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In this post we decided to prepare a quick guide for those who are planning a trip to Madrid, the capital of Spain, which will include the basic things you need to know during your stay.
The main airport in the city of Madrid and Spain in general is Madrid Barajas-Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas is located just outside the city in the northeast. Around Madrid there are other smaller airports that could be a cheaper option for you if you take a low-cost airline. Here are your options: Albacete, 270 km from the center of Madrid Salamanca, 220 km from the center of Madrid Valladolid, 243 km from downtown Madrid.
The Iberian peninsula generally gets two long seasons and two shorter seasons throughout the year, The winters are cold and dry starting in November and lasting until April. The the sun rising around 7:30 in the morning and setting around 6:00 in the afternoon. The summers are hot and dry, starting from mid May around the 25th or 28th and lasting until September. Temperatures in the summer can range between 35°-40° Celsius during the hotter months. The weather transitions quickly between summer and winter so spring and autumn are really short. But when you travel to Madrid you should keep in mind what season it is to know what to pack.
As it is part of the European Union, official currency in Spain is the Euro. So if you come from a country in the Euro Zone you will not have to change currency. For those of you coming from another country you will have to exchange currency in your country of origin or make the exchange here in Spain. You can do so at exchange offices that are all around the city or you can directly withdraw Euros from an ATM. But keep in mind that depending on your type of card, you may be charged a commission based on your bank´s conditions.
As far as transportation in Madrid you can use the Metro, train, bus or taxi. With the Metro and bus you should be careful because there are a lot of different lines so it is easy to get confused between the different stops. If you are looking for a way to get around Madrid, servantrip.com can provided you with a qualified and professional driver who can take you anywhere you need to go.
If you are a citizen of the European Union you can enter Spain using only your official ID from your country of origin. But those from outside of Europe who want to travel to Madrid for a short visit, having a current passport would be sufficient. While in some cases you may need a visa to visit our country. In this case we recommend that you consult your local Spanish consulate or embassy to see what additional documentation you may need.
The official language in Madrid is Castilian Spanish which is a dialect that is different than your every day Spanish that is full of expression. Here are a couple of terms and phrases you may need when you come visit:
Hola (Pronounced= Ola) - Hello
¿Qué tal? -How are you?
¿Cuanto cuesta? - How much does this cost?
Gracias - Thank You
¿Cómo llego a...? - How do I get to...?
¿Dónde está el...? -Where is the...?
Sí - Yes
No - No
Por Favor - Please
Disculpe - Excuse me
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