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Contents [+] Understand Location Climate Culture [+] Get in By plane By train By bus By car [+] Get around [+] By public transit Metro Bus Train By taxi By car By bicycle Talk [+] See Landmarks and architecture Museum Triangle Other museums Parks [+] Do Flamenco Shows [+] Concert Venues Classical & opera [+] Sports Football Bullfighting Basketball Tennis Movies and film Festivals [+] Learn Language Schools [+] Buy Shopping Districts Markets Shopping Outlets [+] Eat Madrid From Wikitravel Central Spain : Community of Madrid : Madrid For other places with the same name, see Madrid (disambiguation). Madrid [1] ( is the capital and largest city of Spain, as well as the capital of the autonomous community of the same name (Comunidad de Madrid). The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million with a metro area population of almost 6.5 million. Madrid is best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, a good example of which is the El Prado museum. Madrid also boasts some of the liveliest nightlife in the world. Understand Location Madrid is located just northeast of the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula, in the middle of the Spanish central Castillian plateau (Meseta central), at an average altitude of 650m. Nearly all of the most famous tourist areas are located in the center of the city including Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, and Plaza de Colón. The major streets in Madrid include the Gran Via, Alcalá Street, and Paseo de la Castellana. Climate The climate of Madrid is continental; mainly dry and quite extreme at times. Madrid sees perpetual sunshine and a characteristically hot and dry summer, and a fairly cold winter with frequent frosts during the night and the occasional snowfall. Spring and autumn are mild with the most rainfall concentrated in these seasons. Spring and autumn are definitely the best times to visit, especially the months of April, May, June, September and October. There is very little rainfall during summer and also less rainfall during winter. During winter snow occurs sporadically, however snowfall usually lasts only for a few days, but there is abundant snowfall in the adjacent mountain ranges nearby. Culture The culture of Madrid was dominated by its Royal history, centre of the Spanish Empire. The Royal Palace, big places and buildings used by the Spanish Monarchy, enormous cathedrals and churches are plentiful in Madrid, as well as medieval Madrid travel guide - Wikitravel 1 z 31 2012-03-15 18:57

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MadridFrom WikitravelCentral Spain : Community of Madrid : MadridContents

For other places with the same name, see Madrid (disambiguation). Madrid [1] ( is the capital and largest city of Spain, as well as the capital of the autonomous community of the same name (Comunidad de Madrid). The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million with a metro area population of almost 6.5 million. Madrid is best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, a good example of which is the El Prado museum. Madrid also boasts some of the liveliest nightlife in the world.

[+] Understand Location Climate Culture [+] Get in By plane By train By bus By car [+] Get around [+] By public transit Metro Bus Train By taxi By car By bicycle Talk [+] See Landmarks and architecture Museum Triangle Other museums Parks [+] Do Flamenco Shows [+] Concert Venues Classical & opera [+] Sports Football Bullfighting Basketball Tennis Movies and film Festivals [+] Learn Language Schools [+] Buy Shopping Districts Markets Shopping Outlets [+] Eat

UnderstandLocationMadrid is located just northeast of the geographical center of the Iberian Peninsula, in the middle of the Spanish central Castillian plateau (Meseta central), at an average altitude of 650m. Nearly all of the most famous tourist areas are located in the center of the city including Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, and Plaza de Coln. The major streets in Madrid include the Gran Via, Alcal Street, and Paseo de la Castellana.

ClimateThe climate of Madrid is continental; mainly dry and quite extreme at times. Madrid sees perpetual sunshine and a characteristically hot and dry summer, and a fairly cold winter with frequent frosts during the night and the occasional snowfall. Spring and autumn are mild with the most rainfall concentrated in these seasons. Spring and autumn are definitely the best times to visit, especially the months of April, May, June, September and October. There is very little rainfall during summer and also less rainfall during winter. During winter snow occurs sporadically, however snowfall usually lasts only for a few days, but there is abundant snowfall in the adjacent mountain ranges nearby.

CultureThe culture of Madrid was dominated by its Royal history, centre of the Spanish Empire. The Royal Palace, big places and buildings used by the Spanish Monarchy, enormous cathedrals and churches are plentiful in Madrid, as well as medieval2012-03-15 18:57

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Cuisine Restaurants Budget Mid-range Splurge [+] Drink Tapas Bars Cafes Bars Clubs [+] Sleep Budget Mid-range Splurge Apartments Contact Cope Stay safe Get out "siesta" can be still observed during which some citizens take a break to cool off, though Madrileos can usually only afford this 'luxury' during holidays and weekends. Most stores are open during all the day; just small stores are often closed during this time. Workers and those more afflicted by Western lifestyles choose not to observe this long break and work traditional business hours, which are usually between 9AM and 6-7PM. During summer many offices, however, will have a summer schedule requiring workers to start at 8am and finish at 3pm (most commonly without the standard 1-2 hour break for lunch). Offices usually close during the weekend but businesses are often open Saturday morning (downtown stays open until afternoon). Most grocers are closed on Sundays, but some major chain and department stores linked to "culture" (books, music, etc.) will be open throughout the day and all of them on the first Sunday of the month. Shops and department stores in Puerta del Sol area are open every day.

architecture, although nowadays Madrid is just as much a cosmopolitan city as Berlin or London, full of new architecture, lifestyle and culture. As Spanish Capital, Madrid has meant the different "establishment" for most Spaniards. During the 2nd Republic (1931-1936) was a bustling city of new ideas. Being capital of the Franquist dictatorship (1939-1975) made the city still seemed to represent a conservative part of Spain to many Spaniards. However, the city is also the epicentre of the famous Movida, Spain's 80s movement that bred personalities such as the director Pedro Almodvar. The heritage of this era is indeed still visible in the city centre, where a party can be found at all times and one of the most liberal and colourful environments of Spain can be seen. The city is also known for its great gay tolerance. The citizens of Madrid, who refer to themselves as Madrileos or the more traditional and currently seldom used term "gatos" (cats), live by a daily routine that is heavily influenced by the climate. Due to the typically midday heat during summer, a

Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid's city hall, Cibeles Square

Madrid possibly has the largest number Plaza Mayor of bars per capita of any European city and a very active nightlife; Madrileos are known to stay up until as late as 5AM-7AM. It is quite common to see a crowded Gran Va on weekend nights. It is important to note that, due to this lifestyle, lodging located near the fun areas may end up a2012-03-15 18:57

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nightmare for light sleepers if your window faces the street. Madrid has a very modernized and elaborate transportation network of buses and Metro. The city contrasts with some large European cities in that it is extremely clean, and city employees in bright yellow vests can almost always be seen cleaning the streets and sidewalks. Like most large cities, however, there is a substantial population of vagrants and beggars lining the streets. Madrid is one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. Communities of West Africans, North Africans, other Europeans, Chinese, Indians, Filipinos, Pakistanis and (especially) Latin Americans are prominent. Some popular neighborhoods are: Alonso Martnez - Many pubs and small discos. Until about 3AM, a very young crowd, and if youre around here before midnight, and over the age of 20, prepare to feel positively old. Most places close around 3AM, then people move to nearby areas to continue partying (clubs in Gran Va or Tribunal). Barrio de las Letras / Huertas - Many of Spain's most famous writers lived there (Cervantes, Quevedo, etc.). It is among Lavapis, Puerta del Sol and Paseo del Prado. It is an area full of history and interesting buildings and is also well-known because of its concentration of bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels. Plaza de Santa Ana is a beautiful square. It can be considered "too touristic" for some local people. Chueca - Near Malasaa and Gran Va, it is the gay district (although no one is ever excluded) with a very strong personality. New design, trendy shops, cool cafes. Pop and electronic music. By far, the most cosmopolitan place in town. Has become quite chic and expensive. Tribunal / Malasaa - Alternative area. You can enjoy a caf, a dinner, a book or just some drink. Mainly rock and pop music clubs, some of them still open from "La movida madrilea" (beginning of 80's). Calle Manuela Malasaa is a great place to eat, Calle del Pez a great place to have some drinks and Plaza Dos de Mayo is the heart of the district. Conde Duque - Like Malasaa, this district shares a similar audience. Calle Conde Duque is full of cafs and restaurant. Between the main squares in the district, Plaza de Guardias de Corps and Plaza de las Comendadoras, you will also find other options to have drinks, cafs or tapas. The Conde Duque Cultural Centre usually hosts shows, concerts and exhibitions. Gran Va - The place that never sleeps. Major street that includes many popular nightclubs, usually open from 1AM to 6-7AM. La Latina - Near Lavapis, it is the place to go for tapas and full of bohemian young people looking for stylish bars. In the old section, many small bars and pubs, a generally older crowd (late 20s, 30s you know, "adults"). Contains La Cava Baja street. Avoid places in the Plaza Mayor but for sunbathing and beers. Multiple bars serving fantastic tapas in the Cava Baja and Cuchilleros. It's surprisingly very crowded on Sunday mornings, from 11AM to late in the afternoon due to its close location to the flea market El Rastro. Lavapis - Multicultural quarter of the city, with more than 50% foreign residents, mostly from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Plenty of world music bars and many alternative theaters and art galleries. Lavapis is maybe the most cosmopolitan and hippy area at the same time in Madrid. Indian restaurants, alternative cafs, African music and South American shops. Walking around for a coffee is well worth it. Moncloa - Due to its proximity to the main University in Madrid (Universidad Complutense),3 z 31 2012-03-15 18:57

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Moncloa is associated with students and a student lifestyle, many cheap bars and discos as it is near the university, although some of the places are best avoided. Salamanca - Plenty of expensive boutiques, unique shops with impossible prices and department stores. Torre Europa. A very posh or "pijo" crowd, full of pubs and clubs. Quite expensive and virtually uniform music, places, and people. Ciudad Universitaria. This area is where most of the students reside as there are several dorms in this area. There are many, many cheap bars with great nightlife starting from Thursdays.

