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Madrid, Spain

Madrid is considered the most welcoming city in Spain.

Now has more than 6 million people living in the metropolitan area of ​​the city.

It is estimated that about 16% of its population are foreigners from about 180 different nationalities. Among them, the Ecuadorians occupy most of that number, followed by Bolivian, Peruvian, Moroccan and Chinese.

Despite recent problems with immigration, madrileños usually well receptive to the tourists.

I visited the city twice and both went very well treated.

Madrid is a city with excellent infrastructure for tourists and has a lot to know and visit.

Where is

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. Located right in the center of the country, 615 km from Barcelona, ​​208 km from Salamanca and 96 km from Toledo.

With reach

The main airport of the city and it can be said, the country is the Madrid Barajas Airport ( www.aena-aeropuertos.es ) lying 12 km from the city center.

The easiest and cheapest way is to take the subway to go to the city center. The ticket costs only 1 € and stations are inside the airport. It has a station to Terminal 4 (flights from / to Brazil usually go through here) and another for the remaining terminals.

You can still use some urban bus lines leading from the airport to places like the Atocha station, university, Avenue of the Americas and other ( www.emtmadrid.es ).

The fare costs around € 1.50 and the trip takes about 30 minutes.

If you want to go to other cities, you can use the services of Alsa bus company (www.alsa.es) or the Spanish company Renfe train (www.renfe.com).

The train can also be used to get to the center of Madrid, but with metro is easier.

If you are already in Spain and want to catch a train to Madrid, Renfe will be a great option.

If you are with a lot of luggage, take a taxi.

Weather

Harsh winter with frequent frosts and sometimes snow, and hot and dry summer, the city has Mediterranean climate characteristics.

His coldest months are December and January, while the hottest are July and August.

The rains are present in the months of November, December and May.

Getting around

Although the best thing is walking the streets of Madrid, the subway in turn, is a great option for those moments of tiredness or greater distances.

The ticket costs € 1 and the subway is open from 6 am to 2 am the next day. Visit the website to calculate your itinerary and more information (www.metromadrid.es ).

Here’s the map of the Madrid subway lines.

Madrid Metro Map

Where to Stay

When I was in Madrid for the first time, I was staying near the Puerta del Sol. But it makes 13 years that this has happened and I definitely do not remember the hotel name.

The second time, last year, did not get to stay overnight in the city.

But here is a well-recommended hotels relationships of people who have stayed:

– Hostal Condestable (Calle de la Puebla, 15)

www.hostalcondestable.com
Near Gran Via, at 300 meters from Callao subway station.
Double room with bathroom starting at € 52 with Wi-Fi.

– Hotal Santo Domingo (Calle de la Luna, 6)

www.hostalsantodomingo.es
Near Gran Via, at 200 meters from Callao subway station.
Double room with bathroom starting from € 69.

– Hostal Odesa (Calle Hortaleza, 38)

www.hostalsonsodesa.com
Located in the bohemian neighborhood of Chueca 300m to the metro station of the same name.
Double room with bathroom starting from 45 €.

Where to eat

The typical dishes of Madrid are El Cocido Madrileño and Los Callos, outside the tapas of course.

The first course consists of two parts: the first takes up the soup vermicelli and then eat the chickpeas cooked with vegetables and pork.

cocido Madrileño

They say La Bola restaurants (Calle de la Bola, 5 – http://labola.es) and Lhardy (Carrera de San Jerónimo, 8 – www.lhardy.com – € 35.50 ) offer baked the city’s best.

The second dish, Callos, are cow or lamb tripe (stomach pieces) baked with paws, nose, ham and churiço served in a clay pot.

Callos

The Casa Lucio offers the best dish (Cava Baja, 35 – www.casalucio.es).

Madrid despite not being a seaside town, for those who like to fish and seafood, the city offers fresh and delicious dishes.

Try a bocadillo Squid at Bar El Diamante in La Latina neighborhood.

You can also taste the roasted chicken at Casa Mingo (Paseo de la Florida, 34).

On tapas, I speak lower. I think they will combine more with the item “Nightlife”.

See

There is plenty to see in the city of Madrid, but the main ones are:

Puerta de Alcalá Puerta de Alcalá Surrounded by a carpet of flowers (in spring and summer, of course), the door is postcard of the city. It is close to Retiro Park, at Calle de same name.

Neptune Fountain Neptune Fountain Located in the Plaza de Canovas del Castillo, divided into two parts the Paseo del Prado.

The work pays homage to the Spanish colonies and the Navy.

Cibeles Fountain Cibeles Fountain It is at the center of the eponymous square. It’s another postcard of the city.

It symbolizes the Earth, agriculture and fertility. On one hand holds a cedar and the other, the city keys.

Retiro Park Parque del Buen Retiro A large, well-kept city park with lake to boating and rest from a long day of hiking or visitation.

Here you will find gorgeous sources such as the Fallen Angel and Source of the Galapagos.

Be careful only to the harassment of Roma wanting to read his hand. It is not free … they’re asking for money later.

Metropolis building Metropolis Building Set in the middle of Gran Via, this is one of the most famous buildings in the city.

Before belonged to the insurance company La Unión y El Fénix. After 1975 the building changed hands and the Phoenix before the top, gave way to the Winged Victory.

Prado Museum Museo del Prado ( www.museodelprado.es ) The main and most famous museum of the city of Madrid with extraordinary works of painters such as Velazquez and Goya. After him, the most visited is the Museum of Queen Sofia.

