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The Essentials Getting There
By plane:Madrid's Bajaras International Airport is 14km from the city centre. The easiest way to get to the city is via metro from Terminal T2 or the newer Terminal T4 costing €2. Another great option is the Exprés Aeropuerto (Airport Express), a 24-hour service that terminates at AtochaRailway Station. A single bus ticket costs €5. By train: Madrid has two stations - Atocha Station and Chamartín Station. Atocha is where trains travelling from Portugal and Spain terminate long distance ones end up in Chamartín. By bus: Estación Sur de Autobuses on Calle Méndez Alvaro is Madrid's main bus hub.
Rain isn't something which graces the streets of Madrid very often. This is due toits location in the centre of the country. This combined with its elevation means that it has a very extreme climate, with temperatures climbing to 32°C regularly (and higher) during the summer months. In autumn the Spanish capital is still very mild while temperatures drop to a low of approximately 10°C in January. Spring, along with autumn, is regarded as the best season to visit whentemperatures hover between 15° and 25°.
Located right in the centre of Spain, Madrid is a city that will suit those who like to rise early and see as much as they can in a day as well as those more accustomed to the night owl lifestyle. Art lovers won't know where to go with three of Europe's best art galleries located within five minutes walk of each other, while the Spanish capital also has one of theworld's most ornate palaces. After dark, once businesses close and the working Madrileños begin their trek home, another breed of Madrileños begin their trek into the city to keep Madrid s numerous tapas restaurants, bars and clubs full until the early hours of the morning.
On foot: Madrid is quite big. Many sites are within walking distance of each other but you'll definitelyneed to hop on a metro or bus at some stage. By metro: Madrid's metro system is efficient and easy to use. There are 10 lines. All are numbered and have a different colour. You'll never have to wait more than 4 minutes for one. By bus: There are approximately 170 bus lines in operation. You probably won't need to use them but the night buses are handy.
Language: SpanishCurrency: Euro Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50Hz. 2-pin plug. Area Code: +34 (ESP) and 91 (Madrid) Emergency Code: Ambulance 061, Fire 080, Police 091 Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT+1) Central Post Office: Plaza de Cibeles Main Tourist Office: Calle del Duque de Medinaceli, 2
In this Guide...
Useful Information After Dark Places to Eat Top Attractions Budget Tips Where to Shop By taxi:Madrid's taxis are easily hailed down and not too expensive.
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Hostelworld Guide for Madrid
Canas Y Tapas, c/Atocha, 42 Even thoughCanas Y Tapas is a large chain of tapas bars, they each manage to maintain some sense of character and you'll find both tourists and locals picking from a wide range of good, reasonable tapas. Hardly any of the generous portions on the newspaper-style menu are over €4. Open daily from 9am-11pm. Fresco, C/ Caballero de Gracia, 8 Specialising in 'all-you-can-eat' buffets, Fresco is great value...