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Meetings and Events Magazine

Ed. 20 - Madrid

Tourist Office of Spain

Why Madrid?

What´s on offer in Madrid?

Organizing your event

Discover Madrid´s neighborhoods

Plan your trip to Madrid

Recent conferences & events

Ed.20 Madrid - June 2017\n

Introduction

Welcome to Madrid,\n

a lively cosmopolitan and friendly city where everyone feels at home. The capital of Spain is a place for business and new trends, where taking time out and doing business are equally enjoyable. Its rich artistic and natural heritage, cutting-edge transport network, quality accommodation, fine cuisine and the city's day and night life make it one of the most attractive capitals in the world.
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Why Madrid?

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What´s on offer in Madrid?

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Organizing your event

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Discover Madrid´s neighborhoods

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Plan your trip to Madrid

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Recent conferences & events

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Fast Facts


Knowing a city like Madrid is always easier if you have its neighborhoods identified and you know their location. As you will later discover in section 4 of this magazine, each of them has a personality of its own.
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La Castellana

Santiago Bernabéu is one of the most famous and prestigious football venues in the world. With over 1 million visitors to take the tour yearly, it is one of the most important touristic sites in the city.
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Chamberí

Joaquin Sorolla´s house has been preserved almost in its original state and now hosts the artist’s museum.

Photo: Sorolla Museum\n

Salamanca

Spain's National Library holds an extremely valuable collection of incunabula, manuscripts, illustrations, drawings, photographs, audio recordings, etc. Cultural activities are held within the Museum and the Exhibition Rooms.

Photo: Hiberus © Madrid Destino\n

Chueca

The Museum is located in a palace where you can experience the life and habits of the nobility during the Romanticism era.

Photo: © Escarabajo Amarillo\n

Gran Vía & Sol

One of the most iconic places in Madrid where you will find three of the symbols of the city: the Statue of the Bear and Strawberry Tree, the House of the Post Office, and the KM 0.
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Austrias (Hapsburg district)

The San Miguel Market is a unique gastronomic venue located in its 20th Century original iron structure.
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Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter)

Santa Ana Square is a cozy, welcoming place to sit and enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the numerous bars and terraces and enjoy some of the most typical tapas.
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La Latina

With a 400 years history, el Rastro is a famous open air market celebrated on Sundays in La Latina neighbourhood.

Photo: © Carlos Cazurro\n

Lavapiés

La Casa Encendida is a cultural and social center open to everyone and covering a large variety of artistic and educational activities.
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Mallorca: Espadrilles

In the Raiguer region, famed for its leather and footwear handicrafts, you can find some of the oldest shoemaker studios in Mallorca. The combination of excellent materials and the unique production process mean espadrilles from Mallorca consistently enjoy success at some of the most prestigious international craft fairs worldwide.
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Sevilla: Ceramics and tiles

Seville is characterized by its handcrafted pottery and ceramics. The first works are dated from the Neolithic age, although it was during the Muslim Period that they started to acquire their own unique personality. Most workshops are located in the historic Triana neighborhood, where you can wander the streets and see examples of craftsmanship in walls, tiled floors and roofs. Later, artisans adopted eastern techniques and mixed this with local traditions, evident in mosaics and hand-painted tiles.
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Córdoba: Leather

In the historic city center of Cordoba you can see ceramics, Caliphate silverware, textile prints, jewelry and, of course, leather goods. Leather is the raw material used in making the famous Cordobanes and Guadamecies, which are pieces of leather embossed, modelled and coloured with modern or classical designs. Nowadays only a few family-run workshops keep this traditional handicraft alive.
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Granada: Handmade guitars

Spain was the birthplace of the modern six-string guitar, though it was based upon a similar  stringed instrument of the Islamic world. The guitar is the versatile accompaniment of choice in the art of flamenco, and Granada is Spain's capital for the production of the instrument. Here, guitars continue to be handmade by skilled craftsmen and are renowned for their fine quality and precious woods.
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Albacete: Knives and Penknives

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, artisan knifes flourished in the region of Albacete. Originally, the knives were produced by Moorish craftsmen, with the techniques and traditions they employed still maintained today. A special knife museum in Albacete city celebrates the past and future of this local speciality.
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Tenerife: Handmade Lace

