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The Ultimate Erasmus Guide to Madrid, Spain

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Madrid is one of Europe’s top Erasmus destinations, attracting thousands of study-abroad students every year. Whether you’re planning to stay for a semester or a year, follow our guide to get the best out of your time in the Spanish capital.

The university neighbourhood.

Madrid’s university neighbourhood is centred around Argüelles and Moncloa, to the north of the centre. It is home to the Ciudad Universitaria (‘university city’), which includes the campuses of the Complutense University of Madrid and the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The area is mainly residential and is where many students choose to live.

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Language classes.

You’ve arrived in Madrid and found a great apartment… what now? If you don’t speak Spanish, you might want to sign up for language classes. You might be able to get classes through your university, but if not, consider taking classes through a language school. Inhispania language academy and Tandem Madrid both offer intensive courses and have special offers for Erasmus students.

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Intercambios

Another way to improve your Spanish – and make some local friends – is to do a language exchange, or intercambio . There are several intercambio events across the city organised by groups such as Madrid Babel and Café Tandem (check their websites or social media for upcoming events). Alternatively, you can find an individual intercambio using websites such as Tus Clases Particulares (choose the Intercambio idiomas option).

Madrid has some great budget tapas bars , offering delicious options that won’t break the bank. From student favourite El Tigre , where you get a huge free plate of tapas with every drink ordered, to popular chain 100 Montaditos , which does little filled baguettes for a euro each, you won’t have any problem finding cheap eats in Madrid.

Free tapas at Bar El Tigre

Madrid is a relatively reasonably priced city and, if you know where to look, there are plenty of good deals that make that student budget stretch even further. Check out some of the best bars for Erasmus students in Madrid. When it comes to nightlife, Malasaña is one of the coolest local barrios in the city, packed full of cool bars and restaurants.

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Sightseeing

When you’re not hunkering down to study, make the most of living in one of Europe’s most fascinating cities and get out there and explore. There are plenty of free or reduced-price things to do in Madrid. You can get into lots of museums for free or a reduced price with your student card, and the Prado and the Reina Sofia have free entry for everyone during the last two hours of the day. Once you’ve got to grips with the city, you can embark on some day trips : Segovia, Toledo and Ávila are all popular trips from Madrid and can be reached in under an hour.

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Study abroad madrid: welcome to the jungle, smart insiders welcomes you to madrid for study abroad, we mean the  “urban jungle”  that is madrid we want to say congratulations for making the decision to study abroad. smart insiders is here to welcome you to one of the greatest cities in europe , first of all there are many students studying in madrid from all over the world and we are excited to have you joining them and us during your experience. as a newcomer this might feel like a big transition, but don’t worry because of that we have created a convenient guide full of information that is necessary for your first couple weeks in spain., also, did you know that it is the third most popular city in europe and the most popular in spain the city derives its name from the word  “magerit” , which means “place of many streams” and, symbolically, it is the truth spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards, beautiful parks, amazing museums, and much more., what are the things you need to do before coming, make sure you’re legal..

Remember to take all necessary documents with you. Depending on the duration of your stay and your home country you might need different papers to ensure safe travel. Maybe sometimes you can get overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork to take care of, even more for scholarships like ERASMUS. First, before starting your journey prepare an overview of all the forms you need to fill out and their deadlines. Above all, the two most important documents is to have a visa and health insurance.

  • Certain countries require a visa for traveling and living abroad. Make sure you find out if you need one before you set off on your journey! You can find all the information about it here:  exteriores.gob.es
  • Just like with any other trip, health insurance is obligatory.
  • If you come from a country within the EU, don’t forget your European health insurance card!

Next, for  Non-EU citizens  registering with Spanish authorities is obligatory if you are residing in Spain more than three months. The first step in the process is to solicit, within your first 30 days in Spain, an appointment to take fingerprints. Consequently, appointment date and time is subject to availability as per the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administration’s online system. Look to make your appointment  here . Once you made your fingerprint appointment you will then have to gather all the necessary documents to take with you.

  • One copy of picture page.
  • One copy of visa page.
  • One copy of page stamped with your date of entry to Spain
  • Letter proving you are studying at a university in Madrid.
  • 1 recent passport picture.
  • Modelo 790 – Código 012  (Tax Form)

Make copies of all your paperwork.

While Madrid is a safe city, there can be pickpockets or you simply lose your purse. As a result of having copies of your documents you are prepared and save yourself a difficult process to apply for new ones. Also, we recommend making copies before your arrival to Spain, but if you forgot or need more once you are settled search for  “locutorios near me” . Certainly there will be plenty but be conscious of the hours! Above all, remember that a lot of stores close in the middle of the day. We will explain more about Spanish culture in our next article. 

Start organizing your packing list. 

There are many important things to remember to bring with you abroad. You will notice that not all products are the same and you might be missing some of your favorite things from back home. For that reason we recommend checking out the full packing list  here , but we are going to list what we thing are the most important things to remember to throw into your suitcase.

  • Cell Phone and Charger (The plug for your devices might be different than what you need in Spain so make sure to research and buy before coming. If you forget no worries you will be able to find converters around Spain.)
  • Health Insurance
  • All Documentation
  • Prescription Medications
  • Debit and Credit Cards
  • Emergency Contact List
  • Travel Itinerary

How to get to Madrid from the Airport. 

Take a taxi.

All taxis have a fixed fare of €30 from the airport to anywhere in the city centre. Don’t have cash with you? Not a big deal since taxis in Spain also take payment by card. For that reason we recommend checking out the  MyTaxi  or  Cabify  apps.

Take the Bus

Most noteworthy, Exprés Aeropuerto (Airport Express), a 24-hour service which has only 3 stops after the airport: O’Donell, Plaza de Cibeles and Atocha (this last stop only during the daytime hours between 6 am and 11.30pm). The buses run every 15 minutes during the day and every 35 at night, and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes. Also, tickets cost 5 euros and may be bought on board. There are stops at terminals T1, T2 and T4.

