Madrid-Barajas airport flies to virtually anywhere. Take the pink line #8 to your concourse. Give yourself a decent amount of time when traveling, however, just because you never know if you’re JUST gonna miss the metro! Also, the airport is humongous. So it takes a good 15 minutes to get from the metro to the gates. If you want to take a taxi, it is a FLAT RATE from the airport to wherever in Madrid. Do not let the drivers haggle you!
Always carry around your student ID (if you have one). Museums and restaurants love giving student discounts. Thank you, Madrid for “furthering my education”!
Everyone’s favorite time of day: siesta. Everyday, between 2-5, the city of Madrid sleeps. Do not plan on going to little restaurants or shops during this time. When in Madrid, do as the Madridians do, and nap!
Times of eating are weird in Madrid, but if you think about it, they kinda make sense. Lunch, as opposed to dinner, is the biggest meal of the day. So if you are going OUT to, go around 12-2 (before siesta time). If you want to cook at home, BUY your supplies before the grocery and butcher shops close. Then, cook and nap during siesta. When night falls, go and get some drinks. Totally normal to pre game dinner. Dinner is most popular around nine, where you and friends will thrive on tapas and more wine. Then if you want, you are ready to hit the clubs. Full and focused.
Madrid Spanish is very unique in that when locals speak, they pronounce certain “s” and “z” sounds like a soft “th”. Don’t be too thrown off. So for instance, when you order a “cerveza”, sound smart(er) and pronounce it “ser-vay-tha”. But don’t worry, you’ve been pronouncing “sangria” correctly.
Need to travel but don’t necessarily need to fly? Check out the Renfe trains leaving Puerta de Atocha. Inexpensive way to travel throughout the region. Busy busy place, BUT on time and updated trains. Highly recommend if significantly cheaper than flying.
El Chapandaz. Located close to the Moncloa metro stop. It’s a Cave Bar, which is exactly what it sounds like. Modeled to look like the underground, El Chapandaz offers a neat and mysterious atmosphere, paired with great music and fun drinks. On the ceiling, there’s what’s created to look like a grotto, and out comes FRESH MILK. FROM THE CEILING. And they funnel it into a giant cup and mix it with a ton of alcohol. And in the end you have a Leche de Pantera. Which tastes like a chilled chai tea with an array of alcohol. Truly amazing. Spent many nights here.
¡ Adios! (or "hasta luego").
¿ Donde esta el baño?
¿ Donde esta el metro?
¿ Cuanto cuesta?
Quiero beber agua del grifo.
Quiero una cerveza.
Quiero una copa de vino blanco.
Quiero una copa de vino tinto.
Where is the bathroom?
Where is the metro station?
How much does this cost?
I want to drink tap water.
I want a beer.
I want a glass of white wine.
I want a glass of red wine.