The 'Calado Canario' has been kept alive for generations, with knowledge of this art traditionally passed from mother to daughter. This is one of the most delicate and complex of handicrafts, with artisans working with materials such as linen and cotton, and creating patterns and intricate drawings on fabrics of all sizes.
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01 WHY MADRID?\n

Why Madrid?\n

Madrid is a cosmopolitan and inviting city known for its rich artistic heritage and for the friendly and passionate nature of its inhabitants. This is a capital where the frontiers of art expand to embrace expressions as varied as gastronomy and fashion, where culture takes to the streets in the form of shows, citizens' initiatives, and new spaces for community living and sport. Madrid is a 21st-century metropolis where leisure is taken seriously and where business becomes a pleasure.
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Madrid City Facts

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Madrid MICE Facts

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Lively Atmosphere

Photo: © Paolo Giocoso\n

Few cities have such suitable conditions as Madrid for hosting professional meetings, conferences, conventions and incentive trips. Its economic vitality is complemented with an excellent infrastructure, modern congress facilities, highly specialized services and an excellent hotel sector. It is not just these competitive advantages that make the difference compared with other destinations, but also the possibility that the capital offers to combine work and fun.

- Madrid is one of the first business tourism destinations in Spain and one of the world's favorite capitals for holding events and conferences, currently ranking 7th according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

- The capital city is a global showcase for presenting products and new proposals due to its status as the country's economic center and home to 90% of large companies operating in Spain.

- Madrid's business facilities are complemented by its palaces, stations, theatres and other unique buildings available to organizers who wish to surprise their invitees.

- Travelling to the capital is easy and convenient thanks to its geographical position and its excellent infrastructure: Adolfo Suarez - Barajas Airport, high-speed trains and national motorways.

Photo: © Paolo Giocoso\n

There is always something to do in Compostela. 40,000 university students and countless visitors, bringing in youth and dynamic vitality, join the cosmopolitan city’s population of 100,000. A variety of cultural events, shops selling crafts, gold articles, silverware, and Galician fashion, traditional festivals, and vibrant nightlife make Santiago a lively destination all year round.

Cover photo: Pecold / Shutterstock.com
Photo: Turismo de Santiago\n

02 WHAT´S ON OFFER IN MADRID?\n

What´s on offer in Madrid?\n

Madrid is the elegant and full of life capital city of Spain, a place where art, culture, music and exquisite gastronomy go hand in hand with a vibrant business landscape. It is a city where you will find everything, allowing you to comply with the most demanding quality levels. Furthermore, you will find a booming culture, a thriving lifestyle, warm people and blue skies. Thanks to all this, your event is sure to be a unique experience.

Cover photo: © Madrid Destino, Cultura, Turismo y Negocio S.A
Photo: © Madrid Destino, Cultura, Turismo y Negocio S.A
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Art & Culture

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Gastronomy

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Shopping

The Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums, which house three of the greatest collections in the world, represent the essence of Paseo del Arte. All located within a short 10-minute walk of each other, they receive millions of visitors every year.

Paseo del Arte is home to a number of historic institutions as well as other more recent additions, such as CaixaForum, CentroCentro Cibeles, Circo Price, Mapfre Foundation and Medialab Prado, which have all enhanced the area qualitatively and quantitatively, creating the fabulous sightseeing we can all enjoy today.

Madrid also holds large-scale internationally renowned cultural events, such as ARCOmadrid, the PHotoEspaña Festival, the Book Fair and Veranos de la Villa Festival. This last one, a summer festival, truly takes culture to the streets, which are lined with historic buildings and avant-garde constructions.

Photo: © Madrid Destino, Cultura, Turismo y Negocio S.A.\n

Madrid's gastronomy faithfully reflects its outgoing, diverse and innovative character. Traditional culinary delights are valued as highly as the very latest tendencies. Some of the world's most innovative chefs have placed the city firmly at the forefront of international cuisine. This approach to good dining has given rise to a wide variety of restaurants, with over 3,000 such establishments, including traditional taverns, century-old restaurants, gastrobars and Michelin-star restaurants.

The city holds top gastronomic events like the international gastronomic summit Madrid Fusión or the Madrid Gastrofestival, and offers a wide range of activities revolving around gastronomy and its relationship with different artistic disciplines such as painting, fashion and music.

