Cannabis Europa is delighted to host our sixth conference in Spain’s economic and political capital, Madrid, a city steeped in a culture of science, progress and revolution.

Madrid’s origins can be traced back to the end of the 4th Century. Founded by the emir Muhammed, it was under the Arab’s rule that Madrid gained notoriety over Spain’s most important city of the time, Toledo. During the reconquest of Spain by the Christians, Madrid passed through many hands which lead to the rich tapestry of cultures which characterises the city today. 

Economically, politically, culturally and geographically, Madrid is the centre of Spain. Hosting the headquarters of 90% of all large companies operating in Spain, this iconic capital city is the third-largest city with the third-largest GDP in the European Union, playing a pivotal role in the region as a political and economic powerhouse.

When travelling to Madrid, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding which museums, landmarks and tapas restaurants to visit. To make your choice a little easier, we’ve listed some of our favourite things to see, do and eat. 


Sabatini Gardens

Found in the former location of the Royal Palace’s stables, this park is a wonderful place from which to watch the sun set.

Cerralbo Museum

The former home of the Marquis of Cerralbo, this regal old mansion next to Plaza de España is a wonderful display of 19th-century opulence.

Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes

A little-known but stunning Baroque church whose interior is decorated entirely with striking watercolour frescoes.


Casa Labra

(Calle de Tetuán, 12): Just off Puerta del Sol, Casa Labra has been a resilient part of Madrid since 1860. Classics here include soldaditos de pavía (battered cod pieces) and croquettes.

Taberna de la Dolores

(Plaza de Jesús, 4): Many would argue that this bar offers the best draft beer in Madrid with a banderilla or gilda – a mini skewer of pickled foods: olive, spring onion, anchovy and chilli pepper.


(Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8): A classic in the local culinary scene, Llhardy has been serving sophisticated tapas for more than 170 years. Its croquettes and puff pastries stuffed with foie gras are perfect matches to its well-known broth.


By far, the Metro is the fastest, most efficient and reliable way of getting around Madrid. Equally, the Metro is the most practical and economical option to move from the airport to the center and vice versa.

If you’re more inclined to stay above ground, Madrid has over 200 bus lines. Most of the city’s main roads have a bus and taxi lane to ensure the free flow of transport through the busier parts of the capital. 

Alternatively, you can explore Madrid at your own pace by foot or bike. There are a number of places where you can hire bikes, especially around parks and near major tourist attractions.