Top 5: Ilaria

Hi, I’m Ilaria and I spent 2 months here in Madrid, doing an internship with Inhispania!

During my stay, I was always thinking about how to enjoy my period here in Madrid, so now I’m going to give you some tips!

1. Flamenco

First of all, I think it could be a great idea to see a Flamenco show.

This dance is a professionalised art-form based on the various folkloric music traditions of southern Spain in the autonomous community of Andalusia. In a wider sense, the term refers to a variety of Spanish musical styles developed as early as the 19th century and now has become popular all over the world.

I saw a Flamenco show in the Cardamomo theatre, it was an amazing experience because dancers are very professional and it seems like the music is coursing through their veins. If I have to be truthful, these shows are a little bit expensive but they are worth the price.

Flamenco show

2. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

As you may know, Madrid has many football teams, but the most important are Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

The Santiago Bernabéu is a football stadium in Madrid, and it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947.

The Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world’s most famous football venues and has hosted lots of finals.

So, if you are going to spend a week end here in Madrid, why not watch a Spanish football game?

Of course it’s better to check if the tickets are available in advance, so you don´t get a nasty surprise!

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

3. Parque del Retiro

Madrid is full of beautiful places, but the one I like most is the Retiro Park. I like going there to relax, read a book or have a picnic. The Retiro Park is a place where you can escape from all the traffic and overcrowded streets, where you can just lay down in the grass and open your mind to imagination.

This park is open every day, from April to September 06.00-00.00 h and from October to March 06.00-22.00 h.

So, if you need a shelter where to chill out, the Retiro Park could be a great place!

Retiro Park

4. La Casa de mi Vecina

If you miss home and need something to cheer you up, I think that “La casa de mi vecina” it’s the perfect place for you! This pastry offers the best home-made cakes in Madrid, and it’s also near the school! What more could you want? J

It is open every day from 10 to 22, and it’s located near the Tribunal metro station.

It’s a tiny place, but offers cupcakes, biscuits, slice of cakes and for the greediest, also a whole cake.

La Casa de mi vecina

5. Hotel Riu

Since June, here in Madrid we have another super hotel with a wide rooftop where to take a beer or cocktail with a friend, it is called the Hotel RIU.

What makes this hotel special is the glass bridge, where it seems to fly.

The position is perfect too, because you can watch the sunset on Gran Vía street.

Before 6 pm you have to pay only 5€ to go up, while if you want to go up later you have to pay 10€, but the good thing is that for both tickets (5 or 10€) you will receive a voucher of 5€ that you can use for a drink on the top.

So, at the end, is not so expensive and the view is literally stunning.

I really recommend this rooftop, because the price for the drinks is worth the view and you can mostly find a table where to enjoy your time!

Hotel Riu

But, if I seriously have to choose the best place here, in Madrid, of course should be this school, because it gave me so much and I will never forget all the people I met!

All the people, who work here, are amaizing!

It was a pleasure meeting them 🙂

Top 5: Angelica

¡Hola amigos, me llamo Angelica! He hecho las prácticas durante tres meses en Inhispania. Ha sido una oportunidad maravillosa para mí. ¿La pregunta es ”por qué”? La respuesta es fácil. Quería practicar mi español. En #Inhispania he tenido contacto con españoles y mi español ha podido mejorar cada día. Otra ventaja de esta academia de idiomas han sido y son las personas de todo el mundo: nuevas amistades, nuevas experiencias, nuevos conocimientos de culturas y nuevas percepciones de personas de otros países. La mejor academia de idiomas se llama: Inhispania. Si quieres hacer tus prácticas, elige esta academia. De verdad, te la recomiendo para estudiar español, hacer tus prácticas y para todo, créeme.

Hi guys, my name is Angelica. I undertook an Internship for three months in Inhispania. It was an amazing opportunity for me. The question is ´why´? The answer is easy. I wanted to practice my Spanish. In #Inhispania I was in contact with Spanish people every day and as a result my Spanish was able to improve. Something else that was a wonderful advantage in this school was and is the people from all over the world. So, new friendships, new experiences, a new knowledge of cultures and a new perception of the people of others countries. The best language school is called Inhispania and this is the only school you should consider doing an internship with. I really can recommend this school to study Spanish, to do an internship and to do everything, believe me.

