April/05/2015

“No city on earth is more alive than Madrid, a beguiling place whose sheer energy carries a simple message: this city really knows how to live.”

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/madrid


http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187514-s1/Madrid:Spain:Inside.html


http://www.tripadvisor.com/AllReviews-g187514-Madrid.html


Index


1. Stay

2. Once You Land

3. Airport to City


4. Public Transport , City Exploration ( Places To Visit )

5. Food

6. Shopping


7. Places NearBy Madrid

8. Safety

1. Stay

I’ll prefer staying in Airbnb, as you can get tons of information with the help of hosts and which will help you to plan your stay optimally.

2. Once You Land


Once you land in city, first goto Tourist office  ( there is one at airport itself ) , get Madrid City Map , Maps of Public Transports ( Underground , Bus etc )

Or if your Airbnb host arranges these for you , then it’s best case scenario

 

3. Airport to City 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187514-s301/Madrid:Spain:Arriving.And.Departing.html

4. Public Transport, City Exploration ( Places To Visit )

-> One of the best public transports in World. Underground and Buses are well connected , properly planned and organised.


http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187514-s303/Madrid:Spain:Public.Transportation.html


You can either buy 10 travel ticket or day pass as per your plans for the day

-> Hop On , Hop Off Bus Service


http://www.city-discovery.com/madrid/tour.php?id=4800


-> What to see and what to skip


From our earlier first big trip to Paris , we learnt to prepare a list upfront to save time after landing.


Do create your own list with democratic with help of your family. We normally refer to 


http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g187514-Activities-Madrid.html

Not To Be Missed


Puerta del Sol , Gran Via , Plaza Mayor , El Rastro , Retiro Pak , Royal Palace of Madrid , Real Madrid Stadium

5. Food


Avoid restaurants which display boards with Big pictures of different kind of food, English menu or nice girl smiling at you and inviting to come in.


Try to find one which is little far from tourist spot/s and you can see many locals having food there.

Main food to try out are spanish omelette , rice with fish / chicken in non-touristic place.

6. Shopping

Madrid has got many shops ( with wide variety of brands ) with price range from medium to high. It is really fun to explore hundred of brands of Europe. Also plan to visit flea markets if time permits.

El Rastro ( Sunday only ) , Puerta del Sol, Gran Via Avenue and surrounding areas / streets perpendicular to it

7. Places NearBy Madrid


If you’re visiting Madrid first time , then I suggest better to explore city properly and may be next trip visit nearby places


http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187514-i126-k198172-Interesting_places_outside_Madrid-Madrid.html

8. Safety

Outsmarting Pickpockets and Thieves”

https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/theft-scams/outsmarting-pickpockets