The Community of Madrid, colloquially Comunidad de Madrid, is one of the 17 autonomous communities or regions of Spain. It is the area surrounding the country's capital city, Madrid, and also comprises of the cities of Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, Chinchón, El Escorial, Getafe, San Martín de Valdeiglesias, Sierra de Guadarrama, and Torrelaguna.
National Archaeological Museum of Spain - Museo Arqueológico Nacional is an archaeology museum established in 1867. The museum is located beside the Columbus Square, sharing a building with the national Library. The museum's collection includes Pre-historic, Egyptian, Iberian, Celtic, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as medieval objects.
Museo del Prado - The Museo del Prado is the main national art museum of Spain. It is noted for one of the finest collections of European art in the world, artefacts dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century. It is based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. The museum houses approximately 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints, and 8,200 drawings.
Peñalara Natural Park - The Peñalara Natural Park, colloquially Parque Natural de la Cumbre, Circo y Lagunas de Peñalara, is a natural park in the northwest of the Community of Madrid. It occupies 7.68 square kilometres in the central zone of the Sierra de Guadarrama, and includes Peñalara's summit. The park is primarily visited by tourists for hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, and for its magnificent views. The area was declared as a national park in June 1990.
Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial - The Royal Site, more commonly referred to as El Escorial, is a Spanish royal site in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It was the historical residence of the King of Spain, and functions as a royal palace, monastery, museum, and school. It comprises of two architectural complexes: the royal monastery and La Granjilla de La Fresneda, a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat. The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 1984 and now functions as a popular tourist attraction.
How to get around within Madrid
The city of Madrid has one of the best public transportation networks in the world. Its metro network is the second largest in all of Europe, and the buses and subways form an integrated network that uses the same tickets. Metro de Madrid is Madrid's subway, and is absolutely inexpensive. The ticket machines are multilingual with instructions, hence are surprisingly easy to use. The announcements are only in Spanish, but the signs are in both Spanish and English. If there's any place you need to go that the Metro doesn't cover, take the bus. Another great thing about buses in Madrid is that they have free Wi-Fi! Local trains, Cercanias, connect outlying suburbs and villages within the centre of Madrid.
How to get there
The main airport serving the Community of Madrid is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, located 13 kilometres northeast of central Madrid. The airport connects the region throughout Spain, Europe, and international locations. The airlines that provide the most connections are Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Vueling, and Wizz Air. The busiest European routes at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport include London, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, and Germany, while the busiest intercontinental routes include Buenos Aires, New York, São Paulo, Lima, and Mexico City.