One of Spain’s smallest regions is also one of its most populous, with around 6.5 million permanent residents from all over the world. This is largely thanks to the positioning of country’s capital Madrid at its geographical centre.
You are 300 kilometres from the sea in all directions and positioned on a plateau 650 metres above sea level.
As a result the capital can be very hot in summer and rather cold in winter. But with an abundance of rivers, lakes and skiing during the winter months, being landlocked shouldn’t be seen as a disadvantage.
While Madrid itself is known for its medieval architecture, Moorish character and a reputation for round the clock partying, there is much more to discover in this region.
UNESCO has declared San Lorenzo de El Escorial and Aranjuez as world heritage sites for their remarkable palaces and monasteries. Head into the mountains of the Sierra de Guadarrama and Sierra Pobre and you will soon discover quiet villages with delightful properties set amid some stunning scenery.
This region has seen a steady influx of people from all over Spain and is therefore known for a gastronomy which draws on delicacies from across the entire country. You are never far from the tempting smell of frying food in the region of Madrid!
The region has the highest per capita income in Spain and an unemployment rate well below the national average. Manufacturing, food, engineering, technology and the graphic arts are all booming sectors, particularly in the capital.
And with excellent transport links and an international airport, Madrid is an intelligent choice for anyone looking to do more than just sit on the beach and enjoy the sunshine.