08 Aug Things to know before moving to Madrid
We know everything there is about living and working in the Spanish capital so here is a quick guide to the most important things you need to know if you’re thinking about moving to Madrid.
Metro Monthly Pass
The best way to travel around Madrid is on the metro. Setting up a monthly pass un abono during your stay in Madrid is a smart move.
An monthly pass gives you unlimited metro rides for 30 days. The card also works on the city buses. To apply for an abono, you can order it online by uploading a passport-sized picture and paying four euros.
The cost of public transport is really low. If you are 26 years old or younger the monthly youth pass is 20€ and includes all zones.
If you are older than 26 years old, the price for zone A is 54,60€.
Madrid is a non-stop party city. There are tons of cubs, bars and alternative plans that suit all tastes. People usually eat dinner between 9pm-11pm, clubs do not close down until the early morning! So if you plan to have a night out on the town, drink another café con leche and maybe a redbull because you are in for a long night in Madrid!
Food in Madrid
Tapas, Tapas, Tapas! Tapas are small plates of food that are usually free when you order a drink in certain areas of Spain. In Madrid there are some fantastic restaurants where you can sit back with a chilled glass of wine and some delicious traditional food.
Say hi like a local
Giving dos besos (two kisses) – one on each cheek – is absolutely normal in Spain and is the standard greeting when you meet someone new, or a friend – only men to women or women to women though. Men to men typically shake hands or hug, depending on how close they are. It can be slightly awkward if you’re new to Madrid and meeting a huge group of people for the first time but you’ll soon get the hang of it and you’ll wonder how on earth you ever said hi without it!