Madrid Travel Guide

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  • Plaza Mayor

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Plaza Mayor is a central, rectangular square in the heart of Madrid. It is surrounded on all sides by three-level buildings and porticoes; it is connected to the city by nine passages. The Casa de Panaderia, an administrative center, has beautiful painted facades. A statue of King Philip III stands in the square since 1848. The square itself...

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  • Retiro Park

    I have mentioned in other tips on tis page that I spent a most relaxing morning wandering round the Retiro Park away from the hubbub of central Madrid and one of the things I stumbled upon was the Estanque or boating lake. In my experience, boating lakes tend to be about the size of a decent jacuzzi and you basically end up going round in such...

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  • Prado Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    this is what is left of the palace that was here built from 1637, it has been an annex of the Museum of the Prado since 1971. I was living in Madrid while this went on. It was originally built as a dance hall of the palace of Buen Retiro (from which the park takes its name). The Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano participated in the decoration of...

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  • Museo del Jamon

    4 out of 5 stars

    lovely cuisine of Spain, where the ham and pig is king. It has branches in the city, the most known to visitors is at Gran Via. the ambiance is very nice if a bit touristic for my local taste. lived there for four years,and still with family. However, for visitors is a must at least once. Many do come back again and again. hams any cut.

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  • Botin

    4 out of 5 stars

    I was excited to go to the Oldest restaurant in the world, yet disappointed with my experience. I ordered a steak dish and asked for it to be made well done. Instead, I got a steak that was very rare, and had to be sent back twice. The following day, I left Spain and was sick for three days. I eventually went to the ER and was diagnosed with food...

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  • San Ginés Chocolateria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    An institution in madrid for as long as I remember. I used to come here with my mother when living in the city when I was 10 yrs old, way back, and still there ,and still doing the best hot chocolate with churros in Madrid. Its a must for any visitor, to be here is to partake in the traditions and history of the city. it never closes, and when...

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Madrid Nightlife

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  • Clubs

    This is a great small intimate club in the centre of madrid. We found it by chance as the entrance doesn't show that well that it's a club inside. Intruso often has live music and the night we went there was a blues band playing and entry was free. Great club to go with friends who want some nightlife and dancing but don't want to be fighting their...

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  • Discos

    I don't remember the name of the Nightclub, but the night that I was about to go was a teen only, so I think 13-18. It looked very cool, and there was a large line of local Spaniard teenagers which was fun to see, and to socialize with. I didn't end up getting to go inside though, because I was with a group, and we needed our passports to enter,...

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  • Flamenco

    Great place to see a wonderful flamenco show in a very intimate atmosphere, it really is mind boggling, so much passion, power and artistry, just loved it. We dined there and the food was very good. What a surprise when the show finished and we saw the famous singer Diego el Cigala and the guitarist Montoyita having a drink at the bar with their...

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Madrid Transportation

  • Barajas airport

    very nice terminal 4 and 4S, all link up by tramway train very fast and convenient. They have an outside bus too connecting all terminals, the T4 is huge spacious,and plenty to eat and shop. The connections screens are well posted and notices are given quickly. I have now taken these terminals several times and each time its a pleasure. This is...

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  • Metro (subway)

    The metro de Madrid is unique. It was opened on October 17 1919 by the king Alfonso XIII with the first line been from Puerta del Sol to Cuatro Caminos, it had a length of 3,48 km and 8 stations. The time was 10 minutes. On October 31 1919 it was officially opened to the public. Even during the Spanish Civil War, 1936_39 the line 3 of the metro is...

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  • Atocha Railway Station

    a view from driving to it, go places and easy now from Barajas with train cercanias C1and bus 203. The first and biggest of Spain train stations, its a modern environment of eco and gardens, all making for a pleasant passing. It connects to all of Spain from here on various lines and correspondances. the station of Puerta de Atocha which would...

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Madrid Shopping

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  • Department Stores

    the best department store in all of Spain, base by the puerta del sol in Madrid for generations. It was my store since 1970 there. You can buy anything in a grand style ambiance of the best dept stores in the world. The store is divided into several flloors 5 and two different buildings in calle Preciados and carmen. Several location in Madrid...

