Madrid (Spain)

Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is located at the banks of the Manzanares River and it is best known for its culture and its art. Madrid's nightlife is very boisterous. Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union. Madrid's most famous attractions are the huge museums, the cathedrals, and the king's palace, which is the king current residence, according to the flag on the flagpole outside the building. The city also has a number of well-maintained and large parks. For Music lovers the city offers the world famous flamenco performances and operas.

Population: 3,165,235
Beach : No
Mountain : Yes
Popular destination: Yes
Official language: Spanish
Skill level of the English language : Moderate
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: It is common to tip 10% in the big cities if the service has been good. There is no tipping for less than good service.
Time in destination: Dec 15, 2019, 4:22:24 PM

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Weather Forecast

Sun
15.12

Cloudy

52°F

Mon
16.12

Cloudy

54°F

Tue
17.12

Partly cloudy

46°F

Thu
19.12

Heavy rain

50°F

Thu
19.12

Rain showers

55°F

Fri
20.12

Fair

50°F

Sat
21.12

Cloudy

57°F

Monthly Weather Conditions

Madrid has weather that changes throughout the year, but every season has its attractions. The most rainy and snowy days are from November to February but still there are places to visit.

The best months to visit are in the autumn, September to November or in spring from March to May, at these times the city comes alive and the climate is temperate. Peak tourist season is in summer, despite the high temperatures.

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 43.0 49.5 36.7 6
February 46.2 53.6 38.7 6
March 51.3 60.3 42.1 5
April 54.1 63.5 45.0 7
May 61.0 70.5 51.3 8
June 69.8 80.4 59.2 4
July 76.6 88.2 65.1 2
August 75.9 87.3 64.8 2
September 68.9 78.8 59.0 3
October 58.3 66.2 50.4 6
November 49.5 56.1 42.8 6
December 44.6 50.2 38.8 7

More information: Madrid forecast and weather conditions monthly

Sights

Madrid 12 most important sights:

Recommendation for one day:

  1. First, go to Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), a peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
  2. Visit Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), which offers visitors an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. Or go to Adventurous Appetites Tapas Tour for a lot of good food & drink.
  3. Definitely visit the Royal Palace of Madrid, a luxurious, over-the-top Rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
  4. Sign up for a Bravo Bike-Day Tour, now entering its 15th year providing high quality Madrid cycling tours with e-bikes as well as regular bikes. Their range covers the most popular classic and private sightseeing tours as well as a Casa de Campo (nature) and Full Day City Tour.
  5. Cap off the evening with a trip on the Winebus, you'll get to enjoy travelling from Madrid to nearby attractive wineries, without having to drive, getting to taste wonderful wines and having a great story to tell.

More information: Madrid sights on map

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Accommodation Area

The recommended accommodation areas for Madrid are:

Cheap area: Plaza Mayor

Central location: Alcalá Street, Paseo de la Castellana

Nightlife: Calle de Atocha, Calle Del Arenal

More information: Recommended districts of Madrid on map

Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Madrid is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $43.00, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $201.47, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $59.87
  • Hotel (3 stars): $76.75
  • Hotel (4 stars): $103.88
  • Hotel (5 stars): $218.38
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $11.29
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $18.66
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.79
  • Meal, McDonalds: $7.82
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.17

More information: Madrid price level

Destination Map

Destination map in full scale: Madrid destination map

Safety

Madrid has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 69.5 (better than United states average 48.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 85.5 (better than United states average 69.0)
  • Walking alone at night: 69.0 (better than United states average 41.3)

More information: Madrid safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

More information: Car rental Europe