Take an Uber

Almost everyone knows Uber to be a fan favorite. If you already know where you’re going in the city and want to get an estimate for your ride you can check that out  here . Just remember to type in “Madrid-Barajas Airport” as your origin.

Take the Metro or Cercanías

Madrid’s Barajas Airport has  Metro  stations in Terminal T2 and the newer  Terminal T4 . Almost all trains leave every 5 minutes from 6.00am to 2.00am. Line 8 goes straight to the Nuevos Ministerios  Metro  station in the centre of Madrid, with a journey time of just 12 minutes.

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How to find a place to live. 

Let’s talk about how you can find a place to live in Madrid. If you want to live in a student district, you might consider  Moncloa  or  Argüelles , which is the area where the Universidad Complutense is located. While you might like these areas but want to live in a place with more nightlife, you might want to check out bohemian districts  Malasaña  and  Chueca  which are known for colorful street art, trendy coffee shops, and great night clubs. 

Another great area is  Chamberí   if you’re looking for something more relaxed .  Do you love reading, listening to music, and a wide variety of art?  Huertas  is the district for you. Also, if you prefer a traditional area we recommend  La Latina   and  Lavapiés . Maybe you love nature, walking in parks and green areas?  Retiro   is the lung of Madrid and belongs to one of the biggest and most attractive parks in the city. Finally, if you want to stay in the beating heart of the city,  Sol  is the right place for you.

Facebook Groups

A good way to find an accommodation are  Facebook groups . As a result you will see many ads from people who are renting a room or flat. Therefore, you should reach out and try to get in touch with them. Certainly when searching for a place to live you need to pay a bit more attention to what’s available, but there are some good options here!

Contact Smart Insiders!

Above all, we at smart insiders are always willing to help you to find a place to live. above all, don’t hesitate to contact us or you can also check out our  page ., leave a comment cancel reply.

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ERASMUS IN MADRID

If you are planning to do your erasmus in madrid… welcome to erasmus people.

Madrid is the perfect city for your Erasmus or Exchange period: its famous cultural heritage, its many Universities and its Spanish lifestyle make Madrid one of the favourite destinations for students from all over the world.

Erasmus People provides all the useful information you need for your Erasmus in Madrid: Accommodation, Trips, Universites and much more… Scroll down or use the menu on the left to discover all the categories. 

ACCOMMODATION in MADRID

Find the best accommodation for your erasmus in madrid: flats, apartments, rooms for rent and also hostels and cheap hotels..

A good Erasmus starts with a good accommodation!

Erasmus People search between thousands of flats and rooms for rent and select the best ones for you: all of the apartments are dedicated to students and verified by our partners.

You can also save money using dedicated discounts and special fares for Erasmus People!

If you prefer to choose your flat when you are in Madrid and spend some nights in a good hostel, you can find here all the hostels and cheap hotels in Madrid.

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Discover the best trips from madrid: travelling is a must for erasmus and exchange students.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

Madrid is awesome and you will take some weeks – or maybe more – to discover all its monuments, historic buildings, museums, art galleries, gardens, squares, and so on… But it has also great surroundings and beautiful cities and towns easilly reachable by train, bus or plane.

You can find on Erasmus People not only the best Erasmus organized trips , but also many tips and tricks to plan your own trip and save your money and time thanks to the special offers and discounts dedicated to Erasmus People!

UNIVERSITIES in MADRID

Discover your university: studying is the main reason why you are in madrid and you will spend a lot of time at your university..

Studying is not so bad when you are on Erasmus!

Sometimes it’s quite hard to find what you are looking for in the University website or to get the right contacts of the international students office… That’s why Erasmus People collects the main information about all the Universities in Madrid , specifically selected for Erasmus and Exchange Students.

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The Erasmus Student’s Guide to Madrid, Spain

If you are reading this, you are either A. Going to be studying abroad in Madrid, or B. interested in studying abroad in Madrid. Congratulations! Madrid is one of the best cities in the world to be an Erasmus student (in my opinion, of course). Seriously- There is so much to do in the Spanish capital, you will never be bored of this city. Here is the ultimate exchange student’s guide to Madrid, Spain-

The most popular housing options for Madrid Erasmus students are apartments and homestays. Most students that choose to go with the apartment option will live in a private bedroom, in a shared apartment. Apartment rent is generally inexpensive in Madrid, especially when splitting it between four or more people.

You will also have the option to live in a homestay. You will be matched with a Spanish family that fits your needs, and they will be required to cook for you. Living in a homestay is a great option for those looking to “live like a local” in Madrid.

The option I did was an “Academic Resort” called “ Funway “. Its literally like living in a hotel with a ton of exchange students and Spaniards. Dinner and Breakfast are included, so you won’t have to worry about cooking and going grocery shopping. I loved staying here because I met so many amazing people that I am able to call lifelong friends. However, rent is pricier at around 1,100 euros/month. Its just a 10 minute metro from the center of Madrid, and is a 3-minute walk to the Tetuan metro.

Madrid was voted as the “best nightlife in the world” in 2017, so its safe to say that its nightlife is pretty fantastic. They say that NYC is the city that never sleeps, but that title truly belongs to Madrid. Madridelanos are known for staying out until 6, 7, or even 8 in the morning. To put into perspective: if someone goes home at 3 am, it is strange. Spaniards will look at you, confused, and ask, “did you not have fun?”. Spain takes their partying seriously, so be prepared to spend long nights out.

Madrid has hundreds of awesome bars and clubs, ranging from small shots/cocktail bars to 9-story Discotecas. Madrid caters to every type of partier.

I noticed that Spaniards tend to handle their alcohol better than the stereotypical American. Instead of binge drinking, they tend to spread their drinks out throughout the night, so they won’t get totally obliterated and have to go home after puking on themselves at 2 am. So don’t be that stereotypical drunk and obnoxious American that gets kicked out of the bar.

Most students that study abroad in Madrid do a lot of traveling on the weekends. Why? Getting around Europe is super cheap, especially when leaving from Madrid. I got to Rome for 40 euros, and Mallorca for 30 euros round trip . It is also super easy to get around Spain from Madrid, as it is situated right smack dab in the center of the country.