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  • Shopping Areas

    This is a classic chic shopping center on paseo de la Castellana,nearer the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, if looking for a modern place to relax, drink a coffee and do some serious shopping this is it, right off the nuevos ministerios line 8 airport line or Santiago Bernabeu on line 10. Walking is easy from Nuevos Ministerios thus,its what I do. The...

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  • Souvenirs

    Thanks to internet know we have access to really original souvenirs, even we can ask someone to hold our message in front of an historic place in Madrid,such as Santiago Bernabeu Stadium! So even if you haven't been there you can ask someone to go there and do it for you, which is great! You can also sent that picture or video to someone, asking...

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Madrid Local Customs

  • Culture

    In Spain, there's no need for a special reason to go out and celebrate, it's seems like the city is always prepare to go out and have good time. In Madrid, the official fiestas , by calender , are all through the year. It is different from city to city, but basically , you can find everything almost everywhere.

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  • Gastronomy

    In our eyes, Madrid has more dogs walking on the streets and more places to eat and drink per capita than most other cities. Most of the shops are open in the morning, close for siesta from about 2:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon, and are open again from 5:00 to 9:00. Restaurants follow the morning schedule but don’t open for evening meals until 9:00...

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  • Local Festivities

    the 3 Wise Kings, or Los 3 Reyes Magos or simply the Reyes Magos. From my Spanish Catholic tradition it is the day where we give our gifts to our children, as the Wise Kings gave it in honor of the new born child Jesus. Over the years my travels my nationalities I have mix all tradition where we do follow up with all . In my other country of...

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Madrid Warnings and Dangers

  • Security

    We were enjoying a drink in plaza de Santa Ana, quite near Plaza Major. My boyfriend went to the toilet and left his phone on the table as he had been taking photos. I was approached by a girl aged about 12 and a boy aged about 7. The girl asked me to sponsor her, for something at school, and showed me a form with signatures. The little boy was...

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  • Transports

    We were warned about security and the need to be wary of pick-pockets, especially on the Metro. Lo and behold, while on the Metro during the morning rush toward the airport, we were jam packed, shoulder to shoulder, leaning and bumping into everyone around us. All during our trip, I carried my Euro coins in a sealed baggie in my front pocket, handy...

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  • Local people

    You have all heard this a million times before, but beware of the pickpockets. Although I believe it is not as bad as places like Barcelona, but just keep an eye and hand on your belongings. Don't keep a wallet in your backpocket in crowded areas, and wear a money belt, or just have front pockets.

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Madrid Tourist Traps

  • Eating & drinking

    Do not be influenced by all the hype surrounding this restaurant. It does have a colorful historical past. Today it is surviving on its past laurels. If you are interested in food and quality then this is not the place for you nor for me. I took 4 people there for lunch April 8th 2012. Dinning room is elegant. Bread and Butter was brought to the...

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  • Monuments & highlights

    It's just a big square plaza with very expensive restaurants, nothing to see, nothing to do. Only 'nice' thing is the Casa de la Panederia, wich is 400 years old, with nice fresco's. walk though the nice small streets next to the plaza

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  • Transports

    In order to avoid the hassle with taxi drivers at the Madrid Airport, I had pre-booked the non exclusive shuttle service with Aerocity on GoMadrid.com. The web site stated 6 euro per person. We ended up paying 40 euro for an adult and 2 children for a normal trip from the airport to the city centre. If you only have 1 or 2 pieces of luggage,...

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Madrid What to Pack

  • Clothing

    There's a craZy obsession in this city among adults and children alike for any kind of bag or case that's attached to wheels and pulled along. There are plenty of unlicensed wheelie-case drivers in the city, so I suggest that we need not encourage more!! Of course, on a more practical note, be prepared for plenty of stairs in the metro, so make...

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  • Weather

    Madrid's climate is known for its pronounced seasonal variations. With cold (if dry) winters and inclemently hot (and even drier) summers, spring and autumn are often recommended as the best months to visit the city. In those periods, though, the possibility of precipitation is higher, even if it still remains below the European average. I...

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  • Cell Phone

    I had lots of trouble with cell phone rates in Spain and used a company called apelcom. I have included my personal blog that talks about my cell phone situation and also the website for the company i ended up using. Hopes this helps someone!

