In Madrid, regal history weaves with contemporary romance to highlight a city in the upper echelon of European culture, and with almost 200 square feet of green space per inhabitant, the
natural aspects of Madrid more than dovetail with a bustling city life.
By the numbers, Madrid is the third
most-populous European city after Berlin
and London, with nearly half of its resi-
dents hailing from somewhere outside of
the area. The Prado Museum is the largest
art gallery in the world, and Madrid on the
whole contains over 18,000 restaurants,
bars and cafes. Numerous luxury hotels
and investment projects are also in the
pipeline, and all of the above accentuates
any meetings business.
Romantic palaces, arts venues, country
estates and urban flamenco halls all cater
to group events, providing an unlimited
array of items. The Madrid Conference
Centre and Prince Felipe Congress Center
might serve as the main venues for delegates, but any one of several historical and
cultural off-site venues will easily fill in the
gaps for smaller outings.
Corral de la Moreria // http://www.corraldelamoreria.com; http://
Since 1956, Corral de la Morería, the “Cathedral of Flamenco Art,” has
been the most famous flamenco venue in the world, placing groups right
next to kings, presidents, celebrities and high-end gastronomy. Located
next to the Royal Palace, the venue features prestigious 18th and 19th
century decor. For a more casual atmosphere, Casa Patas is a tavern-style
restaurant with a wealth of basic tapas, but everything is still high quality.
Private groups take advantage of both venues.
Casino de Madrid // http://casinodemadrid.es
Originally conceived in 1836 by a “group of young romantics and progressive
liberals,” the Casino Madrid began in 1836 as a place where people could
gather and discuss issues of the day. Now it is a well-regarded high society
of sorts, a private club located in a majestic building listed on the Bien de
Interes Cultural, a national register of protected structures. In addition to
several opulent event spaces, the property includes two private nightclubs and
a Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant with its own private gathering spaces.
Function rooms exist on the ground floor and on the main floor.
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu // www.realmadrid.es/eventos
The city of Madrid is inseparable from soccer, and Real Madrid often ranks
as the world’s richest team, valued at over $1 billion. You don’t need a group
of 80,000 people to fill the whole stadium, as a handful of high-tech meeting
spaces exist. Groups can even organize a private dinner on the field.
Palacio Del Negralejo // www.negralejo.com
Built in the late 18th century on the ruins of an old castle, Palacio Del
Negralejo is a country estate that now hosts up to 3,500 people for events.
The venue features indoor and outdoor spaces that deliver a multisensory
experience across the board. Inside the grounds, one finds old growth trees
intersecting courtyards, plazas, pathways, rooms, spaces and even a wedding chapel. Outdoor space is surrounded by connecting streams, more
old growth pine trees, crystal clear forest air and the shadows of history.
Gastronomy also plays a role, with Vasco-Castellana cuisine taking priority.
Teatro Real // http://www.teatro-real.com/en/spaces-for-hire/your-event-at-the-teatro-real
A world renowned opera house that originally launched in the mid-19th
century, Teatro Real was rebuilt 20 years ago to great fanfare. It is now one
of Europe’s preeminent theatrical venues, one that still soaks in history,
opulence and regal prestige. The theater capacity is over 1,700, but several
different salons and spaces offer various smaller configurations. The stage,
the foyer, the restaurant and the main auditorium are all available.
By Gary Singh
Romance and fascinating facilities walk hand in hand
MADRID CONVENTION BUREAU
40 million passengers travel through Madrid
Airport Barajas each year, on their way to 174
domestic or international destinations. Of the
more than 200 direct flights, 13 go to cities in the
U.S. In addition, more than 30 European cities
are connected to Madrid via high-speed trains.
CATEDRAL DE LA ALMUDENA
Y PALACIO REAL