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International calling code for Spain: 0034
Local currency: euros (EUR, €)
Weather in October: average high temperature 19,4oC / average low temperature 10,7oC.
Timezone: Central European Time (CET)
Emergencies number: 112
Foreign Tourist Assistance Service (SATE): 0034 91 548 85 37
Madrid City Tour
Madrid City Tour is one of the easiest and most comfortable ways of discovering the city. All you have to do is buy your one- or two-day ticket, hop on the bus, put on your earphones, listen to the recorded commentaries and enjoy the streets, monuments and places of interest you pass by. You can hop off wherever you want, as many times as you like.
The buses are equipped with audio guides in 14 languages (Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Catalan, Basque and Galician).
Spaniards really enjoy street life, to gather with friends around food and some drinks. Here are some things we really enjoy, and tips to do them like a local:
Chocolate con churros
We enjoy this traditional breakfast at any time of the day, consisting of a thick cocoa beverage accompanied by our very typical, Spanish churros. Highly caloric! – TIP: go to Chocolatería San Ginés, next to Plaza Mayor, a bar reminiscent of the cafes in the late XIX century.
Bocadillo de calamares
You cannot leave Madrid without tasting this greasy, forceful sandwich of deep-fried in breadcrumbs. – TIP: go in the evening to any bar in the surroundings of Plaza Mayor, and order it with a very cold “caña” (barrel beer).
“Ir de tapas” means go out for dinner visiting different bars and taverns, ordering a tapa or ración (small dish to share) with a drink. There are many possibilities – TIP: avoid the overcrowded Sol, and explore Malasaña (Metro: Tribunal, Noviciado) or Chueca quartiers.