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Madrid Off The Beaten Path

  • Daytrips

    About one hour north of Madrid a high cross in the mountains of Guadarrama signs the location of this fascist monument to the death of civil war, in a place called Valle de los Caidos. Why not? We must keep good and bad memories. Go and have a look, and don't forget, ten kilometers distant Escorial is another kind of religious monument.

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  • Streets and walking

    This is a wonderful square off the beaten path for sure, north of Madrid up the Paseo de la Castellana and past stadium Santiago Bernabeu. It is here the locals are seen away from the hordes of tourist to the centro or center of Madrid. This is my area when visiting now ,after living off Quintana at the other end. Here you have the Gateway to...

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  • Monuments

    Another monumenta gate to enter Madrid. A beautiful door or gate near the Rastro or flea market of Madrid on your way out of the city by the west. The current dates from the first third of the 19C more so built between 1813 and 1827 to honor king Fernando VII as a commemoration of Spanish independence after the French occupation (Napoléon 1) . It...

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Madrid Sports & Outdoors

  • Real Madrid

    I am a supporter alll my life, you buy it at servicaixa or direct at club official webpage www.realmadrid.com you use the same credit card you purchase the ticket to retrieve them at the stadium by door or Puerta 11 12 and 13 by the calle Rafael Salgado (Fondo Norte north seating area) by 11h on game date or any day at la Caixa of servicaixa from...

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  • Atletico de Madrid

    Portuguese are soccer lovers, jealous of the better games played in Spain. It's common, for those who may, to travel to Spain only to see a game (or a bullfight). Madrid and Barcelona are the top destinations, with Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid dividing the capital. In the central quarter of Arganzuela, this stadium belongs to Atletico, and...

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  • Skiing

    Be smart and have a good breakfast. If you don't have time before you go out, you can always get a bite in the local restaurant. Hot chocolate and a mix bocata is the choice for most. Be prepare to pay the price for a bite in the sky.

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  • Streets and walking

    http://www.30madrid.com/fr/ accommodations at good prices sights see VT destination Madrid for ideas by posters like us, there are many possibilities depends on your interests. tourism Madrid link at http://www.esmadrid.com/en/portal.do http://www.ctm-madrid.es/servlet/IdiomaServlet?xh_IDIOMA=2 see travel tourist card section. same site for the...

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  • Puerta del Sol

    There are two interesting things in this square. First is the statue of a bear, symbol of Madrid, eating fruit from the tree. Second one is the spot on the ground, which shows the middle of Spain. I think we would not have found it without our friend, but just look at the ground. In the end, above all of those stands a statue of king Carlos III. To...

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  • Cultural tips

    Most of Madrileños are first or second generation and very few can claim to have their roots in the city. Despite the lack of roots in the majority of its inhabitants, Madrid has a strong personality, which is precisely the result of the merging of people arrived from all four corners of Spain and, in these days, the entire world. This mix of...

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    Mar 22, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    The final resting place of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes has been found under a Madrid convent. Even thus ,could not pinpoint individual remains belonging to the author of Don Quixote as the state of the bones excavated from beneath the floor of the convent's crypt was extremely poor.The reason for the extreme deterioration of what appear to be Cervantes' remains lies in the complex history of Madrid's Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in the years following the writer's death in April 1616. Born near Madrid in 1547, Cervantes has been dubbed the father of the modern novel for The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, published in two parts in 1605 and 1615. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often referred to as "the language of Cervantes". Indeed.

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    Nov 5, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    from Nov 15 to Dec 9 2014 at the old parvis of the old North station or explanada de la antigua Estación del Norte de Madrid next to street Cuesta de San Vicente,you will have the Feria Gallega del Marisco or the Galician feast of seafood. free admission from 12 to 16h30 and 19h30 to 24h.

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    Sep 16, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    The collectioner and gallery owner Soledad Lorenzo, willl donate 400 works of arts including paintings sculpture, videos, photography and accessories to the Museum Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía!!! The biggest donation of conptemporary arts as yet in Spain.

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    Apr 17, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    Amongst the 12 state owned museums in Madrid, the Museo Sorolla was chosen as the best by the local people in a survey by Laboratorio Permanente de Público de Museos, the organism that cares for them.

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    started January 7 2014 there will be a fix taxi rate from Barajas airport to the center of Madrid, as long as within the M-30 beltroad will cost you 30€.

 
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