Mega travel guide of madrid: restaurants, leisure, weather and ¡all the best plans of the capital city!

23 August, 2016
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If you have already decided to travel to Madrid, we guess you have some questions before your trip. What to do in Madrid, the best plans of Madrid, where to eat, where are the best discos in the city, the weather in Madrid or all the practical information before doing the trip.

All these questions will be answered in this mega travel guide of Madrid, where is detailed all you need to know to do in Madrid, from small tourism data, through its history, culture and all the essentials to make your trip to Spain as complete and fun as possible. Are you ready? Your trip starts here. Welcome to Madrid!

1. Preparing the trip … What do I need to know before visiting Madrid
Passport / visa
Vaccines needed to travel to Madrid
What currency is in Madrid?
Power adapter
Security in Madrid
Travel medical insurance
Travelling with dog to Madrid
Transport in Madrid
2.When traveling to Madrid? Know the best time to visit the city.
The weather in Madrid, how about its climate?
What is the best time to travel to Madrid?
Trusted web sites where checking the weather in Madrid
How to get to Madrid? Transportation to the city: airlines, trains and highways.
Airlines flying to Madrid.
Traveling by train to Madrid
Road Networks to Madrid.4. Practical information about Madrid. Useful information that will help you during your trip to the city.
Language: words or sentences that will save your life in Madrid.
Timetables: subway, museums, restaurants …
What things to see in Madrid? Everything to visit during your trip.
Museums
Monuments in the city center.
What to see on the outskirts of Madrid
Madrid with children: natural parks, theme parks …
Typical gastronomy: what to eat in Madrid to leave the city with a delicious aftertaste
Where to eat in Madrid?
Michelin-starred restaurants
Japanese restaurants
American restaurants
What to do in Madrid? Free alternative plans in the capital
Theater
Gourmet markets
Popular festivities in Madrid
Leisure in Madrid: Discos and pubs.

1. Preparing for the trip … What do  I need to know before traveling to Madrid

pasaportePassport / Visa

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To enter Spain you will need a valid travel document, a passport or a visa.

Citizens who can enter Spain with a passport or national identity card

If you are a citizen from any of the nations forming the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtensein, you just need the national identity card or a valid passport.

If you don’t belong to any of the above mentioned, you will need at least your passport.

The identification documents presented for entry must be valid for at least three months. That is, if your trip to Madrid is expected to be in October 2020, your passport can’t expire before January 2021. You couldn’t enter Spain with a passport that expires in November 2020 in that case.

Do citizens of what countries need a current and valid visa?

If you are in the list of third-country nationals included in this directory, you will need a visa. Unless you are in possession of a residence permit or long-stay visa issued by a Member State.

If your country is not in this list, the passport is enough for stays of less than 90 days.

Broadly speaking, these are the requirements for entry into Spain, but If you are in the list of third-country nationals included in this directory detailing all the alleged cases in which you can find yourself.

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viaje madrid jeringuillaVaccines needed to travel to Madrid

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As with any journey, it is advisable to receive the tetanus immunization, specially if you are going to do any outdoor activity, but no special vaccine is required for the entry.

But, in your entry into the country, you can be subjected to a routine check to prove you are not suffering any quarantinable disease in accordance with the International Health Regulations (IHR).

However, please consult with the International Vaccination Centre of your country if you require any additional information.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has detailed information on this issue. Take a look!

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euro monedaIn which currency do you pay in Madrid?

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Spain’s official currency is the Euro that you can bring from your country or change in the Spanish banks, hotels, airport….

Banknotes in circulation in Spain are 5 €, 10 €, 50 €, 100 € and 200 €. As for the coins you can find up to 8 different ones: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros.

Is it possible to pay by card on the establishments?

Most of them accept payment by card, both bars and restaurants, shops …

How much money do I have to take for my trip to Madrid?

This question is pretty hard to answer. It depends on how much have you paid before your trip and, most importantly, what kind of places you are going to visit.

The center of Madrid and, above all, the main tourist areas are much more expensive than the shops and restaurants on the periphery or not located in the nerve center of the tourist attractions. So have a beer in Madrid may range from 2 to 5 euros.

The average price on a mid-range restaurant can be about 25 euros per person, but for sure you will find plenty of cheap restaurants in Madrid if you know how to get around the city.  Or much more expensive if you want to get top billing.

Speaking in European terms, Madrid is not a city too expensive for the overall average.

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viaje madrid iconoDo I need a power adapter on my trip to Madrid?

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In Spain we have the nice plug with two round sticks, which is classified in F-Type. If in your country you use the C-Type or E-Type, a power adapter is not needed since the holes to insert the plug are the same as those used at any city in the country.

Voltage to plug electrical devices in Madrid

You probably decide, before travelling to Madrid, to carry a lot of electrical devices such as hair dryers, straighteners or curling tongs, shaver, phone charger, charger for the portable computer, camera … in your suitcase. Before closing it, check if your equipment have a voltage between 220V and 240V, otherwise you will need a power converter.

Some of the countries that use the same electrical voltage that Spain are the UK, Australia and most of Asia and Africa.

However if you are American and you are travelling to Madrid, you need to buy a power converter because you will use a voltage between 100-127V. The same will happen to you if you are from Canada or most countries in South America. You should check the label of your electrical device if INPUT is marked 100-240V specifying it is a universal device, that is, you can use it safely during your trip to Madrid.

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ladron iconoIs Madrid a safe city to visit?

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You can travel to Madrid with all the peacefully because it is a safe city. Spain is a safe destination, but you need to pay attention in the big tourist attractions from big cities.

As at any world’s tourist point, thugs take advantage of the confusion of tourists to play their usual tricks. So be careful when you take a photo in front of Puerta del Sol because pickpockets are waiting for you.

A personal advice would be to have always your possessions in sight, because nobody wants to be upset by not finding the purse when paying some cool beers in Plaza Mayor. So any worries is okay!

In any case, Madrid is a very safe city with police taking care of your security. You can feel free from danger walking to any place both day and night. Just come to Madrid to enjoy!

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viaje madrid medicoIs there need to hire a medical insurance before my trip to Madrid?

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To travel to any country it is recommended have a health insurance to avoid any problems of health care during your stay in Madrid. Travelling with an insurance is the best way to travel!

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huella viaje madridTravelling to Madrid with dog

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If you are someone who travels with your pet you need to know that some requests can be asked when entering the country.

Pets requirements to enter Madrid

The important thing is that the pet is travelling accompanied by their owner or an authorised representative. Don’t forget all the identification documents of your pet, or the entrance will be forbidden. Also, a Spanish health certificate attesting your pet is properly vaccinated and is not suffering from any disease must be presented.

Are you travelling with a puppy dog, cat or ferret?

Make sure your pet is more than three months and is up-to-date on the rabies vaccine; if not, your animal  won’t enter to Madrid.

If you are traveling with a bird or other animal species, take a look at the official website of the Govenrment of Spain

Traveling with dog in Madrid’s Metro

In 2016 the dog’s entry in Madrid’s metro was approved. So if you are travelling to Madrid with dog you are in luck! You can access to the underground without any problem.