Photo: © José Barea\n

Madrid is often described as a vast shop window, where you can buy anything and everything at prices to suit all budgets. The huge number of shops opening 365 days a year, the friendly shopkeepers and the excellent value make Madrid the ideal place to relax and just let yourself be seduced by the shopping opportunities. There is an amazing choice: from the luxury goods on offer in the Salamanca area and the stalls in El Rastro open-air market, to designer shops in Chueca, traditional establishments or large shopping centers.

Some of the most popular shopping areas in Madrid are: Gran Vía, Salamanca district, Chueca – Fuencarral, Plaza Mayor and El Rastro flea market. (See section 4: Discover Madrid´s neighborhoods).

Photo: © José Barea\n

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Leisure & Fun

Madrid is a very lively city. Morning is the best time to enjoy nature, have a drink in an outdoor café or practice some sport. In the afternoon, shows begin all around the city, especially along Gran Vía where you can enjoy a musical or catch a new release at the cinema. When the sun goes down, your options multiply and visitors face the hard task of deciding between nostalgic cafés, chill out terraces, pubs, flamenco haunts, clubs, bars… infinite ideas for a non-stop magical night out right through till sunrise.

Madrid's nightlife is legendary, festive and colorful. You’ll find taverns in the Hapsburg district, pavement cafés in Paseo de la Castellana, beer halls around Alonso Martínez, a university atmosphere in Moncloa, alternative venues on and around Plaza Dos de Mayo, international venues on Plaza de Santa Ana, a multicultural atmosphere in Lavapiés, a tapas route in La Latina quarter and cocktail bars in Chueca. (See section 4: Discover Madrid´s neighborhoods).\n

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Natural Heritage

In Madrid you'll find formal parks like El Retiro, scientific institutions such as the Botanical Garden, and spaces with an avant-garde design like Madrid Río Park… Together with the trees that line Madrid's public thoroughfares, these make it one of the greenest cities in the world.

Historical parks such as El Retiro and Casa de Campo were created as estates for the recreation and seclusion of kings and nobles, and today are communal areas to be enjoyed by visitors and local inhabitants every day of the week. At dusk, the best plan is to head for Oeste Park or the Plaza de Oriente to watch the sun go down.\n

Organizing your event

03 ORGANIZING YOUR EVENT

Few cities can boast such suitable conditions as Madrid for hosting professional meetings, conferences, conventions and incentive trips. Its economic vitality is complemented with an excellent infrastructure, modern congress facilities, highly specialized services and an excellent hotel sector. It is not just these competitive advantages that make the difference compared with other destinations, but also the possibility that the capital offers to combine work and fun. Because in Madrid, leisure and business are complementary rather than mutually exclusive terms, and doing business can be a real pleasure.
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Main Convention Centers

Special Venues

IFEMA

The underground connects IFEMA with the heart of the city in 10 minutes and with the International Barajas Airport in 3 minutes. The North Convention and Congress Centre´s main feature is versatility. It offers an Auditorium for 1,100 people, 18 additional rooms and a multipurpose entrance hall. The South Convention and Congress Centre located closest to public transport, has an Auditorium which can host 600 people and provides 10 other rooms of varying capacities. IFEMA offers 14,000 parking spots plus 50 for coaches, audiovisual equipment, technicians, catering companies, security, hostesses, cloakroom, decoration, cleaning, medical service, telecommunications, etc.

Avenida del Partenón, 5. 28042 Madrid
http://www.ifema.es/Institucional_06/
E-mail: convenciones@ifema.es
Tel. (+34) 91 722 50 74
Fax (+34) 91 722 57 89

Photo: imanolurquizu / Istockphoto.com\n

Palacio Municipal de Congresos

The Madrid Conference Centre is a natural light building made in marble and glass; its avant-garde design has given it great versatility and functionality. The Center is located in the financial headquarters of Madrid “Campo de las Naciones”, only three minutes away from the airport and a ten minutes ride to the city center. This venue has a solid experience in organizing major events; it has 28 meeting rooms with a capacity ranging from 26 to 360 people, an auditorium with a capacity of 1,812 people, a multipurpose hall of more than 2,200 m² and large exhibition areas.

