When travelling to Europe always make sure you leave plenty of time to plan ahead – the Madrid travel tips below will help you get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of your travels.
In the current climate, travelling conditions to any European nation may change at any time. Always make sure you’re keeping well-informed with regards to any local developments.
With so much to see in the stunning capital, you will also want to make sure to make a decent itinerary. Also, ensure that you bring along a healthy appetite – Madrid cuisine is as good as it gets!
Spain is part of the Schengen Convention, which allows Australian tourists planning to stay for less than 90 days to enter the country without applying for a visa. This convention also allows you to move freely between other compliant Schengen nations such as France and Italy. If you decide to extend your stay past 90 days, you will need to contact an embassy or consulate to negotiate these terms.
The currency in Spain is the euro (€). The official currency of the ‘eurozone’, which consists of 19 member states of the European Union, is the second-most traded currency in the world. Any cash amounts under €10,000 don’t need to be claimed when travelling between countries. Fun fact: The name ‘euro’ was officially adopted in Madrid on December 16, 1995. For more on currency, visit the Europe currency page.
Madrid cuisine is renowned for its heavy use of red meats, poultry, seafood, starchy vegetables, and pastries. As an amalgamation of many regional Spanish recipes and migrant cuisine, the food in Madrid is unpredictable but delicious. As a contemporary metropolis, a wide variety of gluten-free and vegan dining options are increasingly available.
It’s certainly not a requirement to tip in Madrid, or indeed Spain in general. Much like the rest of Europe, if you feel the need to tip for excellent service, then by all means you absolutely can. Remember, most workers in the hospitality industry are paid a salary and do not rely on tips to compensate for any lost wages.
If you’re taking Australian appliances with you on your travels, you will require an adapter. Spanish electrical plugs are type F, the same you’ll need in the rest of Europe. They use a standard voltage of 230V and a standard frequency of 50Hz. Australian type I plugs will not fit Spanish sockets. Make sure to purchase the appropriate adapter prior to departing on your travels.
The official language of Madrid is Spanish. As a result of Madrid’s large tourist culture, English is a widely understood language, however before departing on your travels, it might be a good idea to brush up on some key phrases and greetings. Other varieties of Spanish also sometimes spoken in Madrid include Catalan, Galician, and Basque, however Spanish is the most common.
The major international airport servicing Madrid is the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). As one of the largest airports in Europe, Madrid-Barajas sees an estimated 50.4 million passengers use its facilities every year. The airport is named for the heralded former Prime Minister, who helped to restore democracy to Spain in 1975. The Madrid Metro network connects the airport with central Madrid, and is clean, fast and easy to use.