Madrid and Surroundings

Madrid stands out in Europe as a notably vibrant city with colorful nightlife. Furthermore, it is known for the friendly, accepting, and warm welcome that it offers to people from diverse communities and from all around the world. The capital is also the home of two world-renowned football teams, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

However, despite being a modern hub of education, business, politics, media, fashion, science and culture visually, the city has retained its links to the past with beautiful historic buildings and monuments in many districts. Moreover, there are plenty of calm and peaceful parks in which to sit and watch the world go by. The bustling streets of Madrid are perfect for shopping and discovering the local cuisine (e.g. Cocido Madrileño, Bocadillo de Calamares and Huevos Rotos) as there is a plethora of diverse restaurants to discover. Many businesses in Madrid have been run by the same family for decades so, it isn’t hard to find authentic and traditional offerings.  

Furthermore, Madrid hosts a myriad of festivals and events throughout the year so, there is always something to see or do. Madrid truly is a dynamic metropolis that offers something for everyone. 

Things to Do in Madrid

1) Plaza Mayor

This square is characterized by the majestic, shuttered buildings that surround it. When sitting in this plaza one has the impression of having traveled back in time, therefore it is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy an aperitif.

2) Puerta del Sol

This famous square is the official center of Spain from which all distances in the country are measured. The “KM 0” stone, which marks the precise location, has become a real tourist attraction and is particularly popular with Instagrammers. The plaza is also the home of the famous “Estatua del Oso y el Madroño” (the bear and strawberry tree statue) which is the city’s symbol.

3) Calle Gran Vìa

Possibly Madrid’s most famous street, Calle Gran Vía (in the old part of the city) hosts a wide range of shops, theatres, and cinemas. This zone has been almost untouched by modernization so a walk down this ‘vía’ allows one to experience Madrid as it has been for decades.

4) El Templo de Debod

This temple, along with several others, was formerly located along the banks of the Nile where it was in danger of being lost forever due to floods. However, thanks to financial aid from the Spanish government it was saved. To show their gratitude, the Egyptian government gifted the temple to Spain, and it was rebuilt in Madrid in 1968. It is a wonderful place to have a walk and enjoy picturesque surroundings.

5) Malasaña

The “Movida Madrileña” movement, which occurred during the 1980s, originated in this district. The neighborhood’s special charm and ambiance can still be felt today. It is a fantastic district to visit as it is central and has many restaurants to try and shops to explore.

6) Cìrculo de Bellas Artes

The Círculo de Bellas Artes is a non-profit organization that champions madrileños (from Madrid) artistic production. Here, it is possible to discover numerous exhibitions and diverse events that are open to the public (visual arts, music, film, the stage, literature, science, philosophy,hy, and poetry). Furthermore, the museum has a beautiful rooftop terrace with a panoramic view of the city.

7) Parque de El Retiro

This magnificent community park is the perfect place to relax after an afternoon of exploring the lively city. It is made up of several gardens, each with its character, where one can enjoy a romantic walk or a tour of the beautiful Crystal Palace.

8) Museo del Prado

This world-renowned museum contains over eight thousand works of art and is a must-visit on any trip to Madrid. The masterpieces that can be viewed here include Las Meninas (Velazquez), El Jardín de las Delicias (El Bosco), and La Maja Desnuda (Goya).

9) Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena

Directly in front of the Royal Palace one can find the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena which is considered to be the most important religious building in Madrid. It is known for its characteristic straight lines and bright colors which revolutionized the classic style of the time. 

10) Palacio Real de Madrid

The Palacio Real de Madrid is one of the largest royal palaces in the world with more than 3400 rooms. Today the royal residence continues to host state ceremonies however, certain parts of the building are open for public viewing. Why not enjoy a guided tour around this magnificent building on your next visit to Madrid? 

Our Cultural Activities

The following cultural activity is included in the price of each Erasmus course in Madrid:

Madrid city tour hop on-hop off

Discover Madrid from the comfort of a double-decker bus with a single ticket that grants you in-depth access to the city.

  • Experience the rich history of Madrid by embarking on Route 1 (blue) which offers a comprehensive tour of the city’s historical, aesthetic, and monumental landmarks. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Paseo del Prado and marvel at the breathtaking remnants of the Habsburg era. Visit the Golden Triangle of Art and delve into the exhibits of its many museums. As you journey from the Royal Palace to the Temple of Debod, take in the stunning panoramic views of the city.
  • Route 2 (green) takes you through modern Madrid, exploring more than just its historical landmarks and royal monuments. Traverse the city from the iconic Porta de Alcalá to the vibrant Puerta del Sol, and from the bustling Atocha to the thriving Nuevos Ministerios.

About the Training Centre in Madrid

All our teacher training courses in Madrid will take place either in the Morning (9.00-13.45) or in the Afternoon (14.00-18.45) depending on classroom and trainer availability.

Our address:  C. de la Princesa, 70, 1st floor, 28008 Madrid.

All Erasmus Courses in Madrid

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