Madrid is the capital and the largest city of Spain. It is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. Madrid is the third most populous city in European Union, behind London and Berlin. It is located on the river Manzanares, between the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha.
While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Madrid is a busy place, but never too busy to entertain and dazzle its enthusiastic visitors from far and beyond. Museums, matadors, palaces and royal gardens set upon the banks of the Manzaneres River provide a glamorous backdrop for a very vibrant night life.
Spanish is the major language in Spain and is spoken throughout the country.
However, you will find some regional versions that might surprise you. For example:
- Catalan is spoken in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and in parts of Valencia.
- Basque is spoken in the mountainous Basque Country. It is also spoken in parts of Navarre.
- Galician is spoken in Galicia. It hasn’t received the official authentication from Asturias and Leon.
Most of these regional languages such as Catalan, Galician, Castilian, are based on Latin but they have their own accent. It is fun to listen to the differences.
English and German are some of the frequently spoken languages in the tourist area away from Madrid on the Mediterranean coast. Additionally you will find a large population of African Immigrants who speak the language of their country.