Avda. de la Capital de España Madrid, 7. 28042 Madrid
http://www.madrid-destino.com/en/
E-mail: eventos@madriddestino.com
Tel. (+34) 91 722 04 00 / Fax (+34) 91 721 06 07

Photo: Francesco Pinton © Madrid Destino\n

Notable Hotels

The Crystal Pavilion

The Crystal Pavilion is an emblematic building in the Spanish Faire sector. It is a highly singular premise, located in the heart of the Casa de Campo Park, very well communicated with the city center. The upper floor affords a privileged view of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. The building has 20,200 m² of exhibition area, laid out on three floors connected to each other by lifts, escalators and stairs. It is prepared for holding events, both great and small, and staging of all kinds.

Avda. de Portugal, s/n. 28011 Madrid
http://www.madrid-destino.com/en/
E-mail: eventos@madriddestino.com
Tel. (+34) 91 722 04 00
Fax. (+34) 91 721 06 07

Photo: Francesco Pinton © Madrid Destino\n

Principe Felipe Convention & Congress Center

The Principe Felipe Convention & Congress Center is located on the ground floor of the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center, close to the International Adolfo Suarez - Barajas Airport, the Ifema fairground and only 20 min from the downtown. With an area of 15,500 m², this Center is prepared to host all types of congress and conventions, presentations, meetings, fairs, expositions, exhibitions, or banquets, offering an integral solution to all the events. It has 56 modular meeting rooms, an auditorium with a dividing panel for up to 2,000 people and private reception for congress. These spaces are perfectly complemented with 869 rooms and a leisure center, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, gym and sauna. The hotel offers a very qualified team to advise the clients and it will be at their disposal at any time.

Avda. Aragón, 400. 28022 Madrid
madridmarriottauditorium.com
E-mail: comercial.madad@marriott.com
Tel. (+34) 91 400 44 00 / 59

Photo: Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center.\n

Kinepolis

Multifunctional spaces in an ultramodern environment in order to host any kind of events. Kinépolis is the versatile and professional space that cares and enhances the image of your company. Kinépolis Madrid offers a total of 24 rooms, with a total capacity for 8,200 seats, equipped with the ultimate technology in image and sound. Superbly communicated, with the public transportation on the very doorstep of Kinépolis, it is 25 minutes away from the airport and it also counts with more than 3,000 squares of free parking.

c/Edgar Neville s/n 28223 Madrid
http://www.kinepolisempresas.com/
E-mail: empresas@kinepolis.com
Tel. (+34) 91 512 70 63

Photo: Marquee Events in room 25, with a capacity of 1000pax\n

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Madrid Caja Mágica

Designed by the French architect Dominique Perrault and surrounded by a 25,000 m² lake and a great park, it aims to be able to host any kind of indoor or outdoor event thanks to its retractable roof. It has 13 meeting rooms (from 50 m² up to 1,200 m² ) to be able to host any kind of event such as seminars, meetings, coffee breaks, lunches, press conferences, etc. all of them inside of the singular Stadium 1. It combines high tech with versatility and sustainability, which make easier the setting up and the hosting of all kind of sport, cultural and social events, concerts, exhibitions, shows and conferences.

Camino de Perales, 23, 28041, Madrid
http://www.madrid-destino.com/en/venues-and-events/facilities/madrid-caja-magica
E-mail: info@madrid-destino.com
Tel. (+34) 91 722 04 00

Photo: Álvaro López © Madrid Destino\n

Platea

A new gastronomic and leisure concept has been devised in the heart of Madrid´s “golden mile”. Platea Madrid is a place where gastronomic sensations and pleasures are mixed with fun. Platea is a cosmopolitan place full of sensations, emotions and joy, with live performances and innovative audiovisual shows. With its cuisine, by Michelin star chefs, you will discover the traditional universe of the Spanish “tapas” mixed with international and avant-garde cuisine.

C/Goya, 5-7, 28001 Madrid
http://plateamadrid.com/en/
E-mail: info@plateamadrid.com
Tel. (+34) 91 577 00 25

Photos courtesy of Platea\n

Meliá Palacio de los Duques (5*)

In the heart of Madrid behind its Elizabethan-style façade, the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is a former 19th century palace located in the Madrid of the Austrias area, next to the Royal Palace, the Teatro Real and the Almudena Cathedral. The hotel has a historically important garden, counts with swimming pool and jacuzzi on the top floor and a dining space formed by 3 restaurants, 2 cocktail bars and a Tea Corner. There are 9 meeting rooms with natural light, a pretty covered patio, an excellent catering service and cutting-edge technological equipment, as well as a fully equipped Business Centre, the best facilities for your event or meeting in the heart of Madrid.

