A common saying in Madrid is, ‘If you’re in Madrid, you’re from Madrid.’ Such is the nature of possibly the most vibrant and exciting city in Europe, Madrid. The city does accept you with open arms and shows you how to live life! Madrid is pulsating and artistic, calm and vivacious, extravagant yet simple. The best time to plan your travel would be in the months of May and October. Madrid’s modern metro is a fast and efficient way to travel locally when in the city. Of course, walking is also a good option, so make sure you bring a sturdy pair of shoes.
Useful tips for tourists flying to Madrid
Where to shop
Madrid continues to boast of independent shops, in addition to big chain stores, which help retain charm and authenticity to your shopping experience. Check out the shops in the Salamanca district, while on Sundays you can spend some leisurely time wandering the sprawling flea markets around Ribera de Curtidores. Shopping in Madrid caters to all budgets and tastes, and can be a lot of fun – so be sure to bring plenty of shopping bags and foreign exchange with you when you go!
What to eat
When in Spain, think paella. Of course, that very much holds true, but some other must-try local cuisine includes the cocidomadrileno (a simmering stew), the delicious huevosrotos, and the city’s most famous sandwich, the bocadillo de calamares, or fried squid sandwich.Pincho de tortilla or Spanish omelette is one of the most typical foods in Madrid. For those with a sweet tooth, you should not miss out on the churros con chocolate, or the thicker, richer porras.
The local language
Spanish is the official language of Madrid. Castilian Spanish, a standardised type of Spanish, is widely spoken in Madrid. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in the relevant areas. Of course, with tourism being widespread, English is also understood and spoken, so getting around is not difficult.
Here are some phrases that should help you understand the local lingo in Madrid:
• Gracias – Thank you
• Perdon – Excuse me
• Por favor – Please
• Hola – Hello
• Buenos dias/ tardes/ noches – Good morning/ afternoon/ evening
• Adios – Goodbye
Dos and Don’ts
• Do not rush! Holidaying in Madrid is a relaxed experience, with even meal times being pushed back.
• Do not get involved in discussions regarding regionalism.
• Do keep close eye on your personal belongings; do not leave them unattended.
• Tipping is not customary in Madrid; the standard thing to do is round up the bill or fare to the nearest Euro.
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: 112 (Emergency Services)
• 24-hour Chemist: Farmacia Lopez Laguna, Farmacia 24h Goya 89, and FarmaciaAstura 24h
• Fire: 080/ 085
• Police: 091
• Ambulance: 91 473 93 61 (Red Cross)
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Madrid from Toronto?
offering cheap air tickets to Madrid from Toronto is Brussels Airlines
Q. What is the time zone used in Madrid?
The time zone of Milan is UTC/GMT + 1 hour. The time zone abbreviation used is CETZ (or Central European Time Zone).
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Madrid?
From Toronto to Madrid, the most popular airlines are Lufthansa
, Brussels Airlines and Air Canada
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Madrid flight?
The shortest time for a direct Toronto to Madrid flight
is around 7 hours 10 minutes.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Madrid?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations include the Palacio Real, Plaza Mayor, Prado Museum, Retiro Park, Gran Via and Puerta del Sol. The Temple of Debod is also a unique and interesting sight.
Q. What is the currency of Madrid?
The currency of Madrid is the Euro (EUR).
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