Get inBy planeMadrid Barajas International Airport (IATA: MAD), +34 902 404 704, [2] ( /csee/Satellite?pagename=subHome&Language=EN_GB&c=Page&SiteName=MAD& cid=1049727006353) is located 13km from the city center. It is a one of the largest airports in Europe and is serviced by many airlines, as well as being the homebase for Iberia Airlines. The airport has 4 terminals, including Terminal 4, a new low-cost carrier terminal that has won architectural awards, and might be worth the trip to have a look even if you are not flying. The airport is connected to the city by Cercanias commuter train (line C-1) and Metro (line 8 pink). From Terminal 4, the simplest option to get to Puerta del Sol (the center of Madrid) is to take the commuter train (look for Renfe Cercanias) to "Nuevos Ministerios" and then transfer to line C-3 or C-4 southbound on platform 8; Sol will be the first stop. Alternatively, you can also take the Metro to Nuevos Ministerios from any terminal but it will probably take a bit longer. Metro tickets to/from the airport cost 2.50, while Cercanias tickets cost 2.15. An express bus service for 2 reaches O'Donell, Cibeles and Atocha [3] ( /lineaAeropuerto/index.html) . Public buses 200 and 204 operate between the airport and Plaza Coln and Avenida de Amrica in Madrid. Public night bus N4 goes from Plaza Cibeles to Barajas district, 400m walk from the terminal through a passageway over the highway. Night Shuttle [4] ( /night.html) operates a night bus between the airport and city center for 9.90 per person. Taxis from the airport to the city center cost ~32. Two smaller airports, Torrejn and Cuatro Vientos, also serve the city, however, there are no commercial flights coming in or out of these two airports.

By trainRenfe, +34 902-240-202, [5] ( operates train service to/from Madrid. Frequent trains operate between Madrid and Barcelona (2h 40min), Seville (2h 20 min), Malaga (2h 30 min), Zaragoza, Tarragona, Lerida, Huesca, Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Lisbon, Milan, the French coast, Paris, with continuing journeys to most of Europe. Madrid has two train stations: Chamartn and Atocha, both of which have excellent Metro and Cercanias commuter train connections. Most northbound and international trains arrive and depart from Chamartn station, while trains to Barcelona, Valencia and southern Spain depart from Atocha. If you need to get between the two stations, Metro line 1 (1.50, 30-40 minutes) or Cercanias lines C3 and C4 (1.35, 15 minutes) offer the most direct connection.

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Chamartn station is on the north side of the city and is served by the Metro stop of the same name on Metro lines 1 and 10. Atocha is on the southern side of the city center and is divided into two main sections, an area for Cercanias trains and one for long-distance trains. The long-distance side is set inside the towering old station, where you will find a tropical garden with a pond full of small turtles as well as a number of shops. A memorial to the victims of the terrorist attack of March 11, 2004 is in the Cercanias portion of the station near the Metro stop.

By bus

Tropical garden in Atocha

Madrid has eight enormous international and intercity bus stations. Information on where buses to a particular destination depart from can be found at the Tourist Office. Many of the international buses, and those headed south of Madrid, arrive at and depart from Estacin Sur de Autobuses (Calle de Mndez lvaro, Tel:+34 91-468-4200 [6] ( ) which is accessible by metro. Buses to and from Barcelona and Bilbao operate from the Avenida de Amrica bus terminal, also accessible by Metro.

By carThere are car rental facilities available at the airport, train stations, and other main travel sites. Always be sure to have a street map handy! The roads within Madrid are difficult to navigate as there are no places to stop and consult a map or check your route. Also, if you are relying on GPS navigation, be aware that there are several consecutive junctions underground near the centre and your GPS may not get a signal underground. Plan your turns before you enter the tunnels.

Get aroundBy public transitMadrid proudly sports one of the best public transportation networks in the world and the second largest metro network in Europe, second only to London's. Buses and subways form an integrated network [7] ( and work with the same tickets. A single ticket costs 1.50, a ten trip ticket costs 9.30. Alternatively, you can buy unlimited travel passes as follows: 1 day (6), 2 days (10), 3 days (13), 5 days (19), or 7 days (25). Children under 11 receive a 50% discount. Tickets can be purchased at Metro stations, news-stands, and estancos (tobacconists'). Metro The Metro de Madrid [8] ( (Madrid's Subway/Underground) is one of the best and less expensive metros in Europe. In addition, the underground tunnels of the Metro provide relief from the sun on hot days. Ticket machines are bilingual with instructions in both Spanish and English. Stamping the ticket one time allows you to use the Metro network as long and far as you like - make sure you stay

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inside the Metro zone, once you leave it, you'll have to stamp your ticket again. When you travel to or from airport stations, there is additional supplement of 1, which can be paid at the entrance or exit. The Passes do not require this supplement-it is included in the price. You can catch some trains as late as 2:00AM, although the official close time for the metro system is at 1:30AM. Nights before Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays have a night bus (MetroBho) service on the same routes as the Metro lines, from rougly 01:00AM to 05:30AM. Stops for these lines are sometimes not in obvious places, especially in the pedestrian areas in the city center. Announcements in the metro are made only in Spanish, though signs are bilingual in Spanish and English. Bus Whatever the Metro doesn't cover, the buses do. Night buses (Bhos, "night owls"), have their main hub at Plaza de Cibeles [9] ( , covering most of the city at roughly 20-minute intervals. Buses are equipped with free wi-fi facility (EMTmadrid), easy to use with any type of laptop or netbook. Train Madrid has a system of local trains (Cercanas) that connect outlying suburbs and villages with the city center. Although most useful for visiting historic or outdoor destinations outside the city core, they are also useful for quickly getting from the north end of the city (Chamartin and Nuevos Ministros) to the south end of the city (Sol and Atocha) and, as of Sept 2011, Barajas airport (terminal 4).

Tourist map of the Madrid Metro

By taxiTaxis can be hard to find during late hours on weekends, especially if there is some rain. Unlike in other European cities, there are few taxi stands; just stand by the side of a major road or bus stop and wave your hand to signal an available taxi passing by. Available taxis have a green libre sign in the windshield and a green light on top. Official taxis are white, and have a red stripe and the flag of Madrid on the front door. The tariff is displayed on top of the car (a 1 during daytime, a 2 during the night, which become 2 and 3 on holidays such as Christmas Eve). There are also special surcharges for entering or leaving the airport/train station. Ask for the written table of tariffs and charges (suplementos) (shown on small stickers on rear windows, compulsory by law) before paying if you think it's too expensive. Be aware there are some taxi drivers that will do what is called 'la vuelta al ruedo' which basically means they will drive you around or through the crowded avenues to increase the fare. Most taxi drivers do not speak English, so you should have the names and/or addresses of your destinations6 z 31 2012-03-15 18:57

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written in Spanish to show your taxi driver. Likewise, get your hotel's business card in case you get lost.

By carTransportation by private automobile in Madrid can be a nightmare. The Spanish capital suffers from the typical problems of most big cities; far too many cars and not enough space to accommodate them. Sometimes there can even be traffic jams in the Paseo de la Castellana at 3:00 AM (early to some Madrileos). The problem is compounded by the narrow streets in the old town, where a lorry delivering beer barrels to a local bar can cause a huge tailback. Finding a parking space can be very time consuming, and difficult if one is not skilled in the art of close proximity parallel parking. Many Spaniards are also lacking in this art, prompting them to simply park in the street, blocking other cars in. If you find yourself blocked in by such a practice, honk your horn until the driver returns. If you parallel park your car in Madrid, be aware that most Madrileos park by sound alone. They will feel no remorse for repeatedly hitting the car in front and behind them while trying to get into or out of a tight spot. If you value your car's paint job, or you have rented a car, it may be best to park underground. Though this is no guarantee for nobody hitting your car, the chances are somewhat diminished. In short, renting a car is not only unnecessary, but not recommended for getting around downtown Madrid, and a car is likely to be more of a liability than an asset. Visitors should make use of Madrid's excellent public transportation instead. Renting a car only makes sense if you are planning to leave Madrid and drive to the nearby towns.

By bicycleAlthough Madrid does not appear as a bike-friendly city at a first sight, things are changing slowly to make bike experience more comfortable. Several streets in historical downtown have been transformed into mixedtraffic spaces where pedestrians and bikes have priority over cars. There are new easy-bike paths all along the river and connecting important parks. It is also possible to use a lot of narrow easy streets where traffic is slow and calm to travel along the city without dependig on exclusive bike paths. There are some official and unofficial publications with these streets along the web.

El Retiro

To avoid some of Madrid inconveniencies, such as hot weather or slopy streets it is also possible to get bikes on Metro and Railways trains with some schedule restrictions, and on every public transport without restrictions when using folding-bikes. There is no public rent-a-bike service, but there are some rent shops on historical center area.

TalkWhile knowledge of the English language is increasing amongst the younger generations, the majority of Madrid's residents know only a few words - even employees at American businesses such as McDonald's or Burger King and employees at cash exchange centers rarely speak much English. You can often find someone with a fair grasp of English at larger hotels and tourism sites, but it would nevertheless be helpful to know at least a few common Spanish words and phrases.

