Madrid is an ideal city to travel with children. Despite its size, in the center you will find a multitude of monuments, green areas and very entertaining and varied visits for children. The first thing is to start planning the trip.
Before traveling with children we have to plan well everything we will need to carry in the suitcase, for that we must know what weather we are going to find, the necessary documentation to travel or when there are holidays.
The climate of Madrid is called continental Mediterranean. The characteristics are cold winters, with snow and usual frosts, although it does not usually reach temperatures below 0ºC.
Summers, on the other hand, are very hot, with an average of 25ºC but easily reaching 35ºC in the central hours of the day, the rains are scarce and in the form of a storm.
In spring and autumn the temperature is usually more pleasant and less extreme, but the rains are quite frequent and can appear unexpectedly.
In the city center, temperatures are usually more moderate, in winter due to the accumulation of tourists and in summer thanks to the large awnings that are placed in the most important shopping streets.
Preparing the children's suitcase can be a headache, as there are many factors to take into account if we organize a family trip.
Given the climate of Madrid, if we choose to travel in winter it will be important to bring warm clothes, gloves, scarf etc. but with thin t-shirts if we are going to enter restaurants or shops, where there is usually strong heating.
On the contrary, in summer we will need light clothing, hats and sunglasses to protect ourselves from the heat, with something warmer for the night.
In spring and autumn the most important thing is to always carry a raincoat and an umbrella, so that the rains do not catch you by surprise.
The rhythm of life in Madrid is quite adapted to European schedules, due to the large number of tourists, although due to its location and the hours of sunshine it may be a little longer than usual.
Stores usually open from 9:00 a.m. at 2:00 p.m. and from 17:00 to 20:00. In the downtown area, many stores, especially the large chains, open at noon and close later, around 9:30 p.m.
You can eat in the restaurants from 1:00 p.m. and until 3:30 p.m., and dinner from 9:00 p.m. at 23:00 h. Supermarkets have a continuous schedule at 10:00 a.m. at 9:00 p.m., usually.
Banks and other offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., some have afternoon hours.
Since the establishment of the euro (€) as the European currency, this is the official currency of the country.
The coins are: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.
The banknotes: 5 euros, 10 euros, 20 euros, 50 euros, 100 euros, 200 euros, 500 euros.
Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard ...) are accepted in most establishments.
Normally, foreign currencies can be exchanged in establishments in the main Europeans, as well as in banks in the city. However, it is cheaper to do it before traveling, since commissions are usually established around 5%.
The electrical current is 220 volts and the plugs have two parallel cylindrical pins, check well the voltage of the devices to connect them and, if necessary, ask for an adapter.
Travelers who come from other areas of Spain or from European countries have complete and free health care in all hospitals.
Emergency coverage also cares for any citizen who suffers from a serious medical problem, but the safest thing to do is to consult the possibility of contracting travel insurance.
The emergency telephone number is 112, that of the National Police is 091 and that of Local 092.
To travel from European Union countries, no special documentation is necessary, with an identity card or passport it is enough, both for adults and children.
In addition, there are countries in which there are agreements with which only a passport is required: Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and others. In case of doubt, it is best to consult the Spanish consulate so that they can inform us of the necessary visas and if the papers must also be done for children.
Some of the holidays are fixed, others vary according to the year, remember to check if you have planned visits to museums or other monuments.
1 of January New Year)
January 6 (Epiphany)
March 19 (San José)
Good Friday (in 2012, April 6)
Domingo Santo (in 2012, April 8)
May 1 (International Workers' Day)
May 2 (Festival of the Community of Madrid)
May 15 (Assumption of the Virgin Mary)
October 12 (Columbus Day)
November 1 (All Saints' Day)
December 6 (Constitution Day)
December 8 (Immaculate Conception Day)
25th December, Christmas)
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