Contact details:
Cuesta de Santo Domingo 5 y 7, Madrid                 
https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/spain/madrid/gran-melia-palacio-de-los-duques/index.html
Tel. (+34) 91 541 67 00 / Fax (+34) 91 559 10 40

Photos courtesy of Meliá Group S.A\n

Barceló Torre Madrid (5 *)

Barceló Torre de Madrid 5* has recently opened in one of the city’s most iconic buildings that has been converted into an avant-garde luxury hotel. It is an emblem of the city skyline, with views of calle Princesa, Gran Vía and the Royal Palace. The hotel counts with 256 spacious, modern, light-filled rooms and aspires to become a meeting point for guests and locals through food with personality that turns it into a unique Foodie Social Club: Garra Bar and its restaurant Somos. The fully equipped convention and meeting rooms take up the most of the first floor and on the second floor, the “Club Premium” room, is a place where groups can enjoy exclusive services.

Contact details:
Plaza de España, 18, 28008 Madrid
https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/spain/madrid/barcelo-torre-de-madrid/
www.meetbarcelo.com
E-mail: torredemadrid@barcelo.com
Tel. (+34) 91 524 23 99

Photos courtesy of Madrid Convention Bureau\n

Real Madrid C.F. - Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

From 20 up to 80,000 attendees, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid C.F. could be one of your options to hold an unforgettable event in Spain´s Capital. Not only the Stadium, but also the Sports City are unique venues and a perfect combination of innovation, exclusiveness, flexibility and imagination, which alongside their fantastic location and a delicious gastronomic offer, make them the perfect setting for all types of events. Product presentations, conventions, meetings, workshops, gala dinners, teambuilding activities, concerts or even a private match on the pitch – almost everything is possible in the multifunctional and spacious rooms. In addition guests are offered the recently renovated “Tour Bernabéu”, one of the most visited museums in Spain.

Avda. de Concha Espina 1, 28036; Madrid – España
http://www.realmadrid.com/en/santiago-bernabeu-stadium/events
E-mail: eventos@corp.realmadrid.com
Tel. (+34) 91 398 43 00\n

Santiago University venues

The University of Santiago de Compostela, with more than five centuries of history, is a renowned institution throughout Spain and Europe. Thanks to its rich heritage, it features ideal venues for all kinds of events. From emblematic and historic buildings such as the Colegio de Fonseca, the Colegio de San Xerome, and the Baroque church; to such contemporary constructions as the architect Álvaro Siza’s Media Studies Faculty and the Vista Alegre Complex designed by Arata Isozaki and César Portela.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity
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Photo: Turismo de Santiago
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Auditorio de Galicia

This large complex, which includes two auditoriums and an exhibition hall, is made up of a series of stone volumes overlooking the pond in the Música en Compostela park. It offers fantastic views of historical buildings and is located mere steps from the city center. Auditorio de Galicia also offers visitors a top-rate music and exhibition program all year long.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity Total banquet capacity Largest banquet capacity Largest cocktail capacity
11 1,200 300 1,020 220 260





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Hostal dos Reis Católicos *****

This former pilgrim hospital from the 15th century, now converted into a five-star “Parador” (state-run hotels in historical buildings) is Santiago de Compostela’s most emblematic hotel— and the oldest one in Europe. In its privileged location in the Plaza del Obradoiro, forming an angle with the Cathedral, it offers historic spaces, beautiful cloisters, a Renaissance chapel and elegant halls as well as two magnificent restaurants.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity Total banquet capacity Largest banquet capacity Largest cocktail capacity
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Hotel NH Collection Santiago de Compostela *****

The NH Obradoiro hotel offers modern luxury in a traditional setting. It is located in an extensive landscaped area facing the Auditorio de Galicia, a few minutes from the historic Plaza del Obradoiro in the center of the old town. Its meeting rooms feature versatile technical equipment suitable for any event.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity Total banquet capacity Largest banquet capacity Largest cocktail capacity Parking
5 280 110 500 300 140 1






