information on madrid province





Hopefully, you ll put this information on madrid province to good use for, along with Spain s capital - Madrid city - there are unbelievable jewels dotted about the area.

If you are visiting the capital, it s well-worth taking trips out to get to know some of the marvelous places nearby. I m sure you won t be disappointed.

Madrid is the name of the country s capital of course ... plus the name of its province ... and also the name of its region or autonomous community.

Let s take a brief tour of what this gem of a province has to offer ...




information on madrid province - overview

- in central Spain
- borders Castilla-Le n and Castilla-La Mancha
- in the north and west - the mountainous Sierra
- in the center and south - a plateau
- hot summers, cold winters, mild spring/autumn
- comprises 179 municipalities
- over half population live in Madrid city


information on madrid province - madrid city

The most obvious place to start is the city which is capital of both province and country ... Madrid!

And what a splendorous city this is - packed with art, music and pleasure ... it swings night and day and is surely the next best thing to heaven!

Art lovers will adore the Museo del Prado ... the Centro de Arte Reina Sof a ... the Museo Thyseen-Bornemisza.

Sightseers will delight in the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) with Royal Library and Armory ... the Plaza Mayor plus statue of Felipe III ... its beautiful churches such as the Catedral de la Almudena ...

But this Spanish capital of Arab-fortress origins does not only offer historical monuments ... it is a city of wide open spaces crammed with verdant parks and gardens - the Parque del Buen Retiro ... the Jardines Sabatini.

Relax by sparkling fountains - Fuente de la Cibeles ... Fuente de Neptuno ...

Just don t overdo it too much at night!


information on madrid province - san lorenzo de el escorial

But Madrid is not the only place in the province with treasures.

Not far away - in the foothills of the Sierra de Gudarrama - is the gigantic Royal Monastery of St Lawrence of Escorial - Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Built under King Felipe II to commemorate Spain s victory over the French in 1557 and as final resting place for his father - Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V - it was started in 1563 by Juan Bautista de Toledo and finished in 1584 by Juan de Herrera.

Its Pante n de los Reyes (Royal Pantheon) contains the bodies of every king since Carlos I - excepting Felipe V, Ferdinand VI and Amadeus of Savoy.

In the Library are rare manuscripts and wonderful ceiling paintings by Michelangelo s disciple - Pellegrino Tibaldi.

The Museos Nuevos (New Museums) house magnificent paintings and tapestries.

information on madrid province - valle de los ca dos

A few minutes north of El Escorial is the Valle de los Ca dos - massive monument to fascism s victory over democracy in the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War.

Topped with a cross nearly 500 feet high, the basilica holds the tombs of General Franco and Jos Antonio Primo de Rivera - founder of the fascist Spanish Falange.

information on madrid province - alcal de henares

Alcal de Henares is one of Spain s wonderful World Heritage Cities and well-worth a visit.

The first city specifically founded as a university - by Cardinal Cisneros in 1499 - it was the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and his masterpiece - Don Quijote.


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