If you are traveling to Madrid Spain for a vacation, then you might wonder how you can make the most of your trip. Depending on how long your vacation is, your hobbies and interests, and also what you want to see in Madrid, you’ll have different priorities and things you want to do or see. Still, this article is going to ensure that you have some basic tips to learn how to make the most of your Madrid vacation!

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Book Major Landmark Trips In Advance

If you want to see some of the biggest landmarks that Madrid has to offer, such as the Prado museum or the Bernabeu Stadium, then make sure to buy the tickets for these events in advance. You don’t want to spend your limited time and energy in Madrid standing in long lines and or even running the risk of not being able to get inside the landmark. Instead, get your tickets in advance and then spend all that time you would have spent waiting, doing something else.

While you might want to spend time on your vacation doing absolutely nothing and resting a bit, you should plan your time and ensure that you are doing nothing because you choose to and not because you are waiting in line.

Book A Guided Day trip Tour 

If you are heading to Madrid and have no idea where you want to go or what you want to see, then book a guided day trip tour! There are plenty of tours that can take you through various cities, or on tours that have themes around them. Whether you want to see tours around a specific landmark, tours around a specific theme, or tours that take you to some of the hotspots that you won’t find on tourist websites, you’ll find a lot of action with the guided day trip tours.

Make sure to book one before your trip, show up on time, and then explore Madrid with an open mind!

Learn A Bit Of Spanish

While you don’t need to be completely bilingual or have Spanish as a first language to visit Madrid and have a good time there, Madrid is one of the places in Spain where you are going to run into a lot of locals who speak very little English or non at all. Even if you know some basic phrases, such as directions to your hotel or any dietary restrictions you have, then that will be enough. 

Again, it shouldn’t be something you stress about, but learning a bit of Spanish will help you make the most of your trip to Madrid, and might encourage you to pick up another language whenever you get back home.

Use Your Budget And Your Feet

You don’t need to have a massive vacation budget to get into Madrid. You can find all sorts of accommodations, foods, and even free attractions and opportunities. Make sure to figure out if certain things you want to do are offering free admissions or half-price days, and then schedule your trip around that. 

Additionally, in order to save some money, focus on walking around everywhere. Even with Madrid’s easy-to-use and cheap metro system, you can get to a lot of places just by walking. If you can invest in a pair of very comfortable walking shoes you will be good to go. 

Finally, there are plenty of serviced apartments in Madrid that are close to a lot of locations, so you might be able to use where you are staying as a home base. Then you can branch out with your walking shoes and see what’s around your apartment.

As you can see, there is no need to spend a ton of money on taxis or other forms of transportation, which can be a lifesaver if you have a smaller budget. 

Understand You Will Have A Lot To Do

There’s something going on every single hour in Madrid. Even though Madrid has a siesta from 1 PM- 4 PM, some restaurants are open during that time and others are only open until dinner time. Other markets and attractions are only open on the weekend or are open during certain months, so you will never ever be out of things to do whenever you go to Madrid!

There’s a lot to do whenever you head to Madrid, and managing your time and your budget will ensure that you can really focus on enjoying your trip!

Published by HOLR Magazine.