Instituto Cervantes

Madrid - The Spanish Capital

Madrid is a young, modern, vibrant city which can be summed up in one word…‘Cosmopolitan’. Where else, in only a small area of space, can you discover the acclaimed artists of Spain and beyond in three of the most famous art galleries in the world, learn the history and tradition of the bull fight in the largest bullring in the country, get away from it all in the huge parks Madrid has to offer, and then take a rest in one of the typical Spanish bars with tapas and a caña?!

Located at the heart of the Iberian Peninsula at an altitude of over 600m above sea level, Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe.

There are so many reasons to choose Madrid as the location for your Spanish study holiday.

Madrid has an idyllic climate…

  • Winter in Madrid is crisp, with bright blue skies, low rainfall and cool temperatures

  • Spring and autumn are pleasant times to visit the Spanish capital.

  • Temperatures are around 25ºC (77ºF) providing a perfect environment for learning Spanish.

  • If you come to study in Madrid in summer you will go home with a tan. Summers in Madrid are sunny and can be hot (up to 35ºC or 95ºF). Low humidity and light breezes coupled with an abundance of outdoor swimming pools provide pleasant relief.

 Spanish Course, Madrid capital,  Museo Prado Spain

         Outside view of the Prado Museum

Culture in Madrid…

  • The Spanish capital plays host to international music festivals and is visited by the world's leading pop stars.

  • Madrid boasts three international acclaimed museums namely the Thyssen-Bornemisza (range from primitive Flemish collections to contemporary paintings, sculptures, tapestries and carvings), the Prado (displays masterpieces from Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, and Rembrandt) and the Reina Sofía (Spanish contemporary art)

Excellent transportation network…

  • Served by Madrid Barajas International Airport, which boasts a €2bn terminal completed in early 2006, getting to and from Madrid has never been easier.

  • Madrid’s metro and bus networks provide one of the cleanest, cheapest, and most efficient public transportation systems in Europe.

 Spanish Course, Madrid capital,  Puerta del-Sol Centre

          The heart of Madrid - Puerta del Sol

Around Madrid…

  • Madrid is flanked to the north by the Sierra Guadarrama Mountains. These offer an excellent range of leisure activities providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Madrid life. At just 5 Euros and 50 minutes by train from Madrid city centre the mountains are readily accessible - even after your Spanish class!

  • The beautiful and historic cities of Salamanca, Toledo, Segovia, and Avila offer great weekend trips whilst studying in Madrid.

  • AIL Madrid’s student advisors can offer you travel tips and suggest itineraries to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your study time in Madrid.

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