No doubt, Madrid is one of the best cities in the world. A car hire at Madrid Airport is truely convenient, considering its seize. Actually, it’s the third best city to live in if you’re looking to escape your home town. If you’ve never been there before, the best way to describe Madrid is this: it’s the perfect combination of New York’s vibrancy and Spanish loose vibe. But if we could give you one advice regarding Madrid . . . hire a car . You’ll need it. It’s stupefyingly large – 3 rd largest city in EU.
If car hire is something you’re vary about, don’t worry. Madrid has excellent roads and well-organized traffic – just a little busy – so even though you’ll be driving in a new city, you’ll be fine.
When trying to understand what traffic in Madrid is like although you’ve never been there, you’ll probably hear two different opinions – great, smooth and well-organized or super-fast, aggressive and bold. However, the truth is that it all depends on what kind of traffic you are used to and what kind of a driver you are.
The most demanding part of the Spanish traffic is that there are four rush hours in a day. If you decide to drive when Spaniards drive to work or back home (You are aware of siesta time, right?), this can be a task for a skilled driver. However, Madrid is not Rome. The traffic is fast and gigantic, but it is organised.
Another thing it’s crucial to emphasize regarding driving in Madrid: You don’t need a car for shorter distances. Take public transfer for that. However, you’ll need a car when you’ll want to explore magical yet remote parts of Madrid (which are the best ones) and for your daily trips. If you visit Madrid and skip Segovia or Toledo, you should be a shame of yourself.
Regarding the parking: Many of our customers in Madrid hire a car at Madrid Airport and choose hotel with a free parking. There’s a lot of them. Plus, even in the city centre of Madrid you’ll find great hotels with some parking spots in nearby garages.
Parking suggestion: It’s advised to use public transport in the city centre of Madrid since this will be faster and you won’t have to worry about finding a free parking space (good luck with that). If needed, probably the cheapest parking lots in the centre are in the Atocha and Chamartin station. Average daily price for underground car parks (there are hundreds of them) is about 32 EUR. Parking in suburban areas should not be such a problem, the same goes for nearby cities.
Let’s be real – if you’re in Madrid for a week, two or three, you won’t see half of it. A car hire in Madrid will thus make your trip a lot easier. Also, prioritizing and good itinerary is a must when planning a trip to Spanish capital. It all depends on what you are interested in. However, there are some sights you just have to see; Prado National Museum allows you to dive yourself in European art and admire some of the most important art works in the world. The second world-renowned sight in Madrid is Buen Retiro Park . Take a selfie there and everyone will know where was it taken.
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Most probably you’ll explore the centre of Madrid by foot or public traffic, however, we suggest you don’t stop there, especially if you have the luxury of a car hire in Madrid . Nearby cities and some more remote parts of Madrid are very charming – and a very pleasant alternative to the busy vibe of centre. Hire a car at Madrid Airport and let your wandering nature lose.
Toledo should be the first daily trip on your list. Before Madrid took this title, Toledo was the capital of Spain. It’s more than 2000 years old and it shows. Different religions and cultures left its mark on it – mainly Arab, Jewish and Christian.
Different museums, amazing architecture – including medieval castle Castillo de San Servando, Monestario de San Juan de los Reyes, Galiana Palace – endless view from the will leave you speachles. Also, be sure to order a cup of coffee at the top of the city and try their local marzipan, which – some say – was invented at Toledo.
One of the most popular trips outside Madrid is Segovia . Both Toledo and Segovia are UNESCO-protected cities. Probably the most famous part of Segovia – which is full of amazing monuments – is its Roman aqueduct. Also, be sure to visit Segovia’s Cathedral.
If you have children, take them to the Enchanted Forest in San Martin de Valdeiglesias. This is a fairy-tale place where the whole family will enjoy.
As for many roman cultures – culinary indulgence is a big deal for Spaniards. Tapas are a great way to explore different flavours of Spain – and in Madrid and Barcelona you can go all in with this. It’s a small savoury dish that comes in literally thousands of variations. It’s usually served with drinks – beer or wine.
As a true multicultural city, Madrid has a full spectrum of culinary pleasures to offer. It was some of the first cities in Europe that developed the concept of the restaurant, also its a city where you can find the oldest restaurant in the world, which is still open.
Regardless if checking the Michelin Star rated restaurants of the world is something you like to do or you like to indulge with street-foods and local specialties, Madrid will keep you busy and your belly full and happy.
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