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Cruse andAssociatesTravel Blog –Madrid: Aperfectculture-richlongweekend
Cruse and Associates Travel BlogAll over the city, waiters are busy putting out thetables and chairs at the pavement cafés...
Cruse and Associates Travel BlogMadrid has really revamped itself in the past couple ofyears. The Prado, Reina Sofia and T...
Cruse and Associates Travel BlogA single ride on the metro (www.metromadrid.es/en)or bus costs costs €1.50. From June, jou...
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Cruse and associates travel blog –madrid a perfect culture rich long weekend

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All over the city, waiters are busy putting out the tables and chairs at the pavement cafés, getting ready for the never-ending demand for cold drinks. Afternoons slip by over languid lunches in shady squares, while when the heat is really on, in July and August, the locals lie low until well after dusk, and then emerge in their thousands to share some tapas and a bottle of wine at a terraza table.

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Cruse and associates travel blog –madrid a perfect culture rich long weekend

  1. 1. Cruse andAssociatesTravel Blog –Madrid: Aperfectculture-richlongweekend
  2. 2. Cruse and Associates Travel BlogAll over the city, waiters are busy putting out thetables and chairs at the pavement cafés, gettingready for the never-ending demand for colddrinks. Afternoons slip by over languid lunches inshady squares, while when the heat is really on, inJuly and August, the locals lie low until well afterdusk, and then emerge in their thousands toshare some tapas and a bottle of wine at aterraza table.From May onwards, the cultural festivals comethick and fast, with concerts and theater inoutdoor venues. At the height of summer, fiestasturn the most traditional downtownneighborhoods into one long open-air party.
  3. 3. Cruse and Associates Travel BlogMadrid has really revamped itself in the past couple ofyears. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemiszamuseums have all got bigger and better, while the centerof the city is smartening up with new boutiques, delis, cafésand gastro bars opening up every week. It’s perfect for aculture-rich long weekend or city break, with great foodand a lively atmosphere at night.Although it is cold in winter, there are usually a lot of bright,sunny days and it is often warm enough to sit outside duringthe day. Just remember your hat and gloves. The weather isbest in spring and autumn. Cultural and street festivals areunder way for most of May. It is usually uncomfortably hotfor much of July and August, so if you want to go then, it isa really good idea to book a hotel with a pool. Then youcan spend the mornings in air-conditioned museums andshops, swim and sunbathe all afternoon, and sit at outdoorcafés and restaurants after the sun has gone down.
  4. 4. Cruse and Associates Travel BlogA single ride on the metro (www.metromadrid.es/en)or bus costs costs €1.50. From June, journeys of morethan five stops cost up to €2. From May, a 10-ridemetrobus ticket costs €12. The Madrid Card coversentrance to lots of museums, discounts at sights,restaurants and shops, and is available for periods ofone to five days. Prices start at €39 for one day, andthe card can be combined with a travel pass (€6extra) and/or the tourist bus (€20 extra). Available fromthe tourist office in the Plaza Mayor, or buy online toget a discount (www.madridcard.com/en).The Madrid tourist bus has routes around the historicmonuments of the old town and the modernarchitecture in the new parts of the city, and costs €20for one day and €24 for two(www.autobusturisticomadrid.com). Tickets availableonline, on the bus or from tourist offices in the PlazaMayor and Felipe IV near the Prado.

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