Just don’t expect to do the same thing on trains and buses because it still has not been approved.

Regarding the access to shops and restaurants, it depends on each one, but usually pets have to remain outside and, if you are going out to eat with your dog, the best places will be the terraces.

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transporte publico madridPublic transportation in Madrid

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Not because we are from Madrid but public transport is one of the best in the world, especially its Metro network. You can get to any point of interest in the city in a few minutes. It will shock you how big the suburban of the capital city is.

The city is well connected by metro, bus, train, commuter train and taxi.

Madrid Metro

It is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to travel inside the city.  If you are coming to Madrid, you will find both the train station and the airport or any other places of the city is well connected by metro. Any place you visit during your trip in Madrid certainly you will find a close metro stop to it.

The regular timetable of Madrid Metro is from 6 am to 1:30 am every day of the year. If you want to know the detailed schedule of each subway line use the link below.

How much is the ticket of Madrid Metro?

Single tickets range from 1.50 euros to 3 euros (those who combine a trip).

10-trips card (“Metrobus”) that you can use on the metro lines and city buses of downtown.

Keep in mind that, if you are traveling to or from the airport, the Madrid Metro has a extra supplement of 3 euros.

To know all the information about the prices of Madrid Metro tickets, click here.

Tourist Card: It is the cheapest way to travel if you visit Madrid. You can use all public transportation in Madrid, with unlimited trips, depending on the number of days purchased. Once you buy it, you will have to choose between 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 calendar days and its price varies between 8.40 € and 70.80 €.

Madrid city bus

Almost 2000 blue buses run through the center of Madrid, reaching every neighborhood and area, quite often at peak times to get to 4000 kilometers a day. This means that, at each stop, you can get on a bus without almost waiting.

It is true that Madrid gets lots of traffic jams when we all go to work and come back home, but city buses avoid them as much as possible thanks to a special lane for them.

If you want to see all bus lines and stops, go to EMT website where you can take your own virtual tour.

Commuter train – “Cercanias” train -, know Madrid with RENFE

Madrid is also well connected by rail. So maybe you will save time on longer journeys if you use the commuter train service of the Community of Madrid. On this website you can check all the stations and time ranges so you head out the station and not have to wait too long.

How much is the commuter train ticket in Madrid?

It is not possible to use the 10-trips card (Metrobus) for the commuter service. It has a separate price. But you can get on the commuter train with your Tourist Card.

Prices of single tickets varies depending on the area covered by your trip, from 1.70 € the cheapest to 8.70 €, the most expensive.

Madrid Taxi

Another option to go around Madrid is getting into a taxi. The price is in the EU average, so it is not one of the cheapest options to visit Madrid. But it is, for sure, a quick and safe service. You don’t have to worry about taking a taxi in Madrid.

You can find plenty of taxi stands throughout the city. If you don’t find them, don’t worry! A lot of taxis passing by you at any time will surprise you.

If you want to book a taxi in Madrid for a specific time, you can call to the following number: 913 712 131 or also order it in many mobile apps from your Appstore or GooglePlay. One of them is called MyTaxi.

Taxis in Madrid are white with a red stripe on the front doors.

Madrid taxis rates are from 1.05 euros per kilometer at its cheapest time slot and 1.20 euros per kilometer the most expensive one, with a starting price for service of 2.40 € and 2.90 € respectively.

How much is a taxi to Madrid’s airport?

The taxi to Madrid airport has a fixed rate, regardless of the point of the city where you are. The taxi fare to Madrid airport is 30 euros.

As for the fare from the airport to Madrid would be 20 euros for distances of less than 10 kilometers. Once that distance is in excess, the taximeter will count according to the established rates.

See Madrid by bike

The Madrid City Council has made available to all citizens and visitors a service of electric bicycles with which you can cross all the streets of Madrid effortlessly.
The city of Madrid has many interesting places to see and a pretty nice weather to enjoy doing the bike ride. Also, the city does not have rugged areas so it is not so difficult to cross.

Don’t be wrong! To access some monuments of Madrid you will have to do some exercise, so electric bikes will be more comfortable for you.

The price of renting a bike in Madrid is 2 € the first hour and the second hour is 4 €. If you want to know the whole price list and the points where you will find a bicycle, use the following link.

Driving around Madrid, is it a good idea to see everything in the city?

Madrid is not exactly an easy city to drive. There are a lot of cars everyday and you just have to be patient. But if you are someone who enjoy the privacy of a vehicle, play your favourite music in the car to not letting yourself get too stressed out at rush hour.

If you decide to drive your own car or a rental one in Madrid, you should know that …

Parking in the city center of Madrid is not free, parking fees on the street are marked by the   S. E. R. (Regulated Parking Service).

Which are the fares of blue and green parking zones in Madrid?

If you want to park your car in the center of Madrid you should know from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 9 pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm, there is an extra cost.

There are different areas to park in Madrid, with different standards applied to each one, as well as different prices.

Green zone

It is the residential area. Those who have their card describing they live in the area, they can park no time or schedule limits. But for you, tourist of Madrid, this option is not really interesting, you just want to leave the car to take a walk while enjoying your plans in Madrid.

If you are discovering any of the tourist points of Madrid and then you decide to move back to the car in this zone, you should know that:

You can park your car for a maximum of 2 hours and, then, you must leave the green zone.
The minimum price is 2,05 € per hour.

Blue Zone

The defined area with blue lines allows you to leave your car longer, without spending a lot of money while discovering what to do in Madrid today.

The maximum time you can leave your car parked in the blue zone is 4 hours. Therefore, you must change the parking zone of your car.
The price of this S.E.R. zone is from 1.10 €/ hour.

Long-term parking zone

There are too few in Madrid,  but if you find one available, you can leave your car as long as you want, at a fairly reasonable price. If you have any question, take a look to the official S.E.R website!

Which mobile payment apps are working in Madrid?

In order to avoid going to the payment machines, you can download the following apps working for car parking in Madrid:  e-park, EYSAMobile, Telpark that can be also used for all regulated parking zones in Madrid.

Car2Go

This is a new option if you want to move around Madrid, regardless of public transportation. These are small cars parked throughout the city. You can use them by prior data registration and a mobile app.

When you see a Car2Go, you just open the car with your mobile, drive the car around the city and park it anywhere you want (if possible) without paying the regulated parking. A new way to rent a car for slots!

Do you want to know more about this new system?


2. When to go to Madrid? Know the best time to visit the city.

clima madridThe weather in Madrid, how about its climate?

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We can’t say Madrid is a city of extreme temperatures, but there is a great difference in temperature between winter and summer. In July and August (when the city is emptier) climb to 40 degrees, but if you are lucky, at night is cooler.  In winter, temperatures may drop to 0 degrees at night, but during the day the temperature in Madrid is usually around 8-10 degrees.

Does it snow in Madrid?

Yes, but not much. For its altitude and temperatures, Madrid is one of the candidates to receive snow in winter, but absence of clouds is a top throughout the year.

Snow may appear some years but it is not a constant or a problem in the city center of Madrid.

