Fly to Madrid, Spain
Madrid is more than just home to the some of the greatest football teams in history. It also has beautiful landscapes, a lively, energetic atmosphere and friendly local people on offer. This cosmopolitan city is filled with a rich heritage which is very evident in the designs of its streets and the architectural landscapes. Madrid has a way of growing on so don’t be surprised if you fall in love with this delightful city.
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Why visit Madrid?
- This city if filled with a vibrancy that is hard to find anywhere else!
- Madrid is known for having the best night life and friendliest people in Spain!
- There is so much to do and see in this place that it is not hard to see why this place is loved by so many people!
The official language spoken in Madrid is Castilian Spanish, which is also the national language of Spain. Spain is known as the birthplace of the Spanish language which is the second most popular language in the world.
Generally the climate in Madrid is very dry and warm. Spring and autumn have are usually the best seasons to visit Madrid, especially during the months of April, May, June, September and October.
Peak season falls between the summer months. A word of warning the heat during these months can become unbearable, popular spots tend to become overcrowded and goods and services are overpriced.
If you on a budget but your heart is aching to visit this city, we suggest you book during winter time. This seasons is perfect for vacationing in Madrid as the hotels tend to reduce their prices and the city is generally not overcrowded. However, this is the coldest time of the year for Madrid, so be sure to pack in lots of warm clothes.
Whatever time, season, or occasion Madrid is the perfect place to visit.
- Madrid is the third-largest city in the European Union.
- This city has some of the best tap water in Spain (one of the few European cities where you can drink the tap water!).
- Spain is the world's largest producer of olive oil.
Although Madrid has become very modernised, it still manages to preserve its historical look and feel. This city is filled with many historic neighbourhoods, lively streets and old rustic buildings that all tell a story.
Famous attractions include:
- The Royal Palace of Madrid,
- the Royal Theatre,
- the Buen Retiro Park that (founded in 1631),
- The 19th century National Library building; which houses some of Spain's oldest archives.
- Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid.
Madrid never sleeps, so if you suffer from insomnia you’ll fit right in and this city will soon become one of your favourite destinations. If it’s night life and parties you are looking for, be sure to make your way to the following venues:
- El Sol,
- ThunderCat Club,
- Joy Eslava, and
These are the most famed party spots in Madrid. They renowned for hosting the best parties and the very reason why Spain has the best nightlife.
There is no shortage of food in Madrid as there are literally hundreds of amazing restaurants to choose from. The cuisine selection available has often been referred to as a window into Madrid’s culture.
Pastries must be tried at least once in this city, there is so much variety and Madrid is known for being one of the pastry capitals of the world.
Located in this city is the famous El Botin restaurant, founded in 1725 making it one of the oldest restaurants in the world. El Botin is the most frequented tourist restaurant – from the typical tourists to presidents and celebrities, be sure to pop in you might spot one of your favourite icons!
If you are looking for restaurants serving the best traditional Spanish food in the land we recommend:
- DSTAGE, Alright,
- Moratin Vinoteca Bistrot,
- The Market Madrid, and
Madrid is a fairly safe place to visit and can be enjoyed with no worries or concerns for one’s safety or high incidents of crime. However, this city has become a major tourist destination over the years and as a result the amount of petty crime has increased, especially during peak seasons. Travellers are advised to practice caution when exploring, just the same as when visiting any new destination.
Spain’s culture is filled with rich heritage and I said to be one of oldest still present in the modern world. In present day Madrid is still influenced by its Royal history as was once centre of the Spanish Empire.
Catholic Christianity is the dominant religion in Spain. However, even though it’s the most followed religion majority of the locals do not practice. Madrilenian people are very friendly and welcoming, this city is filled with lively activity which makes for the perfect holiday destination.
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Egyptian regular passport holders need a visa to visit Barcelona and Spain in general. Schengen visa regulations apply as Spain is a member of the EU. For a tourist visa with a maximum stay of 90 days, apply with these documents translated into Spanish or English.
The Spanish Embassy in Egypt
Address: 101, El Horreya road, Alexandria
The Egyptian Embassy in Spain
Address: Calle Velazquez, 69, 28006, Madrid
Phone: +49-30-212 30 211
Working Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (code: MAD) it is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain, it is also the country's largest and busiest airport.
Food and beverages: There are so many restaurants and cafés that are located within the airport, the familiar restaurants include; Burger King, McDonald's, Gastro Hub, eating Point, Starbucks, and Urban Grill.
Exchange currency: The main exchange offices located within the airport include Exact Change and Global Exchange.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any piece of luggage you should go to the information desk that is located within the airport, or you should contact your airlines handling service.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located within the airport include Hertz, Avis, Enterprise Rent a Car, Europcar, and Sixt.
Airport hotels: The hotels that are located near the airport include Hostel Viky, Hotel Villa de Barajas, Clement Barajas, Ibis Madrid Aeropuerto Barajas, Tryp Alameda Aeropuerto hotel, Melia Barajas, and täCH Madrid Airport.
Airport hub: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (code: MAD) is a hub for Air Europa and Iberia.
Situated on the northern bank of the Manzanares River, Madrid’s Mediterranean climate mean visi-tors can look forward to cool winters and hot summers. If you prefer sun and blue skies then the best months to visit are April through October. Madrid is arguably the main financial hub of the Southern Europe region, and the city is currently the third largest in the European Union housing several im-portant headquarters like that of the WTO (UN), OEI and PIOB. Madrid is also one of the world’s most renowned footwear producers.
But it’s not all corporate stuffiness and industry in the City of Flamenco dance style. Madrid has the highest number of bars per square kilometre in Europe. Consequently, the nightlife you will find here is streets ahead of many other countries in Europe. In contrast to its modern edges, Madrid also de-livers its tourism value through the symbols of its glorious past. Esteemed museums, palaces, and the Opera House here exhibit exemplary European architecture.
Find and book the cheapest flights to the Spanish capital Madrid on Travelstart South Africa. This cosmopolitan European metro sets the bar high if you’re looking for a destination that is rich in artis-tic and cultural flair. The city’s traditional legacy is immediately apparent through its financial activity, much loved sports teams such as Real Madrid and high standard of living residents enjoy today.
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