Photo: NH Hotel Group\n

Araguaney Gran Hotel *****

With a privileged location right in Santiago de Compostela’s business center, only a few meters from the monumental district, this welcoming establishment combines excellent gastronomy with modern rooms for meetings and banquets.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity Total banquet capacity Largest banquet capacity Largest cocktail capacity Parking
12 645 300 500 300 300 1






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Hotel A Quinta da Auga ****

In an idyllic natural setting on the banks of the Sar River, close to the city of Santiago, this emblematic 18th-century building converted into a deluxe boutique hotel offers accommodation, spa and restaurant services. Private grounds covering more than a hectare and the relaxing sound of flowing water guarantee its guests rest in each of the 45 rooms, each of which has been carefully decorated with works of art, antiques and an exquisite French touch.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity Total banquet capacity Largest banquet capacity Largest cocktail capacity Greenhouse (cocktails and presentations) Garden
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Hotel Monumento San Francisco ****

The Convent of San Francisco, located a few meters from Plaza del Obradoiro, dates from 1214 and now combines its religious function with that of a four-star hotel. Apart from its excellent location, it offers the serenity of a convent and excellent gastronomy. Its historic rooms, glazed courtyards and neoclassical church make any stay here an unforgettable experience.

 

Meeting rooms Total meeting capacity Largest theater-style capacity Total banquet capacity Largest banquet capacity Largest cocktail capacity Cloister cocktail capacity Exhibition area
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NH Collection Eurobuilding (4*)

Towering above the heart of Madrid’s financial district, the iconic NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding with its integral convention center is one of Europe’s leading business hotels. The hotel counts with 412 distinctive, spacious, functional and relaxing rooms, many of them with spectacular views of the Madrid skyline. The latest technology is at the forefront of The NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding’s naturally-lit flexible meeting spaces. In the lobby, the vaulted ceiling is in fact Europe’s largest (300m²) multimedia vault screen projecting 3D images, photographs and videos. The state-of-the-art holographic 3D telepresence system allows anyone to be virtually in the room, wherever they are in the world.

Contact details:
Padre Damián, 23. 28036, Madrid, Spain
https://www.nh-collection.com/hotel/nh-collection-madrid-eurobuilding
E-mail: nhcollectioneurobuilding@nh-hotels.com
Tel. (+34) 91 353 73 00 / Reservations (+34) 91 398 46 39

Photos courtesy of NH Collection Eurobuilding\n

Novotel Madrid Center (4*)

Novotel Madrid Center hotel is located in the elegant Salamanca district. Whether visiting for business or leisure, enjoy easy access to the airport and city center. At the Eat Bar by Novotel, enjoy a cuisine focused on local product whilst remaining loyal to the cosmopolitan spirit of Madrid. The menu features a range of simple yet authentic dishes in a relaxed environment. Novotel counts with 2,300 m² of exclusive use for events in 23 separated spaces, adaptable meeting rooms equipped with the latest in technology with free WIFI and online press, exhibition hall, central gallery, 350 car parking spaces and exclusive access for groups with private check in area.

Contact details:
O´Donnell 53, 28009 MADRID – SPAIN
http://www.novotelmadridcenter.com/
Email: info@novotelmadridcenter.com
Tel. (+34)91 221 40 60 / Fax (+34)91 574 56 01

Photos courtesy of Novotel Madrid Center\n

Only You Atocha (4*)

Only YOU Atocha Hotel, located in the heart of the capital, is a reformed palace dating back to the 19th Century. This hotel has a strong personality due to its unique style that blends modern and British colonial designs. The hotel offers custom solutions for your events and meetings and its rooms will accommodate all your needs. It is a space for you to celebrate your success, with 6 adjustable meeting rooms, going from 10 to 180 people, single spaces for your coffee breaks and cocktails like an indoor patio, restaurant and exterior terrace for your private events with unsurpassable views.