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tiempo en madridWhen is the best time to visit Madrid?

clima en madrid

There is no a definitive answer to that, maybe because of the mild temperatures, the best times are spring and autumn. In fact, if have to be decided for any of them, we would say the months of May, June and September, October. That is on basis on the time and temperatures, but there are other reasons why you probably want to visit Madrid during certain times of year.

Travelling to Madrid in winter

It is one of the most requested seasons for national tourists. The December bank holiday is the perfect time to visit the Christmas markets of the capital, traveling with children and take them to see Cortylandia or buying Christmas gifts in some shops of Madrid.

Visiting Madrid at Christmas is a great idea since the city is decorated with many lights and the Christmas spirit fills its streets. It is for sure a great time to see the city in a different way and with greater added value.

Winter in Madrid goes from 21st December until 21st March.

Travelling to Madrid in summer

Despite the heat in Madrid during July and August, if you are travelling to the city at these months, you will see Madrid without people in the streets and restaurants. It is the time when all city residents come back to their countries or go to the beach to enjoy the holidays. The streets are emptier and you can take a walk out and feel safe.

If you don’t want to get loaded in the city, summer is the best time to visit it.  Discover Madrid in summer from 21st June to 21st September!

Travelling to Madrid in spring

Spring in Madrid is one of the best moments for sightseeing in the city, if you are not allergic to pollen. Madrid has many trees and plants decorating its streets that clean the air at its corners. But that brings some consequences, especially if there is late rain in April.

Usually, winter is dry and the only rains in Madrid take place in the middle of spring (April showers bring May flowers) and make all plants bloom suddenly. But there is nothing an antihistamine can fix!

Spring is the best time to visit the capital. Everything turns green and temperatures are perfect: Soft during the day, around 20 degrees, and cooler at night.

Maybe this is the reason why many tourists decide to visit Madrid at these times, specially during the months of May and June, when Madrid is crowded with people.

Travelling to Madrid in autumn

Autumn: the great unknown! It is not one of the best seasons for travelling around Europe, but it is one of the best to visit Madrid. The summer heat has not left yet. Although it is a rainy season, in Madrid does not rain much.

Temperatures are very mild, and in September and early October, maybe they are higher than in spring. It is a great moment to walk around Retiro’s park to see deciduous leaves begin to fall and the yellow and red colour of the trees.

Autumn in Madrid goes from 21st September to 21st December.

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clima madridTrusted web sites where checking the weather in Madrid

tiempo en madrid

The weather forecast is just a prediction. Obviously, the further the day to visit Madrid is, less accurate the forecast is.

The official website of State Meteorology Agency is Aemet, where you can check the weather of any of the Spanish towns. To see the weather in Madrid, take a look to Eltiempo.es or even the iPhone weather app.

If you want to see the city live to check whether or not it rains, keep an eye to these cameras from the streets of Madrid. 


3. How to get to Madrid? Transportation to the city: airlines, trains and highways.

If you already know Madrid is going to be your destination, now you just have to take a look about the different ways to get to the city. Madrid is the capital of Spain and is located in the centre of the country, which concentrates most of transport. So if you are wondering how to travel to Madrid, we are going to tell you the main ways to come to the city by transport.

vuelo a madridCheap flights to Madrid

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If you intend to visit Madrid, make the most of your stay and spend as little as possible, you should look for cheap flights to the city a couple of months before your trip to Madrid. The city airport is called Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, and it is half an hour from the centre of Madrid by metro or a 20 minute taxi ride under normal traffic.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport is the leading one in Spain in terms of passenger traffic, so it is possible that there were flights that link to your home country. As usual, maybe to consider the cheapest option you have to make a stopover if you come from far away.

The airport has great connections of direct flights to Latin America, Europe, the United States and some countries in Asia, so probably you will find direct cheap flights to Madrid. You can keep an eye on the main flight search engines and decide how to get to Madrid.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport has four terminals. T1, T2 and T3 are part of the old terminal and the three are linked together, so if you come by subway to T2, you can get to the other by foot.  If your flight is leaving or arrives from the T4 you will have to take a free bus that connects the subway to the terminal operating flights from holding owned by Iberia (and other flight companies like British Airways).

Madrid airport is served by a large number of low-cost airlines, including Ryanair, EasyJet and Vueling. The most popular travel destinations with these flights companies are London, Berlin…

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tren a madridTravelling by train to Madrid

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Located in the center of the country, Madrid is a great place to arrive in a short time from the main Spanish cities. Thanks to the high-speed lines, you can go from Barcelona to Seville in just over two hours. Of course, if you want to get cheap train tickets to Madrid, you should buy the AVE ticket with a couple of months in advance if you don’t want to spend more than necessary. Remember you can buy in advance at RENFE a couple of months before the ticket’s use.

See all train offers to Madrid at the following link.

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viaje a madridRoad trip to Madrid

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We continue with another advantage of Madrid being the heart of the country: the main Spanish roads depart or arrive from/to Madrid. Not without reason, kilometer zero is located in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Don’t miss it!

If you are travelling by car to Madrid, it will be useful for you any GPS app like Google Maps or Waze to reach the capital or move around it. Remember it is a big city and it will be difficult to situate yourself at first. In addition, the apps will be great to avoid heavy traffic jams which are often formed in the city.

Main highways leading to Madrid:

Autovía del Norte A1 (Northern motorway A1)

If you are coming from the north, it is known as the Carretera de Burgos. You will drive through San Sebastián de los Reyes before you dive in the centre of Madrid.

Autovía del Nordeste A2 (Northeast motorway A2)

This is the highway connecting Madrid with Barcelona, and also with cities like Zaragoza.

Autovía del Este A3 (Eastern motorway A3)

One of those with more traffic on summer weekends: it is the highway leading to the Mediterranean coast. You must take this road to get to Madrid from Valencia, Alicante, Murcia… Towns as Arganda del Rey and Rivas Vaciamadrid are located at the entrance to the capital.

Autovía del Sur A4 (Southern motorway A4)

This highway is connecting Madrid with the southwestern part of Spain. If you want to come to Madrid from Cordoba, Granada, Jaen and Almeria it is the correct one.

Autovía del Suroeste (Southwest motorway A5)

Known as Carretera de Badajoz, it goes into Madrid from the southwestern part of the capital. If you are coming from Extremadura, Huelva and Sevilla it is the one you must take to get into the city center. Look and you will see the town of Mostoles when you are riding to the center.

Autovía del Noroeste (Northwest motorway A6)

The Carretera de A Coruña links Castilla León, Galicia and Asturias with the centre of the country. If you travel to Madrid from the Northwest you will access through this road. You can make a stop in the towns of Torrelodones or Collado Villalba before diving into the city center.


4. Practical information about Madrid. Useful information that will help you during your trip to the city.

Note the followings tips that will help you during your stay in Madrid and make you look like a real guru from your destination. Make people from Madrid feel proud with your wisdom! A basic language guide to enjoy the city and feel closer to its culture and people.

idioma viaje a madridLanguage: words or sentences that will save your life in Madrid

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In Madrid, Castilian or Spanish and many other languages are spoken. Because Madrid is a cosmopolitan city that welcomes a multitude of cultures. So during your trip to the capital you will find a lot of citizens, but not all of them were born in Madrid ?

