the Madrilenos celebrate New Year. On New Year's Eve the square at Puerta del Sol fills with people. The tradition, known as Las Uvas de la Suerte or the grapes of happiness, dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Every...

PhotoEspana

PhotoEspana is an international festival of photography and visual arts that's being held in Madrid this year. Half a million visitors come to the exhibition each year. The great national and international masters of photography put their best photos...

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La Fiesta de San Juan

The longest day of the year and the arrival of summer are celebrated together at the end of June every year. To getinto the proper festive mood, you must go to Plaza de San Juan and/or Las Huertas. Here, people gather from all around the world especi...

Christmas market at Plaza Mayor

There's a Christmas market at the magnificent Plaza Mayor a couple of weeks before Christmas, during which some 50 stalls sell Christmas wares. If you need something for your Christmas crib, for example, this is the place to buy it. There's a huge ra...

Fiesta de San Isidro

Mid May is the time for theatre, music and popular customs. Fiesta de San Isidro is a major event on Madrid's calendar, during which Madrilenos honour the city's patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. Visit one of the many (free) events and festivities i...

Festival de Otono

Every year from October until mid November, the Madrilenos celebrate autumn during a five week long autumn festival. The festival encompasses a wide variety of theatre, dance, music and circus performances. Last year 41 groups took part in the festiv...