Learn Spanish in Madrid
Learning Spanish in Madrid is a once in a lifetime opportunity where you will get to experience the energy, vitality and rhythm of the hustle and bustle of life in Spain´s capital. Madrid is charming and full of history; everywhere you look there is a perfect blend of modern and traditional architecture in a very cosmopolitan city.
Located in the centre of Spain, Madrid is the biggest city in the country with close to 4 million inhabitants. Its perfect location makes it an ideal place to learn Spanish. Apart from being able to enjoy the exciting city life, you will also be able to visit many other enchanting cities thanks to the high-speed trains. Cities like Cordoba, Seville, Malaga, Valencia or Barcelona are a mere 3 hours away!
600 metres above the water, Madrid’s climate consists of chilly winters, warm summers and precious blue skies that always cover the city.
Madrid is full of entertaining places. In the time you are not learning Spanish, you could be taking advantage of everything Madrid has to offer: cinemas, theatres, parks, zoos, theme and water parks, ice rinks and even indoor skiing slopes.
If you are going to learn Spanish in Madrid we strongly recommend visiting the Retiro Park, the biggest urban park of Madrid. It is ideal to do sports, walk or simply relax and be in touch with nature. Our very own Hyde Park!
Monuments and Museums
There are more than 40 museums and hundreds of monuments spread throughout the city of Madrid. As a visitor you have to see the iconic monuments such as the “Puerta de Alcalá”, the fountain of Cibeles, the city hall, the Puerta del Sol and the bullring in Las Ventas.
If art is something you are passionate about, Madrid is the European landmark due to the “Paseo de Arte” road. This road contains three of the biggest Museums: Museum of Prado, Museum of Reina Sofía and Museum of Thyssen-Bornemizsa. These museums are all within a short walking distance of eachother and are a must if you are coming to study in Madrid. Reward yourself by going to see absolute masterpieces like the works of Goya, Velazquez, Picasso or Sorolla.
Madrid is a very chic city which boasts high-fashion influenced by many European cities. If you are interested in fashion and trends, you must visit the famous streets of Serrano and Gran Via. The main areas to go shopping for things ranging from fashion to technology to avant-garde are:
- Salamanca neighbourhood: luxury and uniqueness
- Chueca and Fuencarral: designers of avant-guarde clothes
- Gran Via: popular clothes shops, technological stores and precious jewelleries
- Sol-Preciados: Avant-garde technology and a range of fashion stores
- Malasaña: Alternative clothes and retro
- Jorge Juan: High-fashion men´s clothing
- The Rastro market: Sunday outdoor market where you will able to find anything you can think of. A jemstone for the lovers of antiques and crafts!
The gastronomy of Madrid is as bright as the sun that reigns over the city. During your breaks from the Spanish course you could go out to enjoy some classic cuisine such as: cocido madrileño (a chickpeas dish), fried squid baguette or Spanish omelette. There is lots to learn about a culture through its gastronomy. That is why we invite you to immerse yourself in the Spanish cuisine and more specifically, Madrid’s. Some of the typical dishes of the capital are:
- Fried squid baguette
- Cocido Madrileño: a filling stew which consists of 3 dishes: Soup, chickpeas and meat
- Callos a la madrileña: an elaborate stew with pork meat
- Garlic soup
- Snails a la madrileña
- Spanish omellette
- Chocolate with Churros
Bars and Restaurants
There are fantastic bars and restaurants in Madrid, ranging from the most traditional pubs to extremely avant-garde restaurants to traditional food from the north of Spain to Thai food. All of them have a special place in the capital of Spain.
If you want to enjoy the tapas culture, we recommend visiting the San Miguel market; a recently refurbished area where you can find various different types of tapas and also the best beers and wines. It is the perfect place to enjoy the company of your friends.
If on the other hand you want a more refined dining experience you could go to one of the many Michelín star restaurants (one of the most prestigious awards in the culinary world) such as; DiverXO, Santceloni, La Terraza del Casino, Sergi Arola Restaurante, El club Allard
You can find all the bars and restaurants imaginable in Madrid … Come and explore!
Learning Spanish in Madrid has many advantages and one of these is having an airport that is claimed to be the best in Southern Europe.
The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport transports more than 40 million travellers every year, making it the fourth most important airport in Europe. Madrid is connected to more than 190 destinations, among these destinations, 120 are to the main European cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdan, Berlin, Brussels, Rome…
The connections between the airport and the city are fantastic since you can travel by metro, train, bus and taxi.
Madrid is a reasonable city compared to other major capitals such as London, Paris or Rome.
Having a cup of coffee can cost anything from 1€ and 1,80€, a three course meal in Madrid tends to cost between 9€ and 15€ depending on the establishment. A delicious and traditional chocolate with churros costs between 3€ and 6€. Travelling by the underground is also fairly cheap since a single ticket costs between 1,50€ and 2€ and the monthly underground-bus ticket costs 35€ (if you are under 25 years old).
If you want to watch a film in one the many modern cinemas in Madrid, the entrance fee is 5€-10€, depending on the day and time.
Like every capital, there are areas that are cheaper than others, making it very likely that you won’t face any financial strain. Learning Spanish in Spain is within your reach!
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