Other Meeting´s cities
|Madrid lies at the geographical centre of the Iberian Peninsula and is strategically located for access to other tourist destinations such as Segovia, Toledo, Aranjuez, El Escorial and Cuenca.
True to its traditions, it is a cosmopolitan city blending culture, entertainment and business. Its university life is another of its attractions since it is home to students from Spain and abroad who choose to study at Madrid’s universities because of their reputation and prestige.
Its historic part is a rival to that of any major European city. Its main thoroughfare is the Gran Vía, also known as “little Broadway”. Also worth visiting are the “Barrio de las Letras” (Writers’ Quarter), the Latina and Malasaña quarters, and the Madrid of the Austrias, where one can take a leisurely stroll and enjoy typical Madrilenian and Spanish cuisine.
|Some of the city’s principal architectural and artistic sites include the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, the Plaza Mayor, the Alcalá Gate, and the collections held by the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía museums, among other.
Its magnificent facilities (the IFEMA Madrid Exhibition Centre, various conference halls), its excellent transport network (which boasts some of Europe’s most important infrastructures, like the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport or the Madrid underground system), its wide range of accommodation and services and its cutting-edge audiovisual and communications technology have transformed Madrid into an unbeatable business destination.
|71 km from Madrid, Toledo boasts a collection of historic buildings which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986. It is a city in constant growth, the site of a university and capital of the Castile-La Mancha region, as well as a barometer of Spanish history since it has been the home for different civilizations and cultures: Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews, Mozarabs and Christians, all of whom have contributed to the city’s unique historical and monumental heritage.
|Today, Toledo is known as the City of Tolerance or the City of the Three Cultures since for centuries Christians, Jews and Muslims lived there side by side with each other in peace. The city was never divided into rigid quarters for the different religions, which is not to say that each has not left its mark on one or other quarter in particular.
In the thirteenth century, during the reign of Alfonso X, the Wise, Toledo’s School of Translators led it to being considered the European capital of culture and bridge for exchanges between Europe and the East.
|Among its most emblematic monuments, pride of place goes to the Cathedral, the Alcazar, the Mosque of Christ of the Light, the synagogues of Santa Maria la Blanca and of the Transit, and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.
In addition to its historic and monumental heritage, worth highlighting too are its natural resources, its landscapes, its surroundings, areas like the Cigarrales and the Vegas, and its viewpoints.
Toledo has always been the stage for important and renowned events. Various writers have set their works wholly or in part in Toledo, among them Miguel de Cervantes, who made the city the starting-point of Don Quijote’s journey.