MADRID GENERAL INFORMATION
Delegates are advised to check the visa regulations to find out whether they need to apply for a visa and to do so in a timely manner.
To find out if you require a visa for Spain, please visit the Spanish embassy website for your region.
Your visa may require a letter of invitation from DFK International, to obtain this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to ensure your visa is approved in a timely manner.
Madrid in February can be quite cool, during this month, the average temperature for the city shows highs of 12°C during the daytime and lows of 4°C.
As it is quite chilly please be sure to pack appropriate clothing. Please be sure to bring sensible footwear and a warm coat.
You can travel to Madrid safe in the knowledge that you do not require any specific vaccines, jabs or health checks but if you have any concerns please consult your doctor.
FOOD / CUISINE
The cuisine of the Community of Madrid is an amalgamation of the cuisines of various regions of Spain developed, in part, by mass migration to the capital city starting during the reign of King Felipe II. As the city grew, it incorporated the culinary traditions of the municipalities. Eating tapas is common in Madrid. This is the practice of visiting several bars and ordering a number of small, varied dishes which are then shared among the people in the group. Many of the same local dishes available as tapas can also be ordered in regular servings at sit-down restaurants.
The currency in Madrid is the Euro. Notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 59 and 100. For the most up to date conversion rates click here.
Spain’s capital city captures the essence of what makes Spain great. Madrid is a cultural mix characterized by its historic rise from a village to thriving capital and one of Europe’s strongest art scenes set against a backdrop of endless fiestas. Its cultural achievements coupled with locals’ characteristic warmth make Madrid a wonderful place to visit.
Madrid is generally a safe city, although you should, as in most European cities, be wary of pickpockets on transport and around major tourist sights. Although you should be careful, don't be paranoid; remember that the overwhelming majority of travellers to Madrid rarely encounter any problems
Tipping is not compulsory in the Spain. Gratuities to staff at hotels are at your discretion. Some restaurants add service charges to the bill if this charge is not included, add 10 per cent of the total to the bill. Most establishments who add a service charge would not necessarily expect tips on top of this.
Uber and MyTaxi is in use in Madrid and is a recommended way to travel around the city for a fair price. Please note that standard taxis will take you to the city centre for approximately 30 euros and is not much more expensive.
Madrid public transportation is clean, fast, safe, extensive and efficient. It includes 13 metro lines, more than 170 bus lines (EMT), 3 tram lines and 10 lines of Cercanias (local trains that link the city centre with the suburbs).
It is a good idea to pre-book an airport transfer. Please see the links below for more information.
Spain uses the 220V voltage level and a frequency of 50Hz. Check that your electrical appliances will work with this voltage. You may also need a plug adapter. Spain uses plugs with 2 round pins
Certain smaller shops have shorter opening times and open from Monday - Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, closing for lunch. Although most shops in the city centre open all day from 10 am to 9 pm or 10 pm.
Shopping centres and department stores generally open every day from 10 am – 10 pm.
GREETINGS AND USEFUL PHRASES
Buenos días — Good morning
Buenas tardes — Good afternoon
Buenas noches — Good evening
Hola — Hi
¿Cómo está? — How are you?
Por favor — Please
Gracias — Thank you
Me llamo ___. Mucho gusto. - My name is ____. Nice to meet you.
No comprendo. - I don’t understand.
¿Cuánto cuesta? - How much does this cost?
¿Cómo puedo llegar a __ ? - How do I get to __ ?
¿Me puede traer la cuenta, por favor? - Can you bring me the check, please?
¿Habla inglés? — Do you speak English?
• Time Out
• Trip Advisor
• Lonely Planet
• Voltage Information
• World Clock