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Puerta del Sol, (Metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3)). This plaza is the heart of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city - a hub for the local transit system, a favorite meeting spot for locals, a visible area for festivals or political demonstrations, and a opportune location for tour guides, street performers, pickpockets and anyone else looking to take advantage of all the tourists on hand. In the center of the plaza sits the Statue of King Charles III on horseback, facing the Royal Post Office (Real Casa de Correos), the red-and-white building adorned with a clock tower Puerta del Sol on the plaza's south side. Originally the building served as Madrid's first post office, then the police headquarters under Franco before being transformed into it's current use as the office of the President of Madrid, the head of the regional government. The clock tower is noteworthy for being the center focus of New Year's celebrations every year, which are broadcast across Spain and mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes (one for each ring of the bell) and the beginning of a new year. In front of the building is Kilometer Zero (Kilmetro Cero), a plaque showing the point where the measuring of national highway system begins. On the east side of the plaza is the famous Bear and the Madroo Tree Statue, a bear climbing a madroo tree, which is the symbol of Madrid. Nearby the giant neon To Pepe sign sits above the plaza and is a famous fixture of this area. edit Plaza Mayor, (Metro: Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3) or Opera (lines 2, 5 and R)). Perhaps the best known plaza in Madrid, this impressive square is now one of the main stops on any tourist visit. Originally built outside the city walls, this enclosed square has played host to bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments and executions. Today it is ringed with tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. The statue of Philip III sits in the middle across from the Casa de la Panadera, a beautifully painted building with two towers on the north side of the square (not to be confused with the other building with two towers on the opposite side) which once served as the headquarters of the bakers' guild and now houses a tourist information office. Access to the square is via one of the many arcades which connect to the surrounding pedestrian streets. edit Mercado de San Miguel, (Metro: Opera (lines 2, 5 and R)). Near Plaza Mayor is this indoor market, identifiable by its ornate iron posts. Built in 1913, it's full of a wide range of high quality food. Even if you're not buying anything, it's worth entering for the sights and smells of dried ham, fine wine, freshly baked goods and other treats from the vendors inside. edit Plaza de la Villa, (Metro: Opera (lines 2, 5 and R)). The main square during Middle Age, as Calle Mayor (High Street) was the main street as well. It houses the former City Hall, the former Academy of Fine Arts and the Archbishopric. edit Palacio Real, Calle Bailen (Metro: Opera (lines 2, 5 and R)), +34 91 4548800, [10] ( . M-Sa 9:00-17:00, Su and holidays 9:00-15:00, closed occasionally for official ceremonies. The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is an enormous palace, one of the biggest in Europe, with scorching plains of concrete around it. Though it is the official residence of the King of Spain, the royal family does not actually reside here and it is generally used only for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace is considered to be one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in Madrid, not only for its location on a bluff overlooking the river valley but also for its architecture and the artistic treasures to be found in its rooms. A simple one-way tour of the palace (both self-guided and guided are available) takes you up the grand stairway and through the lavishly8 z 31 2012-03-15 18:57

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decorated state rooms with their elegant tapestries, frescoes, porcelain, carvings and added decor like china, silverware, medals, etc. From the courtyard you can access the Farmacia (Pharmacy), which contains hundreds of bottles of early medicines and a reconstructed laboratory, and the Real Armorial (Royal Armory), a two-story collection of medieval weapons and armor. Explanations in the armory are in Spanish only, so do not expect to Royal Palace understand much unless your know the Spanish names for all that medieval weaponry. The lines to get in are very long, especially on Wednesday when the place is free - try to go early. Photography inside the palace is not allowed. Entry 10; Guided tour 11; Students and children 5; free W for EU citizens. edit Catedral de la Almudena, (Metro: Opera (lines 2, 5 and R)). This massive cathedral faces the Palacio Real. Finished near the end of 20th century, it is where the Princes of Asturias Felipe and Letizia were married in 2004. edit Plaza de Espaa, (Metro: Plaza de Espaa (lines 3 and 10) or Noviciado (line 2)). A prominent square on the northwest side of central district, adjacent to two of the tallest buildings in Madrid: the Torre de Madrid (the taller, white one) and the Edificio Espaa (the red and white one). The square contains a large fountain and a sculpture of Cervantes and his famous Don Quixote and Sancho Panza characters. edit Gran Va, (Metro: Banco de Espaa (line 2), Gran Via (lines 1 and 5), Callao (lines 3 and 5), Santo Domingo (line 2), or Plaza de Espaa (lines 3 and 10)). Literally "Great Way" (better translated as "Broadway"), Gran Va is one of the busiest avenues in Madrid. Running from Plaza de Espaa to Plaza de Cibeles, it is the location of the cinema district and a number of shopping malls and is lined with large billboards and lights. There's a constant buzz of traffic and life - 3-4am early morning traffic jams are not unusual. edit Plaza de Cibeles, (Metro: Banco de Espaa (line 2)). A massive roundabout at the intersection of Calle de Alcala and Paseo del Prado, this plaza houses one of Madrid's emblems, the Fountain of Cibeles, which portrays the Roman goddess of fertility sitting upon a chariot pulled by two lions. On the southeast corner dominating the Plaza is one of the world's most beautiful city halls, the Palacio de Cibeles (formerly the Palacio de las Comunicaciones), an impressive structure with a jaw-droppingly spectacular facade. Inside, the building holds a cultural center with changing art exhibits and info on Madrid, and you can climb to the upper floors for some excellent views out the window. On the southwest corner of the square sits the imposing Bank of Spain (Banco de Espaa) building, while the northeast corner is home to the Palacio de Linares, which holds the Casa de Amrica [11] ( , a cultural center with an art gallery of Latin American works. edit Plaza de Castilla, (Metro: Plaza de Castilla (lines 1, 9 and 10); Bus line 27). On the north side of the city and bisected by Paseo de la Castellana, this plaza is in the center of Madrid's skyscraper district. A tall obelisk sits in the center of the plaza while the Gate of Europe (Puerta de Europa) towers, two slanted towers which frame the boulevard, are situated on the north side of the plaza. Taking the #27 bus, which runs along Paseo del Prado and Paseo de la Castellana and ends at Plaza de Castilla, will take you pass several Madrid highrises. North of the Plaza is the Four Towers (Cuatro Torres), four

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sleek new skyscrapers which are the tallest in Spain.


Museum TriangleThis is Madrid's museum district, named for the three major art museums clustered along Paseo del Prado east of the old city: the Museo del Prado, one of the finest art museums in the world, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, a baron's collection of classical art, and the Reina Sofia, Madrid's modern art museum. However, a couple of smaller museums also occupy the neighborhood which are well worth seeing as well. Museo del Prado, Paseo de Prado (Metro: Atocha (line 1) or Banco The northern entrance to Prado de Espaa (line 2); Bus lines 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and 45), +34 90 2107077, [12] ( . Tu-Su: 9AM-8PM, Closed M and some holidays. One of the finest art collections in the world and the best collection of classical art in Madrid. It includes many different collections: the Spanish (El Greco, Velzquez, and Goya), the Flemish and Dutch (Rubens, van Dyck, and Brueghel), Italian (Botticelli, Tintoretto, Titian, Caravaggio, and Veronese) and German (Albrecht Drer, Lucas Cranach, and Baldung Grien). Some highlights not to miss at the Prado: The Bosch masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights, The famous Velzquez piece Las Meninas, The Black Paintings and The Third of May 1808 by Goya, Adoration of the Shepards by El Greco, and David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio. Be sure to walk along Paseo del Prado, a pedestrian walkway full of fountains and trees near the museum. Nice affordable restaurant on the main floor. Adults: 12; Students free with ISIC etc & children: 4; Free: Tu-Sa 6PM-8PM and every Su 5PM-8PM. edit Reina Sofa National Museum and Art Center, Santa Isabel 52 (Metro: Atocha (line 1)), +34 91 7741000 (fax: +34 91 7741056), [13] ( . M, W-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM. Houses Madrid's best collection of modern art. It includes many of Pablo Picasso's most revered works including the renowned Guernica. The Reina Sofa also houses masterpieces by Mir, Kandinsky, Dal, Bacon, and more. 6, students with ISIC etc free, free Saturday from 2:30PM till 9PM, Sunday from 10AM till 2:30PM, and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 7PM-close. edit Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, Paseo de Prado, 8 (Metro: Banco de Espaa (line 2)), +34 913 69 01 51 , [14] ( . Tu-Su 10AM-7PM. The ticket office closes at 6:30PM. The Museum is closed all day on 1 Jan, 1 May, and 25 Dec. Contains a large art collection including masterpieces by Monet, Goya, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, Mondrian, Bacon and Lichtenstein. Adults: 8; Students: 8; Children under 12: Free. edit Caixa Forum, Paseo de Prado, 36 (Metro: Atocha (line 1)), [15] ( /nuestroscentros/caixaforummadrid/caixaforummadrid_es.html) . A private museum of contemporary art and culture that is particularly well-known for the "vertical garden" by Patrick Blanc installed on a wall in front of the museum, as well as the quite special architecture of the building itself. The vertical garden can be seen from the street outside, just a block south of the Thyssen-Bornemisza and across from the Prado. Inside the museum has free exhibitions and functions. edit Naval Museum, Paseo del Prado 5. (Metro: Banco de Espaa (line 2)). Beautiful museum with vast interesting collections about Spanish sailing. Free on Saturdays and Sundays.. edit

Other museums

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Museo de Amrica, Avenida Reyes Catlicos 6 (Metro: Moncloa (lines 3 and 6)), +34 91 5492641 and 91 5439437, [16] ( . Tu-Sa: 9:30AM-3PM, Su 10:00AM-3PM, Closed Mondays, Jan 1, May 1, Dec 24, 25, 31. An excellent museum that many tourists miss. Houses thousands of artifacts from the Americas. The exhibit displays objects from many native cultures from before European conquest to colonial times and beyond. Don't miss the Tesoro (Treasure) de los Qumbayas, a collection of gold objects that was given as a gift by the Colombian government. Also of interest is the Tudela Codex, an Aztec law book from the 1500's. Beware: most explanations to the objects on display are in Spanish only. Adults: 3, students 1.50, free Su, free for seniors and children. edit