But all people living in Madrid are equally hospitable and friendly. Because Madrid is full of good people who will make your stay easier, even if they don’t understand you. To facilitate the understanding, what better than learning some useful words to use in unnerving situations. When you want to know which places to visit in Madrid, how to get to any monument of the city, where to eat the best squid sandwich in Madrid, or find the best leisure in the capital, take a look at the following list:

¿Cuánto cuesta…? /How much is it?

¿Dónde está…? / Where is…?

Gracias / Thank You

Hola / Hello

Adiós / Bye

Por favor / Please

¿Me puede traer la cuenta por favor? / Could you bring me the bill/check?

But Madrid also has typical words from “madrí” city. Even you are fluent in Spanish, you are going to be really impressed. So let’s take a look so you can handle yourself in the city as a true “cat”.

Typical words from Madrid

Gato – person from Madrid, who was born in Madrid.

Mazo – a lot

Mola– I like it. So “mola mazo” is translated in English as “I like it a lot”.
Flipar– to freak out, to hallucinate “Me flipa el cine” is translated in English as “Cinema freaks me out”

Piba / Pibe– boy/girl.

Caña – “A glass of beer” / Botellín (20cl) – “A beer bottle” / Tercio (33cl) – “one-third beer” / Mini (750cl) – “Mini beer” / Litro (1l) – “A liter of beer” : Madrid is proud of its beer and there are different ways to ask for them. If you say “Ponme un tercio” there is no need to say the word “cerveza” or “beer” in English.  Everyone knows you are asking for the barley beer!

Canteo – It is used to express surprise or exaggeration. In Spanish we say “Nos han cobrado 5 euros por la cerveza, ¡menudo canteo!”, in English: 5 euros for a beer, that’s a bit stiff!

Cero coma – very fast. Although the exact decimal is not specified, this will be the answer when you ask someone:  “Cuanto tardo en llegar al museo del Prado?” in English: “How long does it take to arrive to the Prado Museum? They will say in Spanish: “Te pones ahí en cero coma” or in English: “In no time”.

Kely – home

Teky – taxi.

Patear – exploring different places on foot.

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horarios viaje a madridTimetables in Madrid

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One of the things you are going to like the most from Madrid is the timetable. Not only because there are a lot of sunshine hours that will make your day and allow you to photograph all the monuments in Madrid almost without a tripod, but also because you will feel free of stress going shopping or eating in a restaurant.

What time does the Madrid Metro close?

The Madrid Metro operates from 6:30 am until 1:30 am. An extensive schedule of opening that allows you to move around the city without problems. For the time without subway, Madrid offers a special night bus service (buses called “owls”) leaving from the Plaza de Cibeles. Check here the bus lines and timetables.

When do Spanish people have lunch?

You will not have a problem in finding a restaurant in the city center to have lunch at the time you prefer. Making plans in Madrid can make you very hungry at any time, so the city has a large restaurant service.

But if you want to get used to the lifestyle of Madrid people, you should know in Madrid people usually have lunch between 2 pm and 4 pm, much later than in the rest of Europe (and the world). Perhaps because of the sunshine, or whatever, but meals are usually eaten later. Of course, the restaurants which close the kitchen, they usually do it at 4 pm and perhaps you can sit down to eat from 1:30 pm.

It is a bit similar for having dinner, the dinner is usually eaten later.  Normal for Madrid citizens is to have dinner between 9 pm and 11 pm.

Which are the commercial opening times in Madrid?

Business hours in Madrid have been for life from 9 am or 10 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday. But now, with the freedom of trade and large chain stores, you can go shopping in Madrid any day of the week from 9 am to 10 pm. A complete madness!

Museums in Madrid

The museums of Madrid have each one a different timetable, so you can check all the opening times of the most important museums of the capital below.

Sunshine hours in Madrid

In summer the sun rises at 7 am and goes down at 10 pm. Over 13 hours of daylight!


5. What things to see in Madrid? Everything to visit during your trip.

Although we spent 400 years writing about this, we would never end. Because you will find a lot of places to see in Madrid, museums to visit, concerts, plays, parks, shops, theaters, monologues… And a long etcetera that assures the culture, nature and fun during your trip to Madrid.

But we will try to highlight the main essential ones. Places to see and enjoy in Madrid that you can’t miss.

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viaje a madrid museosMuseums in Madrid, a must-see no matter what

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Madrid has a wide selection of museums, which include several art galleries, famous all over the world. Three of the most important museums in the city are so close to each other that you can get from one to another on foot.

The Prado Museum

The Prado Museum in Madrid is one of the most important in the world and one of the most visited (ranked in 18th position).

In there you will find some of the most extensive collections:  Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, Titian and Bosch, among others.

What famous paintings are in the Prado Museum?

Las Meninas – “The Ladies-in-Waiting” by Velázquez

El Caballero de la Mano en el Pecho – “The Gentleman with His Hand at His Breast” by El Greco

Adán y Eva – “Adam and Eve” by Albrecht Dürer

Carlos V a caballo en Mühlberg – “Charles V at Mühlberg” by Titian

La Anunciación – “The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico

David contra Goliat – “David and Goliath” by Caravaggio

La Rendición de Breda –  “The Surrender of Breda” by Velazquez

Las Tres Gracias – The Three Graces by Rubens

La Inmaculada Concepción – “The Immaculate Conception” by Murillo

Judith en el Banquete de Holofernes – “Judith at the Banquet of Holofernes” by  Rembrandt

El tres de mayo de 1808 – “The Third of May 1808” by Goya

La maja vestida – “The Clothed Maja” by Goya

Saturno devorando a su hijo – “Saturn Devouring His Son” by Goya

La fragua de Vulcano – “Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan” by Velazquez

Address of the Prado Museum

It is located on the Paseo del Prado s/n and you can get there by Metro, after walking a few minutes from Atocha metro station (line 1) or Banco de España (line 2)

You can also get there by bus, taking lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45.

Opening times of the Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is open:

Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 7 pm.

Closing days:

1st January

1st May

25th December

Days with reduced opening hours:

6th January

24th and 31st December

From 10 am to 2 pm.

How much is the entrance to Prado Museum?

General admission to the Prado Museum is 16 €.

Free admission to the Prado Museum

You can visit for free the Prado Museum in the following hours.  If you are patient and don’t mind waiting in line, you can save money entering the following times:

Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Sundays and holidays from 5 pm to 7 pm.

More information about the Prado Museum

All information about the Museum can be found on the official website.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is another art gallery to visit in Madrid during your trip. It holds a collection of old and modern masters belonging to the Thyssen family. Its value lies in providing in the past new painting styles to Madrid as the 14th-15th-century Gothic or pop art.

What famous paintings are in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum?

Retrato de Giovanna Tornabuoni – “Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni” by Ghirlandaio

Les Vessenots – “View of Vessenots” by Van Gogh

Jesús entre los doctores – “Christ among the Doctors” by Dürer

Venus y Cupido – “Venus and Cupid” by Rubens

Retrato de Enrique VIII – “Portrait of Henry VIII” by Holbein

Mujer en el baño – “Woman in Bath” by Lichtenstein

La Anunciación – “The Annunciation” by El Greco

El Puente de Charing Cross – “Charing Cross Bridge” by Monet

How to get to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum?

