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Madrid  Backpack Guide

Madrid
Backpack Guide

How many days should
I visit Madrid for?

The question that really has no answer.  Some people will want to spend the rest of their lives here.
For first time visitors, anywhere from 5-7 days is enough to take in the city and go on a few day trips.

When's the best
time to visit Madrid?

Madrid attracts alot of visitors each year especially during the summer months.  Try to visit Madrid either in the spring or fall for lower travel rates and significantly shorter lines at attractions.

How much
does Madrid cost?

On average, backpacking in Madrid costs about $60 a day.
Lunch
$5
Dinner
$15
Adventures
$10
Hostel
$20
Transit
$5
Other
$5

Is it safe
to visit Madrid?

For the most part, Madrid is safe to visit.  However, as with most big cities, pickpockets can be a problem, so be extra cautious when in touristy areas.

Do I need to
know Spanish?

It’s not necessary to know Spanish as most people you meet can also speak English.
Don’t be a tacky tourist though, learn some common Spanish phrases before you go.

What currency
does Spain use?

Spain uses the Euro as their currency.  One US dollar is worth approximately €1.04.

Warning Schengen Area

Spain is part of the Schnegen Agreement which allows open borders between many European countries.

However, if you're traveling for longer than 90 days, you need to be aware of certain restrictions that may affect your trip.
Schengen Agreement

Spanish phrases for traveling

Hello
Hola
How are you?
¿Cómo estás?
My name is...
Me llamo…
Do you speak English?
¿Habla inglés?
One beer please
Una cerveza por favor
Help
Ayuda
Thank you
Gracias

Madrid Adventures

Here are 13 of our favorite adventures you should do while you're in Madrid.  Read about them in our Madrid Adventure Guide.

Mmmmmm... food!

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A big part of traveling is getting to try food you haven't had before.

Madrid has alot to offer including tapas, paella, tortilla española and many other Spanish delicacies.

Learn about all the awesome food waiting for you by checking out our Spanish food guide.
Spanish Food Guide
Euro Trip Kit
Trip planning made easy!
Whether you're going to Madrid for just a couple of weeks or traveling around Europe for a few months, the Euro Trip Kit will help plan your trip.

Inside the kit, you'll find a travel journal, adventure passport, language cards and a bunch of other great things to get you excited for your euro trip.
Inside The Kit
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