If you love elegance and architecture, Madrid is the perfect city for you.
WTA stars love to stop off here in the capital city of Spain for the Mutua Madrid Open. Those with an eye for a bargain will enjoy a stroll through the flea markets in search of a bargain – or along one of the main drags.
Take a tip from Simona Halep, who loves Serrano Street for the wonderful range of brands on sale, and El Corte Ingles, one of the best department stores in town.
“I love shoes!” she says. “And there, I can find anything I want.”
When the players are not on court they get to take in the beautiful scenery but also the centuries of culture. Madrid has fantastic museums and wonderful collections of art as well as exquisite historic buildings, from palaces to churches, and spacious parks to relax in.
“I love to walk in the parks,” says Svetlana Kuznetsova. “I love to walk in the streets too, and see the architecture.”
For the foodies, there’s plenty of delicious traditional tapas to sample in the amazing eateries.
Spanish player Garbiñe Muguruza enjoys being able to try out the Madrid cuisine. “Every time I come here, I eat a lot of red meat!” she laughs.
There’s also some great advice on offer from Cambridge Global Payments. Spain is one of the 19 European countries that use euros as its currency. ATMs, banks, and currency exchanges - called “Casas de Cambio” in Spanish - are the best options for exchanging currency there. Banks and casas de cambio may have limited hours and be closed on Sundays. Also, some local banks may only exchange money for their own clients.