Most exchange students will opt for hostels or Air BnBs during their travels. These are super cheap in Europe, and allow you to stretch your money to do more traveling. If you are traveling with a group of students, split a big air BnB. There are plenty of options that allow 10 or more people! This ends up being really cheap per individual.

There are a few GREAT tourism boards that offer trips specifically for Erasmus students. The most popular are probably CityLife Madrid, which offers a variety of events and services to optimize the exchange student’s experience in Madrid. Here are some of the best Erasmus tourism groups to check out:

  • CityLife Madrid
  • Erasmus Madrid
  • Smart Insiders

Most of these groups offer mostly national tours, but they also venture to France, Portugal, and Morrocco! Trips range from quick weekend breaks to 2-week backpacking adventures. They offer great discounts, so definitely check out their upcoming trips.

Meeting People

Some of your most memorable experiences in Madrid will be the people you will meet. Not only will you be meeting Spaniards, but other exchange students from all over the world.

It’s super easy to make friends abroad. Remember the first month of your Freshman year of college? Study abroad is kind of like that. Everyone is in the same boat- away from home, on a once in a lifetime journey. You’ll meet tons of people and make friends quickly. After all, doesn’t everyone want a travel buddy?

There are tons of ways to meet people in Madrid. Primarily, through your school. Your exchange university will likely have an orientation, similar to your home college’s welcome weekend for freshmen. This is a great opportunity to meet and bond with other exchange students.

You will also meet tons of people on your trips! Especially if you stay in hostels or travel with one of the tourism groups I listed in the “traveling” section.

Okay, so Tinder is pretty popular in Europe. Being in a relationship, I never used it while abroad, but I had a lot of friends that got on it and met some really cool people! Yes, its designed for “romantic” endures, but honestly, a lot of people I know met locals via tinder and ended up becoming good friends with them. Let me repeat, FRIENDS! Yes, most people are not on tinder to be “just friends,” but sometimes when the romantic connection just isn’t there, friendships form instead. I don’t know if Tinder is the best way to meet people abroad, but hey, if you are single and ready to mingle you should totally give Tinder a shot! After all, Spaniards are HOT!

Speaking Spanish

Obviously, living in Madrid will give you a great opportunity to practice speaking Spanish. Whether you have a background in the language or no nothing at all, you will be given tons of opportunities to practice Spanish with the locals. If you live in a homestay, you will likely be forced to speak Spanish, as many older citizens do not speak English. There are also a lot of other opportunities to speak. A popular way is to participate in Intercambio sessions, where you will spend half an hour speaking English with a Spaniard, and another half an hour speaking Spanish with them. It’s a great, free way to practice. I’ve even heard stories of Intercambio partners that ended up getting married!

I get this question a lot from students who are interested in studying abroad in Madrid. What is the weather like? In short: Winters are mild, summers are scorching hot, and spring/fall is warm. I studied abroad in the spring semester and had really good luck with the weather. The coldest it got in winter was 30 degrees F, but that was at night. On average, I’d say the winter temperature was 45 to 50 degrees F. Snow is rare, but we did have a day in March where it snowed a little. The weather in spring was divine, averaging at around 70 degrees. I left Madrid in July, which was the worth month, weather-wise. 100 degree days in the desert sun isn’t the most pleasant. But hey, you can buy Spanish fans everywhere in Madrid to cool off!

I absolutely fell in love with Madrid. Food is amazing, people are warm, and the culture is remarkable. It was super easy to travel all around Europe, since the Madrid Bajaras Airport is a huge international airport. There are tons of programs and services for Erasmus students, and you’ll have the time of your life!

My study abroad experience literally changed me forever- as cliche as it sounds. If you are interested in learning more about studying abroad in Madrid, feel free to get in touch with me. Madrid offers so much and is truly a Spanish gem.

For more amazing-ness on Madrid, check out 101 Remarkable Things to Do in Madrid, Spain.

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Erasmus in Madrid: Guide for students

Published by Admin on January 22, 2024 January 22, 2024

As you already know, Madrid is the capital of Spain and it is one of the best destinations to go on Erasmus. Therefore, in this post we explain everything you need to know to make the most of the Erasmus in Madrid .

Student accommodation in Madrid

One of the first tasks you will have to carry out is everything related to accommodation. Don't worry! Below we explain what are the main accommodation options in Madrid and which are the best areas to live in.

Erasmus flat or residence?

If you are wondering whether it is better to live in a shared apartment or in a student residence , there is no right answer. Living in a shared apartment or in a student residence is a decision that depends solely on you and your preferences , so we recommend that you research and weigh the pros and cons of both options .

If you opt for the residence option, you should know that these are usually more expensive than shared apartments, but sometimes they have some extra services. Some of the most popular residences are: Livensa Living, The Social Hub, Liv Student, Xior, or MiCampus.

Best areas to live in Madrid

As for the best areas to live in Madrid as an Erasmus student, we recommend you to check where your university is located . In any case, Moncloa is another area where you can find a large number of students, given its proximity to several universities. In this neighborhood you will find most of the faculties of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

However, there are universities such as the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) or the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) that are located on the outskirts of Madrid, in the municipalities of Leganés, Getafe, Móstoles and Alcorcón . Although they are somewhat far from the center of Madrid, there are good public transport connections. A positive aspect of living in these areas is that they are more economical than the center of Madrid.

Gastronomy in Madrid

Madrid's gastronomy is rich and varied, and reflects the cultural diversity of the city. Some of the dishes that we recommend you to visit during your Erasmus in Madrid are:

  • Bocadillo de calamares . It is one of the most emblematic sandwiches. It consists of fried squid in a crunchy baguette and is usually served with lemon and aioli.
  • Cocido madrileño . This traditional dish is a stew that combines chickpeas, pork, chorizo, black pudding and vegetables.
  • Spanish omelet . Although it is typical throughout Spain, in Madrid you can find plenty of bars where they prepare this omelet made of potatoes, eggs and onion.
  • Churros with chocolate . Churros are strips of fried dough served with a thick cup of hot chocolate for dipping. You can have them for breakfast, as a snack or as a snack after returning from a party.
  • Beer with tapas . In Madrid (although in other cities as well) it is very common to have a beer accompanied by a tapa.

