Madrid Tourism, Spain

Visit Madrid - Best of Madrid

The 6.5 million Madrileno (that’s what the people here call themselves) Spanish capital Madrid hits a lot of tourism bull’s-eyes: architecture, nightlife, food, sport and culture. Madrid has so much personality it’s like a mini-country with its own distinct identity. When the question arises about arts and culture, Madrid is not far behind. Be it Msueo del Prado or the Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid has proved its strong relation with the field of art. Take a ride on Madrid Cable Car to take a closer look on the beautiful heritage of Madrid from high above the land. Be ready with your camera as you might come across many moments which deserve to be captured.

History says that the Spanish Royal family greatly influenced Madrid’s growth and looks, as did Franco’s rule. Though cosmopolitan has influenced in the modernism of the city, Madrid still holds on it’s root.  Wander around the city and you will see ancient red-tile rooftop buildings standing strong behind a trendy shop. This shows Madrid has still managed to hold both past and present.

Madrid is often called Spain’s party town and this is because there are events and festivals in Madrid held all year round – and this isn’t just to draw in tourists. The locals really do love their celebrations. For shopaholicas, place like Gran Via let you visit the latest fashion of Spain.

It’s divided into neighbourhoods, some of which are tourist traps and others are tourist heaven, for example, Lavapies, Gran Via, Masalena, Moncloa, Salamanca, La Latina and Chueca. Within these neighborhoods, you’ll discover very particular kinds of pleasures (Chueca is Mardrid’s LGBT central). Each one of you should visit Madrid at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Madrid.

Madrid Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Madrid tips for your visit

Essential Information about Madrid:

  • Instead of facing hassle with taxi drivers at the Madrid airport, pre-book a car or shuttle service with Aerocity or GoMadrid.com.
  • Avoid hiring car as parking is a big issue in the city.
  • Tapas is cheaper for free days.
  • Summer season, specially July and August is a way too tourist crowded and many of the local shopkeepers close their shops as they also leave for vacation so better check when is the best time to visit Madrid.
  • Madrid tap water is as safe as bottled water. 
  • Time Zone- UTC/GMT + 2 hour 
  • Currency- Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity and Internet - Voltage – 220-240 Volts, Primary Socket Type – Europlug, Schuko. For internet, free Wi-Fi is available in some of the hotels in Madrid. Buy a round pin immersion heater and a plug adapter before you come to Spain
  • Languages- Spanish is the official language in Madrid. However, English is widely understood by the tourists. Catalan, Galician and Basque are also spoken in relevant areas. 
  • Security- Emergency services in Madrid: 112;Madrid City Council Information : 010; Community of Madrid Information: 012; 24 hour Chemist: 098; Fire – 080 (Madrid and Mostoles); 085 (Community of Madrid); Police – 091 (National), 092 (Municipal), 062 (Guardia Civil)
  • Off-beaten Path –Visit the high cross on the mountains of Guadarrama which will take around one and half hour journey towards the north of Madrid. Go for a Madrid Cable Car ride to reach Cada de Campo.
  • Tipping – Tipping is not a thing; at large restaurants 5% is more than enough.
  • Tourist Traps-Beware of pickpockets;Don’t buy luxury paella; Order house wnes; 
  • Customs –A tourist can find all the information needed to navigate via online. If you get lost in the city, drive downhill and you will eventually reach Castellana, Recoletos or Paseo del Pardo central axis or the M30.

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Facts and Stats for Madrid*

  • Pollution Statistics in Madrid

    Know the pollution level of Madrid before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 67.53 (High)
    • Water Pollution 19.93 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.46 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50.69 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.97 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 40.71 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.78 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.86 (Low)
  • Madrid: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Madrid for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Madrid.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.16 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.91 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.59 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 68.05 (High)
    • Car Stealing 35.51 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 47.46 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 33.26 (Low)
    • Drug offense 46.79 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76.21 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 61.57 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.93 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.84 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.36 (Moderate)
  • Living in Madrid - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Madrid is 155.08 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 58.92 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 85.29 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 55.64 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.15 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.13 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 79.56 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.6 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 94.63 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Madrid

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Madrid

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.58 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 83.56 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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