Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is a political, economic and cultural centre, the seat of government, and the city of residence for the Spanish Royal Family. It is the biggest city in Spain, and third largest in Europe with 3.2 million people. Surrounded by mountains and natural parks, Madrid averages almost 3,000 hours of sunshine each year. The city's many parks make Madrid the greenest city in Europe.
Strategically located in the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid has one of the most important historic centres of all the great European cities. It was in 1561 that King Philip II made Madrid the capital city of his vast empire. The historic centre, also known as the "Madrid of Los Austrias", and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square are a living example of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries.
But if there's one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and infectious passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly and open character of its inhabitants and its cultural and leisure offerings. Madrid has something for everyone. See the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor in Austrias, go shopping, dining and dancing in Barrio de Salamanca or take a walk in El Retiro Park in Retiro. Explore the latest trends in Chueca, crawl the traditional taverns and narrow streets of Conde Duque or spend an afternoon at El Rastro Flea Market and taste the tapas in La Latina. Explore the bohemian culture of Malasaña – Triball, or observe the world-renowned art in Paseo del Arte. There’s lots to do! Visit Turismo Madrid and Visit Madrid for more information.
Tour the Bernabeu
Estadio Santiago Bernebéu, or simply the Bernabéu, is one of the world’s most famous football venues, home to the Real Madrid football team. During your stay in Madrid, take the opportunity to visit the stadium with a self-guided tour. The tour includes a panoramic view of the stadium, access to the “Best Club in History” room, the Sensations Room, the pitch, the presidential box, the dugouts and technical area, the players' tunnel, the dressing rooms, and the press room. Visit RealMadrid Tour Bernabéu for more information on the tour and the stadium.
OMAE 2018 is being held at the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center, located near Madrid’s Barajas Airport and just 20 minutes from downtown by bus or taxi.
Hotel Address: Avenida de Aragon No 400, 28022 Madrid, Spain
Getting to Madrid
Located just 12 kilometres northeast of the capital Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas receives all international flights arriving in Madrid. The conference venue is just a 10-minute taxi ride from the airport or take the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel’s free airport shuttle which stops at all four terminals, and runs every 30 minutes from 5:00am to 1:30am daily.
Madrid is the centre of the extensive Renfe railway network, arriving in the capital from all over Spain and offering convenient transport throughout the country. Trains depart from and arrive at the two main stations: Atocha and Chamartín. International trains to and from France and Portugal also depart from and arrive in Madrid.
Home to “Kilometre 0”, all roads start in and connect Madrid with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. A dense road network runs through the city, of which the six national motorways can be highlighted.