It is seriously impossible not to have fun in Madrid. It is an amazing capital city that speaks to everyone, no matter what your interests are!
“I have never been to a city where there is less reason to go to bed, and… if I did go to bed, to sleep” -Earnest Hemingway (about Madrid)
We of course have to start with the nightlife in Madrid, which is second to none. There are more bars here per square kilometer than any other city in the world. With such beautiful weather for most of the year, you will enjoy spending your early evenings sitting outside on terraces, sipping a delicious Spanish drink and eating the free tapas.Since the bright, hot Madrid sun goes down somewhere between 10:00-10:30 p.m., you will feel wide awake and full of energy until a much later time than you are used to. It is not unusual to be invited out to meet your Spanish friends at 11 p.m. for dinner! After your afternoon siesta, you will be more than happy to meet at this time. The clubs are open until around 6:00 in the morning, just in time to go and get some churros and chocolate for breakfast and then catch a metro home.
As we all know, life is all about balance, so on the days when you need to have your fresh air fix, it is a great idea visit the many beautiful parks in Madrid. ‘El Retiro’ is a stunning park in the centre of Madrid, where you can run, cycle, skate, row, do yoga, sleep, read, or pretty much anything else! For those of you that enjoy hiking and mountain biking, the Casa de Campo is the park for you. This is the largest park in a city in all of Europe, and it used to be the Royal hunting ground. It now is home to a zoo!
Your Madrid experience wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of the most iconic destinations. El Prado is a world famous museum housed in an architectural wonder. For a more modern museum you can have a delicious lunch and then spend the afternoon wandering around the halls of the Reina Sofia. There are many things to see during your time in Madrid and our motto is ‘work hard and play harder’, because in all honesty, the more you explore Madrid, the more you will naturally advance your Spanish skills, and learn more about the Spanish culture in a fun way! As well as planning your own adventures, we organize cultural trips on your Intensive Spanish Courses designed to get you interacting with the local community and having fun.