The address of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is Paseo del Prado, 8.

Closer Metro stops to the museum: Atocha (line 1), Banco de España (line 2 and closer than the previous one)

Bus lines 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 20, 27, 34, 37, 41, 51, 52, 53, 74, 146 and 150.

How much is the entrance to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum?

General admission to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is 12 €.

Free entrance to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

You can visit for free the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum on Mondays from 12 pm to 4 pm.

For those who are legally recognised in situation of unemployment the entrance is free.

Opening times of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum:

Times to visit the museum’s permanent exhibition:

Mondays: From 12 pm to 4 pm.

From Tuesday to Sunday: From 10 am to 7 pm.

On 1st January, 1st May and 25th December the museum will be closed.

From 1st July to 3th September the summer time starts.

More information about Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

All details and extended information of the museum can be found on the official website.

The Reina Sofia Museum

You clearly want to go to the Reina Sofia Museum with just hearing a name: Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. The most famous painting by the painter from Malaga is located behind the walls of this central Madrid museum.

And if we add two of the most famous paintings of Dali, the decision to visit it is the final one.

The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid holds twentieth century and international contemporary art.

What famous paintings are in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid?

El Guernica – “The Guernica” by Pablo Picasso

Muchacha asomada a la ventana – “Figure at the Window” by Salvador Dalí

Las señoritas de Avinyó – “The Young Ladies of Avignon” by Pablo Picasso

Rostro del Gran Masturbador – “The Great Masturbator” by Salvador Dalí

La ventana abierta – “The open window” by Juan Gris

La sonrisa de alas flameantes – “The Smile of the Flamboyant Wings” by Joan Miró

Mitten Kreise – “Centre Circles” by Kandinsky.

Madrid desde Capitán Haya – “Madrid from Capitán Haya street” by Antonio López

El Pintor y la Modelo – “The Painter and the Model” by Pablo Picasso

Jardín de Aranjuez. Glorieta II – “The Garden at Aranjuez. Arbor II” by Rusiñol

How to get to the Reina Sofia Museum?

The Sabatini building is in Calle Santa Isabel and the Nouvel building in Ronda de Atocha, in the corner of Plaza de Emperador Carlos V.

Metro stops: Atocha (line 1) and Lavapiés (line 3)

Train station: Atocha RENFE

Bus lines: 6, 10, 14, 19, 26, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 59, 85, 86, 102, 119, C1, C2 and E1

How much is the entrance to the Reina Sofia Museum?

General admission to the Reina Sofia Museum is 8 €.

You can visit for free and individually the Reina Sofia Museum the following days:

Mondays from 7 pm to 9 pm.

From Wednesdays to Saturdays:  from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Sunday: From 1.30 pm to 7 pm.

18th and 29th April, 18th May, 12nd October and 6th December: Open and free all day.

Opening times of Reina Sofia Museum

Mondays from 10 am to 9 pm.

Tuesdays: closed

From Wednesdays to Saturdays: from 10 am to 9 pm.

On Sundays the museum has a special opening hour.  Check it out on the official website!

More information about the Museum

If you want to know all about the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, visit its official website.

Other museums in Madrid

The city has many more museums to discover as the Wax Museum, the Museum of the Almudena, Bernabeu Stadium Museum, the Museum of the Atletico de Madrid, the Mapfre Foundation, Archaeological Museum, Sorolla Museum, the Railway Museum…

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monumentos madridWhich monuments to see in the city centre?

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Madrid has plenty of monuments with a breathtaking history and beauty making them a must-see. In the following list you can find the most important must-see places, but there are many more to visit in the city if you have enough time. Palacio Real de Madrid, uno de los lugares que visitar en Madrid sí o sí

Royal Palace of Madrid, one of the places to visit in Madrid no matter what.

In the heart of Madrid, you will find it at the end of Calle Mayor, right next to the Cathedral of the Almudena. It is one of the architectural jewels of the capital, despite not being royal residence nowadays, it has been the home of many Kings for years.

Opening times of Royal Palace of Madrid

From October to March: Everyday, from 10 am to 6 pm.

From April to September: Everyday, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Box office and admission to the Palace close one hour earlier.

How to get to Royal Palace of Madrid?

Address: Plaza de Oriente. Madrid

If you go to visit the Royal Palace of Madrid by yourself, you will find the access on the doorstep of the Esplanade of the Almudena’s Cathedral, corner with calle Bailen.

Group visits: Doorstep in Calle Bailen, opposite Calle Requena.

To get to the Royal Palace you can use the following public transports:

Bus Lines: 3, 25, 39 and 148

Metro stop: Opera (lines 5 and 2)

How much is the entrance to the Royal Palace of Madrid?

General admission to the Royal Palace of Madrid is 11 €

Additional Information

For complete information about the Royal Palace, closings and special openings, take a look at the official website.

Did you know…

Near the Royal Palace of Madrid you can find the Plaza de Oriente and the Jardines del Moro, which are totally free?

Come closer…

Royal Theater of Madrid, a few meters from the Palace.

Almudena’s Cathedral, right next to the Royal Palace of Madrid

The Almudena’s Cathedral is the largest Christian temple in Madrid. It is located opposite the Royal Palace of Madrid, so you can combine both visits. It hosts the most important events such as state funerals, church services honoring personalities and important weddings, as the wedding of the current Kings of Spain, Don Felipe and Letizia.

Opening times of the Almudena’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Almudena is open from 10am to 9 pm without interruption.

Tourists are requested to respect the worship times

How to get to the Almudena’s Cathedral?

During your visit to Madrid you can easily go to the Cathedral of the Almudena.

The adress of the Cathedral is Calle Bailen 10 and you can get there taking the same public transport as in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Bus Lines: 3, 25, 39 and 148

Metro stop: Opera (lines 5 and 2)

How much is the entrance to the Almudena’s Cathedral?

The entrance to the Cathedral of the Almudena is free, but a donation of one euro for building maintenance is requested.

Additional Information

To read more information about the Almudena’s Cathedral go to the following link.

Temple of Debod, an Egyptian temple to discover in Madrid

The Temple of Debod was a gift from Egypt after the aid provided by Spain in the transfer of the temple from Abu Simbel. The temple is located a few meters from the famous Plaza de España and from there you can enjoy amazing views of the Royal Palace and the Cathedral of the Almudena. In fact, you could easily get there on foot in 15 minutes.

Opening times of Temple of Debod

The timetable of Temple of Debod provided in its official website is the following one:

From the 1st Oct until 31st March:

From Tuesday to Friday, from 9.45 am to 1.45 pm and from 4.15 pm to 6.15 pm.

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9.30 am to 8 pm

From the 1st April to 30th September:

From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9.30 am to 8 pm

If you want to go inside in another moment you can walk around the outside, as the Temple of Debod is in an open area. What you can’t do is to enter inside the Temple.

How to get to the Temple of Debod?

