Guide to Madrid
- Getting to Madrid
- Visa information
- Bustling international center with many attractions & a lively nightlife
Tourism in Madrid
In Madrid contrasts between the traditions of the past and the dynamic changes of modern civilisation come alive. Madrid is a happening city which is continuously changing, having transformed itself in every way into a major international community.
Geography and Climate
Madrid is located in the center of Spain and enjoys hot summers, with temperatures often above 30 degrees Celcius, yet winters there tend to be cool as a result of the city's altitude. There is relatively little rainfall, particularly in summer and winter.
Culture in Madrid
Students will find countless examples of Spanish cultural life in museums, palaces, churches, theatres, plazas as well as the large open air market on Sunday mornings, "El Rastro".
Places of Interest:
Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, El Prado Museum, Retiro Gradens, Modern Art Reina Sofía Museum, "El Rastro" market and much more! Our teachers' personal recommendations include trips to spectacular flamenco shows, the theatre of Fura del Baus,the Zoo, the Parque de Atracciones or the Planetario.
15th of May: San Isidro, with bullfighting shows; Autumm Jazz Festival; Cultural Summer Festival, annual international exhibitions, Carnaval, Semana Santa Processions
Shopping in Madrid
From local craft shops and slick fashion temples to old-fashioned food stores and bursting department stores, Madrid impresses with the quality of the goods offered, reasonable prices and courteous service. Most shops are open between 09:30 and 13:30 and 17:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Nightlife in Madrid
Nightlife in Madrid - or "la marcha" - has become legendary! The city is full of restaurants, bars and cafes where one can meet up, party, or just relax the evening away. Students should check out the sophisticated bars which are open until late at night or can enjoy a Flamenco night in one of the many clubs and theatres.
Eating Out in Madrid
The food in Spain is one of the many things the country is famous for. Wherever you go you will find a great variety of dishes from the area. Dishes are made from meat or fish, soups or even the most varied sweets. There's so much to choose from that you will never finish tasting them all.
Drinking wine is very common in Spain. In all regions, you will find a wine that is perfect to accompany your meals. Among them we highlight: Rioja, the Ribera del Duero, Penedes ... among others. Other drinks include the champagne-like cava, and beer, but by far the best known is the refreshing sangria.