- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 😀
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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