There are different ways to get to Temple of Debod by public transport.

Metro stops: Plaza de España (lines 3 and 10) and Ventura Rodríguez (line 3)

Bus lines 74, 25, 39, 46, 75, 138, C1, 3, 44, 133, 148, C2, 1, 2 and 74.

How much is the entrance to Temple of Debod?

The entrance to the Temple of Debod is free.

Additional Information

If you want to know more about the Temple visit its website.

Come closer …

To Plaza de España where you will discover the Monument to Miguel de Cervantes, the Tower of Madrid building and the Spain Building.

Visit the Plaza Mayor, something to do today in Madrid … and always!

The Plaza Mayor of Madrid is one of the most visited places in the city. It is very close to the famous Puerta del Sol and Calle Mayor, so it is very easy to find.

It is one of the oldest squares in Spain. It has its origins in the sixteenth century when it was the main market of the town and today is a famous meeting point for tourists and local people on any of its numerous terraces

How to get to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid?

Plaza Mayor is just a few meters from Puerta del Sol.

Metro stop: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3)

Bus lines 3, 5, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23, 31, 35, 50, 51, 52, 53, 65, 150.

Puerta del Sol, the perfect place to make plans in Madrid.

The Puerta del Sol is known for being the most famous place of Spain from which the twelve bells of New Year’s Eve are broadcast every year and welcome the New Year.

It is a tourist attraction where is located the km 0 from which depart the most important Spanish roads. It was a meeting point for young people to make plans in Madrid. Nowadays, with the arrival of new technologies, these meeting points are located anywhere in the city.

How to get to the Puerta del Sol?

To arrive to Puerta del Sol, follow the same indications as to the Plaza Mayor.

Metro stop: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3)

Bus lines 3, 5, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23, 31, 35, 50, 51, 52, 53, 65, 150.

Don’t forget…

To look for the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, a city landmark.

The Metropolis building, a must-see in your visit to Madrid.

The Metropolis Building is one of the most photographed postcards made in Madrid. It is on the way to La Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalá. A perfect line to capture with your camera.

The French-inspired building is in the corner of calle Alcala and the famous Gran Via, shopping and leisure point of the city. Its slate dome is crowned by the Winged Victory.

How to get to the Metropolis building?

The closer Metro stop is Banco de España (line 2), but you can also find it a few meters down Gran Via Metro stop.

Circulo de Bellas Artes, discover one of the most modern terraces of Madrid

The Circulo de Bellas Artes is one of the places to visit in Madrid, whether you want to know where to eat or have a coffee in the city. It hosts different fine arts.

How to get to the Circulo de Bellas Artes?

It is located in front of the Metropolis building.

Cibeles Fountain, place to celebrate Real Madrid football team’s victories.

It is the most famous symbol of the victories of Real Madrid, as it is in this fountain where Real Madrid celebrates the championship.

The fountain depicts the goddess Cibeles (symbol of the Earth, agriculture and fertility) sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions. It is located in the middle of a large roundabout and from there you can take the best pictures of calle Alcala, with the Metropolis building on one side and the Puerta de Alcalá on the other.

How to get to La Cibeles?

The Cibeles Fountain is located in the square named also Cibeles, in the heart of Paseo del Prado.

Bus: 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 20, 27, 34, 37, 45, 51, 52, 53, 74, 146, 150, 202

Metro stop: Banco de España (line 2)

Commuter Train “Cercanias” train: Recoletos stop

If you are in Puerta del Sol you can walk down 10 minutes to get there.

Did you know…

There are two exact copies of the Cibeles Fountain? One is on Avenida de Oaxaca in the city of Mexico. The other one is located in one Presidential square from Pekin.

Don’t miss…

The Palace of Communication , the old Post Office building located also in Cibeles square.

Mírala, mírala… la puerta de Alcalá, one of the places to visit in Madrid.

Another famous landmark in Madrid, supposed to be one of the five gates leading into the city. Puerta de Alcala gave access to people traveling to Madrid from France, Aragon and Catalonia.

It style is neoclassical, from 1778, and similar to the Roman Triumphal arches.

How to get to the Puerta de Alcala in Madrid?

The Puerta de Alcala is located at the roundabout of the Plaza de la Independencia.

Metro stop: Retiro (line 2)

Bus Lines: 1, 9, 20, 146, 15, 2, 51, 52, 74.

Commuter Train “Cercanías Train”: Recoletos

If you are in Cibeles Fountain, walk up a few meters through calle Alcala to see it.

Did you know…

The Puerta de Alcala was the first to be built in its style after the fall of the Roman Empire and became the precursor of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin?

The Fountain of Neptune, place for celebrating Atlético de Madrid victories

The fans of Atletico de Madrid are delighted to visit this place because it means the Atlético de Madrid team has won a title. It is the next square following the Cibeles square in the Paseo del Prado, celebration place of the opponent, Real Madrid.

Its style is Neoclassical and work of the same sculptor who designed the Cibeles Fountain, Ventura Rodríguez. In the sculpture you see Neptune, god of the seas, who has a snake coiled around his arms, on a chariot pulled by two racing hippocampuses surrounded by fish, crayfish and seahorses.

How to get to the Fountain of Neptune?

The Plaza de Canovas del Castillo, where is located the Fountain of Neptune, has a metro stop at its side, but you can get there from Banco de España metro stop (line 2) and from Anton Martin metro stop (line 1).

Bus lines: 10 14 34 37 45.

Estación de Atocha, the most beautiful station in Madrid

Atocha train station is one of the most busiest stations in Spain. It has a beautiful inside garden, which you have to visit during your trip to Madrid. It’s sadly know since 11-M terrorist attacks in 2004.

¿How to get to Atocha?

Metro: Atocha Renfe (línea 1)

Cercanías train: all lines of RENFE.

Statue of the Fallen Angel, a curious place to see in Madrid

It is one of the world’s statues representing Lucifer and perhaps the prettiest one. It is located in the gardens of the Buen Retiro Park. 

How to get to the Statue of the fallen angel?

Did you know…

The statue’s topographic height is 666 meters (the devil’s number)?

Don’t miss…

The Crystal Palace, close to the Statue of the Fallen Angel and also inside the Retiro’s Park. 

Atocha train station, the most beautiful transportation hub in Madrid.

Atocha train station is one of the busiest in the country. It has a botanical garden in its glazed area and is a must-see place in Madrid. It is sadly known for the attacks of 11th March 2004.

How to get to the Atocha train station?

Metro stop: Atocha Renfe (line 1)

Commuter train “Cercanias” train: All RENFE lines.

The Monument of the Fallen Angel, a curious place to see in Madrid

It is one of three sculptures representing Lucifer in the world, and perhaps the most beautiful;). It is located in the Jardines del Buen Retiro in Retiro’s park.

Did you know…

the sculpture of the Fallen Angel is a topographic height of 666 meters (the devil’s number)?

Take advantage…

To visit the Crystal Palace, very close to the Monument of the Fallen Angel also inside Retiro’s park.

Plaza de Colón, another must-see place in Madrid.

