Madrid is the capital city of Spain in all its magnificence, and the architectural, economic, social, political and cultural hub of the country; a truly amazing city. Madrid is situated in the absolute centre of Spain; it was designated capital city of Spain due to this, for Felipe II desired a seat of government that had the best of access to every corner of the country, unifying it through its position. With a total population of just over 6.5 million, Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union, behind London and Paris.
Madrid attracts tourists from the world over, who come to visit the city's innumerable attractions and experience its food, culture and incredible nightlife; within Spain, Madrid is the most visited city, and fourth in Europe. Coming to Madrid is a real treat for everyone – the perfect place to see what Spain is all about, and the chance to blend in with local, national traditions in this remarkable cosmopolitan metropolis. As a general guide, the northern area of Cuatro Torres (the four majestic skyscrapers; Madrid's ultimate achievement in the modern era), Chamartin, and the upper Paseo de la Castellana is the financial and business area of Madrid, perfect for visiting during the daytime, but goes relatively quiet at night. On the other hand, the southern part is the cultural, traditional and historic part of Madrid, the hub for its nightlife and its most artistic landmarks.