Tips and Tracks for travel in Madrid, Spain.

Tips and Tracks for travel in Madrid, Spain.

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MADRID TRAVEL TIPS

MADRID TRAVEL TIPS

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Preparing for Your Trip to Madrid, Spain

Book Madrid Hotel and Air Separately

It's like buying a TV with a built-in DVD player. If one component ends-up not working, then the unit as a whole doesn't work. Finding the ideal combination of, or making changes to a package deal, can be restrictive, difficult, frustrating and time-consuming. And just because most ads for package deals to Madrid tout that you will save money, you may find otherwise. Also, you may get a better flight to Madrid, without spending more, when you purchase your airline ticket to Madrid separately. Yes, a Madrid vacation package could be ideal, but we like to urge savvy travelers to check into the alternative. You can easily check Madrid hotel room prices on i4madrid.com when doing your research.

Packing for Your Madrid Trip

Be sure to pack for the climate in Madrid and also for the season. Bring breathable natural fabrics for hot weather, and layers that can be added or removed for cooler weather. Remember that summers and winters are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, with summer in December and winter in July.

Bring a Map of Madrid

Don't leave home without it! If you don't know Madrid well, it will be a huge advantage to buy a Madrid map and look it over prior to your trip. You'll be surprised how much you remember about the major streets and areas of Madrid once you've studied the map and gotten the big picture. It will help you get your bearings once you've arrived. Whichever attractions in Madrid you want to see, you'll have a better idea of where they are from your hotel and how to get there. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for what to do in Madrid. There might even be a map of Madrid tourist attractions.

Check the Weather in Madrid

Before you embark on your trip to Madrid, search Madrid weather on a search engine and find the 10-day forecast for Madrid. It could help you decide which Madrid tourist attraction to see and do on which day.

Taking a Computer to Madrid

There are benefits of taking your computer with you on vacation, such as staying in touch with family and friends and making or canceling reservations on the go. Take advantage of the internet in your Madrid hotel, or if unavailable, locate the closest internet cafe.

Madrid Travel Journal

You may like to keep a small travel journal or notebook for your trip to Madrid to jot down place names, dates and phone numbers of newly acquired friends. These reminders will also be useful if you'd like to blog about your trip to Madrid after you return home.

When You Arrive in Madrid

Check Your Room When You Arrive in Madrid

Now, immediately, is the time to be sure you are happy with your room. If ANYTHING is bugging you, now is the time to ask for a different room or to have any issues cleared immediately. After you've spent the night, or even hours in your room, is NOT the time. Speaking of bugging you, it is a good idea to check the bed thoroughly. Yes, it can happen to any hotel, anywhere. Even the very best and very cleanest of hotels in Madrid could fall victim because the critters can travel the world in people's luggage. So now you can unpack, order extra towels, look at prices on the room service menu and start enjoying Madrid.

Restaurants in Madrid

Isn't going out for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner a favorite thing to do for just about everyone and especially when on vacation? You might want to actually think about your Madrid restaurant route ahead of time to avoid - Where do you want to go? I don't know, where do you want to go?- To find a restaurant in Madrid that suits your fancy each day, peruse the Madrid Yellow Pages and ask friendly locals or other visitors for recommendations.

Things to do in Madrid

You probably based your vacation trip to Madrid because of what there is to see and to do in Madrid. But it never hurts to check a little further in case there is an attraction you don't know about. Check the brochure rack in the hotel lobby for What To Do in Madrid. There might also be a map of Madrid attractions. You know... the maps with the cute pictures on them. Just one more Madrid souvenir to take home!

Dining Out In Madrid

Don't be afraid to try regional cuisine in Madrid. When dining out, ask about local Madrid specialties. You'll find that locally sourced ingredients make for the freshest and tastiest meals, and you'll be paying a compliment to your host city in honoring their traditions.

Festivals in Madrid

Local holidays in Madrid may have an effect on the availability of some amenities or attractions, but local Madrid festivals or parades will add to the enjoyment of your trip making Madrid even more memorable.

Celebrations in Madrid

No matter what time of year you're visiting Madrid, there are amazing events to make your trip unforgettable. Contact the Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Authority in Madrid and ask for calendar of local events. This information may also be available on the website for Madrid. This will help you plan your activities to include local festivities you would like to participate in.

Souvenirs from Madrid

Don't forget the folks at home. Purchasing small souvenirs or gifts in Madrid will save you money over airport gift shop prices, and will be appreciated by friends and loved ones who were unable to be with you in Madrid.

Side-trips in Madrid

Spontaneous side trips in Madrid can be made with the help of your hotel concierge, or a local Madrid travel agent. So don't worry about having to plan out every detail of your trip to Madrid before you leave.

Must See Sights in Madrid

If you are visiting Madrid for the first time make sure you decide on the Must See Sights and plan your itinerary accordingly. Guide books on Madrid can be an invaluable resource, listing directions, hours of operation and entrance fees.

Madrid Transportation

Driving in Madrid

If you plan to drive in Madrid it's best to reserve your rental car in advance. Not only will you get the best rates, but you will be assured of a vehicle being available for you, rather than taking your chances upon arrival. Make note that speed limits and other rules of the road may vary in Madrid and may differ from those you are accustomed to.

Public Transportation in Madrid

Subways, commuter trains, trams, monorails, cable cars, taxis, buses and ferries are all modes of public transportation. Not only is it convenient when traveling, but usually it's an adventure! When traveling around Madrid, you'll want to make the most of what is available and what might be, well...an adventure! Be sure to research Madrid transportation online, in advance, or speak with the concierge at your hotel.

Taxis in Madrid, Additional Madrid Tips

When using taxis in Madrid make sure they are legitimate and licensed. Public transportation in Madrid is a viable alternative to taxis and will give you the opportunity to talk to locals who can give you pointers for great restaurants and side trips.

Medical Insurance in Madrid

If your health insurance provider does not provide coverage for Madrid, look into purchasing medical insurance for travelers so that you are covered in case of emergency.

Security in Madrid Hotels

If your hotel room provides an in-room safe, be sure to use it for personal valuables and papers. Otherwise ask the hotel staff about safety deposit boxes. Always remember to thoroughly check all drawers, safes and closets before you leave your Madrid hotel room so as not to leave anything behind.

Health Precautions in Madrid

Waterless hand sanitizers are a boon to travelers, include travel size containers when you pack for your trip to Madrid. These will come in very handy when eating on the go during your sightseeing adventures.

Safety in Madrid

Use common sense when in Madrid as you would anywhere. Don't draw unwanted attention by carrying excessive amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry. Avoid undesirable areas and stick with your group.

Prescription Medications in Madrid

Be sure to bring with you to Madrid any and all prescription medications. Pay close attention to airport security regulations for medications, your prescriptions must be contained in their original, clearly labeled containers. It's also a good idea to carry a list of your medications and wear a MedicAlert for any medical conditions.

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