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FLIGHTS TO ADOLFO SUÁREZ MADRID-BARAJAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Our goal is to make your trip to Madrid as seamless and comfortable as possible. Select a flight from a number of options from seven departure locations across the US, with just a short layover in Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm.
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SEVEN DEPARTURE LOCATIONS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
At SAS, we aim to make travel convenient, no matter where you live. Choose to fly to Madrid from seven departure locations across the United States:
• Boston (BOS)
• Chicago (ORD)
• Los Angeles (LAX)
• Miami (MIA)
• New York (EWR)
• San Francisco (SFO)
• Washington DC (IAD)
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WHAT’S ALWAYS INCLUDED WHEN YOU FLY WITH SAS
Your journey begins the moment a flight is booked. Let us make it as comfortable as possible with a number of benefits and amenities included when you fly with SAS from the US.
• 50 lb. of baggage with SAS Go
• 24-hour return policy
• Online check-in
• Seat selection 22 prior to depture
• Music, movies and games on personalized screens
• Power outlets
• Wi-Fi (on retrofitted planes)
• Meal, snacks and beverages
• Newspapers in our app
• Child discount up to 90%
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CHILD DISCOUNTS OF UP TO 90%
With tons of sights, museums, activities and delicious cuisine, Madrid is the perfect vacation destination for the whole family. When you travel with children, SAS offers a discount of up to 90% off the ticket price. Children ages up to 23 months can have a discount of up to 90% when they sit on their parent’s lap during the flight. Children aged 2 to 11 can have a discount of up to 25% including their own seat aboard the flight.
JOIN EUROBONUS TO GET SPECIAL OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS
Want to earn points every time you fly with SAS? EuroBonus members can enjoy a number of benefits and discounts and accumulate points on flights, hotel stays, car rentals and even daily purchases. Sign up is free and there’s no age limit. Join today to start earning points right away. The more you fly, the more benefits you get – redeem your points at either SAS or one of our many partners.
UPGRADE YOUR FLIGHT FOR LOUNGE ACCESS AND OTHER BENEFITS
Upgrade your flight to unlock additional benefits for the ultimate travel experience such as exclusive access to our lounge at no additional fee. Our lounges come with a free buffet and refreshments such as wine, beer, coffee or tea. There are also peaceful places to take a nap or quiet spaces to work. EuroBonus members can also redeem points to upgrade.
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ADOLFO SUÁREZ MADRID-BARAJAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MAD)
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport is located just seven miles from Madrid, making transport to and from the city center quick and convenient. Once inside the airport, there dozens of shops and duty-free stops selling a wide variety of items: fashion, beauty, electronics, travel accessories, children’s wear, souvenirs and much more. There are also a number of places to get a quick snack, a coffee or a sit-down meal. Free unlimited WiFi is also available at basic navigation.
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TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MADRID AIRPORT
Travel to and from Madrid Airport is easily accessible by public or private transportation. Choose between buses, taxis, metro and train, in addition to car rental and private shuttle services. The metro line from Madrid city to the airport terminal T4 is the line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios to Aeropuerto T4) running from 6:05 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Additionally, the Spanish railway line, RENFE, runs from Madrid to the airport through the local train network service “Cercanias” C1 line. This train station is located on the T4 floor -1 and the stop is called Aeropuerto T4. There are also shuttles that run between terminals.
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CAR RENTAL AT MADRID AIRPORT
Choose from six different car rental companies at Madrid Airport. The car rental offices are located at the arrivals area of terminals T1 and T4.
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Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport
Address: Avda. de la Hispanidad s/n. 28042 Madrid
Telephone number: (+34) 902 404 704 / (+34) 91 321 10 00.
Website: Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN MADRID
Madrid has a well-developed metro system, allowing people to quickly travel throughout the city. Check the Madrid Metro for more information regarding routes, schedules and notifications. In addition, you can also use the public bus system, hire a private car service or hail a taxi. Madrid is a relatively flat city, making walking or cycling an excellent option as well.
MADRID TOURIST TRAVEL PASS
Visitors to Madrid can use the Tourist Travel Pass across all public transportation within the Region of Madrid. Trips are unlimited for the number of days you purchase the ticket for – passes are valid for 1,2, 3, 5 or 7 days across two zones. Children under the age of 11 enjoy a discount of 50% and children aged 4 or under travel for free.
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MADRID: THE HEART OF SPAIN
The Spanish capital buzzes with life all hours of the day and night. Begin at Puerto del Sol – the physical center point of Spain – and head out in any direction. Explore the royal palace, snack on a few delicious tapas en route, admire Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece at the modern art museum and finish it all off with a glass of delicious Spanish wine. Madrid’s architecture is regal and impressively ornate. It has managed to grow into an international, cosmopolitan metropolis while still retaining traditional culture and values. Its deep connection with art is expressed through the number of impressive museums and galleries, offering up more paintings and exhibits than one could explore in a lifetime. Whether it hits you right away or takes a few days, Madrid is guaranteed to capture your heart.
