This city is a combination of ancient tradition and constant renewal. It has an architectural mix of medieval buildings and the construction of a traditional empire, with fascist monuments from the dictatorship that ruled it, in the face of exciting buildings designed by the modern superstructure. And by the way, there is no city in Europe with more trees than Madrid!
Madrid is a fascinating story of a city reborn with the death of Spanish dictator General Franco in 1975. The social-cultural "birth" movement, which was born at the time, led the liberation from the dictatorship and was the accelerating force that led to a burst of creativity in the various arts and culture of the entire city. Then came the young face, the rebellious and non-establishment side of the city, the one attracting young tourists from all over the world.
Indeed, Madrid is a city of many styles and faces, whose inhabitants, are full of joie de vivre, very kind and warm to visitors. The saying here is that "if you are in Madrid, then you are from Madrid!"
Here you can choose from crowd-bustling soccer temples to the world's most fascinating art museums, listen to Spanish flamenco music or dance in new clubs with 21st-century music. Here you can eat tapas bars with lots of small dishes or dine in the city's renowned food markets.
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The metro is comfortable, efficient and comes frequently, cheap, and goes around the whole city. It operates between 6 am to 2 am.
The buses operate from 2 am to 11:30 pm.
There are plenty of taxis but they are more expensive.
Spanish cuisine is full of good and rich food. Between the Tortilla Spaniola, a kind of Spanish omelet and a little sweet, the Phedron, the same spicy Spanish pepper and the Pattatas Bravas, which is the Spanish fries, the most noteworthy hits in the Spanish kitchen are:
Tapas, the small and varied dishes that usually accompany the tapas to the fullness. The recommended tapas bars of Madrid is the La Latina neighborhood.
Paella - A pan with rice stew, vegetables, and seafood, or meat.
Churros - long donuts with sugar for dessert, which are used in the morning to dip in chocolate, a thick hot chocolate drink that does not replace coffee.
Pan Tomaque - bread with tomato. This is the simplest and typical breakfast, but most delicious: half a baked baguette topped with fresh tomato, olive oil, salt pepper and that's it.
Sangria - the great alcoholic drink, with a martini touch, a teaspoon of sugar and plenty of ice, soda, oranges, and lemons.
Aperol Spritz - look for this drink, it is a must try!
Business Meal - Find out if there is a business lunch in a restaurant (menu del dia), in Madrid will cost about 12 euros on weekdays, for something like 2 dishes and a glass of wine.
City Pass card - Buy the Madrid City Pass card, which offers many benefits, free airport shuttle, city tour by tourist bus, free entrance and no tour to the Prado Museum and a free tour of the home stadium of the Real Madrid football team, the Santiago Bernabeu, it also has a 20% discount on Madrid's top attractions.
Supermarket - Aldi and Lidl chains are cheap but offer mainly basic products, the Caprabo network is less expensive but varied.
Public transportation - Buy a ten-way ticket to traffic in the city.
Bus - a great way to get to know the city.
Cheap and equal stores can also be found on the streets leaving Puerta del Sol, in the direction of the Gran Via, especially on Calle Preciados. Here you will find clothes, shoes, and accessories - at great prices.
Cheap clothes and second-hand clothes will be found on the streets of Fuencarral and Malasana.
Many shopping centers will be found on Calle Orense.
The department store houses in Madrid, the El Corte Inglés or one of the largest Spanish department stores in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
A variety of large shops will be found on Sarrano Street.
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But they are not the only ones. Do not dare to visit Madrid without experiencing its nightlife. Apart from the underground atmosphere in the Barrio de Malasaña's rock and punk clubs and Chueca's gay parties, there are also the prestigious clubs of the Barrio de Salamanca, the jazz clubs, the flamenco and the indie rock of the Barrio de Las Letras Barrio de Las Letras). And the trendy bars, with contemporary music, in the Princesa region.
A normal day in Madrid, a city where there are no "early mornings," is a day when its residents wake up slowly, in the late morning, after a night out. Here sleepless nights are the usual nights. Madrid's vibrant Sundays start in the morning, when you go to the flea market, and then pass through the squares of La Latina or Santa Ana from noon to five in the morning.
The Huertas district is for the 20-30-year-olds. The prestigious Salamanca district has the bars and clubs and most of the activities, around the age of 30 plus.
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