Travel By Numbers: Madrid

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

As Cristiano Ronaldo makes his first appearance in La Liga, Ben Ross adds up the attractions of the Spanish capital


The number Cristiano Ronaldo will be wearing today in his first La Liga football match since his transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid. Stadium tours of Real's Bernabeu Stadium in the Chamartin district cost €15 and run daily (with reduced access on match days).


The number of rooms in the Hospes Madrid, one of a new breed of boutique hotels that are shaking up the Spanish capital's previously austere accommodation options. Converted from a five-storey 19th-century mansion on the Plaza Independencia, the Hospes also contains a stylish spa. Doubles from €220 per night.


The year Joaquí*Cortés – the dancer credited with re-invigorating Madrid's flamenco scene – was born. It's easy to see flamenco artists in action; one of the best-known venues is Café de Chinitas at Calle Torija 7, with two performances per night (except Sunday).


The length, in metres, of Guernica, Pablo Picasso's stunning visual commentary on the bombing of the eponymous Basque town during the Spanish Civil War. The painting is on display at Madrid's Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which showcases modern Spanish art. Admission is €6.


Age in years of the Temple of Debod. In 1968 it was transferred from its original location at Abu Simbel in Egypt to a hilltop in Madrid's Parque de la Montaña. Open daily except Monday; admission €1.80, free on Wednesdays and Sundays.


The ranking, in terms of population, of Spain's capital city when measured against the rest of the EU (only London and Berlin have more residents). For more information on this most cosmopolitan of destinations – and some of its 3.2 million inhabitants – see


Street number on Calle de Cuchilleros of "the oldest restaurant in the world" – the claim of the Restaurante Botin, established in 1725. The kitchens, where cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) is prepared, are open to view.


The price, in euros, of entry to the Museo del Prado. The impressive 19th-century building, which contains a vast array of works by leading European artists, was extended in 2007 with the addition of a stunning new wing.


Number of free drinks you can expect if you book a "British Airways" flight from Heathrow to Madrid that is actually operated by the Spanish national airline, Iberia. The clue is in the flight number: if it starts with a seven, then you will go thirsty, unless you opt to pay for refreshments.

Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the iWatch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Bid / Tender Writing Executive

    £24000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Executives / Marketing Communications Consultants

    Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a number of Marketi...

    Recruitment Genius: Marketing Executive

    £20000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This well established business ...

    Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester

    £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...

    Day In a Page

    NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

    Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

    A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
    How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

    How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

    Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
    From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

    The wars that come back to haunt us

    David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
    Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
    Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

    UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

    Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
    John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

    ‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

    Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
    Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

    Let the propaganda wars begin - again

    'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

    Japan's incredible long-distance runners

    Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
    Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

    Tom Drury: The quiet American

    His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
    You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

    You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

    Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
    Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

    Beige to the future

    Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

    Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

    More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
    Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

    Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

    The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
    Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own