Madrid is a paradise for shopping, cultural variations and a crazy nightlife. No wonder it is often referred to as the "city that never sleeps". Remember to take a map with you, wear comfortable shoes and use the metro to get around, it's cheap and easy to use.
Madrid is a majestic city. It has been Spain's capital since 1562 and holds the record for being the highest-located capital city in Europe. As Madrid’s climate is pleasant all year round, any week of the year is good time to travel. In the city you can do great shopping, see fabulous architecture, many museums and parks. Eat delicious tapas and enjoy the hectic nightlife.
There are many good shopping districts in Madrid, but if you only have a couple of days stick with the following areas:
C / Velázquez: A long shopping street full of shoe shops, cafés, restaurants, etc.
C / Princesa: From here you will find the same shops as from those mentioned above, but in a much more relaxed athmosphere.
El Rastro's old city changes every Sunday morning to be one of the world's biggest flea markets.
You can eat tapas anywhere, anytime. One of the best ways to get to know Madrid and Spain is through local food and wine. Spain has an excellent cuisine. Remember that in Spain dinner is eaten as late as possible. Some restaurants open their doors at 9 in the evening. Begin your evening by enjoying a couple of drinks in Plaza de la Cebada and then continue in Cava Bajan street where all the best restaurants are.
In Madrid it's perfectly fine to sleep in late and relax, in this city the nights are long and mornings are short. You get to see many of Madrid's sightseeing by having a walk along the boulevards. A must-see attraction is the Prado Museum, a real adventure for those who love art. From here you find the golden paintings of Velazques, El Greco's and Goya's... The museum is Spain's pride and can well be compared to the Louvre in Paris.
If you want to get away from the traffic of the energetic city, go to Retiro Park. Buy a small treat or something that is easy to eat and just enjoy life. Let the facilities and beauty of the park renew your energy to continue your city holiday with full power.
Did you know that KILROY can also help organise your study tour to Madrid? Read on to learn more about how we can plan your study trip with the right academic content and interesting study visits in the city of your choice.
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