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Museo de la Ciudad (Museum of the City), Calle Prncipe de Vergara 140 (Metro: Cruz del Rayo (line 9)), +34 91 5886599, [17] ( /Museo+de+la+Ciudad?Language=en) . Mo: Closed Tu-Fr: 10am-2pm and 4-7pm Sa&Su: 10am-2pm.. With five floors, it tells the city's history, since it was founded by the Arabs. There are models of some urban areas. Entry is free. edit Museo de Lazaro Galdiano, Calle Serrano 122 (Metro: Gregorio Marion (lines 7 and 10)), +34 91 5616084, [18] ( . W-M: 10AM-4:30PM. Closed: Tu; Jan 1; Easter Thursday and Friday; May 2 and 3; Nov 1; Dec 6 and 25.. This museum houses the stunning collection of Spanish entrepreneur Jos Lzaro Galdiano (1862-1947) and is considered to be one of the best private collections in Spain. Not only will you find works by Goya, Velzquez, El Greco and others, the museum is also filled with jewelry, furniture, sculpture and ceramics. This is an excellent museum that is usually not crowded and well worth the price of admission. 4, free on Sundays.. edit Museo Sorolla, General Martnez Campos, 37 (Metro: Iglesia (line 1) or Rubn Daro (line 5); Bus lines 5, 7, 14, 16, 27, 40, 45, 61, 147 and 150), +34 91 3101584, [19] ( . Tu - Sat: 0930 to 2000 - Sun 1000-1500. This museum is in what was the impressionist painter's house and features fine furniture and porcelain as well as his paintings. 3. edit Museo del Traje (The Costume Museum), Avenida de Juan de Herrera 2 (Metro: Moncloa (lines 3 and 6) or Ciudad Universitaria (line 6)), +34 91 5504700, [20] ( . Tu-Sa 9:30AM-7PM, Su 10:00AM-3PM. Closed 1, 6 Jan, 1, 15 May, 24, 25, 31 Dec. Offers a wide selection of historical and more temporary costumes (from the early 1200s to now) which shows the aspects of different cultures and Spain. The museum also organizes many activities and events. edit National Archeology Museum, Calle Serrano 13 (Metro: Serrano (line 4)), +34 91 5777912, [21] ( . Tu-Sa: 9:30AM-5PM, Sun and Holidays 9:30AM-3PM. Closed: M; Jan 1 and 6; May 1 and 15; Dec 24, 25, and 31. (Holidays: Apr 5 and 6, May 2, Aug 15, Oct 12, Nov 1 and 9, Dec 6 and 8.. Don't let the sound of it frighten you. This well designed museum houses an incredible collection of archaeological finds from across the peninsula. It leaves the visitor with a sense of the chronology of civilization in Spain (Iberian, Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Visagoth, Arab, and into the modern age). The famous Dama de Elche, an Iberian (pre-Roman) fertility goddess statue, is

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in this museum. There are also a few pieces from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. It is currently undergoing renovations and is open with limited exhibits. 3, Free entry Saturday after 2:30PM and Sundays. edit

Dama de Elche: Iberian (pre-Roman) fertility goddess statue

Real Academia de Bella Artes de San Fernando, Calle Alcal 13 (Metro: Sevilla or Banco de Espaa (line 2)), +34 91 5240864, [22] ( . Tu-Fr: 9:30AM-7PM, Sa-M: 9:30-4:30PM.. Highly impressive art collection with paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints. Several Goya masterpieces. Adults: 3, students 1.50, free W, free for children and seniors.. edit San Antonio de La Florida Hermitage. This small church is famous for its murals, painted by Goya. It's also the mausoleum of the painter. edit

ParksEl Retiro Park, (Metro: Retiro (line 2), Ibiza (line 9) or Atocha (line 1)). The main park of Madrid, the perfect place to take a rest during a sunny day, or take part in the drum circles around the statue of Alphonso XII on summer evenings. There is a large boating lake where one can hire a rowing boat great fun for the children! There is a monument to the victims of the Madrid 3/11 terrorist bombings, the Forest of the Absent, and the Crystal Palace, a large structure entirely made of glass. Sunday afternoons in summer are a treat in the park, where young hippies play bongos and dance. edit Royal Botanical Garden (Real Jardin Botanico), (Metro: Atocha (line 1)).edit

Parque del Capricho, (Metro: El Capricho (line 5)). One of the most beautiful parks in Madrid. Built in 1797-1839, it has a strong Romanticism influence. Declared as an Historic Garden, its lakes with swans and ducks, labyrinths, palaces, squares and fountains makes this a lovely place. edit Templo de Debod, Paseo del Pintor Rosales 2 (Metro: Plaza de Espaa (lines 3 and 10)), +34 91 765108, [23] ( . Tue-Fri: 10AM - 2PM and 6PM - 8PM, Sat-Sun: 10AM- 2PM, closed Mondays and holidays. An Egyptian temple, located in one of Madrids most beautiful parks. Near the Royal Palace and Plaza de Espaa, it was a present given by Egypt to Spain for its role in saving the temple of Abu Simbel from the floodwaters of Lake Nasser following the construction of the Aswan Dam in southern Egypt. A great place to watch the sunset. Free. edit La Casa de Campo, (Metro: Lago, Batan (line 10) or Casa de Campo (lines 5 and 10)). The park at the rear of the Palacio Real which used to belong to the Royal family. Much of the park has been taken to smaller activity parks such as the Zoo but in general it's peaceful. From Moncloa you can take a teleferico across into the park. edit Zoo Aquarium Madrid, (Metro: Casa de Campo (lines 5 and 10); Bus line 33), [24] ( . See the Pandas. Pet the Lemurs. Watch the Dolphin show. Enjoy the Bird show. Adults 18.65; Children: 15. edit

DoThere are a number of free, English language periodicals that you will find in bars and restaurants that are a great source of event information. PopGuide Madrid [25] ( is Madrid's premier English and German lifestyle magazine and features the best Madrid has to offer and the latest in film, fashion, music and art. The monthly InMadrid newspaper [26] ( /default2.htm) has a number of articles and information about events around town. Aimed at the 20-35year-old crowd, European Vibe [27] ( has listings for concerts, exhibitions, bars, restaurants, parties and other events happening in Madrid as well as articles about living in the city.12 z 31 2012-03-15 18:57

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Check the websites for current distribution points. Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle Marqus de Casa Riera 2 (Metro: Banco de Espaa), +34 91 5225092, [28] ( . A non-profit cultural center located a short walk from Sol, the CBA offers up a wide variety of events and shows including film, music, art displays, dance, theater and more. See the website (in Spanish) for a list of activities. edit

Flamenco ShowsCorral de la Moreria, [29] ( . One of the most famous flamenco tablaos in the world. Its right in the heart of the city, and you can enjoy a full fledged Spanish meal while you watch performances by renowned international flamenco music and dance artists. edit Las Tablas, Plaza Espaa, 9 (Walk from Plaza Espaa metro), +34 915 420 520 ([email protected]), [30] ( . A very popular Tablao located near the Plaza Espaa metro station. The package consisting of a Flamenco show (at 9 or 10 pm) with a candle-lit dinner and a glass of Sangria wine is truly a treat. edit Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo (Cardamomo Flamenco Show), Echegaray 15, [31] ( . Authentic Flamenco show in the center of Madrid, one of the gratest tablaos flamencos all over Spain, typical spanish food during the performance. edit Cafe De Chinitas, C/ Torija, 7-28013 (Walk from Santo Domingo metro), 91 559 51 35 ([email protected]), [32] ( . A great show lasting about 90 minutes. Unbelivable amount of energy and passion put in by the performers. There is an option to have dinner as well but that is a seperate package and costs more. 25 Euros without dinner / drinks. edit

Concert VenuesSala Heineken, Princesa 1 (Metro: Plaza Espaa), +34 91 5476680, [33] ( . National touring acts for rock and pop music.


La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de la Virgen (Metro: Puerta del Angel or Principe Po), +34 91 3652415, [34] ( . Another large venue for touring rock and pop bands. edit Gruta 77, Calle Cuclillo 6 (Metro: Oporto), +34 91 4712370, [35] ( . Concerts everyday; pop, rock, punk edit Classical & opera Spanish National Orchestra. Performs every Fri, Sat and Sun at the Auditorio Nacional on Calle Principe de Vergara. The Auditorio Nacional is also the main concert venue for the symphonic concerts of the Community of Madrid Orchestra and the Madrid symphony Orchestra and the main venue for touring classical artists and orchestras. edit Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), Plaza de Oriente (Metro: Opera), [36] ( /royal_theatre.html) . The main opera theatre in Madrid. edit Teatro de la Zarzuela. The Spanish version of the Operetta (Zarzuela) is performed here.edit

Orquesta de Radio Televisin Espaola. Performs every Thu and Fri at the Teatro Monumental on Calle Atocha. edit

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Auditorio 400 of the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. The main venue for contemporary music.edit

Cuartel del Condeduque.


Foundation Joan March Auditorium.


Banda Municipal de Madrid. Performs in El Retiro Park in the summer.


