Before visit Madrid you should know some useful information to organize your trip as well as possible. Turismo Madrid gives it to you.
With an area of 8,028 km² and surrounded by two other autonomous regions: Castilla y León, in the north-west, and Castilla-La Mancha, in the south-east, we find the Community of Madrid. It is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, on the south-eastern tip of Europe.
1981.2 ft (650 meters) above sea level, though there are areas which are over 2133 ft (700 m), the Community of Madrid is surrounded by some physic border: a mountain chain, Sistema Central, and a river valley, that of the Tajo River.
The most important city of the Community of Madrid is Madrid, the Spanish’s capital. The city is on the Manzanares River, a tributary of the Jarama that flows into the Tajo.
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Due to its location, the Community of Madrid has a continental climate with temperatures that range from 32º F (0º Celsius), or slightly lower in the winter, to up to 104º F (40º C) in the summertime. Yet, the temperatures in the northern mountainous area of the region are much colder than those mentioned above in the winter and milder in the summer.
The average annual temperature is 57.2 º F (14º C), ranging from 41º F (5º C) in the colder months to 77ºF (25º C) in the hotter.
The amount of rain varies, though it is mainly scarce in the large continental area of the region. Therefore, it is not hardly need of an umbrella.
Madrid is famous for been a city where, always, is something to do. And this is true but, as in anywhere, there are some timetables that you should know. Turismo Madrid shows them to you.
The Community of Madrid has wide opening hours. On the one hand, the shopping centers y las franquicias de moda open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (this can change from one establishment to others). On the other hand, the small shops use to open their doors at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. After a break to have lunch, they restart their activity at 5 p.m. until 8.30 p.m.
To have lunch in Madrid, you should go to the restaurants between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and to have dinner between 8.30 p.m. and midnight or, sometimes, until 1 a.m. The cafés and bars open their doors between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. or, in some cases, 1 a.m. It depends on the establishment.
To go out in Madrid is very easy. You have a lot of possibilities. On the one hand, you can visit the nightclubs open until 3 a.m. or 3.30 a.m. On the other hand, you find the discotheques open during the whole night until 6.30 a.m. or 7 a.m.
Madrid can be proud of its public transport. The buses, the underground and the trains cover Madrid. The buses work between 6 a.m. and midnight, while the underground continue half and hour more, until 1.30 a.m. The trains start at 5 a.m. and keep working until midnight. Moreover, during the night there is a bus service which covers the same routes as the underground from midnight until 6 a.m.
The Community of Madrid, as the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, is located in the time zone GMT+1 (GMT+2 during summer).
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