Paseo del Prado Paseo del Prado One of the greenest and busy avenues. It starts at the fountain of Cibeles and ends at Atocha station. The museums mentioned above can be found here.

Atocha Atocha Station Main and busiest train station and subway of madrileños.

He suffered a terrorist attack in March 2004, but was completely rebuilt. Still beautiful.

Plaza Mayor Plaza Mayor Next the Puerta del Sol, this square has served as a stage for inquisitions, executions, corrida de toros and is now used as a meeting place for locals and tourists.

Here is some official buildings such as the Tourism Office, Board of Trade of the city, hotels, souvenir shops, bars and some market opportunities for seals (Sunday), Christmas market, celebrations, concerts and others.

Palacio Real Royal Palace ( www.patrimonionacional.es ) Before, the official residence of the royal family, but since the current king’s grandfather’s abdication (such as housing), this just happened to be a place of tourist attraction or celebration of some official acts.

The the palace forecourt is called Plaza de Armería. Here, all the first Wednesday of each month at 12, takes place a change of guards in front of the Royal Palace.

Puerta del Sol Puerta del Sol It was named because back when this was part of the Christian city wall here was this picture of a sun.

Today, it has become a daily meeting place of madrileños. And on December 31, flock here by tradition to eat the grapes that will bring luck in the coming year.

Almudena Cathedral Almudena Cathedral ( www.archimadrid.es ) Next to the Royal Palace, this is a major cathedrals city.

It has a mixture of architectural styles since undergone several destructions along the wars that happened there and its reconstruction took place at different times.

It is the church of the city padrona, the Virgin of Almudena.

Plaza de Toros Plaza de Toros ( www.las-ventas.com ) Here happen the traditional Spanish bullfights.

Controversy aside, the square can be visited, including an internal museum.

Paseo Castellana Paseo de la Castellana business area of ​​Madrid. Here you will find many fantastic buildings as the Colón Torres, SGAE Building, Torre Picasso, Crystal Tower, KIO Towers and etc.

El Oso y el Madroño El oso y el madroño “The Bear and the Morangueira”, symbol of the city of Madrid.

Before being inhabited by people, the region that was once a forest, was inhabited by bears.

Real Madrid stadium Real Madrid’s stadium ( www.realmadrid.com) Officially known as Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. It is the home of madrileño team.

Temple Debod Debod Temple Egyptian temple donated to Spain in 1968. It offers visitors a beautiful garden and amazing views.

Nightlife

Now we return to talk of tapas …

The famous Spanish tapas are nothing more than snacks that make up the happy hour of a good Spanish.

They are served hot, cold, fried or skewers. Can be nachos, toast, brusquetas, olives, cold fateados, wild potatoes, meat cubes, cheese, tortillas, etc.

Tapas

In the area of ​​El Rastro, are the best tapas in town. The most recommended is the Bar Santurce (www.barsanturce.com)

Casa Labra (Sun), Casa Paco (Latin) and La Taberna Antonio Sanchez (Tirso de Molina Metro) are also in great demand.

After that, if you want to hype, go to the Arguelles-Moncloa area and Alonso Martínez, frequented by young people.

Chueca is an area most frequented by the gay community.

The most exclusive clubs you find in the Paseo de la Castellana.

Another option is to enjoy the traditional flamenco in the famous “tablaos” of the city.

Flamenco

Among them is the Casa Patas (www.casapatas.com) and Torres Barmejas (< a href = "http://www.torresbermejas.com" rel = "nofollow" target = "_ blank"> www.torresbermejas.com ).

TIPS

If during his trip to Madrid, have some extra horinhas, visit the city of Toledo.

She is very close to the capital by bus and it takes 1: 30h and the € 4.93 one-way ticket and € 8.88 round trip ( www.alsa.es ).

With train travel is faster. It lasts about 35 minutes and one-way ticket costs € 10.60 (www.renfe.com ).

Connections

Many people ask me how much airtime is necessary to leave the airport, know something of the city and back. I am often asked in this connection in Paris.

Well, I ended up testing it in Madrid.

I had connection 7am and this is what I did.

The bags basement were already in transit, so worried only with hand luggage.

As soon as we landed, we find an open guard volumes 24. I paid about € 3 or € 4 for a niche to leave luggage.

Then I followed the signs to the subway station.

Before reaching it, I had an information desk that gave a guide to the city and a map, in addition to machines for buying tickets over there.

We took the subway and got off at the Puerta de Alcalá. We passed the Del Retiro park, Metropolis building and down the Paseo del Prado.

We saw the fountains of Neptune, Cibeles, Prado Museum, Bank Spaña, Museo Reina Sofia and finished in Atocha.

Inside the station, stunning by the way, took the subway and went to the Plaza Mayor. Then we return to the airport.

I can say I spent about 3: 30h to this route. Since the Puerta de Alcalá to the end, in the Plaza Mayor.

My flight left after midnight and so I took the metro at about 21pm. I realized that the frequency of the trains had decreased in that time. Stay tuned to this.

But it all worked out. We arrived 1: 30h before leaving the flight. What was very convenient, because the airport is huge. Until you reach the gate, depending on where you are, it takes a good few minutes.

I concluded, for those who ask me if we can do that.

The answer is yes. But you have to have at their disposal at least a 6-hour connection time.

External Links

www.aena-aeropuertos.es
www.emtmadrid.es
www.alsa.es
www.renfe.com


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