SportsFootball Four teams from Madrid play in La Liga (Spain's premier division). The matches between Real Madrid and Atltico de Madrid are known as "El Derbi Madrileo" (English: Madrid Derby). Real Madrid, [37] ( . For football fanatics, a trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, the home of local club Real Madrid is not to be missed. Real Madrid is the most successful football club in Spain and Europe, having been crowned Spanish champions a record 31 times and European champions a record 9 times. Their biggest rivals by far are FC Barcelona, with which it contests matches known popularly as El Clsico at least twice a year. The rivalry between the two sides is by far the biggest in Spain and one of the most intense in the world, and stems from the longstanding traditional rivalry between the Spanish and Catalan speaking parts of Spain. However, tickets for such matches often sell out very quickly. In case you arrive in Madrid on non-match periods, you can take a self-guided tour of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. It includes tours around the field, the dressing rooms, the Press Room and the Real Madrid Museum where the trophies and other memorabilia are kept. Without a loyalty card, the typical fees for adults is 15. However, a few days before a match, the chances are you will not be able to take the full tour, but only a part of it, with at least the Real Madrid Museum, at a reduced price. edit Atltico de Madrid, [38] ( . Plays games in the Vicente Caldern stadium. The club is one of the most successful in Spanish League history, having won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey on nine occasions, including a double in 1996. They also won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1962, were European Cup runners-up in 1974, Intercontinental Cup winners in 1975 and more recently won the UEFA Europa League in 2010. edit Getafe Club de Ftbol, [39] ( . Plays games at Coliseum Alfonso Prez in Getafe, one of the dormitory cities of Madrid. edit Rayo Vallecano, plays games at Estadio Teresa Rivero. A popular team from the Vallecas area in Madrid, known for its alternative culture and left-wing ultras. Bullfighting Las Ventas Bullring, (Metro: Ventas), [40] ( . The birth place of bullfighting. Unless you find this spectacle distasteful, this is a must see if you visit Madrid during the bullfighting season (May, during San Isidro). Tickets may nevertheless be expensive and hard to get for the more important corridas. Anyway, it usually is used as a venue for shows and concerts. edit Basketball There are two major teams, Estudiantes and Real Madrid.

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Tennis Madrid Tennis Master 1000, Camino de Perales (Metro: San Fermin - Orcasur; Bus numbers 23 78 - 123), [41] ( . Held in mid-May at La Caja Mgica.edit

Movies and filmThere are a number of cinemas offering American and British films in English (along with films in other languages). These original films are denoted in the listings by a designation of "V.O." which stands for versin original. Cinemas in Madrid will sometimes have das del espectador (viewer days) with cheaper ticket prices, usually on Mondays or Wednesdays. Some of the V.O. theaters to check out are: Yelmo Cineplex Ideal, Doctor Cortezo 6 (metro: Sol), +34 91 3692518, [42] ( . Probably the best known V.O. theater in Madrid, it offers the largest selection of movies and is only a short walk from Sol. edit Cine Dor, la Filmoteca Espaola, Calle Santa Isabel 3 (metro: Anton Martn), +34 91 3691125, [43] ( . This is a wonderful, old Spanish theater dating from the 1920's. It has three screens and shows mainly "art-house" and critically acclaimed films in V.O. In the summertime, they screen movies on the roof. From 2.50. edit Princesa, Calle Princesa 3 (metro: Plaza de Espaa), +34 91 5414100, [44] ( . edit Renoir, Calle Martn de los Heroes 12 (Metro: Plaza de Espaa), +34 91 5414100.edit

Cines Golem Alphaville, Calle Martin de los Heros 14 (metro: Plaza de Espaa), +34 91 5593836, [45] ( . edit Renoir Cuatro Caminos, Calle Raimundo Fernndez Villaverde 10 (metro: Cuatro Caminos), +34 91 5414100, [46] ( . edit Renoir Retiro, Calle Narvaez 42 (metro: Ibiza), +34 91 5414100, [47] ( /cines/cine-E0578/) . edit Cinesa Proyecciones 3D, Calle Fuencarral 136 (metro: Quevedo), +34 902 33 32 31, [48] ( . This is a great movie theather showing all of the latest movies. It has both 3D movies and normal movies. There is also a shop in the movie theather where they sell all kinds of candy, drinks, and popcorn. Great for children!> 7.60(on working days),7.60 (on weekends and festives), 6.00 (reduced priced). Note: an additional 2.50 will be charged for 3D movies. edit Cinesa Dreams Palacio de Hielo, C/ Silvano, 77 (metro: Canillas), +34 902 88 82 00, [49] (,0,1.html) . This cinema is located in a shopping mall know for its ice-skating ring. It is a great place where teenagers can hang out since the mall also has restaurants, bars, and shops. 7.50. edit There are also a few movie theathers in Madrid where they show the orignial version of the movies subtitled in their original language. The list is provided below. Alphaville, Calle Martin de los Herros 14 (metro: Plaza de Espana), +34 91 559 3836, [50]

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(,0,1.html) . 6.50 (on working days), 7,50 (on festives, evenings, and weekends). edit California, Calle Andrs Mellado 53 (metro: Moncloa), +34 91 5440058, [51] ( . edit

FestivalsLa Transhumancia. Annual event during which the center of Madrid is free of cars and is instead filled with shepherds exercising their ancient right to drive sheep and livestock through the city. edit Madrid Gay Pride. Annual event held between the last week of June and the first of July, with more than 1.5million people in the street from all across the world. It began as a weekend party, but lately turned into a full week extravaganza. edit

LearnLanguage SchoolsAcademia Eureka, Calle del Arenal, 26 - 3 D, 28013 Madrid, +34 915 488 640 ([email protected], fax: +34 915 482 580), [52] ( . Academia Eureka is a Spanish language school located in the heart of Madrid near Puerta Madrid Gay Pride 2011 del Sol. The school's sole objective is teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Academia Eureka is accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and has been offering Spanish classes since 1988. The school offers optional housing : on-site or with a Spanish family and provides after-school activities and excursions. Classes start on Monday and all 6 levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) are offered. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 8 students per class. edit Inhispania, [53] ( . Inhispania is specialized in teaching Spanish language and culture. It is an Accredited School by the Instituto Cervantes with an excellent location near Puerta del Sol offering intensive and regular programs, in smalls groups, for all levels and during the whole year. The school also organizes after-school actitivies and offers an optional accommodation service. edit Don Quijote, [54] ( . great school where you can take 4-6 hours of courses a day. All courses including beginner courses are taught entirely in Spanish. edit Babylon Idiomas, Plaza Santa Ana 1, 28012 Madrid, +34 91 532 4480, [55] ( . They offer a wide range of different Spanish courses with qualified and experienced native teachers. The school is accredited by Instituto Cervantes and is located in the very heart of the city. New courses start every Monday. edit Linguaschools Madrid, [56] ( . Offers Spanish courses for foreigners all year round. Students with previous knowledge can start any Monday. For absolute beginners there are fixed start dates. edit PopEnglish, [57] ( . Offers English, German, Italian, French, Swedish and Spanish courses for individuals and companies in Madrid. edit

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Spanish Abroad, (Near Puerta del Sol), [58] ( . Spanish school. edit Cambio Idiomas, (Calle Orense, 20 (Nuevos Ministerios)), +34 915567804, [59] ( . Cambio Idiomas is a greatly well communicated language academy in the business center of Madrid, specialized in Spanish courses for expats. We offer a number of courses in different languages, levels and with different objectives. edit

BuyMajor credit cards and foreign bank cards are accepted in most stores, but be aware that it is common practice to be asked for photo-ID ("D.N.I."). If asked for your DNI present your passport, residency permit or foreign ID card. Basically anything with your photo and name on it will be accepted by most shopkeepers. The signatures on credit cards are usually not checked.

Shopping DistrictsIn addition to the shopping areas below, there are also a great number of H&M, Zara, Mango, and Blanco stores all over Madrid, with high fashion clothes and accessories at a low price. Sol-Salamanca districts. The most convenient area for tourists is around Calle de Preciados, between Sol and Gran Va, home to the El Corte Ingls department store, high-street names like Zara, Gran Va 32, H&M, Sephora, Pimkie. The smartest shopping district is Salamanca northeast of the center, around Calle Serrano. Top designer names like Chanel, Versace, Herms, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Dolce e Gabbana and Hugo Boss, including the fluid fabrics and elegant cuts of Spanish designer Adolfo Domnguez, are located on Calle Ortega y Gasset. Head for Calle Serrano for Purificacin Garca, Roberto Verino, Ermenegildo Zegna, Loewe, Carolina Herrera, Manolo Blanik, Cartier, and Yves Saint Laurent. Prada is on Goya street, and on Jorge Juan St you can find even more luxury shops. Chueca and Fuencarral Street Area This part of the city used to be an abandoned and marginal area. However recently, it has quickly turned into the most avant-garde and modern part of Madrid. Thanks to the gay community, old shops were taken over and turned into the coolest places of Madrid. Today it is an example of modernity, a paradise for entertainment where everything is possible. The streets are filled with restaurants, alternative cafs and shops, a good example is the Market of Fuencarral (Mercado de Fuencarral, in Spanish) a novel shopping center concept. Apart from the purely commercial, this area proposes a wide range of gastronomy and party clubs by night in the weekends.

