ISHA 2019 will be held at the Meliá Castilla, Calle del Poeta Joan Maragall, 43, in Madrid. The Meliá Castilla has more than 7,000 m2 of meeting space in its convention centre, complemented by 915 rooms to accommodate up to 1,830 guests, and is one of the largest hotels in Europe. Located next to the Paseo de la Castellana, the Real Madrid football stadium, and the Golden Mile, it is in a prime position for anyone visiting the city.
Madrid is an enchanting city full of energy, art, history, and life. Madrid’s art scene is exemplary and many art lovers return again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. There are three big name galleries – the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – but also many smaller ones to explore.
Spain’s long architectural history provides a glorious backdrop to city life. From medieval mansions and royal palaces to the innovative angles of Spanish contemporary architecture; from the sober brickwork and slate spires of Madrid baroque to the extravagant confections of the belle époque. Architecturally, Madrid is a city of astonishing beauty.
Madrid is also a beacon for gastronomes. Having transcended the humble claims of its local cuisine, Madrid has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe. The city epitomises Spain’s gastronomic revolution which, pioneering as it is, is wedded to a passion for the enduring traditions of Spanish cooking. From tapas in sleek temples to sit-down meals beneath centuries-old vaulted ceilings, eating in Madrid is a genuine pleasure.
For the nighthawk Madrid’s night-scene is a perfect complement to the more sedate charms of fine arts and fine dining. The city may have more bars than any other city on earth – a collection of storied cocktail bars and nightclubs that combine a hint of glamour with non-stop action. All you need do is step out into the night-time streets of many barrios to find yourself swept along on a tide of people, accompanied by a happy crowd intent on dancing until dawn.