Madrid is the capital of Spain, and the biggest municipality of the Community of Madrid. Its population is almost 3.2 million with metropolitan area population of nearly 6.5 million. It is the 3rd-largest city in the European Union, following London and Berlin. The metropolitan area of Madrid is the 3rd-largest in EU after London and Paris. Situated in south-western Europe, Madrid spans a total of 604 km2 (233 ml2). The capital city of Spain is the seat of government, as well as residence of the Spanish monarch.
Madrid lies on Manzanares River in the centre of both the Community of Madrid (comprising the city of Madrid, its conurbation, extended suburbs and villages) and the country; the community is bordered by autonomous communities (Castile and Leon) and Castile-La Mancha. Serving as the capital city of Spain, residence of the Spanish monarch and seat of government, Madrid is also Spain's economic, political and cultural centre.
The urban agglomeration of Madrid has the 3rd-largest GDP in the EU and its influences in education, science, politics, environment, entertainment, media, fashion, arts and culture all contribute to its status as one of the major global cities in the world. Madrid is home to a couple of world-famous football clubs, Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid. Due to its market size, economic output and high standard of living, the city is considered the most important financial centre of Southern Europe and Iberian Peninsula. Madrid hosts the head offices of the majority of prime Spanish companies, including Iberia, Repsol and Telefónica. In 2014 Madrid was announced the world's 17th most liveable city by Monocle magazine.
Madrid houses the headquarters of UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), belonging to the UN (United Nations Organization), SEGIB (Ibero-American General Secretariat), OEI (Organization of Ibero-American States), and PIOB (Public Interest Oversight Board). It also hosts important international promoters and regulators of the Spanish language: Standing Committee of Association of Spanish Language Academies, Cervantes Institute, Fundéu BBVA (Foundation of Urgent Spanish), and headquarters of RAE (Royal Spanish Academy). Madrid organises fairs like ARCO, FITUR, SIMO TCI and Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week.
Madrid possesses contemporary infrastructure, but it has preserved the look of many of its historic streets and neighbourhoods. Its landmarks include the Royal Theatre with its restored Opera House; the Royal Palace of Madrid; Buen Retiro Park; 19th-century National Library building containing some of the historical archives of Spain; the Golden Triangle of Art, situated along Paseo del Prado and comprising 3 art museums: Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, completing the shortcomings of the other 2 museums. Cibeles Palace and Fountain is the monument symbol of the city.
Madrid tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Casa de Campo is the city's largest park (located west of downtown Madrid).
The Madrid cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Madrid, Spain.
If you lose the Madrid location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.