MarketsEl Rastro, (Metro: La Latina). only open on Sunday mornings. Madrid's largest flea market, featuring rows upon rows of private vendors selling a variety of homemade bads, and a plethora of live entertainment. It is very important to note that the Rastro is notorious for having an abundance of pickpockets, so watch your handbag closely and do not bring along valuables. edit Cuesta de Moyano, (near Museo del Prado). A quaint outdoor book marketedit

Fuencarral Market (Mercado de Fuencarral), Fuencarral street 45, between Tribunal and Gran Via (Metro: Gran Via), [60] ( . One of the most daring and dynamic spaces in the city. Besides shops selling clothes, shoes, accessories and decorative items, that will delight the most

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daring and fashion conscious shoppers, this modern market also offers avant-garde cultural activities on a continuous basis. Frequent disc jockey sessions are put on in the centers caf, and also exhibitions in the art gallery and cinema projections and theater pieces in the old cinema room. The Cinema and activities are open until midnight. Its 3 floors crowded of modern shops are aimed specially for young people. edit El Corte Ingls, Several locations, [61] ( . Spain's largest department store, with multiple buildings and several floors. You can find anything in a wide range and stocks. It has almost everything, from fine dining to pneumatics. edit El Mercado de San Miguel, San Miguel Plaza (Close to the west corner of Plaza Mayor), [62] ( . Sets the ambience of a traditional market, with the advantages of the new times. It has an Iron and Glass Structure from the 20th Century. edit

Shopping OutletsLas Rozas Village Chic Outlet Shopping, Calle Juan Ramn Jimenez 3, Las Rozas, (+34) 916 404 900, [63] ( . M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Fantastic outlet in the suburbs of Madrid with villa-like shops. It is part of the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe which has other villa-like outlets in Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Milan, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Munich. [64] ( It offers up to 60% off in over 100 luxury brands such as Bally, Burberry, Hugo Boss Man and Woman, Pepe Jeans, Loewe, Desigual, Camper, Tommy Hilfiger and Versace. In Las Rozas Village you can also find some coffee places like Starbucks and a few bars. It takes around 40 minutes to get there by car from the center of Madrid. A fantastic experience for a warm Sunday afternoon. edit

EatCuisineDishes popular throughout Spain are also widely served in Madrid. In addition, Madrid has a number of "typical" dishes: Gallinejas and Entresijos - Portions from different parts of lamb fried in its fat. Very traditional and typical from Madrid city. Callos a la Madrilea - A hot pot of spicy beef tripe similar to those found in Turkey and the Balkans. Cocido Madrileo - Chickpea stew with meat and vegetable products. The particularity of this stew is the way it is served. The soup, chickpeas and meats are served and eaten separately. Oreja de Cerdo - Pigs ear, fried in garlic. This popular dish is widely eaten throughout central Spain. Sopa de Ajo - Garlic soup is a rich and oily soup which generally includes paprika, grated Spanish ham, fried bread and a poached egg. A variation of this soup is known as Sopa Castellana. It is ironic that Madrid, located right in the center of Spain has higher quality seafood than most coastal regions. This quality comes at a price, and most Spaniards will rarely embark on the luxury of a mariscada (Spanish for "seafood fest"). Experiencing Madrid's seafood may be, for the visitor, an experience which will be worth the cost.

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Meat and meat products (Jamon Iberico, morcilla, chorizo etc) are of generally a very high quality in Spain and particularly in Madrid.

RestaurantsMany of the restaurants and cerveceras in the Sol and Plaza Mayor area have "generic" poster board advertisements on the sidewalks with pictures advertising various paella dishes. These paellas are usually of bad quality and should be avoided. If you are looking for good, authentic Spanish paella, it is usually best to find a more expensive, "sit-down" type of restaurant that offers a variety of paella dishes. A much better option is the La Latina neighborhood just south of Plaza Mayor, especially along the Cava Baja street. To enjoy a gastronomic tour of this area you can join the Old Madrid Tapas & Wine Tour [65] ( . There are also a number of deli-like shops along Calle Arenal that offer food para llevar (for take away). At bars, one generally orders various sized plates, a racin meaning a full dish, a media racin a half dish or a smaller version which would be a tapa, a pinxto or a pincho. The Spaniards don't eat lunch until 2 or 3 pm, and dinner doesn't start until 9 or 10 pm. As a rule of thumb, restaurants serve lunch from 1PM (earlier in touristic zones) until 3:30PM, then close and re-open for dinner at 8:00PM, serving until 11:00PM. This schedule is usually for restaurants since bars and "mesones" are usually opened all day long offering a wide variety of "tapas" and "bocadillos"(rolls) for a cheap price. If you're really desperate, the standard bunch of fast food chains do stay open throughout the day.

BudgetFreidura de Gallinejas Embajadores, Calle de Embajadores 84 (near Glorieta Embajadores, Metro lines L3 and L5), 915175933, [66] (http:\\ . 11:00-23:00. Another classic tapas bar in Madrid. Not for conservatives stomachs. Their most requested tapas are two of the most typical and traditional dishes in Madrid since more than 70 years ago: Gallinejas and Entresijos. A treat for adventurous palates and lamb lovers. edit Museo del Jamon, Several locations. Offers deli take out service as well as tapas and racines at fairly reasonable prices. They have 1 euro ham sandwiches and the "picnic" lunch of a ham sandwich, a fruit and a drink for 2 euros. edit Cervecera 100 Montaditos, Several locations. Home to the famous 100 montaditos or small sandwiches, you'll find a few of these eateries dotted around the city. Great place to go for a cheap drink with a bite to eat. CURRENT OFFER: Buy a montadito (1-2 euro) and a pint of beer is just 1 euro! edit Home Burger, 2 locations: Malasaa District and Plaza de la Luna(Gran Via). The place for serious hamburgers. Americans will feel at home! edit

Mid-rangeAlhambra, Calle de Victoria 9 (Metro: Sevilla), +34 91 5210708. This is a good place to stop in on a hot afternoon for a cold beer and some Andalusian tapas. Try some of their sausages and cheeses. editMuseo del Jamon

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Al-Jaima (Cocina del Desierto), Calle Barbieri 1 (Metro: Chueca), +34 91 523 1142. This dark, cave-like Moroccan restaurant has some of the best North African food in the city. The seating is at low Moroccan-style tables and the calm, mellow atmosphere makes you feel like you're far from the bustling center of Chueca. edit Bacchus, Avenida Moratalaz 141 (Metro: Vinateros or Artilleros), +34 913280468, [67] ( . Right in the middle of Lonja, an area with plenty of places to eat and pubs. It is still close enough from city centre but offers a more relaxed surrounding, making it one specially indicated for families, although there is an ample age range of customers. Bacchus offers a mixture of innovative and old style tapas. Very good and expensive wine list. It can get very busy on weekends. Nice outside sitting area but inside is very small and dirty. edit Casa de Valencia, Paseo Pintor Rosales 58.edit

Chocolatera San Gins, Calle de Pasadizo De San Gins 5 (metro: Sol), +34 91 3656546. Specializing in chocolate con churros, this Madrid fixture is open 24 hours a day, and is the perfect place to top off a night on the town. Also offers the usual assortment of coffees and teas. edit Cocina Mex-Mex, Calle Libertad 33 (metro: Chueca), +34 91 521 7640. This is a small, usually crowded, friendly Mexican restaurant with good food and drinks at reasonable prices. Sample some of their tacos and super cheesy chilaquiles. edit D'fabula, Plaza Conde de Barajas 3 (Metro: Opera), [68] ( .edit

El Inti de Oro, Calle de Ventura de la Vega 12 (metro: Sevilla), +34 91 4296703. For something different, try this great Peruvian restaurant a short walk from Sol. Be sure to order some of their ceviche and try the Pisco Sour cocktail. edit Estay, Calle de Hermosilla 46 (metro: Velzquez), +34 91 5780470. closed on Sundays. A great place for tapas, they offer a large menu, reasonable prices and excellent quality food. The Solomillo al Foie is excellent and the deserts are recommended as well. Very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights. edit Jaen 3, Calle Poitiers 3 (metro: Coslada Estadio Olimpico), +34 63 0036987. An excellent bar de tapas and restaurant. A nice place to enjoy good Spanish food and original lifestyle without having to spend too much. The place is just outside central Madrid and so it's not influenced by classic tourist traps and you can enjoy some good food and true raciones and the good old Spanish bar life. The owners are pretty nice people and you might find yourself chatting with them about Madrid and Spain. In summer time it has a superb teraza that is pretty close to the Olympic Stadium. edit La Bola, Calle de la Bola 5 (Metro: Opera), [69] ( .edit

La Casa del Abuelo, Calle de Victoria 12 (metro: Sevilla), +34 91 5212319. A Madrid landmark in operation for over 100 years, this place attracts a standing room only crowd on the weekends. They mainly serve shrimp based tapas dishes so if you're not into shellfish steer clear. Order a plate of their garlic shrimp along with some of the house wine. edit La Mucca, Calle Del Pez (Metro: Noviciado). Nice designer restaurant popular within the 20's-30's crowd. Good music, cool people, better food and cocktails and Free wifi. Kitchen open at afternoon.edit

La Zapateria Tapas Bar, Calle de Victoria 8 (Metro: Sevilla), +34 91 5210708, [70]

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( . Great potato dishes here that you can get mixed with chorizo or other items. Also try the pincho moruno (pork skewers) or any of the other items you see displayed on ice in the front window. The Ribeiro on tap (sparkling white wine from Galicia) is not to be missed. edit Malacatin, Calle Ruda 5, [71] ( . Serves all the typical Madrid cuisine.edit

Midnight Rose, Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, [72] ( . Daily 1:30pm-4:30pm, 8:30pm-12am. Restaurant of the ME Madrid Hotel. Mediterranean cuisine with Asian, American and Italian influences, with emphasis on seasonal Produce. Dining for private parties as well. edit Samm, Calle de Carlos Caamao 3 (Metro: Pio XII). Best paella in Madrid, but only if you bring more than two people! The restaurant owner will only make a paella for more than two people, so bring a group. Also it is really a "locals only" spot and you will get stared at by the wait staff if you are a foreigner. edit Siam, Calle San Bernardino 6 (Metro: Plaza Espaa or San Bernardino), +34 91 559 8315. Beautifully decorated with a tranquil atmosphere, the food is quite reasonable and offers a nice departure from Spanish fare. Most mains between 8 and 12.. edit The Penthouse, Plaza de Santa Ana 14, +34 91 7016000, [73] ( /ThePenthouse.html) . Located on the roof of the ME Madrid hotel, terrace-style restaurant serving tapas and traditional cuisine. At night they serve great mojitos in a young, club-like atmosphere. edit La Barraca, C/. Reina , 29 ; 28004 Madrid, 91 532 71 54. Recommended for Paellas if you want a better and authentic experience than the tourisy cafes all over the city (not that they are bad or anything). Meal for 2 with a drink would be approx 50 Euros. 40 Euros +. edit

SplurgeBotn, Calle Cuchilleros 17 (Metro: La Latina), +34 913664217, [74] ( . Opened in 1725, Botn is listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the oldest operating restaurant in the world. Once a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, the menu still delights with specialities including roast suckling pig (cochinillo) and roast lamb (cordero). offers a tour of this institution. edit Casa Lucio, Calle de Cava Baja 35 (Metro: La Latina), +34 91 3653253, [75] ( . Pricey but worth it, the Spanish Royal family sometimes entertain guests here and you may run into a few sports figures and movie stars. You should definitely book ahead on the weekends, and reservations are recommended even for the weekdays. Known for their cocido, their roasts and their huevos rotos. edit La Trainera, Calle de Lagasca 60 (metro: Velzquez or Serrano), +34 91 5768035, [76] ( . A Madrid institution for decades, Trainera is an excellent but somewhat pricey restaurant serving strictly seafood dishes. They have a great wine selection and the waiters can recommend different vintages that will complement the food. Try the carabineros (giant scarlet shrimp) or the rodaballo (turbot). Usually closed in August. edit Teatriz, Calle Hermosilla 15 (metro: Serrano or Colon), +34 91 5775379, [77] ( . Built inside a former theatre, the restaurant counts with 4 spaces

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(restaurant, tapas, sushi bar, cocktail bar). Unique decoration and a wide range of dishes. Desserts are specially recommended. edit Manete, Calle Doctor Castelo 2. From 30.edit

Casa Nemesio, Paseo de la Castellana 260. Seafood.


