Madrid, founded more than one thousand years ago, was proclaimed official capital of the Kingdom of Spain in 1561, when Felipe II transferred the Court to this city. Today it is a city in which past and present live together, creating, in its diversity, a unique and attractive setting, with a population that is characterized by its affability and hospitality.
Over the last fifteen years Madrid has grown by leaps and bounds. Madrid spreads over an area of 607 square kilometers. Located in the center of the Iberian peninsula, Madrid boasts a pleasant year-round Continental climate. Because of its strategic position, it has always been a well-appointed crossroads.