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Madona is a small residential town in the center of eastern Latvia (in eastern part of Vidzeme region), home for approximately 9000 residents, is centre of culture, education, trade, sports, medicine in the [[Madonas novads]] region.
The name “Madona” , often confused with “Madonna” comes possibly from lake Madona or the way medieval Germans called the palace of Birži - Madohn. Birži was the official name of the inhabited area before. The name of the town has absolutely nothing to do with the famous singer.
In late spring/summer/early autumn probably the best way to get around is bicycle. Do not leave your bike unlocked on the street as bicycle thefts are not uncommon.
=== In winter ===
* Cross country skiing and biathlon at Smecere's Sport Complex, just outside the town [[Image:Smecere houses.jpg|thumb|
* Skiing and snowboarding
* Ice hockey
=== In summer ===
* Beach volleyball - on the beach of Madona lake, two equipped fields are available, often competitions take place there
* Rollerskating - on asphalted tracks over small hills and through forests, starts at Smecere's Sport Complex
* BMX track - at Smecere's Sport Complex, one of the most challenging BMX tracks in Latvia
* Off-road driving