Things for Fitur visitors to do in Madrid
FITUR brings many visitors to Madrid and it is in 15 days! Thousands of tourism professionals and government delegates from areas such as Fitur Green, Fitur Salud, Investour, Fitur B2B, Fitur Shopping, Fitur know-how & export, Fitur Tech and Fitur Gay LGBT will be in Madrid for 4 days.We recommend the following activities and events for the Fitur visitors. The FITUR tourism fair is happening between from the 20th till the 24th of January 2016 at IFEMA. We would like to welcome them and present them some of the best things to do during this period!
Enjoy the GastroFestival
The gastrofestival is an annual event to celebrate the rich Spanish gastronomical history and evolution with an extensive program of activities and culinary experiences.In particular we recommend affordable experiences like the Degustatapas, wherein hundreds of bars will offer combos of tapas and a Mahou beer for 3 Euros. See more info of the participating bars and their addresses here. Additionally,do not miss the free tastings and cooking demos in various food markets and museums around the city.
Take advantage of the ¨Rebajas¨ season
Though most of the winter discounts or ¨rebajas¨in Madrid begin on the 7th of January,some shops have already started the discounts. There are simply incredible deals to snap up.The Inditex group (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe),as well as other Spanish fashion brands like Women Secret, Bimba y Lola, Mango, Mango Outlet not forgeting the Swedish chain H&M will all be offering discounts of up to 70%. For those who would rather avoid crowds,most of the listed stores also offer online purchases. However, its important to note the delivery schedules!
Grab great deals at Las Rozas Village
Deal-grabbing at Las Rozas Village is in another category because the outlets stores here are for high-end brands.Deal hunters are sure to get their money´s worth since the outlet stores also dramatically lower prices to coincide with the winter rebajas above. There will be up to 80% discounts at Las Rozas Village. Remember that Las Rozas Village is open Monday to Sunday from 10am till 9pm,with Saturdays opening for an extended hour till 10pm. There is free wifi and the cheapest way to get to Las Rozas Village is by bus from the Moncloa station.Bus numbers 625, 628 and 629 offer a shuttle route to and from Las Rozas Village every 20 minutes and the duration of the trip is about 40 minutes.
Bargains at El Rastro:
El Rastro is a famous stopover for both tourists and locals alike. We recommend this Sunday pasttime from 9am till 3pm for everyone! Arriving early ensures a more pleasant experience to browse and even discover interesting objects and antiques or other collector´s items.We recommend for the visitors to bring cash and be ready to bargain. As always,one has to be on the look-up for pickpockets.The closest metro stations are La Latina and Puerta de Toledo.
Eat and hang-out at the ¨non-touristy¨ food markets
Madrid is buzzing with cool venues to hang-out and choose from a wide variety of food stalls.Some of the food markets can be very expensive and are normally crowded. However, markets like the Mercado Anton Martin and Mercado San Fernando offer more authentic experiences.This is because there are more stalls of fresh produce,live events like tastings,workshops or concerts and lastly you actually see locals shopping and hanging around at these markets.
Visit interesting and free expositions
We highly recommend the expositions happening in CentroCentro in Madrid for many reasons. Firstly, venue as one of the Town Halls the building is marvellous and grandeuse. Secondly its quite central with easy access by public transport. Among its many freebies we highlight free access to printed press and magazines in various languages and free wifi. During these dates the visitors can enjoy the expositions of sketckes and illustrations of José Domingo, the talented illustrator and comic designer, born in Zaragoza as well as the photo exposition by Jesús Monterde. At the end of the last decade he began to photographically document the rural life of the region, the Maestrazgo, in the highlands of Castellón and Teruel, a territory with an austere climate and a rugged and broken terrain, marked by economic decline and isolation. The opening hours of CentroCentro are from 10am till 8pm daily.The closest metro is Banco de España.