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Leisure and party Madrid

If you like to party, in Madrid you will not get bored . In itself, Madrid has a wide variety of discos, clubs and bars where you can go for a drink or party. In addition, this city receives thousands of international students every year. All this makes the nightlife and student atmosphere of this city unbeatable.

There are many famous clubs and discos where you can go out to party, for example: Teatro Barceló, Pacha Madrid, Shoko Madrid, Teatro Kapital or Fabrik, the latter being very popular among techno lovers.

Cost of living in Madrid

As for the cost of living in Madrid, we can not say that it is an economical city. In fact, it is considered one of the most expensive cities to live in Spain . However, it is true that the cost of living can vary significantly within the area where you live and it will depend on many factors, such as the lifestyle you lead during your Erasmus.

One of the main expenses during your Erasmus in Madrid will be accommodation. To give you an idea, a room in the center of Madrid can be around 500-600 euros per month . On the other hand, as a student, you will be able to access to the youth transportation pass. The monthly pass costs 20 euros and is valid for Madrid and the surrounding areas. In order to apply for a transport pass you have to make an appointment on the website of the Consorcio Regional de Transportes .

In general, the average cost of a student in Madrid can be around 800-1,000 euros per month .

Places you can’t miss

Madrid is a city that, thanks to its tourist offer, has become one of the most visited cities in Europe. During your Erasmus in Madrid, you will be able to know in depth all that this city has to offer (which is a lot). Some of the places that we recommend you to visit during your Erasmus in Madrid are:

  • Prado Museum . It is one of the most important museums in the world, and houses important works of artists such as Goya or Velazquez.
  • Royal Palace . It is the official residence of the Spanish monarchy, and there you can visit its halls and gardens.
  • Retiro Park . This park is the perfect place to stroll, have a picnic or take a boat ride on the lake. In this park you will also find the Palacio de Cristal.
  • Almudena Cathedral . Located in front of the Royal Palace, this is the most important religious building in the city. You can also climb the dome of the cathedral, where you will have incredible views of the city.
  • Gran Vía . It is the main shopping street of Madrid, and there you will find an infinity of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.
  • Plaza Mayor . This characteristic square of Madrid stands out for its arches and balconies.

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Trips from Madrid

One of the best parts of Erasmus is the ability to travel and get to know other places in Europe. From Madrid, you will be able to travel easily both within Spain and to other parts of Europe .

Madrid is located right in the center of Spain, so it will be very easy to move to other Spanish cities. One of the best ways to move from Madrid is by bus or train. To travel by train you can use high speed trains (AVE) , which will allow you to travel in a short time. If you want to travel for very little money you can use buses. The main bus company in Spain is ALSA , and you can find routes to other cities for less than 10 euros.

Some of the trips we recommend you to do from Madrid are:

  • Toledo . This city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is located less than 100 kilometers from Madrid.
  • Segovia . One hour from Madrid is Segovia, which has some incredible places and monuments to visit, such as the Roman aqueduct, the Alcazar or the Gothic cathedral.
  • Salamanca . This is a historic university city and is one of the most beautiful cities for its atmosphere and monuments.
  • Zaragoza . This city is about two hours away by high speed train. It is a historic city known for its main monument, the Basilica del Pilar.
  • Valencia . Two hours away by high-speed train is Valencia, a coastal city known for its futuristic architecture, parks and the famous City of Arts and Sciences.

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Tips for Erasmus students in Madrid

Finally, here are some tips for Erasmus students in Madrid that you should not miss:

  • Become a member of the student associations in Madrid, as you will be able to benefit from discounts in a lot of places. In addition, the associations themselves organize events, parties and even trips with international students, so it will also be a perfect opportunity to meet other students. The main student association in Madrid is: Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
  • Download the Erasmus Play app to meet other students going on Erasmus in Madrid.
  • Apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) well in advance. If you don't have it yet, here we explain how to apply for this card for free step by step.

So far our guide for Erasmus students in Madrid. We hope this series of tips will help you to enjoy the experience of your Erasmus+ scholarship in Barcelona, one of the best destinations in Spain to go on Erasmus.

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Erasmus in Madrid: Information and Tips for Students

Erasmus in Madrid: Information and Tips for Students

Embarking on an  Erasmus adventure in Madrid  can be an exciting and enriching experience for students. This vibrant city offers a plethora of opportunities for personal and academic growth. In this article, we will provide essential information and tips to help you make the most of your time as an  Erasmus student in Madrid .

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is known for its rich history, diverse culture, and lively atmosphere. As a student, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the Spanish language, explore famous landmarks, and enjoy the city's vibrant nightlife. To ensure a smooth and successful experience, it is crucial to be well-prepared and informed before embarking on your journey.

From finding suitable accommodation to understanding the local transportation system, we will guide you through the process of settling into your new life in Madrid. Additionally, we will share insights on the academic environment, extracurricular activities, and tips for embracing the Spanish lifestyle. By following our advice, you can confidently navigate your way through this exciting chapter of your life as an  Erasmus student in Madrid .

Is Madrid a good city for Erasmus?

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When considering an Erasmus destination, it's natural to wonder if Madrid is a suitable choice. As the heart of Spain, this cosmopolitan city offers a well-rounded experience for international students. The city's rich cultural heritage, combined with its modern amenities, provides an ideal environment for academic and personal growth.

One of the key factors that make Madrid an attractive Erasmus destination is its  high-quality education . The city is home to several renowned universities, such as Complutense University of Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. These institutions offer a wide range of courses in various fields, ensuring that students can find the right fit for their academic interests.

Another aspect that sets Madrid apart is its  affordability . While living expenses in the city are not the lowest in Europe, they are still reasonable compared to other popular Erasmus destinations. Students can find affordable accommodation, transportation, and entertainment options, allowing them to enjoy their time in Madrid without breaking the bank.

Madrid's  diverse and vibrant culture  also plays a significant role in attracting Erasmus students. The city boasts an array of museums, galleries, and historical sites, as well as a lively music and arts scene. This cultural richness offers students ample opportunities to explore and immerse themselves in the local lifestyle.

