tips to enjoy your time at Madrid-Barajas Airport

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Playground for kids

Slides, ball pools, an audiovisual zone and toys entertain the little ones at spaces that the airport created especially for them. All terminals are equipped with 18 areas for kids. If you’re looking for a quieter place, there are also two guarderías (‘day care’ in Spanish), with a rest area, in addition to a space for breastfeeding. They also have diapers and soaps, for any unexpected situation.

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Passion for soccer

For travelers who love this sport and the goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez, Sergio Ramos and other stars, the airport is home to a Real Madrid store. Fans will find all the team’s official uniforms, in addition to SoccerStarz figures of their idols.

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Personal shopper at your disposal

Spain is the birthplace of such brands as Zara, Adolfo Domínguez, Loewe, Uterqüe and Tous. They all have shops at the Madrid airport, which offers a personal shopper service to help passengers who are in a hurry. They also help with customs procedures and tax return. To book this service, send an email to personalshopper@aena.es

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Iberian-American art

Works by such artists as Eduardo Úrculo, Joan Miró, Antoni Tapiés and Fernando Botero are scattered throughout the airport’s three terminals, alongside murals by Oswaldo Guayasamín, Javier Clavo, Joan Pons, Vaquero Turcios, José María Labra and Javier de Juan.

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A place for foodies

The stores Sibarium and The Food Society are perfect for buying artisan foods with denomination of origin. Raw ham, cold cuts, manchego cheese and regional sweets are some of the most popular items. With any luck, travelers may participate in a wine or olive oil tasting session – a veritable feast for the taste buds.

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Complete relaxation

To disconnect from the airport frenzy, Barajas has a peaceful oasis located inside Esenza by Sha. Passengers in terminal T4 can take a break and surrender to such services as massages, facial cleansing treatment and hairdressing. If you have little time, one good option is to try one of the healthy smoothies made with organic fruits.