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Madrid City Guide

Written by on 12th August 2014
Category: City guides

The capital of Spain, Madrid, is the largest city in the country. It’s known for being one of Europe’s major international business and commerce centres, and is home to the headquarters of the World Tourism Organisation. With its high standard of living, steady GDP and financial importance, Madrid has earned its place as one of Europe’s leading cities along with London, Paris and Amsterdam.

When in Madrid be sure to visit:

  • Madrid’s Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Certain areas of the Palace are open to visitors all year round (other than during official ceremonies and receptions) including the Palace Gardens, the China Room and the Throne Room. Entrance to the Palace is free with the Madrid Card.
  • La Puerta del Sol is Madrid’s most central square and home to some of the city’s most iconic symbols. These include the clock tower of ‘Real Casa de Correos’, which welcomes the city in to the New Year and the ‘El Oso y El Madroño’ statue, which is the official symbol of the city. Many bars, restaurants and shops can also be found in this famous square.
  • Casa de Campo is one of Spain’s largest green spaces. The park is home to many attractions including a large lake for hiring a boat or kayak, the Madrid Arena, an amusement park and an aquarium. There’s also a selection of restaurants located throughout the park.

Transport Information

Navigating the city of Madrid is easy with its extensive public transport network. The city’s metro service is the most efficient way to travel through Madrid with services operating from 06:05 right through to 02:00. Tickets range from €1.15 to €3.80, depending on how far across the city you’re travelling. The city’s buses provide a service to most areas of Madrid and operate between 06:30 and 23:30. A single trip costs just €1 whereas a Metrobús ticket, allowing you up to 10 trips, is available for €6.70.  A night bus is also provided, which runs between 00:00 and 06:00. Taxis can be hailed throughout the city providing a door to door service.

Airport

Adolfo Suárez MadridBarajas Airport is the main airport serving the city of Madrid and has an average of 50, 000, 000 passengers passing through the airport each year. It’s located just 8.1 miles from the city’s main financial district. With nearly 100 airlines, the airport serves domestic locations throughout Spain as well as international destinations including London, New York and Dubai.

Airport lounges

  • Amnios (Terminal 4S): Open 06:00 to 00:00 for passengers with business class tickets or club cards. Facilities include catering, computers, wireless Internet, showers and a relaxation area.
  • La Revoltosa (Terminal 4): Open to business class ticket or club card holders between 05:30 and 22:30. Facilities include catering, computers, wireless Internet (30 minutes free), showers and a relaxation area.
  • Cibeles (Terminal 1): Open 24 hours a day to business class ticket and club card holders. Facilities include catering, TVs, Internet access and disabled access.
  • Puerta de Alcalá (Terminal 2): Reserved for domestic flights and gives business class ticket/ club card holders access between 05:00 and 23:00. Facilities include catering, TVs, computers, Internet access and disabled access.
  • Puerta del Sol (Terminal 3): Access between 04:30 and 23:00 for business class ticket holders and club cards. Facilities include catering, TV’s, internet access, computers and disabled access.
  • Premium lounge (Terminal 4): Open between 07:00 and 23:00. Facilities include VIP fast track services such as private security checkpoint and baggage reclaim, catering, meeting rooms, showers, internet access, disabled access and a relaxation lounge.
  • Business centre (Terminal 4): Access for collaborating loyalty cards between 08:00 and 20:00 Monday- Friday). Facilities include meeting rooms, catering, internet access, audio-visual support (projectors), showers and rest areas.

All airport lounges display air traffic information.

Transfer Details

  • Metro Line 8 – provides services from all airport terminals to the centre of Madrid. Travel time is roughly 12-15 minutes.
  • Buses – several buses provide services to Madrid and other Spanish cities. A ticket to Madrid costs around €5 and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
  • Taxis – all terminals are home to a taxi rank in the arrivals area. Prices vary at certain times and it’s important to check the driver starts the taximeter at the beginning of your journey.
  • Car hire – in the arrivals area of terminal T4 and T1 there are several car hire companies should you wish to drive during your stay in Madrid.

Schools

Madrid’s educational system is divided into 4 levels: nursery, primary, compulsory secondary and vocational/university education. Madrid is home to four Universities; Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Politécnica de Madrid. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is ranked within the World’s top 200 universities and specialises in educational, social, cultural and economic studies.

Currency

EUR = Euro (€)

Weather

Madrid has a variable climate with cool winters and hot summers. The city’s summer months are July and August with an average temperature of around 30°C and temperatures have been known to reach up to 40 °C. The coldest months in Madrid are December and January with an average temperature of around 2°C. It’s always a good idea to check the latest weather conditions in the city before you travel, even if the city does see sunshine for an average of more than 320 days of the year.

Apartments in the area

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Within our portfolio of Madrid serviced apartments, we recommend our Splendom Gran Via Apartments. These apartments offer studio, 1 bed and 2 bed options featuring a range of facilities including fully equipped kitchens, free wireless Internet and HD flat screen TVs.

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