Finally, the city's  well-connected transportation system  makes it easy for students to navigate and explore not only Madrid but also the rest of Spain and Europe. With its extensive metro, bus, and train networks, students can conveniently travel to other Spanish cities or European destinations during their free time.

In summary, Madrid is an excellent choice for Erasmus students due to its high-quality education, affordability, diverse culture, and well-connected transportation system. By choosing Madrid as your Erasmus destination, you can expect a well-rounded and enriching experience that will leave a lasting impact on your academic and personal journey.

Madrid

During your  Erasmus in Madrid , you will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities and attractions that this lively city has to offer. One of the most important aspects of your stay will be to explore the rich cultural heritage of Madrid. The city boasts numerous world-class museums, such as the  Prado Museum , the  Reina Sofia Museum , and the  Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum , where you can admire masterpieces by renowned artists like Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso.

Madrid is also home to beautiful parks and gardens, perfect for leisurely strolls or picnics with friends. The most famous of these is the  Retiro Park , a vast green space filled with sculptures, fountains, and a picturesque lake. Additionally, you can visit the  Casa de Campo , a massive park that offers various recreational activities such as hiking, cycling, and even an amusement park.

As an Erasmus student in Madrid, it is essential to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions. This can be achieved by attending popular events and festivals, such as the  Fiesta de San Isidro  or the  Madrid Pride . Moreover, do not miss the opportunity to taste authentic Spanish cuisine at local tapas bars and restaurants, where you can sample dishes like paella, jamón ibérico, and churros con chocolate.

Lastly, make the most of your time in Madrid by engaging in various extracurricular activities and joining clubs or societies at your university. This will not only help you develop new skills and interests but also enable you to meet new people and create lasting friendships. By fully embracing the Madrid experience, you will make your Erasmus stay truly unforgettable.

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When planning your Erasmus in Madrid, finding the right place to live is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Madrid boasts a variety of neighbourhoods, each offering unique characteristics and atmospheres. As a student, it's important to choose a neighbourhood that caters to your needs, preferences, and budget. In this section, we will explore some of the  best neighbourhoods for students in Madrid .

Moncloa-Argüelles  is a popular choice among students due to its proximity to several universities, such as Complutense University of Madrid and Polytechnic University of Madrid. This area offers a lively atmosphere with numerous bars, restaurants, and shops catering to the student population. Additionally, it is well-connected to the city center through public transportation.

Another suitable option is  Malasaña , known for its vibrant arts scene and trendy vibe. This neighbourhood is home to many cafes, galleries, and vintage shops, making it an attractive option for creative and culturally inclined students. Malasaña is also well-connected to other parts of the city, ensuring easy access to your university and various attractions.

Chamberí  offers a more relaxed and residential atmosphere, perfect for students seeking a quieter environment. This neighbourhood is home to several parks, local markets, and charming squares, providing ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and immerse yourself in the local community. Chamberí is also well-connected to the city center and major universities.

Lastly,  Lavapiés  is a diverse and multicultural neighbourhood that has become increasingly popular among students in recent years. This area offers a unique blend of cultures, cuisines, and entertainment options, making it an exciting place to live and explore. Lavapiés is also conveniently located near the city center and several universities, ensuring a smooth commute for students.

When selecting a neighbourhood, consider factors such as proximity to your university, public transportation options, and the overall atmosphere that aligns with your preferences. By choosing the right area to live in, you can enhance your overall Erasmus experience in Madrid.

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There are numerous reasons why  Madrid  stands out as the best city for  Erasmus students . Firstly, the city's educational institutions are renowned for their high-quality teaching and international recognition. Madrid is home to several prestigious universities, such as the Complutense University of Madrid and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, which attract students from all around the world.

Another significant factor is the city's  cultural richness . Madrid offers a unique blend of history, art, and modernity, allowing students to immerse themselves in a diverse and stimulating environment. The city is home to world-famous museums like the Prado and Reina Sofia, as well as countless theatres, galleries, and cultural events throughout the year. This vibrant cultural scene provides an excellent backdrop for students to expand their horizons and develop a deeper understanding of Spanish culture.

Moreover, Madrid's  affordability  is a major draw for students. Compared to other European capitals, the cost of living in Madrid is relatively low, making it an attractive destination for those on a tight budget. From reasonably priced accommodation to affordable public transportation and a wide variety of inexpensive dining options, students can enjoy a high quality of life without breaking the bank.

Lastly, the city's  friendly and welcoming atmosphere  plays a crucial role in making Madrid the best choice for Erasmus students. The locals, known as Madrileños , are known for their warmth and hospitality, making it easy for newcomers to feel at home. Additionally, Madrid's diverse population and thriving expat community provide ample opportunities for students to make connections and forge lasting friendships with people from all over the world.

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Making the most of your  Madrid Erasmus experience  requires a combination of preparation and adaptability. To ensure a smooth transition and an enjoyable stay, it is essential to keep a few key tips and pieces of advice in mind. By following these guidelines, you will be well-equipped to embrace the unique opportunities that come with studying abroad in Madrid.

Firstly, it is crucial to  plan your finances  carefully. Madrid offers a range of affordable options for students, but it is important to create a budget and track your expenses. This will help you avoid financial stress and allow you to fully enjoy the city's attractions. Additionally, consider opening a local bank account to avoid international transaction fees and make day-to-day transactions more convenient.

Secondly,  immerse yourself in the local culture  by participating in various activities and events. Madrid is known for its vibrant arts scene, with numerous galleries, museums, and cultural institutions to explore. Make an effort to attend local festivals, join clubs or societies related to your interests, and engage with the local community. This will not only enrich your experience but also help you develop valuable connections and friendships.

Lastly,  improve your language skills  by taking advantage of the opportunities to practice Spanish. Engaging in conversation with locals, attending language exchange events, and enrolling in language courses are all effective ways to enhance your proficiency. Becoming fluent in Spanish will not only boost your academic performance but also open doors to new experiences and opportunities during your Erasmus stay in Madrid.

