The Community of Madrid receives nearly a million visitors monthly, mostly heading for the capital city. Whereas other Spanish towns and cities see their tourism occupation grow significantly during the summer and decline in other months, Madrid is not affected by this seasonality and maintains a more or less steady tourist flow the whole year, as the Spanish National Institute of Statistics reports. Curiously, Madrid receives nearly as many Spanish visitors as foreigners. But why do travellers find this city so appealing?
Firstly, as it often happens with European capitals, Madrid tells its long history through its centenary streets and monuments, but at the same time, it is a modern city, with a spectacular architecture that surprises and captivates tourists. In addition, it is a very well-connected city and its public transport system is excellent.
Another strength of Madrid lies in its wide offer of restaurants and lodgings, which range from affordable hostels where spending a night or two to luxury apartments provided with exclusive services, like those in Génova 5, including, of course, hotels of all kind in between. The traveller will surely find a nice place to rest and enjoy their stay. And among bars, taverns and restaurants, they will certainly come across the perfect spot to have a meal, whether they prefer trying a good cocido madrileño, traditional callos or a typical bocadillo de calamares or savouring exotic dishes in a chic international restaurant. Just for gourmets’ information: Madrid gathers 23 Michelin stars.
An excellent cultural offer is another decoy for visitors. Museums, theatres, exhibitions, concert halls, shows for kids… Both people travelling alone and those touring with their partner, family or friends will surely find an interesting activity or event in the entertainment guide of the city for each week.
Shopping also lures lots of travellers, especially from other parts of Spain. In fact, early December’s long weekend breaks records of national visitors who want to do their Christmas shopping and enjoy the decorations. And close to Génova 5 (10 minutes’ walk), there is the so-called ‘Golden Mile’, where you can find the greatest fashion and jewellery designers and brands concentrated in a square kilometre!