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Preparing your trip to Madrid: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

MADRID 1. The system of buses is very well-developed in the city, so travelers can easily get to any area of Madrid by public transport. If you plan to travel frequently, you can purchase a special pass from the driver.
2. In order to rent a car, you will need to have a credit card, a passport and an international driving license. By the way, the age of a renter must be at least 21 years.
3. Car rentals located near railway stations are considered the most advantageous ones.
4. Those tourists, who plan to visit museums and cultural events, are advised to purchase Paso del Arte cart. It entitles you to a discount for buying tickets to museums, as well as free admissions to some cultural institutions.
5. Besides incentives while purchasing museum tickets, Madrid Card entitles you to free travel on buses and subway. The validity period of such card can be selected by the buyer and ranges from 1 to 3 days. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. While making a walk, it is recommended to bring a copy of your identity card or a hotel card.
7. Do not make trips to remote areas of the city alone. It’s better to observe them together with a guide and a tourist group.
Visiting restaurants of Madrid will be interesting not only to fans of Spanish cuisine, but also to those tourists, who prefer other directions in culinary. The city has numerous pretty old … Open
8. You should be especially careful on sidewalks. One of the most common methods of burglary here is "tyrone" - motorcyclists snatch bags from passers-by on the go.
9. Special telephone booths or communication cabins are the most beneficial way to make phone calls to other countries. The phone calls made in the hotel will be the most expensive ones.
10. Do not take pictures of local people without their permission. Also it’s restricted to make photos of some strategically important objects - the metro station, bridges, government buildings and facilities located in the port area.
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What to visit being in Madrid - unique sights

Alcazar de Segovia

From the series “Amazing ancient fortresses рreserved to this day”
After losing its strategic importance, the castle became a royal palace and served as a gateway to the splendid balls. Later, Alcazar was converted into the state prison. For decades, the royal artillery academy was in the castle. The castle has recently been the largest historical museum in the city. Its rich exposition is presented in 11 rooms and is surprising with the variety of the exhibits, in the number of which there is the extensive collection of ancient weapons and furniture, the portraits of the kings and the carefully restored historical room designs. … Read further

Semana Santa

From the series “Most enchanting and vibrant festivals”
Semana Santa is the name of the famous Spanish annual festival that can literally be translated as "Holy Week". This is one of the few religious festivals in the world which is known far beyond the country. The festival is based on the performance of solemn religious processions that are held in absolutely all cities. A few dozen ceremonies can march past in one day of the festival in one city, they are usually accompanied by the performance of religious music and all old customs are kept up. … Read further

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Travelling to Madrid - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Madrid. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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