Madrid, Spain travel tips

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When you're introduced to someone---aside from hotel staff--be prepared to be kissed on both cheeks.

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Avoid driving in central Madrid, as there is not much need for it and parking is a nightmare.

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A great budget option for staying in Madrid is the Hotel T3 Tirol, which is a great place for families.

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If you want a luxury stay, one of the obvious choices is the Ritz.

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If you want to save money but don't care to stay in a hostel, a good affordable option is the Hotel Mario, which is located close to many major sights.

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If you want an affordable, quiet place to stay, book a room at Hostal Armesto.

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Cardamomo is a great flamenco bar, although it tends to be pretty crowded with young people and tourists.

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If you plan on seeing a bullfight, you can purchase tickets online ahead of time--a good idea---from the Taquilla Toros website.

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If you want to experience flamenco, one of the best places to do it is Candela, which is atmospheric and charming.

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If you want to see a ballet performance while in Madrid, be sure to go to Teatro Alabeniz.

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One of the city's best literary cafes is the Cafe Gijon.

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For a lovely stay in the city, book a room at the AC Santo Mauro.

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One of the city's best hotels is the Hotel Villa Magna.

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A great dining option in Madrid is El Amparo, which is in a lovely setting and offers fabulous Basque meals.

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One of the best places to catch a flamenco show is Casa Patas. It's also a great place for a meal.

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For a truly elegant dining experience, get a meal at Viridiana, which also boasts a very impressive wine list.

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For breakfast, don't miss the legendary--but affordable---Cafe Gijon.

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In Spain's larger cities, it's customary to go from one tapas bar to the next, sampling the specialty of each place.

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For fabulous tapas, head to Cabreira, a rather boisterous restaurant with friendly waiters.

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Many of the nearby cities are reachable by public transport. So if you want to do a day trip from Madrid, don't bother booking a pricey group tour. Just get a cheap train ticket.

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