About the Madrid Province
Madrid is very significantly situated right in the centre of the Spain. The province has been occupied since pre-history. It has changed hands over the ages as it was conquered by civilization after another. The City of Madrid became the capital of Spain in the 16th Century.
Madrid is both a province and region of Spain. Located in Central Spain and bordered by Avila, Toledo, Cuenca, Guadalajara and Segovia, Madrid is the most densely populated region. Of the approximately six million inhabitants, over 3.3 million live in the city of Madrid itself.
Madrid is the capital city and political centre of Spain. It is also the financial capital of Southern Europe with many national and international corporations having their European headquarters situated there.
The other main cities in the province are Alcalá de Henares, Torrejón de Ardoz, Coslada, Getafe, Móstoles, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Navalcarnero and Aranjuez.
The cost of living is higher in Madrid than it is in most other areas of Spain but salaries are also considerably above the national average. The economy is fuelled by economics, finance, administration and the service sectors. However, a considerable contribution to the economy is still made by the more traditional industrial, manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality and tourism sectors.
The region has a Mediterranean climate however; the entire region is on average between 600-1000m above sea level meaning that the winters are cooler with some snowfall. Even during the hot dry summer months temperatures fall considerably at night. Daytime temperatures during the summer months are consistently 30 °C and above. The average rainfall is approx. 450mm per year.
By Car - Madrid is easily accessible by car and is served by major routes from across Europe.
By Rail - Madrid and Barcelona are the central hubs for Spain’s high-speed train networks. Providing for easy connections to many destinations in Europe.
By Bus - Euroline and Alsa both service the Madrid region from many destinations right across Europe and the rest of Spain.
By Air - Approx. fifty-two million passengers pass through Madrid annually. Madrid is the international hub for flights coming in from internal cities as well as flights to and from right across the world.
|Population: approx. 6,445,449||Capital: Madrid|
|Spanish Residents: 83%||Area: 802 km2|
|Climate: Mediterranean||Languages: Spanish|