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.
PHotoEspaña (4 June to 27 July @ Various locations): the International Photography and Visual Arts Festival offers a wide variety of exhibitions this summer which will make Madrid the Mecca for lovers of this activity.
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.
Richard Hamilton(from 27 June to 13 October @ Reina Sofía Museum): the most complete retrospective to date from the London artist - one of the pioneers of Pop Art, with over 250 paintings, photographs, drawings and etchings that show his interest in mass culture and graphic design.
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.
DCDE Festival 2014(13 September @ UCM Ciudad Universitaria Campus): independent music festival where you can enjoy big names in national and international pop & rock.
Elton John (1 November @ Sports Palace): the English performer presents the songs from his latest album The Diving Board (2013) on his world tour
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.
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.
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.
Madrid Games Week (16 to 19 October @ Feria de Madrid): great fair for video games by such companies as Bandai Namco Games Ibérica, GAME, Microsoft Ibérica, Nintendo Ibérica and Sony Computer Entertainment, amongst others.