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 Location Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France
 Climate Temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast
 Terrain Large, flat to dissected plateau surrounded by rugged hills; Pyrenees in north
 Population 40,341,462
 Nationality Spanish
 Ethnic groups Composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types
 Religions Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%
 Languages Castilian Spanish 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%
 Government Type Parliamentary monarchy
 Capital Madrid
 Currency Euro (EUR)
 Description of Flag Three horizontal bands of red (top), yellow (double width), and red with the national coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band
 Spain Flag Flag of Spain

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Madrid Culture

Madrileños, as locals in Madrid are called, share the qualities of other Spanish natives. They are a passionate group of people who enjoy every facet of life and live it to the fullest. This is evident in their love for food and nightlife, local culture and all around quality of life. Madrileños are also very sophisticated with a keen sense of style and fashion, as their city is one of the top fashion capitals in Europe. As one of the leading cosmopolitan cities in the world, English

is widely spoken, especially in the heavy tourist-populated areas and sights. Like any other Spanish city, many of Madrid's shops close for the afternoon for the traditional siesta. Most tourist sights, however, remain open during this time.

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Madrid Shopping

Like many other cosmopolitan European cities, Madrid offers some of the world’s best shopping. From world-renowned fashion labels to local designers, shopping in Madrid can be considered a highlight in and of itself. The Spanish department chain store, El Corte Ingles, has locations throughout the city and can easily be one-stop shopping expedition if multiple stops are not your thing. Here are some of best shopping areas in the city: Salamanca Neighborhood: Luxurious and high-end

boutiques; the area around Ortega y Gassett and Serrano are filled with designer stores. Fuencarral (Gran Via toward Glorieta Bilbao, Calle Hortaleza): Funky and trendy clothing and accessory options. Rastro Flea Markets (Sundays only): For hundreds of years, this flea market has taken up an entire neighborhood packed with vendors selling clothing, accessories and every other imaginable trinket.


Madrid Restaurants
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