While planning your trip to Madrid, it’s safe to check out some information about the city. This way you would have some idea as what kind of city you are going to. You will also be prepared what clothes to bring and what to expect out of your vacation.
Population and Standard of Living
Aside from being Spain’s capital, Madrid is the third most populated city in Europe. The metropolitan area ranks fourth in population all over Europe as well. You should also take note that the population density in the city is 606 people per square meter. So you should expect crowded places almost everywhere.
There are also so many tourists like you in the city. You will definitely be able to blend in quite easily. The people of Madrid or Madrileños, as they are commonly called, are very welcoming. They also love having a good time with everyone so you will have lots to do during your vacation.
When you get to the city, you would notice how urbanized the city has become. Nevertheless, they were able to preserve many of their historic districts and structures.
If you’re curious about Madrid’s location it is actually the center of the Iberian Peninsula. The city is situated 654 meters above sea level. This explains for the cold winters and hot summers you will experience if ever you are in Madrid around this time.
If you want sunny days and more moderate temperatures, you can schedule your trip around the months of September to October when it is autumn season. You would experience the driest season during winter and summer since rainfall is generally felt during autumn and spring only.
If you are going to Madrid on summer, be prepared for the 30 degrees Celsius (or 86 Fahrenheit) to 40 degrees Celsius (or 104 Fahrenheit) temperatures. On the other hand, if you are heading there on winter the temperature is always below 0 degrees Celsius (or 32 Fahrenheit) so prepare to bundle up.
The bear and the Madroño tree
Seen in one side of Madrid taxis, these Madrid symbols can also be seen elsewhere in the city. It shows of a bear squatting on its hind leg attempting to eat the madroño or strawberry tree. There are various stories that explain the symbol. One of them tells of it representing “possession and ownership of wood”, which is necessary in constructing structures.