MADRID

About Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1562 and the beating heart of the country ever since. It is the European Union’s third-largest city after London and Berlin. With its heady atmosphere, friendly daily life and legendary nights out there won’t be a dull moment no matter what time it is. Combine this with the Spanish food, culture, history and lots of sunny days and you will find this city just perfect to broaden your knowledge of the Spanish language!

When classes are finished you’ll have the opportunity to visit the immense Cathedral de Almudena, relax in one of the typical squares like Plaza Mayor or visit one of the many museums. Madrid has the best of both worlds, despite its relaxing vibe it is a city that lives and changes right before your own eyes. Come to our Spanish school in Madrid and see for yourself!

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Colossal yet elegant, this official residence of the Royal spanish family dates back to the 18th century and is one of the largest of its kind in Western Europe. With over 3000 rooms it almost doubles the size of the Buckingham in England and Versailles in France. Nowadays only used for official ceremonies, the interior is notable for its wealth of art and hosts an impressive collection including works of artist such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Goya.

ROYAL PALACE

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This authentic Egyptian temple of over 2000 years old was donated to Spain at the end of the 1960’s. The temple was dismantled, shipped to and rebuilt at the highest point of Madrid’s Parque del Oeste. It is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside of Egypt (and the only one in Spain) and a perfect place to watch the sun set behind Madrid’s mountains.

TEMPLE OF DEBOD

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A late 18th century entry gate, once one of the five that gave access to the city of Madrid. Of similar architecture to the old roman triumphal arches, it is one of the most emblematic monuments in town. The gate is located right at the entrance of the Retiro Park, and at the edge of the classy Salamanca neighbourhood.

PUERTA DE ALCALÁ

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The fountain at the centre of the square is now a well known monument amongst football fanatics (it is the place where Real Madrid’s victories are being celebrated) but had long been an important source of drinking water for the Madrileños. The fountain is surrounded by important buildings such as Banco de España (Bank of Spain), Palacio de Cibeles (Cibeles’ Palace), and Casa de América and it surely is a place you can’t miss.

PLAZA DE CIBELES

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No doubt the city’s most characteristic square. Once being used to host bullfights and carry out public executions during the Inquisition, it is now the beating heart of town where you can savour a glass of spanish wine on one of the terraces, go shopping at the yearly christmas market or enjoy one of the many concerts and festivals throughout the year.

PLAZA MAYOR

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A place you can’t miss and home to the famous ´Km 0´: the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads. Over-crowded on a New Year’s Eve because of the famous clock whose bells announce the traditional Grape Eating, a tradition that marks the end of an old and the beginning of a new year.

PUERTA DEL SOL

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Once being part of the royal gardens that belonged to the Palacio del Buen Retiro, it is now the most popular park in town. Royal, green and cultural, the park has got much to offer and is without any doubt the best place to ‘retire’ after a long day walking or cycling around. Visit an exhibition in the Palacio de Velázquez, watch a puppet show by the side of the pond or escape the heat of the day by sleeping a well deserved siesta under one of its many trees.

PARQUE DEL RETIRO

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Madrid is all about food. And where better to try all those fresh products than in one of the city’s most famous mercados (markets)? Built in the art-nouveau style of the early 20th century, this traditional market has had an interesting makeover, now not only offering the possibility to buy fresh ingredients to take home, but also to taste them right on the spot.

MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL

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A private, non-profit cultural organization founded in the late 19th century that plays a major role in the field of artistic creation and cultural diffusion. Apart from exhibition rooms, a cinema, a theatre and concert halls it owns one of the most stunning rooftop terraces in town with an almost 360⁰ view of the city.Despite dating to the early-20th century it blends perfectly with the historic architecture in this part of the old city.

CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES

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Located in an historical building dating back from the late 18th century and holding a magnificent collection of great international value, the Prado Museum is one of Spain’s most important museums. Over 2.5 million people visit the museum each year to contemplate the outstanding paintings of Velázquez, El Bosco, El Greco, Rubens and Goya, which are only a handful of the many masterpieces you will find here.

MUSEO DEL PRADO

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Van Gogh, Degas, Chagall, Van Eyck, Monet, Hopper, Kirchner, Dalí, Gauguin… these are only a few names that can be found in one of the most extended private collections of the country. The museum is currently housing two permanent collections and displaying almost one thousand works of art, being a great representation of the history of European painting from the 13th to the late 20th century.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
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