Comunidad de Madrid (1)
La Comunidad de Madrid is a triangle situated in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. The uniprovincial region contains the capital of Spain and was created after the arrival of democracy, separating it from the two Castile regions that surround it. Geographically, the mountainous central range occupies the west strip of the region, the rest of the community is plain lands crossed by several rivers. All the region´s territory is located on an enormous plateau that occupies the entire peninsular center and therefore it has a climate with hot summers and cold winters.
Madrid is a cosmopolitan city, famous for its dynamic atmosphere, which offers innumerable activities to undertake. It has more than 50,000 hotel rooms, which is the reason why its tourist industry is booming. It is an important business city as well, the majority of the State Public Administration buildings are located in Madrid, and it is the habitual residence of Spain´s royal family.
It has an impressive monumentality, exemplified in an historical quarter with the name "Madrid of the Austrias", as well as the unique El Prado Museum, part of a museum area, on the Paseo del Prado, which is a unique itinerary in one of the most emblematic zones of Madrid. It can be crossed easily on foot. The quarter concentrates three of the most important museums in Spain: the El Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Art Center. El Prado Museum is one of the greatest art galleries in the world, with more than 8,000 works of, among others, Goya, Velazquez and Rubens. Nearby, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum is located. It is a private art gallery that has an important collection which includes works from the German Renaissance to end of XXth century modern art. Finally, the Reina Sofia National Art Center owns an important collection of modern art among which Picasso´s "Guernica" stands out.