In summary, the  Erasmus experience in Madrid  offers a unique opportunity for students to broaden their horizons, develop new skills, and immerse themselves in a vibrant and diverse culture. By taking into account the information and tips provided in this guide, you can make the most of your time in this captivating city. From choosing the right neighbourhood to making the most of the cultural and social activities available, your Erasmus adventure in Madrid is sure to be a memorable and enriching experience.

As you embark on this exciting journey, remember to embrace the challenges and opportunities that come your way. By being open to new experiences and adapting to the local way of life, you can truly make the most of your time as an  Erasmus student in Madrid . So, go forth and enjoy all that this incredible city has to offer, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Erasmus in Barcelona: Information and Tips for Students

Erasmus in Barcelona: Information and Tips for Students

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Student accommodation Spain: our guide for Erasmus students looking for a flat in Spain

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SUPER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ERASMUS LIFE IN MADRID

Dear students, friends, BROTHERS AND SISTERS of the wonderful world of Erasmus… WELCOME to Madrid!

The time has come for you to land in Madrid, with your suitcases and hearts full of excitement and hope! You have NO idea of the amazing things that are in store!

Madrid is ranked as one of the top Erasmus destinations (so good choice!!). And it’s no wonder really, with its unique ambiance, all of its barrios and districts brimming with life and personality, its FASCINATING history, parties that are out of this world, mouthwatering dishes and amazing locals… Are you ready to fall in love with this city?

Us at Cats really want you to make the most of your wonderful Erasmus opportunity in our city, so we’ve come up with a little something for you: The best Erasmus Guide Madrid “Super Survival Guide” for every Erasmus in Madrid to help you along the way.

YOUR ERASMUS FIRST HOME: WHERE TO SLEEP WHEN YOU ARRIVE

Right, first things first, amigos. Before things get wild with all those Erasmus parties… it’s time to find accommodation, you know, a place to sleep and eat occasionally when you aren’t out hitting the town!

The best option for international newcomers is to start searching for an apartment once you have arrived in Madrid in person. This way we can avoid paying upfront for rents and deposits over the internet, which can be a little risky… It’s also convenient to get a feel of the area you visit before committing to living there for a period of time.

It’s super common for international travelers to reserve a temporary stay in Downtown Madrid (a couple of days, a week, a month…), while they scour the streets in search of their Erasmus housing.

And… surprise surprise! Cats Hostel is the favorite casa Erasmus in all of Madrid!! 

We know how hard it is to find Erasmus accommodation in Madrid, so we’ve come up with something that will take the stress out of your first days. Not only do we offer you the best and comfiest rooms at  20% discount, sharing room just with other international exchange students,  but when you come through our doors you’ll be met by lots of other Erasmus students, either newcomers or veterans, and you’ll be sharing a room with them!

The best part? We’ll help you to find your permanent accommodation and getting settle in the city.  It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, start building friendships and help each other out from day one!

BACK TO SCHOOL: WHAT TO DO FIRST

Learning agreements in hand, it’s time to head off to your chosen university in Madrid (you’re second home!). Be prepared for welcome days and events, all set to make your arrival fun and entertaining.

Once you’ve located your uni and seen what’s going on, we recommend you get to know your uni’s Erasmus Student Network (ESN) section ASAP! This group of volunteers will take care of you and take you out and on many trips throughout your stay!

If you guys have any questions or academic mishaps (shit happens!), don’t hesitate to head to your uni’s international relations office, where they will sort everything out with you.

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A NEW FAMILY: WHERE TO MEET PEOPLE

Even though you’ll find this out on your own (spoiler alert!)… Seeing as you’re so far away from home and your loved ones, your ERASMUS FRIENDS will become your ERASMUS FAMILY.

The friendships made during this amazing Erasmus experience in Madrid will become a part of your life FOR ALWAYS, because they’re so unique and special. Friendship, love, and laughter reach another level when one is on an Erasmus year.

Here at Cats Bar you’re always welcome to come and meet new pals who share your wandering spirits and love for parties! What happens during Erasmus DOESN’T stay in Erasmus.

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HEAD OVER HEELS WITH MADRID: WHAT TO DO IN THE CITY

Madrid is Spain’s biggest and most populated city. Our capital city is home to 3.3 million people and YOU are gonna become our newest amazing inhabitants!

If you take a look at some of our other blog posts you’ll be able to get an idea of just how much fun your Madrid life is going to be.

Those midnight strolls along the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, the reflection of the Temple of Debod in the water at night… These are memories that will stay with you forever! No doubt you’ll look back on all those evenings of tapas in your favourite barrios. The Retiro Park will become your go-to picnic spot under the sun. If you’re looking for even more greenery, then you’ll love Casa de Campo park as well.

You’ll all be spoilt for choice with so many plans and adventures for every day of the week. We mean, come on, you’re Erasmus!! Every day is a party!

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PARTY HARD: WHERE TO FIND ERASMUS FIESTA

Not only is Madrid the capital of Spain, but you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also one of Europe’s major PARTY cities!

Madrid’s got some BIG names in the world of nightclubs: Kapital, Barceló, Mondo Disko, Fabrik… Just to name a few. If you’re more into a cozier scene, you can find a million smaller bars scattered around all of Madrid, for every musical taste imaginable. If you wanna tone it down even further, Madrid is known for its street spirit. A couple of cañas on a terraza in the sunshine could turn into the best night ever!

Also, a good handful of bars organize Erasmus nights once a week with special discounts on drinks and such, just for you guys!! Keep an eye out!

Let’s get one thing straight. You CANNOT head back to your home countries without experiencing the legendary Cats Hostels Madrid Pub Crawl ! We take groups of travelers and Erasmus all over Madrid, stopping by at only the best bars in town: don’t miss out! You can also enjoy the most terrifying night: Halloween in Madrid.

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Food junkies: where to eat cheap.

If us Spaniards are known for one thing above all, it’s our delicious FOOD (fact). You’ll fall in love with our infinite amount of tapas bars and irresistible restaurants. CAREFUL, though. We will warn you that the temptation to always eat out, rather than at home, can reach dangerous levels!

