Madrid Welcomes You!
Madrid is the Spanish capital since 1561 and it is home to important institutions of the State
as it is the central government’s headquarters. Moreover, it is the official residence of the Spanish monarchs and some
national bodies, such as the Spanish Royal Academy, and of international bodies like the World Tourism Organization.
It is the third-largest city in the European Union (some 3.3 million people), after London and Berlin,
and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union (around 6.5 million people), after London and Paris.
Madrid has an outstanding transportation network, which makes easier the access
by road, airplane, train or metro, and it has one of the best local public transport services in the World.
The city is located on the Manzanares River, in the center of both the country and the
Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages).
The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, which it is the main mean of access to Spain and the main departure and arrival airport to South America,
is one of the most important airports in the World regarding the number of passengers.
The Spanish capital is a cosmopolitan city that combines the most modern infrastructures with its status of economic, financial,
administrative and service centre.
While having a modern infrastructure, Madrid possesses one of the most important historic centres in Europe, also known as “Madrid de los Austrias” (Habsburg Madrid). It is located around the “Plaza Mayor” (Main square), inaugurated in 1620, and the “Plaza de la Villa” (Village square), which is the old City Hall headquarters.
With a vast artistic and cultural patrimony, heritage of several centuries of a rich and passionate history,
the city has been witness to the birth of celebrated and universal figures such as Lope de Vega,
Calderón de la Barca, Francisco de Quevedo, Jacinto Benavente, Jardiel Poncela, José Ortega y
Gasset, Gregorio Marañón, Juan Gris, Juan de Villanueva, Ruperto Chapí, Federico Chueca and
Joaquín Rodrigo, among others. Intellectuals,
artists and other famous celebrities have lived in the city.
Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid;
the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631;
the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives;
a large number of National museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado
and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum,
which completes the shortcomings of the other two museums. Cibeles Palace and Fountain have become the monument symbol of the city.
Madrid is an open city for who is willing to discover it, where culture, gastronomic, business, leisure and entertainment activities are blended,
being one of the most strong and diverse tourist attraction in Europe and in the World.
Early June is probably the best time in Madrid, mild spring weather with long sunny days. Don't miss it!
Madrid offers a choice of accommodations at reasonable prices.
Some recommended hotels, near the conference venue:
EXE MONCLOA 4*, www.hotelexemoncloa.com (enter the promotion code: SMART 2017)
HUSA PRINCESA 4* husa-princesa.husa.es
They offer you a wide variety of clean, comfortable and cheap accommodation in the center of Madrid (about 20-30 euros/night).
Websites of Interest