Madrid Basics


As a Spanish capital and substantial cultural, architectural, and sports tourism destination, Madrid welcomes millions of visitors every year.
The first-ever records of the existence of the city date back to the 9th century. It belonged to the Islamic cultural reality until the 11th century, when Alfonso VI of Castile took over control of the city, and it slowly started becoming what it is today.
There are plenty of ways to experience Madrid, depending on the length and the purpose of our stay. One thing is sure - Madrid has the resource to answer every individual taste, every conventional or exotic need, every budget, and every aim.
It's the perfect destination for business and budget travelers; for adventurers and wellness lovers; for art connoisseurs and nature explorers; for loners, lovers, and families; for gastro tourists, football fans, festival hunters, and siesta seekers. So, be clear about your priorities before packing the bags, and let us guide you through.


The weather in Madrid is one of the driest and hottest in Europe. It rains very seldom and people find it very pleasant, except when it gets too hot usually between June and August. Winters are mild, especially good for people with joint problems.

Crime & Safety

Madrid is one of the safest cities in Europe, still you´d better avoid parks and gardens late at night, as well as bus stops away from the city center. Watch out for pickpockets in the tourist areas as Plaza Mayor, Antón Martín and Gran Via.

Hospitals & Pharmacies

In case of a health emergency will be attended in every public hospital in the emergency units with your European healthcare card or travel insurance. Non-EU citizens are expected to pay for anything that is not considered an emergency treatment. Private hospitals may result a costly experience as doctors will expect you to pay upfront. Top reference hospitals are La Paz and Gregorio Marañón Hospitals.

Public Toilets

There are public toilets are not many, but generally you are welcome if you decide to use the toilets of most private cafes, restaurants, bars and cafeterias.


You can find free wifi spots in all public transport buses, as well as kiosks and public cultural spaces as Centro Centro at Cibeles square. Most of the cafes and cafeterias also offer good wifi connection. If you need to work, you may wish to check out the wonderful co-working spaces.

Can you drink the tap water

Madrid´s tap water is not only safe, but of excellent quality and you can drink it. Studies prove it is even better than the water you can buy.

Speaking [language]

A lot of people speak reasonably good English nowadays in Madrid, still some key words in Spanish may be always handy.

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