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The mesmerizing and historical city of Madrid is Spain's capital and largest city, and it is considered to be the major financial centre of Southern
Europe and the Iberian Peninsula.
It is one of the world's major global cities, which means that it has huge influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, and the arts.
Although, the city has a modern infrastructure, it still keeps its history alive, preserving the original look and feel of its historic neighborhoods
and streets, offering tourists and visitors an amazing sightseeing experience.
In addition to a wide range of appealing attractions, Madrid also boasts one of the most packed calendars of concerts, festivals, shows, sports events and exhibitions, world-wide.
To the unitiated, flamenco is observed as a blissful, colourful type of tune and move. In truth, it is truly about the enduring persevered by the Andlucían rovers, communicated in execution style. You're well on the way to see true flamenco at a tablao (restaurant with a stage) of which there are numerous in Madrid. Be ready to stay after midnight, on the other hand, when the star lovers of the dance floor and vocalists unleash the ardor, force and grace.
Flamenco perfectionists are gaudy about the scene in Madrid, however even they are excited by the exhibitions at Casa Patas (C/cañizares 10, Lavapiés (91 369 04 96/www.casapatas.com). Star entertainers can likewise be seen at the Corral de la Pacheca (C/juan Ramón, Jiménez 26, 91 353 01 00/www.corraldelapacheca.com). Cardamomo, a little flamenco club (Calle Echegaray, 15, 34-91-369-0757, www.cardamomo.es) pulls in a more youthful swarm. At cool, bohemian El Juglar, Sunday nights are offered over to flamenco, performed by people from the close-by Amor de Dios school.
To stamp and applaud along to flamenco in gathering mode visit the city at celebration time. The Festival de Flamenco Caja Madrid happens in Teatro del Canal (www.madrid.org) and different venues around the city in February, and in May the San Isidro holiday is the mother of all knees-ups.
Madrileños broadly have a Sunday drinking propensity, its all part of the magnetic, relaxed tapas society. A lesser know custom, however is haciendo el vermut (doing vermouth). They drink the sweet red mixture, a product of sweet white wine mixed with herbs, blooms, apples and oranges peel, seeds and plants, with ice and a cut as an aperitif for the huge Sunday lunch, or close by tapas.
You can drink vermouth, from the tap, with tapas, at Bodegas Ricla, which has an extraordinary line in cured venison and garlicky boquerones (salted new anchovies). La Taberna de Corps additionally does dry season vermouth and a super surtido (blended tapas plate). Bar El 2 De is a smooth place to sup vermouth in the evenings, however its rambunctious by night. Assuming that you're after universal, Casa Antonio (C/latoneros 10, 91, 366 57 83) is one of the most senior vermut bars in Madrid.
An extremely old neo-Mudéjar building that was at one time the heart of the city's meat exchange is currently demonstrating to its delicate side. Matadero Madrid, made from the old civil slaughterhouse by Madrid's City Council is an immeasurable space comprising of ten separate structures. Just a couple of them are constantly utilized for craftsmanship presentations, theatre preparations, addresses and innovative happenings at present; this extend is a work in advancement until 2011, however its a captivating new venue in the south of the city and the occupied bar zone is extraordinary for individuals viewing.
Madrid is a significant maker of footwear, with the Valencia and Alicante territories ruled by shoe production lines. For shoe customers, the road to tramp down is Augusto Figueroa, in the heart of Chueca, where you'll find various outlets for manufacturing plant examples. Any other way, its to Salamanca for top-dollar cowhide merchandise from the first class Loewe brand, or Mallorcan exquisiteness from Farrutx and Camper. In the event that its espadrilles your weary feet desire, Antigua Casa Crespo has them in bucketloads in this superbly protected, out-dated designed store.
Montecados are liquefy in-the-mouth, pale treats made with aniseed and almond and loads of fat. They're one of the paradise sent specialities of the heating nuns of the Convento de las Carboneras, whose sweet sugary treats are distributed to clients through a grille, as this is a shut request.
Madrid's tasty organic arrangements – Jardín Botanico – are right by the Prado storehouse, however once you're inside, around more than 30,000 plants from around the globe, you feel as though city life has been put on hold. The same is accurate of the less well-known however bigger Parque del Buen Retiro (Plaza de Murillo, 2; 34-91-420-3017; www.rjb.csic.es), which does not request that you treat it like a historical center (Botanico does) and where you can chill in the shade of a 200-year-old tree.
