British Airways flights from London land at Madrid-Barajas Airport, which is conveniently located just nine kilometres from the city’s financial district and thirteen kilometres northeast of the central Puera del Sol. Madrid’s metro service will take you straight from the airport to the historic city centre area, or you can catch a taxi from just outside the airport terminal building. Looking to venture further outside the city during your stay? You can also arrange your car hire upon landing at the airport, which allows you to visit the local area at your own pace.
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Nothing compares to seeing a destination through a locals eyes. We caught up with Elena, a Madrid local from the Malasaña district, to discover her top tips for travellers. Find her and other locals on the Ventoura app for iPhone and Android.
Malasaña is known for its bustling nightlife, where evenings stretch out into the wee hours of the morning. La Va Lactea is a lively hub, where locals come to mingle and to dance to an eclectic music selection across its two floors. For live music, travellers can’t go past the El Buho Real for dulcet acoustic tunes and its laid-back vibe.
Botellón is a typically Spanish pastime where locals gather to drink and socialise in public. While it might have a somewhat chequered reputation in some areas of Spain, in Malasaña they offer a festive and lively atmosphere for socialising beyond the walls of a bar or nightclub. The best part is chatting with the locals and getting to understand more about the city.
If food, music and festivity sounds like a dreamy combination, then the VillaManuela festival is an unmissable stop on a journey through Madrid. Malasaña locals welcome the three-day long party that offers gastronomic delights with traditional tapas and mouth-watering modern bites. With a range of music acts ranging from the local to the global it’s a truly international feast and a must-do for any Madrid explorer.
When travelling like a local, it’s crucial to eat like one too. As dinner is often taken later in the evening, it’s common for a small meal termed a merienda to be eaten in the late afternoon. As the premier dining district in Madrid, Malasaña has some of the best venues to indulge in this afternoon snack. Check out J&J’s bookshop (a hybrid café and bookstore) or Carmencita Bar. Try a sip of vermouth while you’re at it, this fortified wine is very popular amongst locals!
Join Elena in Madrid, and experience the culture of this amazing city with a local. We’ll combine a Flamenco lesson with tapas, and finish the day with a sangria as the sun goes down. You haven’t been to Spain until you’ve danced with a Spaniard. Find me on the app and make sure your visit to Madrid is one you’ll never forget! And don’t worry, we’ll go easy on the newcomers, Flamenco is for young and old alike.