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The airport changed its name from Madrid-Barajas to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas in 2014.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas is the first airport in Spain, regarding passenger traffic, transport of goods and operations, as well as the fourth in Europe concerning the number of passengers and number twelve worldwide.

The airport provides four terminals and two main areas of hangars, on one side the old Industrial area, between terminals T3 and T4 and the Industrial area La Munoza on the other side.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. In 2013, over 39 million passengers used Madrid–Barajas, making it the country’s largest and busiest airport, and Europe’s sixth busiest. The airport is located on the northeast of Madrid, Barajas district, only 12 kilometers from Madrid city centre.

Transportation between Terminals are available via free shuttle services, checking with the airport information desk is recommended, for any changes due to unexpected reasons.

Its frequency follows this schedule.

* From 6:30 to 23:30: every 5 minutes

* from 23:30 to 1:50 pm: every 20 minutes

* from 1:50 to 6:30 pm: every 40 minutes.

Stops between the stretch T1 to T4

– T1 P0 Departures.

– T2 P2 Departures.

– T4 P2 Departures.

Stops between the stretch T4 to T1

– T4 P0 Arrivals.

– T3 P0 Arrivals.

– T2 P0 Arrivals.

– T1 South dock, Low-cost car park.

– T1 P1 Departures.

Attractions

– The Palacio Real, or Royal Palace, is Madrid’s largest building and possibly its most beautiful. It is located next to the equally beautiful Plaza de Oriente square.

It may come across as surprise to you to learn that Madrid’s Royal Palace is the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was built on the site of the old Alcázar, the Moorish castle destroyed by fire in 1734, but the site has been occupied since the 10th century by the Moors, who having named the city’s Manzanares river al-Magrit (“source of water”), referred to the area as Mayrit which became Magerit, then Madrid. The old city walls around this area may still be seen.

– The principle church of the Diocese of Madrid, the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena, is a relatively modern building, started in 1883 and not completed until 1993. Remarkable as it may seem, the delay until such recent times in the building of a cathedral in the capital can largely be attributed to the fact that Madrid was part of the Archdiocese of Toledo, which was reluctant to relinquish it.

The cathedral is consecrated to Santa Maria de la Almudena, a name which has Arabic origins: al mudayna, means “the castle”. Legend has it that in the 8th century, when the Moors invaded the fortress where Madrid now stands, the people hid an image of the Virgin in the city walls, and only when the city was reconquered in the 15th century did a wall crumble to reveal her presence once again. Some versions suggest that the legendary el Cid found the image in the wall, and the Virgin helped him to retake the city.

Off course the good old open top tour bus will give you the most value for money tour with a tour guide, You will be able to cover the whole trip with in two hours.

This is a great way to see the city’s fantastic monuments and sights, allowing you to get a good overall view of Madrid, with the flexibility to hop-off the bus to further explore any attractions you particularly like.

And then you can hop-on again to continue your tour as the next bus comes round!

You can hop on and off the bus as many times as you like on either of the routes, or even start one route, and join another at one of the interconnecting stops.

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