Madrid is the capital city and largest town in Spain.

The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union.

The city is located in the centre of the country, experiences a Mediterranean climate with cool winters, including sporadic snowfalls and minimum temperatures often below freezing. Summers are hot with average temperatures ranging from 32 to 33 °C (90 to 91 °F) depending on location.

1. How to get to Madrid

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Madrid is served by highly developed communication infrastructures.

a) By plane:

Madrid–Barajas Airport (Aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas: is Spain’s busiest airport. It consequently serves as the main gateway to the Iberian peninsula from Europe, America and the rest of the world.

b) By train:

Spain’s railway system, the Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles (RENFE: operates the vast majority of Spain’s railways.

2. Public transportation

Urban Buses:

3. Accomodation

In addition to numerous hotels in the city below are listed some websites that can be of help for searching lodging in Madrid:

The Residencia CSIC accommodation site for scholars, artists and professionals:
Apartments, flats, rooms and studios for rental:
Apartments, flats, rooms and studios for rental (short term):
Apartments, flats and studios for rental (short term):
Short-term and mid-term apartments for rent:
Student housing:
Student housing:
Cheap apartments:
Rent student accommodation:
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid accomodations:
Colegio Luis Vives:
Residencia ERASMO (Cantoblanco):
Colegio Mayor Santillana:
Colegio Mayor Somosierra:

4. How to get to CSIC

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution devoted to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Its mission is to foster, coordinate, develop and promote scientific and technological multidisciplinary research, in order to contribute to the advance of knowledge and to provide economic, social and cultural development, as well as staff training and advice to public and private entities.

The Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas “Alberto Sols” (IIBM), a joint center from the “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). It is located in the UAM School of Medicine campus:

5. Contact person

For further information please get in touch with
Ms. Lourdes Rodríguez de la Rosa
Telephone: +34 915 854 421

6. Other useful information

Turist information:
Emergencies telephone: 112
Road Conditions tel.: (+34) 900 123 505
All-day Pharmacies Tel.: 098

Communauté des Chercheurs Français en Espagne:

Movilidad Internacional, Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social del Gobierno de España: