The autonomous community of Madrid is in the centre of Spain. It has only one province, and in the centre of the province is the capital of Spain, Madrid.
The Community of Madrid is the smallest of Spain’s 17 communities, but the one with the largest population and therefore the highest population density. Most of its 6.2 million residents live in the Madrid metropolitan area.
While the city has its own charms, the province surrounding it is beautiful as well. Mountains, forests and conservation areas make the community a small but important region for Spain’s natural resources. One notable green area is the community’s largest park, the Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, which is well-known for its beauty and for the granite range known as La Pedriza.
The community has many areas for recreation and leisure, including theme parks, zoos, gardens and sports facilities. There are around 20 top golf courses in this small province alone, though that should not be surprising about a country that has turned out so many of the world’s best golfers. About 60 kilometres northwest of the city is Navacerrada, a prime ski resort where visitors can also go rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking at the Alto de Telegrafo. A few kilometres north of Navacerrada is another prime ski centre, Valdesquí.