Contact details:
Calle Barquillo, 21. Madrid
http://www.onlyyouhotels.com/en/
E-mail: madrid@onlyyouhotels.com
Tel. (+34) 91 005 27 46

Photos courtesy of Only You Atocha\n

Discover Madrid´s neighborhoods

04 Discover Madrid

Traditional or modern, elegant or casual, all Madrid neighborhoods share the vitality and joy of their people. To know Madrid you need to walk its streets, explore its nooks and crannies and get immersed in the daily lives of its inhabitants.
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Austrias (Hapsburg district)

Barrio de las Letras

La Castellana

Gran Vía & Sol

Chamberí

Chueca

La Latina

Lavapiés

Salamanca

Austrias (Hapsburg district)

Madrid's oldest and most tourist oriented district, it is a maze of pedestrian streets, full of legends and exuding the same vitality as in its past. Apart from the obligatory visit to the Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa squares, it is worth trying the gourmet tapas at San Miguel Market, reading the paper in one of the cafés near the Teatro Real opera house and watching the sunset from Plaza de Oriente.\n

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Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter)

It's so easy to feel like you're just another neighbor in this district, the birthplace of the Arts and Spanish theatre, which upholds its cultural identity through such vanguard initiatives as Medialab Prado and HubMadrid. The district's backbone is Calle de las Huertas, around which many streets emerge offering art galleries, craft shops and vintage decor. Here, going for tapas is a  cultural event in itself and can be made even more enjoyable by listening to some live music at the legendary Café Central or simply watching the world go by in Plaza de Santa Ana.\n

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La Castellana

A vibrant area of economic, commercial and sport activities, this large avenue is home to the vast majority of Madrid's skyscrapers, such as Las Cuatro Torres Business Area, the Kío Towers and Torre Picasso. The Santiago Bernabéu stadium is home to the most successful soccer team in history, Real Madrid, and one of the most visited sites in Madrid.

Photo: IR_Stone / Istockphoto.com\n

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Gran Vía & Sol

If you haven't been to Puerta del Sol, you haven't been to Madrid. A meeting point, shopping area and an ideal place for a stroll, it joins Gran Vía by way of the popular Calle Preciados shopping street. To talk of Gran Vía is to talk of Madrid's soul. Now over a hundred years old, this monumental artery of the city still keeps up its busy activity both night and day. You can do just about anything: go shopping, have something to eat or drink, go to the cinema or enjoy a musical.\n

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Chamberí

This is the perfect place to soak up all the glamour of the bourgeoisie of yesterday, with palaces fit for a queen and some of the most delightful museums in the city: the Sorolla Museum and the museum of the old Chamberí Metro station. We recommend catching a dance performance at Teatros del Canal, enjoying a meal in any restaurant along Calle Ponzano or playing a round of golf in the former water storage facility for Canal de Isabel II.

Photo: Hiberus © Madrid Destino\n

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Chueca

Since being rediscovered by the gay community in the 1990s, it has become the most cosmopolitan area of the city, where locals now live alongside various urban tribes. It's one, long party: you can eat and drink 24/7 and they say its nights are the most fun and original in the entire city. For shopping, we recommend Calle Fuencarral and for art lovers, the Museum of Romanticism.

Photo: kelvinjay / Istockphoto.com\n

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La Latina

This is the sett­ing for the most famous outdoor market in Madrid, El Rastro. It is held every Sunday morning and on public holidays. Tradition demands that you must go for tapas in the local bars once you've finished shopping. The busiest streets all lead off Plaza de San Andrés and Plaza de la Cebada, starting with Cava Baja.\n

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Lavapiés

Madrid's multicultural district par excellence, it combines the best of each world: sunny terraces, the finest international food, exotic festivals and cutt­ing-edge galleries. It also has characteristic indoor courtyards, as well as an urban allotment on Calle Doctor Fourquet. It is home to the National Film Archive, att­racting cinema lovers to Cine Doré and offering alternative theatres and sociocultural activities such as La Casa Encendida and La Tabacalera.\n

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Salamanca

Classic, elegant and distinguished, this is how to best describe this district full of majestic buildings and luxury shops and whose main artery, Calle Serrano, once again sets urbanistic trends by way of a restyling which provides more space for pedestrians. Ortega y Gasset and Jorge Juan streets are two other focal points for shopping in the area where you can find the finest delicacies at Mercado de la Paz or any of the nearby luxury restaurants. The area also has cultural att­ractions, such as the National Library, and small but magnificent museums like the Lázaro Galdiano Museum and the Juan March Foundation.

