The capital of Spain started as a Roman settlement called “Matrice” around 200 BC. With three million inhabitants, it is now the third largest city in the EU after Paris and London. The relatively unimportant city was chosen as the capital by the Spanish kings because of its central location on the Iberian Peninsula. Madrid did not actually become an economic and cultural center of Spain until the 19th and 20th centuries. Consequently, the city's medieval architectural landscape is far outdone by such ancient cities as Toledo, Seville and Granada. No city can compete with Madrid, however, when it comes to nightlife: the multitude of bars, bodegas and restaurants are impossible to overlook.
The sun-filled Outback spreads from the southern border of Queensland to Cape York, the northernmost point on the Australian continent. But the Outback is far more than a huge swath of land. It?s a way of life.
Go exploring in the Outback, a region truly shaped by its long history. Cave paintings and artefacts of the indigenous peoples, ancient fossils and ceremonial sites bear witness to a long history. To experience the Outback at it?s best, visit the area around the former gold-bust town Charters Towers near Townsville: fantastic sunsets, lava caves, and huge herds of animals.
Stop in at one of the Outback pubs and experience a real Australian up close. A typically talkative local is sure to strike up a conversation about the quality of the beer, about his life in the outback or simply about whatever crosses his mind. In Walkabout Creek, your new “Aussie” friend will have an even better story to tell: He will proudly point out that you are standing on one of the legendary locations familiar with the film “Crocodile Dundee”.