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Madrid Tours & pre-bundled packages
• Madrid. Andalusia. Arriba! • The Best of Spain • Cobblestone Streets and Sandy Beaches • Seaside Escapes at Melia Costa Del Sol • Tapas & Paella • Plazas, Palaces & Paintings • Seaside Escapes at Sol Principe • Seaside Escapes At Sol Don Pablo • Best of Spain and Portugal - Insight Guided Vacations • Splendours of Spain • Seaside Escapes at Sunset Beach Club • Seaside Escapes At Sol Timor • A Spanish Trilogy • Travel Through History • Spanish Wonder - Trafalgar Guided Vacation •
MADRID TRAVEL GUIDE
LanguageOfficially Spanish, but also regional languages such as Basque, Catalan and Galician.
What to eatCocido madrileño (traditional stew), bocadillo de calamares (fried squid sandwich), and churros with chocolate.
What to bring backMadrid-made vermouth, handmade abanicos (fans), violet sweets from La Violeta, a Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid jersey and handcrafted espadrilles.
Fun FactAfter the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Madrid was the birthplace of a countercultural movement that included new wave music bands, avant-garde filmmakers like Pedro Almodóvar, street artists and rebellious writers. Their rallying cry was: “Madrid nunca duerme" (Madrid never sleeps).
Important InfoFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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