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UPCOMING DATES
14 September 2010
14 September 2010
07 June 2010
07 June 2010

Tourist Info about Leganés and Madrid

 

INFO ABOUT LEGANÉS

Leganés is a town in central Spain where the conference will take place. It is part of the greater Madrid urban area, about 10 km southwest of the city centre. It's a town with a population of about 180,000 people.

The University campus is one of the main attractions for visitors, including the Sabatini building, a 17th century military site, and also the Library and Padre Soler building.

Together with other closest towns, (like Getafe, Alcorcón and Fuenlabrada) Leganés makes an area with a population of more than a million people, with a very good transport network.

There are many interesting places in the city. For instance, the "La Cubierta" bullfighting ring, one of the few wholly covered bullfighting rings in Spain or the ancient Psychiatric Hospital facade, from the 18th century; there is also the San Salvador's church, from the 17th century, with three Baroque altarpieces from famous Spanish sculptor José Benito Churriguer.

USEFUL AND PRACTICAL INFO ABOUT SPAIN and MADRID

Specific information about Madrid, including tourism and practical advices, can be found in different web guides. We recommend these:

Language

The language spoken in Madrid is Castilian, as the official language - commonly known as spanish. Spain has five different languages: Euskera spoken in the Basque Country, Galician spoken in Galicia and Catalan spoken in Catalonia and Valencian, by some seen as a different language by others seen as a variation of Catalan.

English could be used in some shops and restaurants. English information is also available in the Transportation system (underground, rail stations, airport)

Climate in Madrid

Due to Madrid’s high altitude of almost 650 metres, it experiences quite different temperatures in the summer and the winter. September is a pleasant month, with a maximum of 30ºC (86º F) and a minimum of 15ºC (59º F).

The weather in Madrid is predominantly dry but rain could be possible. You can find weather forecasts at the Official Spain Tourism website/weather and at Madrid Tourism Office website/weather.

Currency

Euro is the official currency in Spain. More info visiting the Official Spain Tourism website/currency.

Wherever you go, you can find an ATM in Madrid. There are many bank offices (Banco Santander, BBVA, Caja Madrid, La Caixa, etc.) when you can use any kind of card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, etc.). You can also use credit or debit card in most shops (this is usually indicated at the entrance) and on public transport, but not in buses or taxis.

Accommodation

In addition to the hotels mentioned in the venue section of the website, there are many different hotels in Madrid, with a wide range of prices.

Transportation in Madrid

Madrid transportation consists of a vast network of public transports including buses, underground, railway, taxis and car rentals. With 12 underground metro lines and 170 bus routes, Madrid offers plenty of transportation options when it comes to moving around in the city.

The underground network connects 161 stations (from the center of Madrid to every suburb or small town around Madrid). Trains run every 3 to 5 minutes from 6am to 1:30am. The fare costs around €1.00 (except from the airport which is €2.00). You can even travel by underground from Madrid to Leganés, host of the conference. Here you can see the map.

The commuter trains are another transport option. Run by the state company RENFE, trains run from Atocha and Chamartín stations to reach all the suburb areas and many great sightseeing destinations. The service runs every 3 to 5 minutes from 6am to 11pm. The fare costs around €1.15. From Atocha station, you will only need 20 minutes to get to Leganes station. Here you can see the map.

Madrid has a total of 170 bus lines running the city and the outer suburban areas. Buses generally run between 6 am and 11:45 pm. Around 25 bus lines run during night hours. The fare costs around €1.00.

You can use the Transport Information System to find more information.

There are also taxis. (Official Madrid taxis are white cars with a red diagonal line on the door). The official fares are different at day, at night or at holidays and weekends.

Eating in Madrid

Madrid has a great number of restaurants and bars, where visitors can taste many dishes from different Spanish cuisines and also from abroad. Visitors may notice that eating time is quite different in Spain.

Eating out in Madrid is much cheaper than in most European capitals, and the very sensible tradition of the fixed-price lunch menu, the "menú del día", means that it’s possible to try out some of the city’s best restaurants for a reasonable price. The usual time for lunch is from 13:30 to 16:00, and dinner from 20:30 to 24:00.

Some typical dishes from Madrid are the cocido, spanish omelette (tortilla), onion soup, callos, snails and croquetas. There are also some sweets, like chocolate with churros and pestiños. Spanish wines, often of great quality, or glasses of cold draught beer, called cañas, are also very popular in Madrid.

The tapa (savoury titbits of a variety of dishes served as appetisers with drinks at many bars) is an old gastronomic tradition. Sometimes, eating tapas is enough for a lunch or even a dinner.

Health and emergencies

In emergency cases everyone can be treated in public health services in Madrid and the whole of Spain. More info visiting the Official Spain Tourism website/health.

For emergency calls (police, fire, medical emergency, etc.), you can phone 112.

You can obtain medications at pharmacies. They are all marked with a green cross. In many cases, you will need a doctor's prescription in order to obtain medications. There are some 24 hours pharmacies in Madrid.

Electricity

Voltage is the same all over Spain, 220 V / 50 Hz alternating current. For appliances or gadgets with 110V power supply, it is always advisable to use a transformer and/or converters.

Internet availability

Wi-Fi Internet access is common in many hotels, apartments and other places such as the cafeterias. There are, also, many hotspot access points available with no cost.

Art and places to visit in Madrid

Madrid has more than 20 museums, even if the best known in the world are the three included in the golden triangle of the Paseo del Prado (also called "Paseo del Arte" or "Art Avenue"). These three main museums are:

The main parks in the city are Retiro Park, just in the centre of Madrid, and Casa de Campo, at the west. The Botanic Garden, next to Prado Museum, is also very interesting,

Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Oriente, where you can visit Royal Palace, are three of the most charming Madrid squares. They are 10 minutes' walk from each other. Other pleasant walks are the Austrias' Madrid, from the 16th and 17th centuries, and the Borbons' Madrid, from the 18th century: Paseo del Prado, Paseo de Recoletos and the streets around.

There is an interesting and cheap option for visiting many of all these places: the Madrid Card. This tourist card allow free access without any limit to more than 40 museums and offer discounts to many other attractions in Madrid. The card can be bought for a period of 24, 48 or 72 hours.

Leisure in Madrid

Madrid is a town where you always can find some interesting things to do or see. The town is always full of life and it is possible to find everything from international concerts to operas or flamenco, street parades, small markets. You can find an update agenda with all of this at "Leisure Madrid" section in Descubre Madrid website.

The city is also the host of one of the biggest bullfighting rings, Plaza de las Ventas. More information at esmadrid.com website.

You can also enjoy Madrid nightlife at a superb number of beer bars, pubs and cafes. More of them are open until the early hours of the morning. Themost famous places are:

Flamenco lovers can find also some places where listening this popular Spanish music. A list of these, and some extra information are offered by esmadrid.com website.

Sightseeing around Madrid

The most known and famous places to visit around Madrid are:

You can arrive to all of them by train or bus. You only need almost between 30 and 60 minutes from Madrid to get there.

 

 

 

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Leganés-Madrid, Spain
21-25 September 2010