City Manager Madrid

City Manager Madrid

Sara Prieto

sara.prieto@mycityhighlight.com

Good To Know

1. Madrid is a really open city. Nobody is a true “madrileño” but everyone feels like home here. It’s so easy to make friends in Madrid. We always get some “cañas“ in a bar or on a terrace. Everyone lives outdoors and the streets are full of life all year. Madrid is, definitely a happy and easygoing city.

2. Madrid nightlife is really famous. The city never sleeps. Clubs open almost all night and each neighborhood has a dierent style of music. If you like rock you have to go to Malasaña neighborhood. If you like alternative music you have to go Lavapies, If you like comercial music go to Huertas. If you are looking for a LGTB atmosphere Chueca is your neighborhood.

3. Madrid is full of culture and history. The best museums and theaters of the country are in the city. There is a neighborhood called “Barrio de Las Letras“ where all the famouse writers live in the past times: Miguel de Cervantes, Góngora, Quevedo.


The fastest and cheapest way to get from the airport to the city is take the metro. The journey takes about 20 minutes. It cost 5 euros one- way ticket.


Police: 091
Ambulance: 092
Taxi: +34 913 712 131


In Madrid city center, walking is the best idea. The best way to get to know the city is walking, Looking at his incredible buildings and charming street. However, if you want to explore outside the city center you can get the public transport network.

A good idea if you want to stay almost 2 days in Madrid is to get a 10 tickets bono. It cost 12.50 euros and you can travel 10 times in metro or in bus. If you only want to make one trip you can take a metro single ticket. It cost 1.50 to 2 euros. Depending in your destination you can travel in one direction and change as often as you want, but without breaking your journey. If you prefer the bus it cost 1.50 euro the single ticket.


Specialties of the town to eat:
Specialities of the town are tapas, patatas bravas, tortilla de patatas, croquetas, cocido madrileño, bo-cadillo de calamares a la romana. Madrid is full of restaurarants with differents regional foods, like: food from Galcia, Andalucia, País Vasco.

Specialties of the town to drink:
The beer is typical in Spain. Especially Mahou. Is really famous to ask for “cañas”, the smallest size of draft beer a bar sells. Wine is typical in Madrid too. Rioja and RIbera del Duero are the most famous red wine and Rueda or Albariño the most famous white wine. In Spain is really typi-cal when you go out at night ask for a “cubata” a mix of a moonshine, like vodka or ron with a non-alcoholic drink, like coca-cola or red bull.

Typical meal time: lunch 14.00-15.00, dinner: 21.00-22.00.

Tipping: Its not mandatory to tip. In Spain tipping is not a custom. But if you want to be polite you can leave a 5 % of the bill in restaurants or bars.

Is the tap water safe to drink from the tap: Yes it is. Madrid tap water it’s the best water of Spain.


A cup of coffee in the restaurant: 1.30 euros
A lunch menu in the restaurant: 12 euros
A ride in a taxi: Basic price: Basic price: 2.40 euro. Price per km: 1.05 euro, Price per waiting hour: 20 euros.


Where to go out in Madrid:
If you like rock music and small pubs and bars you have to go to Malasaña neighborhood. There are plenty of places to explore: Sala Barco, Corazón, Sala Maravillas, Pachá, Ocho y Medio, El Penta.

If you prefer alternative music the perfect place to go out is Lavapies. There is lot of small bars modern and traditional. You can start having tapas and cañas in some bars and after that go to pub. You have lots of options to choose: Amor Woodoo, La Huelga, El Económico, La playa de Lavapiés.

For people who are in the middle of thirty something or fourty and they are looking for a more quite atmosphere La Latina is the perfect place. This neighborhood is full of tapas & cañas bar and also small bars. During Sundays La Latina is full of people having party during the day.
In you are looking for a big disco you can go to Capital in Atocha. It has 7 floors with a different type of music in each floor: international, latino, rock, pop music.


Shopping areas:
You will find the core of the shopping areas in the city center around Calle Fuencarral, Calle Pre-ciados and Gran Vía. It is also a good idea to go to the second hand shops in Malasaña in the Velarde street.

If you are looking for a Mall in the city center you can go to Principe Pio. And also if you are look-ing for big outlet yo have to go Las Rozas Villa. This a small artificial village with lot of small shops with the big brands of clothes with low prices.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:00


Mercadona, Dia, Carrefour, Eroksi


- Alcohol is not allowed to drink in the street unless it is in a terrace.
- If you are being offered beer for 1 euro on the street note that they are not safe to drink them at your own risk.
- When approached at night in Sol offering free entrance to a club make sure the people who offer you the flyers are from the official ones.
- When using the electric stairs in the metro, stand on the right side to allow people walk up and down through the left side.


