Better known for its rich culture, artistic innovations, and sizzling nightlife, this Spanish city is a feast for the senses. A holiday in Madrid remains incomplete without a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu, home of Real Madrid - the local football club. Tour the Museo del Prado (Prado Museum), Museo Taurino (Bullfighting Museum), the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre, CaixaForum , Museo de América (the Museum of America), and Museo Arqueológico Nacional (the National Archaeology Museum), that showcase Spanish art, archaeological objects, exquisite masterpieces, and many other fascinating items. While in the world capital of flamenco, pop into a flamenco club to enjoy flamenco—the flawless trifecta of toca (guitar), canta (song), and baila (dance). The brave-hearted can head to the Las Ventas bullring to witness the enervating Spanish bullfighting. Furthermore, with its arthouse cinema, stunning rooftop bars, exceptional eateries, unusual market in a museum, a hidden spa, and bilingual pub quiz, the frenetic Spanish capital truly is a cornucopia of delights.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Madrid
Where to shop
Madrid is characterized by an array of mind-boggling independent shops, smart boutiques, and local markets alongside the splendid chain stores that thrills all kinds of shoppers. If you want to try all things luxurious, head to Salamanca District, particularly in the streets of Claudio Coello, Serrano, Lagasca, Goya, and Ortega y Gasset. Gran Via is probably the most famous street in Madrid – it’s home to renowned brands like Mango, Zara and H&M, and also houses many theaters and cinemas. For boutiques endorsing a funky collection, explore Calle Fuencarral, to north of the Gran Vía. To shop for traditional espadrilles, Spanish gourmet foods, and capes, head to the streets around Calle Toledo, behind Plaza Mayor. Budget-conscious travelers can look for cheap antiques at Ribera de Curtidores, near La Latina metro, and El Rastro, flea markets held on Sundays. Other popular shopping areas are Chueca, Las Rozas Village, Fuencarral, and Princesa.
What to Eat
The Spanish gastronomic landscape is as diverse and colorful, with increasing number of restaurants and bars to please even the fastidious foodies.Some of the must-haves in Madrid are Croquetas (fried breadcrumbs with minced meat or fish), Bocadillo de alamares, (fried squid sandwich),Tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette), Morcilla (blood sausage), Paella (traditional Spanish food cooked in a large pan), Ajo blanco (almond soup), Galician octopus, Patatas Bravas (white potatoes fried in oil), Huevos rotos (broken eggs), and Jamón ibérico (a type of cured ham).If you want to indulge in Spanish desserts, try Mantecados (traditional Spanish crumble cakes), Churros (fried-dough pastry), Flan (vanilla, egg custard with caramel sauce), and Turrón (Spanish almond candy).
A Few Spanish Words
• Thank You:
• Where is the toilet? :
Dónde está el baño?
• Where can I find a taxi? :
Dónde puedo encontrar un taxi?
• How much does it cost? :
• The bill:
• Excuse me:
Dos and Don’ts
• Beware of pickpockets. Take care of your belongings, especially in public areas.
• Refrain from drinking on the streets - it is against the law.
• It is considered strange in Spanish culture to tip. You may round up the bill to the next euro.
• Greeting the locals is customary. A simple ‘Buenas’ (good day), and ‘hasta luego’ (see you later) will do.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 112
• 24-hour Chemist: 098
• Fire: 080/085
• Police: 091/092
• Ambulance: 061
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Madrid?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Madrid is Ryanair.
• What is the time zone used in Spain?
The time zone of Spain is GMT+1.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Madrid?
From Berlin to Madrid, the most popular airlines are British Airways
, EasyJet, and Norwegian Air International.
• What is the shortest time for a London to Madrid flight?
The shortest time for a direct Berlin to Madrid flight is around 2 hours 20 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Madrid?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Madrid are Prado Museum, Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Buen Retiro Park.
• What is the currency of Spain?
The currency of Spain is Euro.
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