CITY OF MADRID REVAMPS MADRID CARD New Attractions, Museums, Nightlife Options Added at Lower Price Barcelona Offers Cards for up to Five Days

MADRID, Spain, June 29, 2005 – Just in time for the summer holiday season, the city of Madrid is revamping its popular “Madrid Card.” Now costing 10 percent less, the card provides free entrance to three more museums and three new attractions. Cardholders can take more “Discover Madrid” guided walking tours and have unlimited use of the “Madrid Vision” tour bus. More than 100 establishments – restaurants, shops, guided tours, rental cars, dinner shows, musicals and night spots – offer discounts. To make it more practical for visitors, cards are now valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The new 24-hour 25-euro (about $30) “Madrid Card” provides:
• free entrance to 43 museums, cultural institutions and attractions in Madrid and its environs
• unlimited use of the “Madrid Vision” tour bus
• 36 guided “Discover Madrid” walking tours
• free entrance to Madrid’s Amusement Park, the Zoo Aquarium and the teleferique (IMAX and Faunia nature theme park were included before)
• 10 % off tickets to “Cabaret” and “Mamma Mia”
• discounts and reduced prices at shops, restaurants, night spots and on car rentals
• guide book and map of the city
“The Madrid Card has been a real boon to the more than six million visitors the city welcomes every year. Now travelers will be able to discover more of Madrid’s vast wealth of artistic, architectural and cultural offerings and save money at the same time,” said Javier Piñanes, director of the Tourist Office of Spain.
Travelers can purchase a 24-hour card for about $30 (25 euros), a 48-hour card for about $42 (35 euros) and a 72-hour card for about $55 (45 euros). The card is sold at Barajas International Airport; the Atocha and Chamartin Train Stations; the Municipal Office of Tourism Information, Plaza Mayor, 3; the Regional Office of Tourism Information at Calle Duque de Medinaceli, 2; on any of the Madrid Vision buses, and at the Madrid Vision kiosque next to the Prado Museum at Calle Felipe IV. Cards are also available on line at www.madridcard.com or by calling 011-34-902-877-996.
The city of Gaudí and modernisme – not to mention wonderful food – has the Barcelona Card which features unlimited free use of public transport, complimentary walking tours, and free or reduced entrance and discounts at over 100 establishments, including museums, restaurants, shops, attractions and entertainment venues. The card is valid for one to five days with discounted rates offered for children 4 to 12 years of age. Prices range from about $20 (17 euros) for a one-day card to about $36 (30 euros) for a five-day card.
“Barcelona is very popular with Americans and now they can enjoy savings over a five-day stay,” explained Piñanes. Available at Barcelona Tourism information offices, El Corte Inglés, and other locations, the card can be purchased online at www.barcelonaturisme.com or by calling 011-34-932-853-832.
Other Spanish cities – Bilbao, Gijón, Granada, San Sebastián, Seville, and Valencia – currently offer cards and Córdoba is introducing one soon. For further information about Spain, contact the Tourist Office of Spain, at 212-265-8822 or www.okspain.org