HISTORY OF MADRID
Originally named Mayrit, Madrid was founded by the emir Muhammad at the end of the 9th century during the Arab occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. During the Reconquest the city passed between the Muslims and Christians several times before being fully established by King Alfonso VI in 1083. Now under Christian control, all symbols of the Muslim history – such as mosques – were to be removed, which is why there is little evidence left from this time period today.
From here Madrid’s growth was relatively stagnant until, in 1561, King Felipe II named Madrid the Spanish capital. He began construction of important palaces, official building and religious sights, attracting many nobles and state officials to the newly crowned city. In the golden age, after the Spanish had discovered America, Madrid expanded rapidly funded by the treasures – especially gold – discovered on the new continent. In the 18th century, King Charles III built important structures such as the Puerta de Alcala, Paseo de la Castellana, El Prado and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). During the 19th and 20th century, Madrid was site of bloodshed, with the citizens rising unsuccessfully against Napoleon and the French occupation in 1808. Also during this time period, Spain was suffering from economic and political instability, which culminated in the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939.
THE DICTATOR, “EL CAUDILLO”: FRANCISCO FRANCO
Following the Civil War in 1939, Franco rose to power, and became the general and dictator of Spain – adopting the nickname “El Caudillo”, “The Leader” – up until his death in 1978. During his rule, Franco exerted absolute control over Spain – persecuting political opponents, suppressing the Basque and Catalan language and culture and censoring the media to his favor. In addition, he moved all of the national institutions to Madrid.
After his death, Madrid was confirmed the capital city of Spain according to the Spanish Constitution of 1978 and in 1979 the first democratic local elections were held. The city became an icon for the “new Spain” under the leadership of the newly elected mayor, socialist professor Enrique Tierno Galván. The citizen’s pent-up energy, suppressed by the years of Franco’s dictatorship flooded the streets. Creativity ran rampant, tolerance and freedom of expression flourished and Madrid’s famous all-night fiestas commenced.
SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS IN MADRID
The best way to explore Madrid is on foot. From the vast boulevards to the winding intimate cobblestone streets there’s always something around the next corner. Visitors could spend days on end admiring the wide variety of architecture: the baroque Palacio Real, the renovated CaixaForum, and the Palacio de Cibeles, to name a few. The numerous plazas beckon passersby with the intrigue of a scrumptious Spanish tapa and glass of wine or cold beer. Museums are abundant, housing some of the most spectacular works of art throughout Spanish history. There are expansive green spaces such as the immaculately manicured Parque de Buen Retiro (Retiro Park), a popular spot to relax away from the hustle of the city for locals and visitors alike.
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PUERTA DEL SOL
The physical center of Madrid – and Spain – is the Puerta del Sol. This is a popular spot to meet-up with friends or watch one of the many live street performers, hoping to dazzle the crowds for a few euro coins. It’s name, “Puerta del Sol” translates to gate of the sun, referring to the original function of the space – the eastern gate of the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century illuminated by the sunrise each and every morning. As a focal point, you will find the Casa de Correos, a red brick building built between 1766 and 1768. Right in front of the building is the “Kilometer Zero”, the center of the radial network of Spanish roads, and a popular spot to take photos. Make sure to check out the symbol of the city – a statue known as El Oso y El Madroño (the bear and the strawberry tree) – though it’s not clear exactly why it has earned this reputation.
The historic royal residence of the Spanish monarchy is an overwhelming display of size and monumental presence, daunting visitors at first glance. It was commissioned in the early 18th century, and stands on the exact terrain where the Muslims built their defensive fortress in the 9th century. Spend some time walking around the grounds and palace gardens, called the Campo del Mor. Inside, there are 2 800 rooms and visitors can take a two-hour guided tour stretching more than a mile through the palace. Once you’ve finished the tour, head just a few minutes north to the Templo de Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple donated to Spain in the late 1960s. It’s also situated inside of the Parque del Oeste (West Park) with stunning views of the sunset.
PARQUE DEL BUEN RETIRO
Once the private grounds of the royal family, the Parque del Buen Retiro is an expansive green space in the heart of the city. It’s a popular spot for exercise – often filled with Spanish and international locals alike – jogging, rollerblading, or even participating in a fitness class together right in the middle of the park. As you stroll through the labyrinth of passageways and trails, visitors will be entranced by the serene nature and beautiful elements such as the formal gardens, fountains, sculptures, galleries, and stunning lake in the center with a regal statue of King Alfonso XII. The park is especially lively on weekends, with live performers filling its pathways and central areas, children cavorting on the many playgrounds, and crowds of people lounging on the lush grass. In addition, there is sometimes a live concert or new exhibition, so be sure to check out more about the Retiro Park before you visit.
