I’m really excited to interview Javier Garcia Colomo of Cool Tours Spain about Madrid, Spain. Javier’s tips for the best things to do in Madrid are awesome because he was born and raised in Madrid and he loves his hometown because you can find cultural activities almost every day of the week

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Views of Madrid from Cerro Tio Pio. Photo by Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash.

Madrid, Spain

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Turismo Madrid, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Pearl Jam at the Mad Cool Music Festival. Photo by Arjun Kachru on Unsplash.

Getting around Madrid

The local airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), which is about a 25-minute drive to the city.

Javier says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

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Gran Via Metro entrance. Photo by Eduardo Rodriguez on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Javier Garcia Colomo about Madrid, Spain. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Madrid, Spain
  • Green dots = best things to do in Madrid, Spain
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Madrid, Spain

Who is Javier Garcia Colomo?

Javier Garcia is a graffiti lover and elementary school teacher who has traveled to over 32 countries around the world. He loves meeting people from different nationalities and learning new languages. He is currently learning Catalan. In his spare time, Javier hosts alternative street art tours and graffiti workshops at Cool Tours Spain for worldwide travelers and urban art lovers.

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Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Javier on his website and on Facebook and Instagram.

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El Retiro Park. Photo by Jacob Thomas on Unsplash.

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