Feb 18 2014
You have planned a trip to Madrid with your family or with some friends? None of you has ever been there so you are all complete strangers? How will you know where you can drink a typically Spanish coffee or eat the best tapas? Which are the most important attractions in the city you need to see? And what if you get lost in the city? Madrid has more than 3 million inhabitants and thus is a huge city where it’s hard to orient oneself.
But there are a lot of useful apps for Android and iOS which will bring solutions to all of these problems: the best restaurants? The best bars? The most important sights and attractions? These apps will reveal them to you!
1. Madrid Metro Map: You arrive at your hotel in Madrid but don’t know how to get to the city centre or to any other place? This app will show you which line of the metro you have to take and how long it will approximately take you until you reach your destination. It works offline – a good feature as you will probably not have internet on the way. Moreover, the app is for free.
2. Spanish English best dictionary: You are in Spain but you don’t speak any word of Spanish? This app may be very useful for you. It translates English to Spanish and the other way around, you can search for words and you can listen to each word being spoken out loud, both languages. Another app, Franklin ViDICTO (English-Spanish Visual Dictionary), works completely offline and offers you the words you need for accurate situations within different categories, e.g. “At the airport”, “In the hotel room” or “Dinner”. You can find pictures with the right term on it and thus easily communicate in Spanish. Both apps are for free.
3. Madrid tripadvisor: The Madrid tripadvisor app unites everything: it has a city map, knows the best restaurants and hotels and the most famous sights, it can tell you where to go shopping and where nightlife takes place. All of these features can be used offline, which makes the app the perfect match for your trip to Spain – you just need to download the city “Madrid” having internet in order to make all the features work offline. It’s free of cost.
4. City Walks Madrid: This app tells you which sights you have to see, it offers you different tours, like for example the “Central Madrid” tour, the “Old Madrid” tour, the “City Squares and Streets” tour, the “Royal Palace, Madrid” tour and many more. Choosing one tour, the app shows you the corresponding sights (“Royal Palace, Madrid” tour: Palacio Real, Temple of Debod, Sabatini Gardens etc.) and clicking on the sight tells you the story about it: does King Juan Carlos live in the Royal Palace? Why is it also called “Palacio de Oriente”?
Moreover, it offers a listing of the best nightlife spots in the city centre as well as a listing of the best places to be entertained, such as cafés, clubs and restaurants.
If you have internet on your phone in Madrid, the app will localize you with its GPS and guide you to all the sights of the tour you chose – be it all the castles, the beautiful gardens or La Plaza Mayor.
Last but not least, you can also create your own tour. Choose the sights you want to see – the Royal Palace, the Paseo Del Prado and the Teatro Real for example – and City Walks Madrid will guide you there.
With all these apps your trip to Madrid will be much easier and more organized. We, as Habitat Apartments, wish you a pleasant stay in this wonderful city, enjoy your holidays! And by the way: we also have an app which we would like to offer to you! Next Stop City Guides provides a map of Madrid and also knows the best places to go, be it sights, bars, restaurants or events! It also works offline and is for free, thus you can use it during your whole trip!
For the case you are still looking for a nice place to stay, book with us – we offer amazing apartments!