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SHOPPING IN MADRID
Madrid has three main shopping areas. You’ve definitely come to the right place if you’re looking for fashion – from vintage to luxury brands – Madrid’s got it all. In addition, there are also a number of places to find traditional crafts, ceramics, handmade items and traditional foods to bring home as a souvenir. The first shopping area stretches from Callao to Puerta del Sol, and includes the major department stores and popular brands. In the eastern Salamanca district, you can find more high-end designers such as Prada, Armani or Louis Vuitton. Or, if you’re looking for something more alternative and trendy, go to the intersection of the neighborhoods of Chueca, Malasaña and the Tribunal area. Here you will find a mix of brand names and local designers.
ART AND CULTURE IN MADRID
Art and culture are an integral part of the Spanish society and firmly cemented in its multifaceted capital city. Widely recognized as one of Europe’s art capitals and home to world-class museums, galleries and exhibitions, Madrid also boasts the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Now a museum and gallery, Francisco Goya was once a director and its alumni include Picasso, Dalí and de la Renta, among other great artists. Performance art is becoming increasingly popular, with a number of venues around the city and there are also several cinemas showing films in English as well. Many festivals decorate the streets of Madrid throughout the year, and if you’re lucky to be visiting at New Year’s Eve be sure to head to Puerta del Sol – the Spanish version of Times Square – and eat your twelve grapes when the clock strikes midnight – it’s a tradition!
PASEO DEL ARTE
Madrid is home to some of Europe’s most renowned art museums, with the most famous conveniently located within a distinct district known as “Paseo del Arte” or “Avenue of Art”: the Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.
The Prado boasts the largest and most valuable collection of Spanish paintings throughout the world, with more than 8 000 paintings from masters such as Goya, El Greco and Velazquez. Visitors could spend the entire day exploring its massive halls and not make a dent in the mammoth collection. The Thyssen-Bornemisza houses an incredibly impressive private collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his wife Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. In total, there are more than 800 paintings spanning from the early 13th century to more contemporary pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, including works from Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. The Reina Sofia is Madrid’s contemporary art museum with a collection of over 21,000 artworks from the 20th century. Here you will find pieces from artists such as Dalí, as well as Picasso’s masterpiece, the Guernica.
DINING AND NIGHTLIFE IN MADRID
Socializing over a glass of Rioja (a red wine from Spain’s most famous wine-making region) or a cold cerveza (beer) while nibbling on a delicious tapa is the quintessential example of Spanish social life. Restaurants and cafes sprawl out on the terraces wherever they can fit – whether it’s in a main plaza like Plaza Mayor and Plaza Santa Ana, or a tiny sidewalk on a winding cobblestone street. During the day, diners can enjoy a “menu del dia”. This is the most economical way to eat in Spain. Translated as “menu of the day”, the restaurant serves up a 2 or 3 course meal – which can include an appetizer, main course and dessert – typically in addition to bread and wine, beer, or some other refreshment. You can usually choose from a few different options, often for less than €10 in total.
Nightlife in Madrid, known as la marcha, is a multi generational affair. Madrileños (people from Madrid) are notorious socializers, and it’s not rare to find young children out way past midnight while their parents and grandparents discuss the issues of the world over a coffee or cocktail. If you don’t plan on partying till the sunrise, head to Cava Alta and Cava Baja (both in the La Latina area, famous for its tapas bars), or Calle Huertas near the Plaza Santa Ana (here you’ll find a number of bars and restaurants – from traditional to trendy). If you’re planning to make it an all night affair, head to Calle Príncipe and Calle De La Cruz, also near Santa Ana, where there are a number of small clubs. The most popular nightlife area in general is Malasaña, where you’ll find a mixed bag of venues, with something for everyone.
TAPAS, TAPAS, TAPAS
During the evening, the most common way to satisfy hunger is snacking on small plates, known as tapas. In some parts of Spain, such as Granada and the south, you will get a free tapa when you order a drink. That’s not as common in Madrid, the places that do this are usually hard to find or totally packed. For the best chance of finding the elusive free tapa in Madrid, head out of the city center, to the more residential neighborhoods. Additionally, what tapa a restaurant serves will vary greatly – some will serve you a hot plate, while others a few nuts or olives. Some examples include a cold plate of meats, cheeses and/or olives, tortilla de patatas (a hot or cold Spanish omelet), sardines, croquetas (a small fried ball usually with potato, meat or fish), or patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce).
JAMÓN: THE KING OF MADRID’S CULINARY SCENE
Jamón, or Spanish cured ham, is a staple of the traditional diet, and an absolute must-try for any visitor. You’ll find endless amounts of places selling this – a good indicator will be the cured ham leg hanging from the ceiling or resting on a stand in the window – but it’s important to know first how it is categorized. The breed of the pig and how it was raised – with the very top grade being Jamón Ibérico de Bellota – determines the type and quality of Spanish ham. A popular spot for a quick and cheap jamón sandwich is the Museo de Jamón, where the start at €1 each.
FACT BOX: MADRID
Country code: +34
Spanish Embassy in the US: 2375 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, United States
United States Embassy in Madrid: Calle de Serrano, 75, 28006 Madrid, Spain