Hello: Hola
Thank you: Gracias
You are welcome: De nada
Goodbye: Hasta luego


You have free wifi in the airport, bars and restaurants. Some kiosk in the center have free wifi. Also every public bus and bus stop in Madrid center have free wifi.


My souvenir recommendations

'Madrid me mata" poster

'Madrid me mata" poster

"La movida madrileña" was a social and cultural movement that made Madrid very famous, especially the Barrio de Malasaña in the 80's. The youth was revealed against the established order through rock and punk music and the outlandish looks. Take a bit of Madrid history with this original poster.

Calle de San Andrés, 12, 28004 Madrid

Handmade jewelry by Spanish designer

Handmade jewelry by Spanish designer

Spain is full of creativity. Take with you a souvenir made by Spanish designers, unique, special and with a lot of Spanish character.

Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 45, 28004 Madrid

Olive Oil from La Chinata

Olive Oil from La Chinata

Spain has one of the best olive oils in the world. Your family and friends will thank you for giving this pack of different olive oils from La Chinata. All of them are eco-friendly and with a suitable size to carry on the plane.

Calle Gravina 10, Local 2, 28004 Madrid

City Managers favorite places

5/5

El Jardín Secreto

Coffee, Tea, Bistros and Gelaterias

The Secret Garden. This charming garden is located in one of the busiest areas of the city. To access the roof you can only be carried out by an elevator at the end of the shop Salvador Bachiller. The...

Read more
4/5

Museum of Romanticism

Culture

The Museum of Romanticism is a cultural attraction not well known in the city. Located in the narrow streets of Malasaña, this palace-museum reconstructs a mansion from the Spanish Romantic period. Yo...

Read more
5/5

Reina Sofía

Culture

Reina Sofía is the name of the National Museum and Art Centre of Spain. It's the best museum if you want to see Picasso's pieces. "The Guernica" (Picasso's most famous work of art). There are also ot...

Read more
5/5

El Museo del Prado

Culture

El Prado is without doubt the most famous museum in Spain. In it you can see pictures of the most important painters in Spain and beyond: Goya, Velazquez, Miró, Picasso, Tintoretto, El Bosco, etc..

Read more
5/5

El Retiro

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Buen Retiro Park is the green lung of Madrid. It was built by the ancient kings as a playground. In it you can find real jewels. You have to visit the beautiful Crystal Palace, the French garden and t...

Read more
5/5

Madrid Río

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Madrid Rio is a large park located in the southern part of the city, on the banks of the Manzanares River. Its construction is recent and is the place where many people from Madrid go running, skating...

Read more

San Antón Market

Shops and markets

The San Antón Market is located in Chueca, one of Madrid's busiest neighborhoods. It has several floors that combine traditional food stalls with modern restaurants of all styles. Its terrace and the...

Read more
5/5

La Central de Callao

Shops and markets

La Central de Callao is undoubtedly the best bookstore in Madrid. Located in an old palace, the bookstore has 2 floors, a bistro where you can have breakfast or brunch and a room for exhibitions and c...

Read more
5/5

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Culture

This building was inaugurated in 1880. It has several exhibition halls, elegant halls where every year festivals and Carnival dancing are held. The Círculo de Bellas Artes has a large roof terrace fr...

Read more
5/5

Campo del Moro

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Campo del Moro is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city and also one of the most unknown. It's in the back of the Royal Palace. Here you can immerse yourself in a fairytale world: with peacock...

Read more

Top 10 for first-time visitors

5/5

El Museo del Prado

Culture

El Prado is without doubt the most famous museum in Spain. In it you can see pictures of the most important painters in Spain and beyond: Goya, Velazquez, Miró, Picasso, Tintoretto, El Bosco, etc..

Read more
5/5

El Retiro

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Buen Retiro Park is the green lung of Madrid. It was built by the ancient kings as a playground. In it you can find real jewels. You have to visit the beautiful Crystal Palace, the French garden and t...

Read more
5/5

Madrid Río

Squares, Parks and Playgrounds

Madrid Rio is a large park located in the southern part of the city, on the banks of the Manzanares River. Its construction is recent and is the place where many people from Madrid go running, skating...

Read more
5/5

Chamberí Market

Shops and markets

The Chamberí Market is a traditional market that has enabled a gourmet area. Here you can find different places to eat. One of them is El Rincón de Lupe, where you can find casseroles, tortillas or th...

Read more
5/5

Reina Sofía

Culture

Reina Sofía is the name of the National Museum and Art Centre of Spain. It's the best museum if you want to see Picasso's pieces. "The Guernica" (Picasso's most famous work of art). There are also ot...

Read more