Photo: © José Barea\n

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05 Transportation

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Madrid

Flights

Trains

Transportation

Flights

Adolfo Suárez - Madrid Barajas International Airport

Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas is the gateway between Europe and Latin America and the main door to tourism in the country. It is connected to the main domestic tourist destinations in the country, 172 international destinations and was awarded Best Airport in Southern Europe at Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2017.In 2016, the airport has registered a 7.7% increase in the number of passengers and a 3.1% in operations and 52 now routes were open.

Photo: Leo Hidalgo (@yompyz) via Foter.com / CC BY\n

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Trains

Madrid has an extensive railway network that enables access to the capital from all parts of Spain. Atocha and Chamartín are the two main railway stations as they receive short-haul, long-distance, high-speed and suburban trains.

Renfe Spain Pass

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Transportation

“Km 0” is located in Puerta del Sol Square and it is considered the starting point of roads in Spain, connecting Madrid with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula.

The underground (Metro) is a fast, efficient and affordable way to move around the city and it also conveniently connects to the Adolfo Suarez – Barajas Airport. The price of the metro ticket ranges between 1,50€ and 2€.

Madrid also counts with an extensive city bus network that efficiently covers the whole city. The price of a bus ticket is about 1,50€.

You can also count on the taxi service in the city, with prices ranging between 25€ and 30€ for a one-way trip from the city center to the airport.\n

Port

Like all Mediterranean cities, Málaga has always been linked to the sea and the riches that come from it. Sheltered by a natural bay, the Port of Málaga has become the peninsula’s second most important cruise port.

Photo: © Área de Turismo. Ayuntamiento de Málaga\n

Special offer for the MICE Industry

30% off on AVE and regular train tickets for convention and trade show attendees.
The offer is directed at companies and meeting planners who will be planning conferences, fairs and exhibitions in Spain, so they can offer all the attendees and exhibitors special fares for all train tickets within the Renfe national train network.\n

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The Tourist Travel Pass

It is the most affordable and practical way to get to know Madrid. It can be used on all public transportation in the region, as many times as necessary, within the valid dates.
There are five passes valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days.
Tourist tickets can be purchased at all stations in the Metro network, at the Passenger Assistance Center at both airport stations (Line 8), at Tourist Offices, Offices of the Regional Transport consortium and on-line.\n

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RECENT CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Congresses in 2017

World Mediation Summit

World Pride Madrid 2017

World Pride Madrid 2017

Madrid will be hosting seven major international congresses in 2017

Madrid cements its reputation as a world famous destination for meetings tourism. In 2017, seven large-scale international congresses are already confirmed as taking place in the capital, expecting to generate more than 700,000 overnight stays in the city and a direct expenditure of 180 million euros.
Madrid will be the setting for some of the most important international congresses in the medical and air transport sectors:

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The 4th Annual World Mediation Summit-Madrid 2017, 13 to 16 June

For the 4th year in a row on June 13-16, 2017, Mediation International in conjunction with the city of Madrid is bringing together some of the greatest visionaries and forward thinking mediation experts from across the globe: including International Ambassadors and diplomats, mediators and lawyers, as well as local experts and international mediation related organizations to provide presentations, networking and highly acclaimed training opportunities.\n

World Pride Madrid 2017

Spain has always been a melting pot of different cultures and civilizations, a bridge between Latin America and Europe, and between Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. Madrid, the capital of Spain is a true example of a multicultural city.

In 2017 Madrid will host the largest global event for the LGBT community, World Pride 2017, the 40th anniversary of the first LGBTIQ pride parade in Spain, with events held in several of the capital’s most famous squares. The huge festival will take place in numerous locations and will feature concerts, open-air parties, art, culture, talks and sport.\n

World Pride Madrid 2017

Spain has always been a melting pot of different cultures and civilizations, a bridge between Latin America and Europe, and between Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe. Madrid, the capital of Spain is a true example of a multicultural city.
In 2017 Madrid will host the largest global event for the LGBT community, World Pride 2017, the 40th anniversary of the first LGBTIQ pride parade in Spain, with events held in several of the capital’s most famous squares. The huge festival will take place in numerous locations and will feature concerts, open-air parties, art, culture, talks and sport.\n

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