Spanish is the most widely spoken language in the world. Between 450 and 500 million people speak it as a first or second language. In addition, Spanish is the world’s second most studied language, after English, with at least 46 million students of Spanish in 90 countries, and it is the third most used language ONLINE (8.2% of the total). It is estimated that 10% of the world’s population will speak it by 2050, and the United States will be the largest Spanish-speaking country.
Of the 130,000 foreign students visit Spain every year, over 20,000 choose Madrid to study a language that is starting to be essential in all spheres of life; this is in addition to the university students on Erasmus and Leonardo programmes who come to Madrid from all over Europe to further their academic education.
When you come to Madrid, you will discover how easy it is to visit the rest of the country from here. No other town in Spain is more than 4 or 8 hours away, and the high-speed train, AVE, makes it even easier to travel around Spain.Madrid is an excellent link between Europe and Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East, thanks to its historic past and privileged geostrategic position.
Madrid is a leading city in terms of technology and infrastructure. It is home to the headquarters of the largest national and international companies and institutions (the Stock Exchange, the Bank of Spain, Public Administration bodies, the World Tourism Organisation…).
Just a few metres from each other, the best museums with the masterpieces of Goya, Velázquez and Picasso welcome visitors from all corners of the world. Nowadays, not only painters, but also the most avant-garde architects have found in Madrid the perfect setting for their own masterpieces.
Even the impossible can happen in MADRID at night. A night without sleep is a must if you want to make the most of the city’s nightlife.
Madrid has the most extensive cultural and leisure offering in all of Europe; the best musicals, independent cinema, theatre, flamenco, opera and jazz that can only be found in the large capitals.
MADRID is home to people from the four corners of the globe, from every culture and with every viewpoint. In Madrid, everyone feels at home because no one is asked where they come from. You can feel the life of the city in its rhythm: the streets are always crowded and it never seems to be late. LIFE is the characteristic that best defines the city of Madrid.
The Community of Madrid comprises of 179 towns with numerous attractions. Many of these towns are home to monuments, palaces and churches that have been declared World Heritage sites, for an example; there is San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, Toledo and Segovia.