No tax has been implemented in Madrid so far.
Please click on the right hand banner for further information about tourism tax in the rest of Spain.
Access and Mobility
Air Quality restrictions (low emission zones)
Madrid Central has a low emission zone (Zona de Bajas Emisiones)
- Tour coaches are exempt until 2023. Access will then only be allowed who meet at least B yellow sticker standard (Euro 4/5) of Distintivo Ambiental. From 2025 at least C sticker (Euro 6).
- Minibuses are exempt until 2020. Access will then only be allowed who meet at least B yellow sticker standard (Euro 4/5) of Distintivo Ambiental. From 2022 at least C sticker (Euro 6).
These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attractions based in Spain outside of Madrid can be found here.
Attractions in Barcelona can be found here.
If you are a member attraction of ETOA and would like your attraction featured on this page, please contact email@example.com.
Information about opening hours, tickets and exhibitions here.
Groups must book minimum 24 hours in advance. Accredited groups can get up to 50% off. Educational groups can enter for free.
For an increased fee, groups can book their visits from 9:00-10:00 before general admission.
In Spain, guiding (Guía turístico) is a partly regulated profession (regulated by regions – Comunidades Autonomas), where some autonomous regions, such as the Basque country, have not regulated the profession, others like Asturias or Andalusia have regulated it, and Madrid has deregulated it.
Museums and Patrimonio Nacional (Royal palaces, castles and some museums) are not part of the regional guiding regulations, and guides need to have a licence to be able to guide in these places.
Despite regions not having regulated guiding or have deregulated guiding, operators are frequently reporting verbal attacks on international guides/tour directors from local guides. If you are experiencing such issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the right hand banner to read more about guiding regulations in Europe and the ETOA tour guide ID card.
Public holidays and opening hours
Spain has approximately eight national holidays (Fiestas Nacionales) annually as well as several regional and local holidays. The dates and numbers of public holidays are announced by the government for the following year in October.
Official announcements can be found here.
Local holidays in Comunidad de Madrid can be found in this document, page 13.
Our local Spain Country Representatives Jorge Traver and Joanne Cadier are focusing on developing the local membership base as well as our relationship with local authorities, attractions and other stakeholders.
In September 2019 ETOA held its 30th Anniversary drinks reception in Madrid. Madrid was also the base for our first ETOA Iberia working group. If you would like to hear more about this working group, please contact Jorge Traver.
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