The Plaza de Colon is one of the interesting tourist points in the city. It is a big square that links the streets Serrano, Goya, Jorge Juan and Génova with the high sculpture to Columbus and a huge mast with the Spanish flag.

How can you get to the Plaza de Colón?

You can use the subway to arrive to Plaza de Colón, metro stop Colon (line 4).

The bus lines that reach the Plaza is: 27, 5, 14, 150, 45, N1, N22, N24.

Plaza de Castilla, a place of interest in Madrid

Plaza de Castilla is home of the financial area of Madrid. There you can see the two leaning and symmetrical towers of Puerta Europa, the obelisk designed by Calatrava; Tower of Glass, the tallest building in Madrid and across Spain; Cepsa Tower, the second tallest building; Sacyr Tower the third one and the Space Tower, the fourth one.

How to get?

Metro stop: Plaza de Castilla (lines 1, 9 and 10)

Commuter train “Cercanias” train: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 10.

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monumentos madridWhat to see on the outskirts of Madrid

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Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, very close to Madrid.

Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a town located in the north of Madrid. Although it is said “it takes more than the works of the Escorial” to finish the works took 22 years, not too long to date from XVI century during the reign of Philip II. It was considered from that date as the eighth world wonder (disputed title among others) for its importance and architectural complexity.

Opening times of Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

The Monastery of El Escorial is open from 10 am to 8 pm.

How much is the entrance to the Royal Site of San Lorenzo del Escorial?

The price for the general admission is 10 euros.

How to get to the Monastery of El Escorial in Madrid?

San Lorenzo de El Escorial is 53 kilometers from Madrid and you can arrive:

By Commuter Train “Cercanías” train: from Atocha Renfe or Chamartin you can take the C8 line. San Lorenzo del Escorial train stop is located about 15 minutes walking from the monastery.

By bus: from Moncloa bus stop, get on the bus number 664 or 661. It takes about 55 minutes to arrive.

By car you will have to go to Avda. Don Juan de Borbon y Battenberg, s/n 28200-San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid).

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez, you can’t leave Madrid without visiting it.

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez is one of the residences of the Spanish Royal Family and is possible to visit it inside. It is located in the Madrid town of Aranjuez, near the Tajo River. The palace gardens were built to enhance the beauty of the Palace and it is the most important remain from the Hapsburgs period in Spain.

In the Royal Palace of Aranjuez you will also find the Casa del Labrador, a smaller palace outside the enclosure.

Opening times of the Palace

From October to March: From Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm.

From April to September: From Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm.

How much is the entrance to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez?

The entrance to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez is 9 € and the entrance to the Casa del Labrador is 5 €.

How to get to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez?

Commuter train “Cercanias” train: line C3 from Atocha train station.

Bus: Madrid-Aranjuez line from the International bus station of Mendez Alvaro.

Additional Information

You can find all additional information on its official website.

Madrid Card

If you want to see the museums and monuments in Madrid, saving money and time without waiting long lines, you can buy the Madrid Card at the following website. Take a look and pay attention to everything included. Only with the museums included in the card and the priority access, it will be worth

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arbol iconoMadrid with children: natural parks, theme parks…

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If you are lucky enough to travel with children to Madrid, don’t miss the following places to see and children will have a great time during the trip.

Retiro’s park

The Buen Retiro Park has more than 100 hectares of nature and architecture in the centre of Madrid. It was built with the intention of being the gardens of Buen Retiro Palace, second royal residence in the seventeenth century. Nowaday, little remains of the palace, only the Cason del Buen Retiro and the Salon de los Reinos.

In the Retiro’s park you can spend the day and ride a boat on the lake, by bicycle, by skates or on foot. Or just jump in its green land.

What can you see inside the Parque del Retiro?

The Statue Walk – “Paseo de las Estatuas”

Puerta de España

Monument to King Alfonso XII, guarding the lake.

Monuments to: Ramón y Cajal, Jacinto Benavente and Benito Perez Galdos.

La Casita del Pescador

Crystal Palace and Velázquez

The Artificial Pond – “La Ría Artificial”

La Casa de las Fieras

Opening times of Retiro Park

From October to April from 7am to 10 pm.

From May to September from 7am to 12 am.

How much is the entrance to Retiro Park?

The entrance to the Retiro Park is free.

How to get to Retiro Park?

Retiro Park is located on calle Alfonso XII s/n

You can arrive to Retiro Park by subway, getting off at Retiro stop (line 2).

Bus lines 1, 2, 15, 19, 20, 26, 28, 51, 52, 61, 63, 68, 74, 146.

Madrid Rio Park

The Madrid Rio Park is one of the new builts in Madrid. A new green area next to the Manzanares River that covers the M30 highway. An original way to fill green the asphalt.

Sports center, leisure, green and monuments are included in the project.

Casa de Campo

It is the largest natural park in Madrid with an area of over 1700 hectares. It was originally a hunting preserve from the royalty that was returned to the people of Madrid after the proclamation of the Second Republic.

Did you know…

That Casa de Campo of Madrid is five times bigger than Central Park in New York and seven times bigger than Hyde Park?

Madrid Amusement Park

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, this is the perfect place. The best attractions are in the downtown Amusement Park.

How to get?

Metro stop: Batán (line 10)

Bus: Line 33: Principe Pio – Casa de Campo and Line 65: Plaza Jacinto Benavente – Colonia Gran Capitán

For more information, check the website of the Park

Madrid Zoo

Madrid zoo is located in the city centre.

How to get?

Metro stop: Casa de Campo (lines 10 and 5)

Bus: 33 Principe Pio – Casa de Campo

For more information, check the website of the Park

Other theme parks you can find in the city of Madrid are as follows:

Warner Bros park

Warner Bros theme park: Shows and attractions for all audiences.

How to get?

By car:

Warner Bros park is located in San Martin de la Vega, Carretera M – 301, 0 km 15.

road A-4, exit 22.

You can get to this address by your own car.

RENFE + Bus:

Get on the train line C-3 and get off at Pinto. There you get on the bus 413 from “La Veloz” that will take you to Warner Bros park.

By bus:

Get on the Bus 412 from “La Veloz” outside the metro stop called Villaverde Bajo.

Faunia

The most interactive zoo in Madrid.

How to get?

Metro stop: Valdebernardo (line 9)

Commuter train “Cercanias” train: Line C2 stop Vicalvaro

Bus line: 71.

And outside the centre of Madrid you should visit …

Capricho Park in Alameda de Osuna

Europa Park in Torrejon de Ardoz.


6. Typical gastronomy: what to eat in Madrid to leave the city with a delicious aftertaste

viaje a madridSpanish potato omelette, a classical to eat in Madrid.

It is one of the most typical Spanish dishes available at any bar of Madrid. One of the best world’s invention!

comer en madridSquid sandwich, the most typical food in the Plaza Mayor

Certainly, if you want to eat typical Madrid food, the squid sandwich wears the crown. You can find a lot of bars offering this product in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid, one of the must-see places in Madrid

comer viaje madridMadrid stew, you can’t miss it if you visit Madrid in winter.

