The Most Complete Guide of Madrid
Madrid is Spain's capital, and it is a beautiful city where you will love walking along its boulevards, in its well-kept parks, you will admire famous pieces of art and where you will taste delicious Spanish food.
If you have never been to Madrid, I highly recommend you to visit it.
It is a magical city where you can spend just a weekend visiting the main sights or a whole week and fully experience everything that the Spanish capital has to offer.
The food is delicious, and the city is full of ancient and famous restaurants. The locals are amiable and will make you feel at home.
It is a city where you can walk around, and you will visit it without the need to use public transports too often.
Madrid is famous for its museums and fantastic architecture so you will find everything you need to fulfil your art needs.
There is plenty of live music, famous musicals, accommodations can be highly affordable, and you can party all night long because the entertainment never ends.
It is also a good place where to stay while having some day trips in the surrounding area.
The weather is usually sunny, and you will find it less crowded than the famous Barcelona.
Madrid is a city you can visit any month of the year, the weather is most of the time sunny and dry.
It can be boiling in summer and very cold in winter so if you don't like too hot or too cold temperatures I advise you to visit it from September to November and from March to May.
Accommodations and flights are cheaper during the winter season but you can also find very great deals at the end of Autumn and the beginning of Spring.
I went there for the first time for 4 days in the month of May during a 22 days tour and I have seen all the most famous sights and museums and dine in the best and oldest restaurants.
In case you are planning to also explore the surrounding area, or just to take your time and explore it without walking the whole day non-stop (as I did), I advise you to plan between 5 days and a week for your stay in Madrid.
There are some towns and places outside the capital that really deserved to be explored.
Important Basic Knowledge
Currency: The currency is Euro
Language: the primary language spoken is Spanish.
Credit Cards and ATM: Atm and card payment are available almost everywhere. Only in the market stalls cash are required.
Plugs and Voltage: The plugs in Madrid are Type C, F, and L. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the normal frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Madrid, like every Spanish city, is pretty safe, but like in every tourist area, I advise carrying an antitheft purse or backpack.
Costs: there are plenty of tapas bars or local food restaurants to have lunch for 10/15 euros.
Wifi: is available in almost every bar and restaurant and of course in every hotel.
Time Zone: Madrid lies in the Central European Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
Read more: Everything you need to know before visiting Madrid.