Madrid is an incredible European city and well worth a visit. If you want to enjoy the city to the max then follow these essential travel tips.
Although English, French and German are widely spoken in the capital, it can be a good idea to carry a phrase around. This is especially important if travelling anywhere outside of the city. People in smaller towns and villages around the city are less likely to be able to speak English or other foreign languages.
If staying for longer than a few nights then consider a short term rental. Madrid is a bustling city with plenty going on so having a quiet place to retreat to at the end of a long day siteseeing is a good idea. Short term rentals provide privacy and a relaxing environment where you can rest your weary body and sore feet!
Take advantage of the Tourist offices that are located across the city. In the “oficinas de turismo”
you will find maps, leaflets and plenty of information about where to go and what to do. All brochures are printed in multiple languages and the staff are multi-lingual too. The main tourist office is in the Plaza Mayor 3.
If you are on a very tight budget then you should consider staying in extended stay apartments. These are available in Madrid and offer excellent value for money. There are big savings to be made by staying in extended stay apartments as opposed to regular hotels in Madrid.
Eat as much tapas as you can. Nowhere can better tapas be found than in Madrid, Spain’s lively capital. It is impossible to get bored of tapas as there is so much to choose from. You can eat as much or as little as you want at each meal and you get to sample a huge variety of traditional Spanish flavours.
Once is not enough, you will want to return to Madrid year after year.