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    9 Amazing Madrid Facts

    1. In The Name
      The etymology of Madrid stems from the Arabic magerit which means a place of water or streams. Some legends say the city was also once named Ursaria in reference to the large number of bears that lived in the area (but there is little to support the claim). The city’s emblem El Oso y el Madroño (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree), shows a bear reaching up a variety of tree closely related to the strawberry. The crest is also surrounded by the seven stars that make up the constellation of Ursa Mayor, aka The Great Bear. One of the city’s two football teams, Atletico Madrid, also feature the bear and tree on their badge.
    2. World’s Oldest Restaurant
      Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, Madrid’s Sobrino de Botin, dates back to 1725 and is considered the oldest restaurant in the world. It’s been visited by a huge number of celebrities, Queen Sofia of Spain, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Jack Nicholson, Ava Gardner and featured in the works of authors such as Graham Green, Frederick Forsyth and James Michener. Ernest Hemmingway was a regular and according to one member of the current owners, the Gonzalez family (who’ve run it since 1885), “When Ernest came to the restaurant alone… He sat with his back to the wall. He thought everyone was after him—the IRS, the FBI, jealous husbands…” It’s also believed the Spanish artist Francisco Goya worked washing dishes as a young man.
    3. What a State!
      Madrid became the capital in 1561, when Phillip II moved his court to the city, Madrid is also one of the 17 federal states that make up Spain, other’s include; Catalonia, Andalusia, Aragon and the Balearic Islands. It’s also one of the highest capital cities in Europe standing 667 metres above sea level. The only higher European capital is Andorra la Vella, the capital of the Andorra, which sits in the Pyrenees Mountains. And Madrid is very sunny too, enjoying between 250-300 days of sunshine a year.
    4. All Roads Lead To…
      No, not Rome, Madrid. As well as being the political and bureaucratic capital, and home to Spain’s royal family, it’s the geographic centre. In Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s busiest square, you can find Kilometre Zero, the location all distances in Spain are measured from. In case you’re wondering, the nearest beach is at Valencia, roughly 350km away.
    5. The Mouse House
      The Royal Palace has its own special museum, the House of Ratoncito Perez, who happens to be a mouse and Spain’s version of the Tooth Fairy. Luis Coloma wrote a story of Ratoncito Perez for the 8-year-old King Alfonso XIII who’d lost one of his baby teeth (despite his tender age Alfonso was already King). The story was published in 1902 and is now part of the fabric of Spain. The museum is located in the exact building the mouse lived in according to Coloma’s story.
    6. Golden Triangle
      The perfect place for art lovers, this small area houses the Thyssen-Bornemiszia Museum, the Museo Reina Sofia and the Prado Museum which alone contains over 25,000 pieces. The collection is so big that approximately only a 7th of it is on display at any one time.
    7. Not Forgetting The Golden Mile
      In an area first built by Queen Isabella II (1830-1904) exclusively for the city’s elite, the Golden Mile is home to designer stores like Louis Vuitton and Versace, as well as some of the city’s swankiest restaurants.
    8. Madrileños Are Cats
      Yes, the inhabitants of Madrid are known as ‘Gatos’ which is Spanish for cats. The reason for the unusual moniker is said to have come from the city’s buzzing nightlife and that Madrileños alleged habit of partying all night and sleeping all day.
    9. It’s Not Egypt
      But it is home to an Egyptian temple. The Temple of Debod, close to the Plaza de España previously stood for thousands of years in Egypt’s Nile Valley but was gifted to Madrid in 1968 as a thank-you gift for Spain’s help in saving the Abu Simbel Temples when the Aswan Dam flooded during the 1960s.

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    The city of Madrid is the third-largest city in the EU, and is the capital of Spain. The municipality covers 604.3km2 and is home to two world-famous football clubs- Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. According to Monocle magazine’s 2017 index, Madrid is the 10th most liveable city in the world, ranking higher than Vancouver, Hong Kong and the second most populous Spanish city Barcelona. The name Madrid comes from the Arabic ‘Materit’ meaning place of abundant water. The city is split into two distinct zones of urbanisation, the inner ring and the outer ring. The larger suburbs are in the outer ring, but the busier sections are in the inner ring, due to their central location and sights of importance. Madrid has the highest number of trees of any European city, and all citizens have access to a green area within a 15-minute walk- even the central railway station has a 4,000 square metre indoor garden that features ponds with turtles and goldfish. The mean household income and spending is 12% above the Spanish average, and the unemployment rate is 10.06%, lower than Spain as a whole. Madrid is considered one of the top European destinations concerning art museums, with 15 in the city itself. The most popular museum is the Museo del Prado, which houses Spanish art ranging from the 16th century to modern contemporary, such as Goya, El Greco and Velázquez. The city has a considerable number of churches, some of which date back as far as the 16th century. The San Nicholás de los Servitas church has a bell tower from the 12th century and was declared a national monument in 1931. The National Library of Spain, established in 1712, is the largest major public library in Spain, and contains over 26 million items. It was founded by King Philip V, who made a legal requirement for printers to submit a copy of every book printed to the library.

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    Madrid is not only a city, but is one of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain, making it a state. It lies around 700 metres above sea-level, making the air dry and clear, but in Winter, the temperature can drop below 0°C. The coat of arms of Madrid is a bear reaching up the branches of a tree and represents the zodiac sign Ursa Major. This coat of arms is also visible on the Atletico Madrid football team emblem. Madrid has more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe, meaning the weather is more or less usually perfect. The world-famous cuisine tapas is typically served with drinks at most bars in the city, usually served between 9 and 11pm. Tapas consists of small portions of lots of different types of food to give you a taste of everything. Typical dishes in Spanish tapas include Papas Arrugadas, a boiled potato in a chilli sauce, Boquerones, white anchovies in vinegar, Chopitos, battered and fried squid, and many more. Sometimes people from Madrid are called ‘Gatos’ which means cats, and many relate this to residents sleeping late and through the day like the felines. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the worlds oldest restaurant is in Madrid- Sobrino de Botín was founded in 1725 and is still running today. The city is home to Warner Brothers Movie World, which is a major theme park, and attracts many visitors from all over Europe. Madrid also has many major shopping centres and designer outlets, perfect for grabbing that ideal gift, or treating yourself. Madrid is a city like no other, and it is one of the most historical, beautiful and unique places in the world.

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