1. Alcalá de Henares – Mercado medieval

La ciudad más cercana a mi corazón. Durante las prácticas en Inhispania, he vivido en Alcalá de Henares. Está situada 30 kilómetros de Madrid y es conocida por ser la ciudad de Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra.

Cada año, en octubre, se organiza el Mercado Medieval de Alcalá de Henares. Es el más grande de Europa y una atracción muy popular en Alcalá. Desde el año 1998, el Mercado Cervantino se celebra en el día del bautismo de Miguel de Cervantes, 9 de octubre 1547. Durante de este evento, podemos disfrutar de puestos callejeros, cantantes, vendedores…

Medieval market

2. La Gran Vía

La calle más famosa y una de las más grandes de Madrid. En esta calle puedes encontrar un montón de tiendas de ropa muy populares. Por ejemplo, ZARA la tienda más conocida de España que tiene tres plantas u otras como: Primark, Mango, Stradivarius, Pull&Bear, H&M, etc. Durante la Navidad puedes admirar la belleza de las luces en la calle.

El bar que recomiendo en la Gran Vía es el bar “Jamón Ibérico”.  En este bar se venden  muchos tipos de los bocadillos con el jamón más típico de España.

Gran Vía

3. Toledo

La ciudad con mayor riqueza monumental. También es llamada la ciudad de tres culturas: cristianos, árabes y judíos. Los monumentos que os puedo recomendar son: La Catedral Santa María, de arquitectura gótica, y El Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, la vista dentro es maravillosa, la entrada cuesta 3€, pero vale la pena visitarlo. Toledo es la antigua capital de España, la cual corta la respiración a los turistas por su belleza y sus muchos callejones.

Gracias a #Inhispania puedes visitar Toledo, porque es una de las ciudades que visitan durante sus excursiones.

Toledo

4. El Parque del Retiro

El Retiro es el parque más importante de Madrid. Todo el parque es maravilloso y da muy buenas sensaciones. Los lugares que deberías visitar son: El estanque artificial, está en el centro del parque. Se dice que es un sitio muy romántico porque se puede alquilar la barca y dar un paseo en ella con vuestra pareja. Además, puedo recomendar el Palacio de Cristal, donde hay muchas exposiciones temporales, y  que fascina con su belleza. En el Retito puedes aprovechar cada segundo de tu tiempo libre, siempre con la naturaleza. Es la zona verde más bonita de Madrid.

Retiro Park

5. Los mercados

Todos mercados de Madrid tienen su historia y son únicos en sus géneros.  Si quieres aprovechar tiempo con tus amigos tapeando o tomando unas cervezas el Mercado de San Idelfonso es excelente. Tiene una buena atmósfera y en él puedes pasar un buen rato. Sin embargo, el Mercado de San Antón es un poquito diferente. Uno de los mercados más antiguos de Madrid. Está localizado muy cerca de #Inhispania, y a menudo se puede probar la comida de diferentes países y también la más típica de España.

Mercado de San Ildefonso

Gracias por todo #Inhispania 😉

Top 5: Adam

¡Hola! After living in Madrid for a few months I have quite a lot of favourite places, but below you can find my top 5. I hope it’s helpful and you try some of them out whilst you’re in Madrid.

1. Parque del Retiro

Sorry to be basic but this is by far my favourite place in Madrid. You can go rowing, visit the book fair (in June), sunbathe and get a glass of sangria at the cafeteria. Rowing there is great value for money and costs around 7€ for 45 minutes. I cannot recommend it enough and it is particularly amazing to watch the sun set there. It’s really easy to get there from the centre too and you can even walk if you’re feeling brave enough.

Retiro Park
2. Palacio Real

This is another classic. The architecture and interior design of this palace is really something else. I went 3 times whilst staying in Madrid and have got to say it is one of my favourite places. You can access most of the palace, its gardens and take pictures in front of amazing views. Each room has its own theme and it really is a must-see if you want to try out being a Royal for the day. There is a discount for students too if you book it online in advance too at www.patrimonionacional.es/ and this will make sure that you avoid the extremely long queues for visitors who haven’t booked tickets in advance.

