Photo: Palacio Municipal de Congresos (Madrid) © Wikimedia
The so-called Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) is a key business hub for the capital and an international trademark in professional trade fairs and congresses. It is one of the five most important fairs in Europe. Since its inception in 1980, it has provided more than 80 million visitors to Madrid and about 550,000 companies have participated in nearly 2,000 shows. Some of these international events include ARCOmadrid, FITUR and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
But in this area of great economic importance, there are also places designed for the enjoyment and recreation of visitors, such as Parque Juan Carlos I. It was inaugurated in 1992 and appointed Madrid as the European Capital of Culture. The enclosure has a large lake consisting of 30,000 square metres and 1,900 meters estuary. The beautiful gardens like the Three Cultures (Tres Culturas) is an interesting collection of outdoor sculptures and offers many activities.
Also nearby and unknown to many locals is the Parque El Capricho de la Alameda de Osuna, one of the most beautiful in the city. It houses an important botanical, artistic and monumental wealth, with temples, shrines, fountains and the Palace of the Dukes (palacio de los Duques). It also houses the Búnker de la Posición Jaca, a Civil War enclave that's in perfect condition, situated at a depth of 15 metres.
To bring your working day to an end, there are many entertaining clubs that you can visit and play sports at. The Club de Golf de la Hinojosa, approved by the Federation composes of a tour of over 6 kilometres with 18 holes and a par 72 including a further course that stretches to a kilometre and a half, with 9 holes and par 29. There is also a golf school where you can learn how to practice this sport.