Telegrafo, Calle Padre Damian (500m from Bernabeu Stadium). Arguably, the best seafood in Madrid. edit

DrinkTapas BarsIn the tapas bars, you should get free food with your drinks. El Tigre, calle de los Infantas 30 (Metro: Gran Va / Chueca). probably the most well-known tapas bar in Madrid, a must do. Don't get frightened by how crowded the bar is and go in anyway. This is one of the most lively places in the city! Get beers, big glasses of wine or "un mini de mojito" and get free big plates of tapas every time you order. edit El Boar de Leon, Calle de la Cruz Verde 16 (Metro: Noviciado / Santo Domingo). You win a trip to the canary islands if you are able to finish their "Cocido Madrileo". Seriously. edit La Esquina de Eusebio, Calle Caramuel 16 (Metro: Puerta del Angel). Trays of tapas are passed from one person to another in this typical bar of Madrid, absolutely not turisty but really worth it! And it's not so far from the center. edit

CafesCaf Central, Plaza del Angel 10 (Metro: Sol), [78] (http:/ . Caf by day, live jazz music at night. edit Cafe Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle Alcala 42 (Metro: Banco de Espana), [79] ( . A soaring hall on the ground floor of Madrids art center combines atmosphere, excellent food and good coffee at reasonable prices. A wonderful place for lunch not far from Madrids shopping or museums. edit Cafe Commercial, Cafe Commercial (Metro: Bilbao). opened in the 1880s, this is the oldest cafe in Madrid. Has been run by the same family since the early 1900's. Theres a modern internet cafe upstairs, but the downstairs remains traditional. edit Caf Gijn, Paseo Recoletos 21 (Metro: Banco de Espaa or Colon), [80] ( . A historic literary cafe. The outdoor terraza is nice in the summer.


Caf de Oriente, Plaza Oriente 2 (Metro: Opera), [81] ( . Overlooks the Plaza Oriente and faces Palacio Real. Outdoor tables in summer, cozy indoor rooms in the cold months. Basement banquet room with a glass floor over ancient remains. Excellent food. edit Caf Pabellon del Espejo, Paseo de Recoletos 31 (Metro: Colon). Opened in 1978, but looks much older. Good food and very crowded during lunchtime. edit La Mallorquina, Puerta del Sol 8, Mayor, 2 (Metro: Sol). Famous for its pastries. Peaceful upstairs room where you can linger undisturbed over your caf con leche and napolitana de chocolate

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(chocolate croissant).


La Tabacalera, Plaza de Embajadores (Metro: Embajadores (L3)). until 11PM. An abandoned tobacco factory turned into a huge Berlin-like alternative art space driven by the diverse locals of Lavapies district. Also Tens of free workshops daily. Nice big cheap outdoors terrace. Free. edit Nuevo Caf Barbieri, Calle Ave Maria 45 (Metro: Lavapies). Slightly scruffy cafe draws an avante garde crowd at night. edit

BarsNightlife starts later in Madrid, with most people heading to the bars at 10-11PM. El Rincn de Fogg. Calle Juan de Urbieta 12. (Metro Pacfico). Open daily from 07:00 to 22:00 and Friday and Saturday till 00:00. You can have 2 litres of sangra in a self service dispenser from just 14, or 13 for 2 litres of beer, and you get a free plate of patatas bravas. They also have a delicious selection of bocatas from 2,45. Big TV to watch the football matches while enjoying eating and drinking. If you say you've read this, they'll invite you to a glass of rosado wine. Areia, Calle Horteleza 96 (Metro: Chueca), [82] (htp:// . Very cool chill out bar decorated with deep colours in a Moroccan style. Dark and inviting. The seating includes cushions on the floor, traditional tables and chairs, or if youre lucky, grab the four poster bed at the back. Drinks: 7 before 22:00 and 8 after 22:00. edit La Corolla, Visitag Manzana 10 (Metro: La Latina). Specializes in delicious tostas (small pieces of toast with different toppings) and avocado (aguacate), along with caas (small beers). Tostas + 2 caas: 10. edit La Via Lactea, Calle de Velarde 18, Malasaa (Metro: Tribunal), +34 91 446 75 81, [83] ( . A swingin' bar where you can twist the night away with local hipsters.edit

Miali, Plaza Santa Ana (Metro: Sol). Nice terrace outside,great for people-watching. The interior is tastefully decorated. edit Museo Chicote, Gran Via (Metro: Gran Via), [84] ( . Daily: 17:00 to 02:00. Voted the Best European Bar 2004 by MTV-Campari. Extensive cocktail list. Claims to have served drinks to many famous celebrities, including, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner, Gary Cooper, Orson Wells, Yul Brynner and Ernest Hemingway, Catherine Zeta Jones, Hugh Grant and Tim Robbins. They only serve drinks. edit Redbar, Joaqun Mara Lpez 28 (Metro: Islas Filipinas), [85] ( . Daily: 17:00 to 02:00. Small, cozy cocktail bar with great music and a very nice and original decoration. Extensive cocktail list. edit Dubliners, Espoz y Mina, 7 (Metro: Sol), An Irish bar in the centre of Madrid near Puerta del Sol. The bar has televisions and is one of the places where sport can be seen. Stork Bar (Stork Bar Madrid), Mancebos 2, La Latina (Metro: Latina), +34913656357 ([email protected]), [86] ( . Cocktail Lounge & World food in the heart of La Latina. Great summer terrace and surprising basement brick cave with live music and karaoke. edit

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ClubsClubs generally open at about midnight. If you go in any earlier you may find it quite empty. Many clubs don't close until 6AM, and even then everyone is still full of life. Demode, Calle Ballesta (At the back of Gran Via, closest metro may be Tribunal/Gran Via). From 00:00 to 04:00AM. Cool electronic sounds for 20's-30's Free. edit El Sol, Calle Jardines, 3 (Metro: Gran Via), [87] ( . Tuesday - Saturday: 24:00-05:30. Popular with the 20-30 age group. Plays a mix of 70s, funk, and bossanova sounds. No dress code, but people do tend to look cool. Entry including 1 drink: EUR 9. edit Joy, Calle Arenal 11 (Metro: Sol). Well known across Europe. Attracts at multi-national crowd. Popular with tourists as well as locals. It plays a mix of popular dance music. Every Thursday there is a Students Party. edit Kapital, Atocha, 125 (Metro: Atocha). Enormous club with 7 floors. However, despite it's popularity this club is usually not worth visiting. The owner has a policy to try and limit the number of foreigners in the club so if you are from anywhere except Spain, you will likely get bad treatment. 10-20. edit Ohm, Plaza de Callao, 1 (in Gran Via street) (Metro: Callao (L3)). From 00:00 to 07:00AM. Popular Commercial House club with a mixed young straight/gay crowd. 10-20 with mixed drink. edit Pacha, Calle Barcelo, 11 (Metro: Tribunal or Alonso Martinez), [88] ( . Thursday, Friday and Saturday: from 23:30 to 06:00. Different dance music styles from night to night. Glitz and glamour. Strict doormen. Expect to be charged according to the glamour of the event you're attending. edit Palacio Gaviria, Calle Arenal 9 (Metro: Sol), [89] ( . Stunning club, decorated as a lavish 16th century palace, complete with sweeping marble staircase. Several rooms, including two dance floors with different music. Spanish pop, dance, R&B and other commercial sounds. edit The Sherry Corner, Pza. de San MIguel. Mercado de San Miguel (Metro: Sol), [90] ( . Sherry-tasting available in 8 languages. Commentary by knowledgeable oenologists explaining the details of the history, elaboration methods and tasting notes for each of the wines, while inviting guests to combine them with tapas served at different market stalls. Not a club, it's a bar in the market. edit Stardust, Princesa 1 (Metro: Plaza Espaa). From 00:00 to 07:00AM. Powerful Techno/House club popular within the younger crowd. 10-20 with mixed drink. edit

SleepHotels Near Real Madrid FC, Caballero Errante, Pinos Alta, 14, Madrid, 28029, [91] ( . A reasonably-priced 3 star hotel with modern features, clean rooms and helpful staff. Just over 1.5km walk from the Bernabeu Stadium. edit

