10 Tips for visiting Madrid!

June 26, 2017 Travel
  1. Buy water from the local supermarkets – I found the hotel and cafes to be very over priced, I was charged €6 for a litre bottle that was only €0.70 in the local shop!
  2. If you’re going in summer bring lots and lots of sun cream. I saw so many very burnt people as I stood spraying myself with factor 50.
  3. The green man means you’re safe to cross, red man or amber means death. The local drivers will stop for a red light but don’t expect to get the same courtesy on an amber!
  4. Trip Advisor is your best friend when it comes to finding the best local restaurants – a quick google search can stop you eating greasy calamari and overpriced paella.
  5. Restaurants open later, some didn’t start their evening service or open their doors until 9 pm, so make sure to check opening times online and leave time to enjoy the evenings.
  6. Although everyone speaks English, they really seemed to appreciate it when we made the effort to try and speak Spanish, so give it a go 😀
  7. Walking the city is the best way to see it, although the Metro was very handy for longer journeys I’d highly recommend walking a bit further than you may be used to in order to really soak up the atmosphere.
  8. That being said if you are going to use the Metro then the 10 trips ticket is a very cost effective way to do so.
  9. Get up early to avoid the queues, during peak season the museums and main tourist attractions can get seriously busy, think an hour queue to get into the Museo de Prado.
  10. Research free entry into the museums! I’ve written more in-depth about this here but basically, you can get free entry to some of the museums at certain times… worth checking out for the savvy savers out there.

If you have some tips of your own then let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the post!!

I hope you found some of these tips useful! Are you planning a trip to Madrid? Have you ever been?

Love, Sophia x


  1. Chloe says:

    Thank you for sharing this 🙂 Madrid seems like such an amazing city, I really would love to go there. I’m planning on doing a mini solo trip next year so, maybe Madrid would be the perfect place to start. I can tell that all of these tips are going to come in handy, especially the price of water (I can’t believe you were charged 7 euros for one litre) and the restaurants, it’s handy to know that they open at 9pm.

    Have a great week 🙂

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. Tanya says:

    That’s on my bucket list. I also love Trip Advisor!

  3. Kerri says:

    These are great tips! Especially #1…whenever I’m traveling internationally, I always struggle to figure out how to best drink enough water.

  4. Claire says:

    Hahah I need to practice more Spanish (I learned two years of Spanish in high school but really only know the basics now)… Great tips, I’m going to pin this!

  5. These are some great tips and probably can be applied to a lot of European cities. I hope I can use them very soon 😉 Lets hope that’s not wishful thinking. haha

  6. Maddie says:

    These are such great tips – as a semi-Spanish speaker I always try my best to speak it while I’m in Spain, as I find it so rude when people don’t even make an effort to even say things like ‘gracias’ instead of thank you – you definitely don’t have to know the language to give some simple terms a try! I’ve never visited Madrid but I would love to go.

    Maddie | thatplacecalledhere.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Helene says:

    Madrid is amazing, i would love to travel in Spain this summer and your tips are so on point! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. Melissa says:

    This tips are very useful! It’s always good to go prepared to trips!

    xx, Melissa

  9. Tammy says:

    Awesome post! I’ve always wanted to visit Spain. So weird that most of the restaurants open so late. Wonder why that is? Also, really cool tip about the museums. Wouldn’t even have thought to do that!

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