If you travel to Madrid in winter, it is a hot dish against the cold of Madrid at this season. It is a popular dish at any home throughout the city. Consisting of pork, chicken, sausages, chickpeas and soup, it is a dish listed on the best restaurants in Madrid.

restaurantes madridPatatas bravas, the best ones to go with some beers during your trip to Madrid.

They are fried potatoes with spicy red sauce. There is no more typical and better tapa in Madrid than this one to go with a good beer. Be care, they are spicy potatoes!

gastronomia madridChitterlings “Gallinejas” / Mesenteries “Entresijos” the most authentic and traditional cuisine of the city

One of the favourite dishes of the “gatos”. At “verbenas” like Fiesta de la Paloma or San Isidro, you will find street food with these products. It’s basically fried offal.

donde comer en madridBiscuit rolls “Barquillos”, the sweetest tradition of the city

A typical image of Madrid is the chulapo shouting “baaarrrrrrquillos”. It is a cookie, ideal for the afternoon while discovering the streets of Madrid.

comer en madridHot chocolate with churros, a classic energizing in the mornings after party

This is a sweet food at any time. But for sure the best time to have a good chocolate with churros is in the morning. And especially, it will be very useful to restore your energy after spending all night enjoying at the best clubs in Madrid. A typical Spanish energizing food!

Cañas and tapas in Madrid

There is no a typical tapa, since everything can become a tapa. From the previous omelette, bravas, squid sandwich, “montaditos”… Look for them in many bars in the city centre.


7. Where to eat in Madrid? Know the best restaurants of the city.

If you travel to Madrid don’t worry about food, you surely find a culinary style that fits you. Although Madrid has a really good cuisine with great chefs and restaurants, there is a huge variety for every taste.

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estrella madridMichelin-starred restaurants in Madrid

 

DiverXo

Signature cuisine with three Michelin stars, located in the Eurobuilding in Madrid.

Santceloni

Signature cuisine in Paseo de la Castellana 57.

La Terraza del Casino

Signature cuisine in Calle Alcalá 15.

Sergi Arola Restaurante

Signature cuisine in Calle Zurbano 31.

Kabuki Wellington

Japanese cuisine in Calle Velázquez 6

DSTAgE Concept

Signature cuisine in Calle Regueros 8.

Kabuki

Japanese cuisine in Avenida Presidente Carmona 2.

Álbora

Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in Calle Jorge Juan 33.

Punto MX

Mexican cuisine in Calle General Pardiñas 40.

La Cabra

Signature cuisine in Calle Francisco de Rojas 2.

Lúa

Signature cuisine in Calle Eduardo Dato 5.

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sushi madridBest Japanese restaurants in Madrid

Doki Doki

Calle Villalar, 4

Miyama

Paseo de la Castellana, 45

Kabuki / Kabuki Wellington

Ver apartado restaurantes con estrella Michelín.

Naomi

Calle de Ávila, 14.

Ramen Kagura

Calle de las Fuentes, 1

Restaurantes mexicanos en Madrid

Tacos & Tapas

Calle Redondilla, 7

Takos al Pastor

Calle de la Abada, 2

Taquería La Lupita

Calle Conde de Xiquena, 10

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hamburguesa madridAmerican Restaurants: the best burgers in Madrid

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Alfredo’s Barbacoa

Calle de Lagasca, 5

Goiko Grill

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New York Burger

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Mejores bares de tapas y pinchos en Madrid

8. What to do in Madrid? Free alternative plans in the capital

Madrid has a big offer for you to explore. Here you are some ideas for having fun in the city.

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mascaras teatroTheater in Madrid

Madrid has a wide range of theater. From musicals, shows for children and monologues to classical dramas,you will find a play that best suits what you want to see. All it takes is one glance!

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mercados madridGourmet markets in Madrid, one of the different plans to do in Madrid.

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Fine dining and drinking has become one of the main interests of locals and tourists and Madrid covers the needs of everyone. If you want to give a delightful touch to your trip to Madrid, don’t miss to do a tour around the gastronomic markets, food markets that have been remodeled with a modern twist and where beer and gourmet products are served.

Antón Martín Market

How to get?

  • C/ Santa Isabel, 5

San Miguel Market

How to get?

  • Plaza de San Miguel, s/n

San Antón Market 

How to get?

  • C/ Augusto Figueroa, 24

San Ildefonso Market

How to get?

  • Fuencarral, 57

Barceló Market

How to get?

  • Jardines del Arquitecto Ribera, s/n

Moncloa Market

How to get?

  • C/Arcipreste de Hita, 10

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fiesta madridPopular festivities in Madrid, the best free plans in the city.

Mision cumplida en Madrid. Ahora a preparar todo para accion promocional en Barcelona ??❤ ??. Gracias!!

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Apart from visiting all places with free admission, enjoying the beauty of the streets and the natural parks, there are other fun and free plans.

One of the best plans (for free) are the popular festivals. Take advantage of your trip to Madrid to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the city when the festivities and popular events take place.

San Silvestre Road Race

It takes place on 31st December every year and it is the most important popular race in Spain. Before the popular race, it takes place the professional race.

In case you are not a sprinter, we encourage you to join the sport festival in the race from Santiago Bernabeu to Vallecas, ending in the Rayo Vallecano stadium.

Fiestas de la Paloma

The neighbourhood of La Latina adorns itself during the 15th August to celebrate one of the most traditional festivals.

Fiestas de San Isidro

The patron of Madrid holds the position of the most important festivity in Madrid. During this period there are bullfights in the Plaza de las Ventas. It is celebrated on 15th May.

The Naval Battle of Vallecas

In summer the most fun party of Madrid takes place in Vallecas. If you find yourself on 15th July visiting the city, you can go to refresh yourself in the streets of Vallecas.  There is a water battle in which everyone gets wet with water buckets. Totally a cool plan!

Tip…

Since you are in Vallecas,enjoy a visit to the Cerro del Tio Pio with wonderful views of the hole city of Madrid. Another free plan in Vallecas!

Gay Pride Festivities

Celebrated in Madrid neighbourhood of Chueca, it involves millions of people coming from different countries to celebrate the sexual liberation. The festivities take place on June’s last week.


10. Leisure in Madrid: Trendy discos and pubs

fiesta madrid

If you visit Madrid, you will find there is plenty of atmosphere for going out. A lot of clubs at your disposal and spread throughout the city, ensuring you will find a bar, pub or disco wherever you go to enjoy a great party.

fireworksMalasaña, the most rock area in the past now it has become hipster.

This area is packed with hipsters. In the past, it was a punk and rock zone. The area is full of bars from “la movida madrileña”, which has given way to more alternative indie music.

fiesta madridHuertas, the most classical party in Madrid.

If you want to dance with popular music of the radio,  this is a perfect place for you.  A lot of small bars provide the music in Madrid. Some of them charge entry + drink.

fiesta madridAvenida de Brasil

The northern part of the city is the coolest and expensive regarding to party zones in Madrid.  If you are looking for pretty and posh people, this is your place.

If you prefer to go to a big night clubs, here you are a web directory.

Madrid is clearly a great tourist destination and we hope this mega travel guide helps you to make your trip to Madrid a big place in your memory.

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