It's not difficult to head off on a Hemingway bar creep in this city, as there appear to be not many spots where the essayist did not drink. He and other universal press hacks, in addition to improving consumers Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner, all downed mixed drinks at the Museo Chicote, plus practically every Spanish author, performing artist or craftsman of the most recent 60 years. Hemingway held Cervecería Alemana for his day by day brewskie (his table is the one in the close right-hand corner). All the more as of late Café del Real, with its red cowhide seats and old musical show blurbs, was the spot for savvy people and craftsmen and performing artists in the 1980s. Today, spot social order has its quintessential perspective in the tasteful Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes, where the intellectuals grimace over espresso and El País. There may be no detecable savvy vibe at the unruly, oirish themed James Joyce pub, however there are phantoms: the pub sits on the site of the memorable Café Lion, a frequent of post-Civil War literati.
Anyplace charged as the planet's most seasoned restaurant is set to have the travelers getting there before a way brittle gateways, however El Sobrino de Botín is as extremely popular for its meals concerning its life span (300 years of age and tallying). That old Spanish favourite, cochinillo – suckling pig – is the supper of decision for large groups, however others swear by the cordero
Madrid has a continental climate which can be quite fickle, but still pleasant for a trip to the city. Anyway, there are some aspects that you might
want to consider before planning your visit to Madrid. First of all, you should keep in mind that the climate is mainly dry, with bitter winters and
very hot summers. In fact, August is rather a quiet month and period of the year, because of unexpected heat and sudden storms. January and February
have the coldest days of the year with average temperatures under 10°C, but rarely with snow. On the other hand, July is the hottest period of the year
when temperature reaches 30°C and above, with regular 35°C days.
Another thing to consider is that during the "siesta", which is between 2.00 - 5.00 P.M., some of the small shops and local businesses are closed for lunch, but the restaurants will usually be opened from 1.30 P.M. for lunch. Dinner is usually around 8.00 - 10.00 P.M. and nightlife doesn't ever start before 10.30 P.M.
A last thing when planning your vacation in Madrid, Spain, is that you should reserve your Mondays for walks and other similar activities, because almost all museums, palaces and other interest places are closed.
Check out the hotel map listed below to browse through your favorite central Madrid hotels, which are located around the city center. We recommend you to use our booking service which is completely secure and reliable, and also you should take a look on our other pages in order to find attractions around Madrid city center, recommended places to eat and drink and also some useful information about the Madrid's transportation, currency, shopping centers and other ideas of spending your time around the city center of Madrid.
If you are planning to fly to Madrid, you should know that the nearest airport is Barajas International Airport, at a distance of about 15 or 20
minutes from the city. You can reach Madrid by train or taxi, which is more expensive, around €25.
Underground - Metro line 8 Airport Terminals - Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid.
Bus - Several bus lines run from the Airport Terminals to central Madrid
Train - Suburban train line from Terminal T4 to stations in central Madrid: Chamartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha and Principe Pío
Madrid is definitely a walking city, you can visit the entire city center by foot, but if you want to choose other transportation means, then you can see below a list of the access options inside the city of Madrid.
As one of the biggest European cities, Madrid has also one of the largest underground networks, being in fact the sixth largest underground system in the entire world. There are twelve lines that cross the city and cover any destination you would think of. With reasonable prices, this is surely the cheapest way to travel around Madrid. The metro is functioning every day from 06.00 A.M. until 02.00 A.M.
The average price of a metro ticket is around €2, depending on the type of trip you choose. Another option would be a day pass which costs around €5.20.
The bus network is a quite cheap and interesting way to visit the city center and its surroundings. This transportation means runs daily from 6.00 A.M. to 1.00 A.M., but you can take the bus at night also, therefore the bus service is available 24 hours.
Things to know when catching a bus:
Driving your own car or a rented one inside Madrid can be a real challenge because of the narrow streets and the crowded roads, with few parking places. Blocking other cars in the middle of the street is a common practice so if you park your car in the city or near the city center, then you can risk finding your car hit or scratched.
However, there might be some advantages of traveling by car, and that is, you can reach your destination faster than by bus, and of course in a more comfortable seat, your own!