GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Climate:

The average maximum temperature in Madrid in July is 88.2 ºF / 31.2 ºC, and the average minimum temperature is 65.1 ºF / 18.4 ºC.

Currency and Banks:

The national currency of Spain is the Euro (€). Exchange facilities are available at Barajas airport, most banks and also along central streets like Gran Vía. Many visitors to Spain have commented on the advantage of bringing debit cards rather than credit cards, since the exchange rate is generally much better and commissions lower. However, it would be prudent to check this with your bank before travelling.

Electricity:

Spain's standard electricity supply is 220 Volts (V), 50 Hertz (Hz) AC. The plugs are round two pin, European standard.

Emergencies:

The number 112 can be dialled to reach emergency services - medical, fire and police - from anywhere in Europe. This Pan-European emergency number 112 can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile cellular phone) for free.

Shop:

Most shops open between 10.00 and 22.00h. On Sunday only city centre shops are open until 22:00h.

Time:

The time in Madrid is the Central European Time (Summer Time GMT+2).

Tipping and Taxes:

Tipping is not obligatory anywhere, but much less in bars or cafeterias. However, if you leave a small tip it shows your appreciation of the service - a good rule of thumb here is 10 to 20 cents per round of drinks. Never leave tips in pubs or discotheques. A tip of 1 euro may be used in many other occasions, such as with hotel porters.

There are three different tax rates in Spain 4%, 10% and 21%. You will pay 4% on ithem considered essential, 10% on hotel and restaurant bills. These taxes are not refundable. Most physical items purchased in shops will be taxed at the 21% rate.

Tourist Office:

One of the main tourist information offices is the Municipal Office of Tourist Information, which can be found at Plaza Mayor (address: Plaza Mayor, 27). You can reach them on the telephone 91 366 54 77 or on the fax: 91 588 16 36. If you are planning to see as much as possible on your stay, then this tourist information office should be the first stop on your itinerary. From July 7 to July 11 there will be a tourist information office in the registration building.

Transport:

The city of Madrid counts with excellent means of transport. Its underground network has modern trains and stations and links to most destinations reaching even some of the main towns in the surrounding areas of the city. Using the underground will be the best way to get from one part of the city to another. Here is a useful website for planning your transportation in Madrid: http://www.ctm-madrid.es/, you will find schedules for buses, trains and for the subway lines.


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Xin Lu