Madrid boasts one of the most extensive calendars of concerts, sports events and exhibitions in the world. Take a look at a selection of the most important events programmed for 2014, which we have drawn up for you at esMADRID.com.
Fernando Alonso (till 4 May @ the Canal Art Centre): this exhibition revolving around the famous Spanish Formula 1 driver comprises single-seaters, trophies and personal items linked to his career.
Terracotta Army. Warriors of Xi'an (till 20 April @ Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa): this international touring exhibition brings one of history's most important archaeological discoveries to Madrid.
Cézanne (4 February to 18 May @ Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): a monographic exhibition of the French post-impressionist, considered the father of modern art.
Picasso in the Workshop (12 February to 11 May @ Fundación MAPFRE. Sala Recoletos): this exhibition allows us to appreciate Picasso's different approaches to the subject of the workshop over time, along with his stylistic evolution.
Pop Art Myths(10 June to 14 September @ Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): this exhibition features more than seventy works from the much-loved Pop Art movement, offering a fresh perspective on the style.
El Greco and Modern Painting (24 June to 5 October @ Prado Museum): part of the celebrations commemorating the fourth centenary of the Cretan artist's death, the exhibition illustrates his influence on 19th and 20th Century artists such as Manet and Cézanne.
The Lumineers (9 July @ La Riviera): the band will be in Madrid performing the songs that shot them to fame, including Stubborn Love and Ho Hey.
One Direction(10 and 11 July @ Vicente Calderon Stadium): the British boy band will to Madrid to offer what will undoubtedly be another great show.
Antony & the Johnsons(18, 19 and 20 July @ the Teatro Real opera house): the group led by Antony Hegarty will be performing their best songs in the Teatro Real.
Rock’n’Roll Madrid Marathon & ½ (27 April): the 37th Madrid marathon follows a new course with an easier final stretch, and a route that passes by all the city's main tourist attractions.
Mutua Madrid Open 2014(2 to 11 May @ Caja Mágica): for twelve years the tournament has broken spectator records and attracted the world's best players, and is still growing.
Basketball World Cup (6 to 14 September @ Sports Palace): Madrid will host the final stages of the tournament.
San Silvestre Vallecana (31 December): the city bids farewell to the year with this 10 km fun run which attracts mass participation.
The Lion King (Teatro Lope de Vega): over 65 million people have already watched this musical version of the Disney classic set in the stunning fauna of Africa that was born in Broadway and is now being staged exclusively in Madrid in Spanish.
Le Corsaire (24 to 27 April @ Teatros del Canal): under the artistic direction of the Spanish dancer and choreographer Tamara Rojo, the English National Ballet brings us this love story between the pirate Conrad and the beautiful Medora.
Madrid en Danza Festival (3 to 23 November. Numerous venues): for three weeks each year Madrid becomes the focus of the international world of dance. The festival features a programme of stunning performances from Spanish and international dance companies.
Easter (13 to 20 April): from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to the city to watch the processions as they weave their way through the streets of Madrid.
San Isidro (May): the festivities to celebrate the city's patron saint include a packed cultural programme. It is also held at the same time as the world's biggest bullfighting festival.
Gay Pride (2 to 6 July): each year the hugely popular Gay Pride festivities in Madrid bring locals and tourists together in what has become one of the world's most emblematic gay pride celebrations.
Christmas(December and January): Madrid boasts many festivities that brighten its streets and attract people from all over the world, but few spread to so many areas of the city as the run-up to Christmas.