Madrid is the official home of the real Tortilla de patatas (potato omelette) and we religiously tuck into our famous cocido madrileño (Madrid style chickpea-based stew) during those chilly winter months.

Going out for some tapas is laced into our DNA ( Don’t miss the best paella in Madrid ) . The city’s typical and lifelong bars are a prime example of the tapas movement, like El Tigre. Once you manage to get inside (it’s usually crammed with people!) you order your beer or tinto de verano and, as if by magic, plates of tapas will appear at your table! All included in the price of your drink!! Another couple of bars to remember are , Maricastaña and Pez Tortilla.

Madrid also boasts its famous and quirky food markets (San Miguel, Antón Martín, San Ildefonso and San Antón). Each uptown market offers its own extensive variety of international stalls with snacks and tapas from all around the globe. There’s something for everyone!

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GET CULTURAL: WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS

As y’all know (well, some of you), not EVERYTHING is about partying the night away (but hey… we mean it IS an option!).

Madrid’s cultural panorama is full to the brim with juicy events. Museum visits are a must for those of you restless culture lovers. Take in magnificent artwork any day of the week at the city’s art museums like the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen Museum. Pro tip: check out the days when you can get in for free!

If conventional artwork isn’t exactly your thing, you’ve got the National Archaeological Museum, The Naval Museum of Madrid, and other more modern alternatives like Canal de Isabel II and the Matadero. You’ll be seduced by their intriguing exhibitions.

If you have been bitten by the travel bug (we know you have, dear Erasmus friends) then you’ll already know that Madrid is the central point of Spain’s. This means that it’s in a perfect location if you plan on taking little weekend trips around the peninsula. Valencia, Málaga, San Sebastián, Barcelona… SPAIN ROCKS!

But let’s face it. Even if you do visit all there is to see in Spain, we KNOW you’ll be eager to get back to Madrid, ready to grab some cañas and croquetas with your Erasmus fam!

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PERSONALIZED PLANS: WHERE TO FIND THEM

SO, a quick heads up! Your social calendars are gonna fill up pretty quickly with upcoming events, plans and crazy nights! We’ve already whispered a couple of cool things to put on your Madrid to-do lists. Wanna hear some more? Here you go!

Prepare to be blown away by everything Madrid has to offer to its Erasmus students. Cats Hostels is all about organizing and hosting awesome international events and Erasmus nights throughout the year, and our bar is open to locals too. So much fun!

Come on down to our stimulating language exchanges, our themed parties, culinary events on our cute little terrace, and so much more. We do all of this to make sure you guys make the most spectacular memories while you’re in Madrid.

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THE (HAPPY) END: WHAT TO EXPECT

Our dearest Erasmus friends. The most important thing to always remember is that life is to be lived to the fullest, as we only have one life to live (or YOLO, as the hipsters say). Your Erasmus experience will FLY BY, trust us. You gotta make the most of absolutely every single moment and opportunity that arises in your new city, and have the utmost best experience that’s humanly possible.

Our shared priority is this: to make sure that all your hard work, academically and economically speaking, pays off and that you all take a little piece of Madrid (its food, its people, its history, craziness, culture, language and all its charm) back with you in your hearts.

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Erasmus in Madrid and Barcelona: A Guide for International Students

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If you are planning to study abroad and are considering Spain as your destination, you will most likely hear about Madrid and Barcelona. These two cities are the most popular destinations for Erasmus students in Spain, and for good reason. Both offer an incredible student experience, with world-class universities, vibrant cultures, and endless opportunities to explore and have fun. In this guide, we will take a closer look at what makes Erasmus in Madrid and Barcelona so special, and what you can expect from your time in these incredible cities.

Erasmus Madrid: The Heart of Spain

Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain, located in the center of the country. It is home to over 3 million people and is known for its rich history, art, and culture. The city is also famous for its nightlife, with countless bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.

Universities in Madrid

Madrid is home to some of the best universities in Spain, including Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. These universities offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including business, engineering, law, and the arts.

Student Life in Madrid

Madrid is a student-friendly city, with plenty of affordable housing options and a great public transportation system. Many students choose to live in the neighborhoods of Malasaña, Lavapiés, and Chueca, which are known for their lively atmosphere and cultural diversity.

In addition to its nightlife, Madrid has a rich cultural scene with world-class museums, art galleries, and theaters. The city is also home to many parks and green spaces, including the famous Retiro Park, which is a popular spot for picnics and outdoor activities.

Erasmus Barcelona: The Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second-largest city in Spain, located on the northeastern coast of the country. It is known for its stunning architecture, beaches, and Mediterranean climate.

Universities in Barcelona

Barcelona is home to some of the best universities in Spain, including Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. These universities offer a wide range of courses in various fields, including business, engineering, law, and the arts.

Student Life in Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with a thriving arts and culture scene. It is home to many museums, art galleries, and theaters, as well as countless restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Many students choose to live in the neighborhoods of Gracia, El Raval, and Sant Antoni, which are known for their trendy shops, cafes, and bars. The city also has a great public transportation system, with buses, metro, and trains connecting all parts of the city.

One of the biggest draws of Barcelona is its beaches, which are among the best in Europe. Students can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports at beaches such as Barceloneta and Bogatell.

Erasmus Life in Madrid and Barcelona

Erasmus students in Madrid and Barcelona can expect a unique and enriching experience, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people, explore new cultures, and have fun. Both cities have a strong international student community, with many events and activities organized throughout the year.

Spanish is the official language in Madrid and Barcelona, but many people also speak English, especially in tourist areas and universities. Erasmus students are encouraged to learn some Spanish before arriving, as it will make it easier to navigate daily life and communicate with locals.

