About Spain & Madrid
Here you'll find useful information for preparing your trip to Spain. We give you practical tips on documentation, safety, healthcare, what clothes to pack, the usual timetables in Spain, currency, tourist cards, public holidays… so you're all set when you arrive.
What weather to expect in Spain, what clothes to bring.
- HEALTH AND SAFETY
Healthcare, places smoking is not allowed, services for coeliacs, safety, embassies and consulates.
Currency, forms of payment, exchange bureaus, VAT, tipping, estimated expenditure.
- TIMETABLES AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
The time in Spain, usual timetable, commercial opening hours, public holidays.
Postal services, calling to and from Spain, connecting to the Internet.
- LANGUAGES AND RELIGION
What religion is practised in Spain and what languages are spoken.
- DRIVING IN SPAIN
Requirements, safety regulations, state of the roads, fuel types and travelling with children.
Tourist cards, making complaints, drinking water, nudism, metric system and electricity.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris. The city spans a total of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).
MADRID, its special dynamism as a business centre goes hand in hand with its vibrant vitality, tourist appeal and fervent cultural and recreational life.
Come and discover its sites, iconic museums and spectacular range of hotels and restaurants; and enjoy its endless nightlife and the flood of designs, fashion and trends you will find in the shop windows of one of Europe's leading capitals.
A great city that boasts a rich treasure of art, culture and natural environments, set in a region packed with history and modernity.