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Helpful Phrases in Madrid, Spain

Helpful Phrases in Madrid, Spain September 24, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Many people in Madrid speak English. The younger generations of Spaniards have been required to study English in school and most who work in the hospitality industry speak English. That said, learning some of the local lingo before you visit Spain is still useful. Madrid locals appreciate the effort...

Sandwiches in Madrid

Sandwiches in Madrid September 21, 2011 | Food | Read More
There’s a sandwich – fillings placed between two slices of sandwich bread – and then there’s a bocadillo – fillings placed between a Spanish-style baguette (crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside) sliced length-wise. While you’ll run across sandwiches in Madrid (go to sandwich chain...

Late-Night Dining in Madrid

Late-Night Dining in Madrid September 19, 2011 | Food | Read More
If you enjoy eating late, then you will feel right at home in Madrid, as what many people call late-night dining anywhere else is just considered, well, simply dining here in Madrid. Most Madrid restaurants don’t even open for dinner until 8:30 or 9:00 pm. Then the local crowds don’t usually sit...

Using Public Transportation in Madrid

Using Public Transportation in Madrid September 10, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Fast, efficient and cheap, Madrid has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. Seriously. There is no reason to spend money on taxis (though they are plentiful) if you don’t want to. While Madrid’s public transportation network actually consists of subways, trains, buses and light...

How to Get From the Airport to Downtown Madrid

How to Get From the Airport to Downtown Madrid September 7, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
It doesn’t matter whether you ultimately decide to travel by subway or taxi, downtown Madrid is very easy to reach from the city’s Barajas airport. I’ll show you how and why. Metro / Subway Advantage: Metro tickets are cheap. Disadvantage: You have to handle your own luggage. The Metro (subway)...

Fiestas in La Latina: Venerating the Virgin of La Paloma

Fiestas in La Latina: Venerating the Virgin of La Paloma July 29, 2011 | Events | Read More
August 15 is the date of one of Madrid’s most traditional fiestas, ostensibly in honor of the Virgin of La Paloma. But while modern-day celebrations include manifestations of religious devotion, they also showcase Madrid’s keen desire to party in the streets. The fiestas actually start a few...

Free Things to Do in Madrid

Free Things to Do in Madrid July 26, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Regardless of your budget, it is practically impossible to be bored in Madrid; aside from being Spain’s artistic and cultural capital, Madrid has an amazing variety of free things to do. Wondering where to start? With many museums, parks, churches and squares to choose from, we’ve compiled a...

Hiking in Madrid

Hiking in Madrid July 19, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
If you want to stretch your legs and see Madrid’s more natural side, you don’t even have to leave the city to do it. Madrid’s large Casa de Campo park on the western edge of the city provides acres upon acres of woods and trails. While attractions like the zoo, amusement park and boating lake are...

50 Euros a Day in Madrid

50 Euros a Day in Madrid July 16, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
There’s no need to dip into your 401k to go on vacation. Madrid is a cool, exciting European capital but without those Paris and London prices. With a little discipline, you don’t need to go over 50 euros a day. Food Spanish breakfasts are quite economical. A cup of coffee and a croissant will...

Dealing With Emergencies in Madrid

Dealing With Emergencies in Madrid July 13, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Statistically speaking, there is no reason to worry in Madrid and you will most likely have a lovely vacation. However, sometimes stuff happens like anywhere else in the world: passports get lost, wallets get stolen, people have heart attacks, etc. So we’ll let you know what to do. Print this page...
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