Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, or more commonly known as Madrid Airport or Barajas, is the main international air passenger gateway into Madrid, Spain. It is the country's largest and busiest airport, as well as one of the busiest in Europe. Madrid Airport is the primary hub and maintenance base for Iberia, which handles about 60% of the airport's traffic. Additionally, it also serves as a hub for Air Europa and a focus city for Iberia Express, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pullmantur Air, Ryanair, and Vueling.
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid - Located in the Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain is a 20-hectare zoo and aquarium aptly named Zoo Aquarium de Madrid. The Madrid Zoo Aquarium contains, apart from aquarium and one of the largest zoos in Spain, a petting zoo, an aviary, and a dolphinarium. It houses four Giant Pandas, one of which was the first panda born in captivity via artificial insemination in Europe. It is also home to a small group of koalas and a large collection of primates.
Palacio Real de Madrid - The Royal Palace of Madrid serves as the official residence of Spanish Royalty in Madrid. However, the Royal Family chooses to reside in the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of the city. Due to this, the Royal Palace is only used for state occasions and special ceremonies. Several rooms are open to the public with an admission fee if the visitor is not a resident of the Iberian Peninsula.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - The museum is also called the Museo Reina Sofia, Queen Sofia Museum, or simply The Sofia. It is the country's national museum of 20th century art, containing mostly Spanish Art, especially those by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. However it also houses works by some international artists. In addition to its permanent exhibits, there are also temporary exhibitions of a mixture of national and international artworks held in galleries. The Sofia also hosts a public library with materials that focus on art, including 100,000 books, nearly 1,000 videos, and over 3,500 sound recordings.
How to get around within Madrid
There are several types of Spanish trains, such as the cercanias, which are local passenger trains in and around the major cities, the media distancia, which are regional trains, and the larga distancia, which are for long-distance journeys. Fare and speed depends on which train you ride and which destination you get off. Booking in advance is obligatory only for long haul travels.
Perhaps the easiest way to access locations that are out-of-the-way for trains is via bus. It is advisable to take the bus when straying away from the major towns and cities and travelling to smaller villages and rural areas, as it is more reliable and inexpensive.
Car rental is most inexpensive when arranged in advance through an agency, although there are offices all over the country, especially in regional airports and major train stations. An EU driver's license or International Driver's Licence is required by law for driving on Spanish roads. Bike rentals, though not very common, are available. Only Barcelona is sure to have dedicated cycle paths and bike-transit schemes.
Note that the amount of public transportation available during Sundays and holidays are greatly reduced.
How to get there
Several airlines worldwide travel to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, including and not limited to the following: Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Avianca, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, EgyptAir, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.
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