Category Archives: General Information

Restaurant and Street Guide of Madrid

Here’s a guide (in Spanish), from the Madrid White pages people, that you may find useful for finding restaurants in Madrid (some with menus). They also have handy street maps that link into to them.
Restaurant Guide

For those who are looking for any addresses in Madrid, this could prove useful:
Madrid Street Map

Alternatively, you could buy the Lonely Planet Madrid City Map from Amazon


See also: Maps of Madrid

Currency Exchange and banks

I can’t understand why tourists allow themselves to get fleeced at currency exchange booths in Madrid. I suppose we’ve all gone on holiday and been to these places. There is an alternative, however, and it’s called a bank! There are no shortages of banks in Madrid (you’ll see the popular ones all over the city) and practically all the main banks will be able to exchange currency for you – probably saving you a good 15-20% or more than if you went to a currency exchange booth. Here is a list of popular banks: Santander Central Hispano, BBVA, Caja Madrid and Banesto.

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Madrid weather forecasts

The weather in Madrid does have its peaks and troughs. At present, it is starting to dip after a fairly oppressive summer, the temperature regulary hitting over 40ºC. Madrid in Autumn is just great, neither hot nor cold, and going into winter there is always a chance of snow, especially in the mountains and ski resorts north of Madrid. I would certainly recommend a trip to the Royal Palace in Aranjuez which is beautiful with its gardens covered in leaves. Trawling around the web I came across some useful websites for Madrid weather:

El Mundo newspaper gives you today’s weather and forecasts. In the coming months you’ll be able to see what the snow forecast is for Navecerrada on this web site, too. This is another forecast from CNN and a neat one from Yahoo.