By ALEIX GWILLIAM
Madrid is preparing for yet another Olympic bid, the 2020 Olympic Games. This is the third consecutive year the Spanish capital is a candidate to host the summer games, after their previous failed bids, which some consider unfair. Should they have had the games? Will they get them this time around?
The next Olympic Games host will be announced in September 2013. At the moment, the candidates are Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid. Madrid is hoping for a third time lucky experience, after their failed bids for the 2012 games, which went to London, and 2016, which went to Rio de Janeiro. However, many argue that Madrid should have gotten chosen as an Olympic city, since it had all the right attributes to host them. Are they right? Renting Madrid apartments and see the city on location give us the answer to that question.
The Spanish capital is a modern city, with an efficient public transport system, widespread Metro services that can get to any point in the city, and an extensive bus service. Thanks to its extremely rich cultural and historical heritage, its museums (such as the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía) and its emblematic buildings and constructions, such as the famous leaning KIO Towers or the Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid is familiar with tourism. So it’s perfectly adapted to receiving large amounts of people in just a few months.
The city also has a great sports infrastructure, with two football stadiums and one on its way, along with venues that stage sports events and large concerts, like the Caja Mágica or Madrid Arena. Also, the river Manzanares runs through the city, which would allow for the Olympic water sports to take place in the city itself, sports and activities that can also be carried out by tourists who are visiting the city.
In terms of security, an important factor in choosing an Olympic city, Madrid is one of the safest cities in Europe, and you won’t feel uneasy walking around the streets by yourself in the early hours of the morning. Since Madrid has a vibrant nightlife, most clubs close at 6 am, and people are getting home at that time, so streets won’t be completely empty at those times.
In recent years, Spain has gone through an economic recession, which has affected all the population and its services. Now is the best time to go to Spain and to its capital Madrid, because the prices will be lower than in previous years and the city is interested in maintaining its status as one of the most popular destinations in Europe. The people of Madrid are fully behind the Olympic candidacy. The number of voluntary workers for the Olympics rose to 25,000. This shows the willingness of the people to welcome visitors from all over the world.
Rent apartments in Madrid and visit this city which might win the race to be the Olympic city of 2020. Whether it’s for culture, history, food or modern infrastructures, Madrid is a great candidate. Consider visiting a few months before the announcement to see everything that’s going on!
Aleix Gwilliam is a 24-year-old from Barcelona who looks English but thinks like a Catalan. He enjoys travelling, especially on old Czech trains, and trying to start conversations in Hungarian with people at Pecs station, even though his Hungarian is as good as his Bulgarian, in other words, not very good. He’s a trier.