There are fabulous museums, many fascinating scenes and vibrant nightlife, that you can explore in Spain, which is the third biggest city of Europe. Therefore, if you want to cover most of the areas in the city, you need to choose public transport or hire a bike. You may also choose guided tour. Few things of the Madrid can also be explored on foot or by hiring a cycle.
If you decide to walk then start from Puerta del Sol, where historical architecture, tapas bars, and chic boutiques are lined up. If you walk little more, then you can come across beautiful Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Prado Museum, and the Spanish Royal Family’s official residence. You can also discover Gran Via’s majestic Belle-Époque-architecture and few charming neighbourhoods of Madrid.
Amsterdam, Barcelona or Copenhagen are quite bike friendly cities, but Madrid may be not as bike friendly like them, still the newly constructed cycle-lanes will facilitate you to explore lots of remarkable sights of the city with your cycle ride and at the same time help you to absorb some culture and history of Madrid too, while on the way.
The cycling in Madrid will let you discover few hidden gems, which is not known to most of the visitors. Therefore, renting any bike or cycle can be a good idea to explore Madrid and also click any interesting sight on the way. You can move at your own pace and stop for a coffee or a bite anytime you feel hungry.
- Public Transport
Metro network of Madrid is second largest in Europe and also considered to be one of the best. Tickets are also not too expensive and in case you have plan to stay longer then you can buy a Tourist Travel Pass too. This will enable you to travel as many times as you wish.
To travel to most of the historical places of Madrid, metro can be fastest and efficient mode of transport. Besides that, you can also board any EMT buses which runs right from 6.30 AM to 11.30 PM. You can go to almost all places of Madrid by taking the bus route.
In case, you are interested in the night life of Madrid then you can travel in night buses which is called búhos. These buses will run from terminus stop called Plaza de Cibeles between 11.45PM to 6AM. You can get such bus after every 15 to 30 minutes.
Also, there are hop-on hop-off bus tour also provided by EMT which will take you to few attractions of the city like:
- Gran Vía
- Parque del Buen-Retiro,
- Puerta del Sol
- Templo de Debod.
You will find taxi charges are much reasonable in Madrid, as compared to many other European cities. Cabs are usually while with red strips in diagonal manner can be stopped at any place just by raising your hand. Taxi charges however may vary according to time.
- Guided Tours
For any first-time visitors to Madrid, guided tour can be the better option to travel to your fixed destinations. There are number of companies available who will offer such services at Madrid and you will get an opportunity to know about the history of the city as well as get familiarized with local environment.
An official tourist office which is located in Plaza Mayor will provide you about forty English-speaking guides every week and number of organized tours are conducted by various travel agencies.
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