Madrid travel guide


Madrid Travel Guide

Madrid Useful Tips

  • You can catch a taxi from the airport to city central for about 25 euros. After a long flight, it is worth it. Some hotels offer a shuttle service from the airport.

  • You would also have to buy an international calling service which will provide the calling facilities at low rates. So that you can get in touch with your loved ones at any point of time.

  • If you are only using Madrid for a jet lag recoup stop over, go to the tourist office in the Plaza Mayor. You can get a free map and learn about short tours offered. A good one is a day tour bus pass. You can ride a tour bus and jump on and off at the historic sites as you wish. Get an info book and have at it. It is less than 20 euros a day.

  • One hotel I would avoid is Hotel Madrid on Carretas. It is right around the corner from the Ramirez shop, so we stayed there last time. A little pricey for what we got, and the service was on the edge of rude.

  • As always, Rick Steves is a good source for lots of info and deals on clean hotels.

  • Eating in Madrid can get costly. The further you walk away from the Plaza Mayor, the better the prices are. We usually take a glass of over priced mediocre wine in the Plaza , so we can enjoy the evening of activity in the Plaza. We eat our main meal a few blocks away.

  • Last visit we took a walking tour with Walks of Madrid. This is more of a wine food adventure and light on the history. Even so, we found ourselves in a small group of 4 people and went places that we would have never found without Andres. He provided a killer 4 course meal with wines and a great explanation as to what wine to take with which food.

  • There is lots of history in Madrid. If you are going to be there for a few days it might be worth joining the Wellington Society and take advantage of his excellent excursions.

  • I have heard that the Hostel Macarena is a good place to stay, near the Plaza Mayor, and a good deal.

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