Experience in Madrid, Spain by Alvaro


What is it like to live in Madrid? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

As a Spanish teacher I love Madrid because has people from all over the world and not just temporary, also living here.
It is very comfortable to live in this city because of the transportation, the weather and people are very nice and natural.

What is the student lifestyle like in Madrid?

Madrid is very cosmopolitan, so you can meet people from everywhere and share your experiences. There are many events during the whole year and there is always somewhere to go or something you can do.

How much does it cost to live in Madrid?

Prices lately has increased, but life is still cheaper than Barcelona. You can find rooms from 350euros in the city and apartments from 600 or 700 euros. Public transport costs 1,50euros one way and 55euros for a monthly citycard.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Madrid? Is there any advice you can give?

It always depends on what you are looking for. In general, at this time for the whole apartment demand exceeds supply, but for a room you can always find a good place.

What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?

The good point of Madrid is that you can find all kind of cuisines in the city. Spanish cuisine is not my favourite, but it is pretty decent.

What places would you recommend visiting in Madrid?

There are plenty of places to visit in Madrid. Parque de El Retiro, Manzanares river, walking the whole Gran Via, Puerta del Sol. On the last floor in El Corte Ingles of Callao in front of FNAC you have the best views of Madrid.
If you like museums you can get lost in El Prado, so I just recommend you to visit the best collections or you will spend the whole day. Museo Reina Sofia is very nice too with the giant Guernica from Pablo Picasso and Dali paintings.
Jardines de Sabatini next to Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre (the Opera) are a must. You can enjoy dinner with opera across the street in the Cafe de la Opera.
You can also visit any typical Tablao close to Sol. I personally visited one called La Quimera in the area of Las Ventas, like 15 minutes away from Sol, but it was worth it because the price was very decent (usually this shows are a bit expensive) and the show was amazing.
If you stay enough you must visit the surroundings cities of Segovia and Palacio de La Granja with the Royal Cristal Factory, and the Monasterio de El Escorial with a lovely neighbourhood. In the south you cannot miss the historical city of Toledo.

Is it good to eat out in Madrid? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

The best you can do to try typical Spanish food is to visit the Mercado de San Miguel, close to Sol and Plaza Mayor. You also have 2 other nice markets with foreign cuisines like Mercado de San Ildefonso, my favourite, and Yatai market with Asian food, pretty cool.

Is the nightlife good in Madrid? Where is good to go?

Madrid is well-known for its nightlife. You can find several rooftop bars with nice atmosphere at night along the Gran Via, or go to discos like Kapital in Atocha or for people looking for Salsa dance you have Azucar a couple of venues up the street.

What advice would you give future students heading to Madrid?

Just enjoy it! Madrid is a very comfortable city to live in with very nice and natural people, so you will not have any problem if you are polite.


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