BudgetHotels near Barajas, Tach Hotel, Timon 35, Madrid, 28000 [92] (

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/Tach-Hotel-4705.html) . A nice, quiet area with free transfer to and from the airport. Sol Hostel, Calle Bernardino Obregon 25, +34 91 4686876 ([email protected]), [93] ( . Rooms from 4 to 14 people, plus breakfast and internet (WIFI). Dorm bed: 12-17, breakfast included. edit Mad Hostel, C/De la Cabeza, 24, 28012 Madrid, Spain (Anton Martin Metro), +34 915 06 48 40, [94] ( . checkin: any; checkout: any. Nice, clean, quiet weekend hostel. 5 minutes from metro, tapas & services. 10 minute walk to Puerto del Sol, museums & Gran Via. Close to southern "ethnic" areas = good food. Big common room with 4 computer stations, unreliable WIFI & good free breakfast. Secure locker with every bed. 16 Euro +. edit Cat's Hostel, Calle Caizares 6, +34 91 3692807 ([email protected]), [95] ( . Located in a 17th century palace, but has a modern interior and is clean and secure. Breakfast and internet is included in the price and there is also a bar. It attracts a young backpackers clientele. Shared dormitories for 4 to 14 people. Dorm bed: 13-20, breakfast included.edit

Equity Point Madrid aka Hostal Metropol, Calle Montera 47 (two steps from Puerta del Sol, 30 seconds walk from Gran Via metro station), +34 91 5212935, [96] ( /hostels-madrid/metropolhostel/general-information_en.html) . Features all-ensuite rooms (singles, doubles, 4-6 bed dorms). Free internet access, lively bar and restaurant. Dorm bed: 16-21; Double: 50-70; Triple: 63-75, breakfast included. edit Hostal Brisas, Calle Cruz 8 1 (Metro: Sol, Sevilla, or Anton Martin), +34 91 5314403, [97] ( . All rooms have ensuite, TV, central heating, air conditioning. Singles: 40; Doubles: 55. edit Hostal Plaza d'Ort, Plaza del Angel 13, +34 91 4299041, [98] ( . Cheap hotel with a good location near Plaza de Santa Ana. All rooms feature bathrooms, TV and air conditioning. Singles: 30-38; Doubles: 48-58. edit Hostal Villagarca, Calle Fuencarral 10 3 (Metro: Gran Via), +34 91 5220585, [99] ( . Centrally located, all rooms include bathroom, TV, free wi-fi, air conditioning, central heating, laundry and baggage storage facilities. Rooms with kitchen, washing machine and fridge are also available. Single: From 30. edit Hostal Visa, Calle Prez Galds 7, +34 91 5310987, [100] ( . Simple, clean and secure. Central location close to Gran Via. Friendly staff. Singles from 30. edit Los Amigos Backpackers Hostel, Calle Arenal 26 Piso 4, +34 91 559 2472 ([email protected]), [101] ( . Very central location. Breakfast is offered. There is a lounge area, a kitchen in which you are able to cook your own food, and a bar. The beds are clean, comfortable, and the staff are friendly. Dorm bed: 17-19; Double: 45-50. edit REAJ Youth Hostels, [102] ( . Operates 8 youth hostels in Madrid. Dorm bed: 7.80 to 16, including breakfast. edit Way Hostel Residence, Calle Relatores 17, +34-914-200-583, [103] ( . Small hostel, nice ambiance and is catered to young traveleres. Nice kitchen, friendly staff, and free internet. Dorm bed: 18-19. edit

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Hostal San Martin, Calle Concepcin Arenal 4 (Metro: Callao), +34 915 319176, [104] ( . Small, clean guest-house on the 4th floor. Ideally located just meters from Gran Via, with great staff and free wi-fi. All rooms have sink & shower, but most share bathrooms. Singles: 30-36; Doubles: 42-48. edit

Mid-rangeAbba Atocha Hotel, Santa Mara de la Cabeza 73, [105] ( /i-index.htm) . Great location. edit Apartments Gran Via, Mesonero Romanos, 15, +34 679616855 ([email protected]), [106] ( . Offers two apartments on the Gran Via street in Madrid. One has one bedroom, the other has two bedrooms. 100, 120/night + 40/visit cleaning fee. edit Artistic Bed & Breakfast, Calle Lope de Vega, 11, +34 654368611 ([email protected]), [107] ( . Conveniently located in the center of Madrid, a quiet bed and breakfast with a unique style and decoration. 60/night. edit Hotel Liabeny, Calle Salud 3, +34 91 531 90 00, [108] ( . Great location. edit Hotel Madrid Preciados, C/Preciados n37, +34 91 454 44 01, [109] ( . 4-star hotel in excellent location. 96-150/night.


Hotel ME Madrid, Plaza de Santa Ana 14, +34 91 7016000, [110] ( . Great location. edit Hotel NH Nacional, (Opposite Atocha station, in the heart of the Art Triangle, 1 minute from the new exhibition centre Caixa Forum and the botanical gardens.), [111] ( /hotels/spain/madrid/nh-nacional.html) . edit Hotel San Antonio de la Florida, Paseo de la Florida 13 (Metro: Principe Pio), [112] ( . All rooms have Internet access, Air conditioning, Multi-line phone, Wake-up calls, Housekeeping (daily), Complimentary toiletries, Hair dryer, Television, Iron/ironing board (on request). From 53. edit Hotel Senator Gran Via Madrid, Gran Via 52 (a few minutes from Puerta del sol), 902 052 394, [113] ( . 4-star hotel. Restaurant, bar, and meeting space. edit Pension Paquita, Calle Lacoma 5, +34 91 739 3831, [114] ( . Family-run. edit Hotel Centro, Calle gran va 50 (close to Gran va), +34 911 871 665.edit

Plaza Mayor Apartments, Plaza Mayor 30 Madrid, +34 695 097 612, [115] ( Luxury Apartments in Madrid) . checkin: 12.00; checkout: 23.00. Luxury short-term apartment rental in Madrid at affordable rates. 120-180/night apartments for up to 5 people. edit StopInRoom Apartments, Nuez de Arce, 4, +34 695 452 899 ([email protected]), [116] ( . Offers 26 apartments in various parts of the city. For extra fees can

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offer ground transport, catering, language tutoring, and tour guiding also. Administrative phone +91 522 85 95. 75-150/night. edit

SplurgeAdler Hotel Madrid (Adler Hotel Madrid), Calle Velazquez 33, Goya 31 (Metro: Velzquez), +34 914 263220, [117] ( . 5-star hotel housed in a completely refurbished building equipped with the modern facilities but whose 19th-century charm and secluded atmosphere have been carefully maintained. 45 deluxe rooms and suites. edit Asturias, C/ Sevilla 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain, (+34) 914 296 676 ([email protected]), [118] ( . A 2 star Hotel. The Asturias is only 200 meters from the central Puerta del Sol. edit Gran Hotel Velazquez, C/ Velzquez 62, 28001 Madrid, Spain, [119] ( . The Gran Hotel Velzquez is a 4 star hotel in Madrid located in the refined Salamanca district. This hotel has been providing stylish accommodation for over 50 years. edit Gran Melia Fenix, Hermosilla 2, 902 14 44 40, [120] ( . Distinguished by a grand and glowing white exterior; bathed in neo-classical design; an illustrious interior of flowing banisters, bold colors, and noble dcor. edit Hotel De Las Letras, Gran via 11, +34 917 610 906, [121] ( . Old building with tasteful modern interior. Well sound-proofed against the busy Gran Via outside. Very comfortable beds. Rooms with TV, hi-fi, mini bar, bath/shower. Optional breakfast buffet with wide choice of good quality food and drinks. Pleasant, comfortable bar. edit Hotel Villa Magna, Paseo de la Castellana 22, +34 91 5871234, [122] ( . A 5-star hotel on one of Madrid's most exclusive streets. 151 rooms and suites. The hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens. edit Maria Elena Palace, C/ Aduana 19, 28013 Madrid, Spain, [123] ( . The Hotel Mara Elena Palace is located just 200 metres away from the Puerta del Sol. Renowned for its magnificent glass dome in the lobby. edit Meninas Hotel, Calle Campomanes 7, +34 91 541 28 05 ([email protected]), [124] ( . 4-star hotel in an exquisite historic building of the XIX century in the historic center of Madrid that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art boutique hotel. A classic atmosphere blended with modern decorative touches - a balance of unpretentious formality and well tempered cordiality. edit Mirasierra Suites Hotel & Spa, Calle de Alfredo Marquerie 43, 28034 Madrid, Spain, (+34) 91 727 79 00, [125] ( . Mirasierra Suites Hotel & Spa is a modern luxury hotel located in Madrids prestigious residential district Mirasierra, overlooking the Sierra de Guadarama. The hotel is also home to the Verdil Restaurant [126] ( /verdil-en.html) . edit Osuna, C/ Luis De La Mata 18, 28042 Madrid, Spain, [127] ( . Set in the middle of the main business districts of Madrid. edit Quo Godoy Hotel, Avenida Quitapesares 35, [128] ( . 4 star-hotel with an avant-garde design. The hotel features 99 guest-rooms fully equipped, including 2 disabled rooms,

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18 duplex rooms and 1 junior suite. Adjacent to the hotel is a convention center that is directly connected and can hold a variety of events from 10 to 800 people. Offering an in-door heated swimming pool, health and beauty spa center, aquatic treatments and fitness area. edit Quo Puerta del Sol, Sevilla 4, +34 91 532 90 49 ([email protected]), [129] ( . The turn-ofthe-century grandeur with modern conveniences and amenities, together with a perfect location in the historical, cultural and commercial heart of Madrid, make of The Quo Puerta del Sol hotel a new place to discover in Spains capital. Madrid 's Hotel Quo Puerta del Sol is housed in a emblematic building from the beginning of the 20th century with unique views of the city. It has been totally restored in 2003, designed and equipped to offer you a perfect stay. edit

ApartmentsCentral Suite Apartments (Madrid aparthotel), Apodaca, 5 (Madrid), +34 695097612 ([email protected], fax: +34 91 7912 677), [130] ( . checkin: 11.00; checkout: 12.00. Beautiful apartments with roo