Accommodation for Erasmus en Madrid y Barcelona

Accommodation in Madrid and Barcelona can be expensive, but there are many affordable options. Many students choose to live in shared apartments or coliving which allows you to socialize with other erasmus students. It is important to start looking for accommodation early, as the best options tend to fill up quickly. In Live it we have rooms in coliving with common spaces, gym, terrace, roof terrace and weekly events that will allow you to be part of the community and interact with more colivers. For more information, please contact us at

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Cost of Living

The cost of living in Madrid and Barcelona can vary depending on your lifestyle and accommodation choices. However, both cities are generally affordable for students, with many discounts available on public transportation, museums, and other attractions. Eating out can be expensive, but there are plenty of affordable options available, especially in the form of menus del día, which are set menus offered by many restaurants during lunchtime.

Public transportation systems in Madrid y Barcelona

Both Madrid and Barcelona have excellent public transportation systems, with buses, metro, and trains connecting all parts of the city. Erasmus students are encouraged to get a monthly transportation pass, which can save money on individual tickets. Bikes are also a popular way to get around, with many bike rental companies and bike sharing schemes available.

Erasmus Social Life

Erasmus students in Madrid and Barcelona can expect a lively and diverse social life, with plenty of events and activities organized by universities and student organizations. Both cities have a thriving nightlife, with countless bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning. In addition to nightlife, there are also plenty of cultural events, such as concerts, festivals, and exhibitions, which offer a chance to explore the local culture and meet new people.

Travel in Spain

One of the biggest advantages of studying in Madrid or Barcelona is their proximity to other destinations in Spain and Europe. Both cities have excellent transportation links, with trains and buses connecting to other Spanish cities, as well as to France and other parts of Europe. Erasmus students can take advantage of this and explore the local culture and sights, as well as travel further afield during holidays and breaks.

Erasmus in Madrid and Barcelona is an incredible opportunity to experience two of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Spain. Both offer a unique student experience, with world-class universities, vibrant cultures, and endless opportunities to explore and have fun. Whether you choose Madrid or Barcelona, you can expect a unique and enriching experience, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people, learn new languages, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Erasmus tips for student residences in Madrid Vitium

According to different studies, Spain is the favorite destination of students from other countries, and Madrid is the most chosen city, with plans that validate studies between European universities, Erasmus students find the opportunity to know a new country and live an unforgettable experience.

Rent an apartment for Erasmus students

If you are an Erasmus student, the best option is to share a flat with other foreign students. One of the main reasons is to have the opportunity to share experiences with same age students and live special moments with people who come to Spain for a common reason. Sharing this experience is enriching in terms of cultural aspects, language and the desire to share good and unforgettable moments with your mates.

In our Vitium Residences we have spacious rooms designed with an exquisite taste, with excellent value for money and located in the center of the capital. A large majority are Erasmus students, coming from different parts of Europe, however, there are also Spanish students with whom to share the local culture. The price includes expenses and all the amenities. The student flats have large common areas in which you can talk and share experiences.

An opportunity to learn Spanish

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, after Chinese and already surpassing English. It is something that Erasmus students value very much when choosing Spain as their destination since learning Spanish opens the doors to them both in Spain and in Latin America. In addition, sharing a flat with other students of different nationalities and different languages ​​makes the experience even more enriching.

Enjoy Spanish food

In Spain, gastronomy is so rich and just the fact of going out to eat with friends is considered a social affair. There is nothing more fun than sitting down to eat with a group of friends and enjoying an incomparable varied cuisine. You cannot leave Spain without having tried a good paella or any of its varied tapas, such as squid, a good ham or a fresh gazpacho. If you are in Madrid, it would be a sin not to taste its famous cocido, some typical callos or some fried broken eggs. Spanish gastronomy is considered one of the best in the world and that is why it is one of the strengths of our culture. Do not forget that Spain also has a great culture and variety of wine, so it is almost mandatory to accompany the meal with a good red or white wine, thus, the evening will be memorable without any doubt.

Nightlife in Madrid

If there is something that makes Madrid different from the rest of the Spanish and European cities, that is the fantastic and varied nightlife. In Madrid there is a large number and variety of tapas bars to start the night, continuing later through its many pubs, discos and concert halls. Much of the party in Madrid is concentrated in Chueca, Malasaña, La Latina or Huertas. Each area belongs to a different neighborhood in Madrid and offers an unique and special kind of atmosphere from the rest. And of course, what better way to end the night than something typical from Madrid: A good chocolate with Churros!

Travel through Spain

Spain was the second most visited country in the world during the last year, with more than 80 million visitors. It offers a great variety for tourist attractions like sun and beach trips, rural escapes where nature and landscape prevail or cultural trips. The attractions of Spain are undoubted, from Galicia to the Canary Islands, passing through cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Granada. One of the main attractions of Spain is the weather, which makes it one of the favorite destinations for Europeans.

Spain is the third country in the world and the second in Europe with more UNESCOHeritage sites with a total of 47. The Alhambra in Granada, the Mosque of Córdoba, the Escorial Monastery in Madrid, the art of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona or the old city of Toledo are only a small sample.

Undoubtedly, Spain is a country to get lost and discover all the beauty that emanates from each of its corners.

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Have you seen all Madrid? Do you want to get rest of ’big city life’ for one day? Or simply you have one extra day and you want to discover something different?

Here we are to present you 3 best one day destinations that You can reach fast and easily!

Explore city by yourself or if you don’t want to get lost find a one day trip which include guide and bus to enjoy it more and get some historical facts about this ancient place!

Have You ever seen 28meteres high aqueduct? No?

Go to Segovia and enjoy the view of this enormous more than 2000 years Roma Aqueduct. The best way to explore this city is walking, forget about bus or taxi, use your legs and move easily by lovely streets thru the Alcazar Castle. In the middle of your way you will cross by the splendiferous Cathedral in Gothic style. It was not easy to construct it, to build it they need more than 200 years! They finish it in 1768 and started in 1525! After seeing it go to Alcazar Castle which is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape. Go up and see the best panoramic view of the whole city from the castle tower!

  • El Escorial

The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial, is a historical residence of the King of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometres northwest of the capital.  The building is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. Construction of El Escorial began in 1563 and ended in 1584.

El Escorial Palace is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s one of Spain’s most visited landmarks so don’t think more and just go there!

Remember that is always fun to meet new people and hear some valuable facts about Heritages that you are seeing so look for some one day trip before You will go there!

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