Royal Palace
3. LLBar, Chueca

I would highly recommend this little drag bar. Coming from Manchester which has the biggest gay night scene in Europe, I really didn’t expect to find much to compare it with here in Madrid. However, I was wrong. Chueca is a part of the city which really embraces LGBT culture. This bar has drag queen shows most nights and really is so fun and a great way to practice your Spanish talking in the queue or listening to the extremely talented Drag Queens singing and dancing. The entry is free and the copas (doubles) are good value for money.

Chueca
4. Purmina Indian Restaurant

This is by far my favourite place to eat in Madrid. Although not particularly Spanish, it serves authentic Indian food and is run by local Bangladeshi people who are extremely friendly. You can personalize each dish to have it as spicy as you want and the interior design really is to die for. It is a bit further out from the city centre but it is worth the effort, trust me! It is a bit pricey but the mains are extremely big so you could always share a main with a friend or just have a whole dish to yourself! We are all kind of holiday after all ;).

Indian restaurant
5. Ojalá, Malasaña

My favourite café to have brunch at on a Sunday morning is definitely Ojala. It is really quirky inside (as you can see in the photo) and the food is delicious, particularly the breakfast menu. All the brews come in tiny little cute tea cups and the avocado on toast is gorgeous. Go whilst you can! It is in the very trendy area of Malasaña, which is full of cool restaurants and cafes so you can go and do a bit of retail therapy in nearby vintage clothes shops after a delicious breakfast.

Ojalá, Malasaña

Feria del Libro, Madrid (Book Fair)

Want to learn a language quickly? Get reading! Take advantage of Madrid´s 78th Feria del Libro (Book Fair) in El Retiro. With over 300 book stalls around the city, the guest country this year is the Dominican Republic, with the event´s slogan ´´A story at every step´´ (Una historia a cado paso). From the 31st May- 16th June, wander around the city´s many stalls and immerse yourself in the literary culture.

Here´s a summary of our top 4 best hidden gems around the city for literature and free activities:

  • La Casquería Antigua

Feria del libro Madrid

Love a good bargain? Here, you pay for the weight of your books, meaning that a whole kilo only comes to only 10 euros. (Nearest metro stop: Embajadores, 41)

2) Tuuulibreria

Books and culture Madrid

The only place where you can actually choose the price of your book. The idea is that everyone has access to literature. The company also sends books to developing countries. (Covarrubias 38, Bilbao)

  • La Casa Encendida or Casa del Libro

More well-known than the two previous places, you can take part in book signings, readings, and free exhibitions.

  • Ever heard of a Poetry Slam?

Poetry Slam Madrid

Try something a bit different and join this Facebook group´s poetry/ rap-style competition to challenge your poetry skills on the spot.

Keep a look out for: The lady with the typewriter outside Opera. Give her a subject and she can type up a poem for you on the spot!

Finally, don’t forget that Inhispania runs a book exchange on the second floor with plenty of novels, tourist magazines and autobiographies!

Festivals in Madrid

Looking for a good party or festival during your stay in Madrid? No worries because in this city you will not have a shortage of ‘fiestas’! Especially during the summer, there are a lot of festivals organized! Below you will find the 3 best festivals in the city of Madrid!

Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool is a music festival that takes place in Madrid since 2016. Art, gastronomy and tourism come together in this festival. The type of music is rock, indie and electronic music. Since 2016, many famous artists have performed. To name a few: Bastille (2016), The Lumineers (2017), George Ezra (2017), Post Malone (2018), Snow Patrol (2018) and Dua Lipa (2018).

This festival is the dream of every rock, indie and/or electronic music fan!

The festival takes place in the summer and the dates for the next one are already released: 11, 12 and 13 of July! Be fast if you want to buy tickets because with over 230.000 visitors the festival will be sold out quickly.

Ticket Price: around €150
https://madcoolfestival.es/

A Summer Story

If you love electronical music, A Summer Story is the perfect festival for you. Summer Story was created in 2015 to unite electronic music lovers from all over the planet and now it has some of the best DJ’s in the world such as: Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, Don Diablo, Tchami and Deadmau5.

In 2019 the festival dates will be the June 21st and 22nd.

Ticket Price: from €35
https://asummerstory.com/

Brunch in the Park

One of the best (smaller festivals) in Madrid is definitely Brunch in the Park. Brunch in the Park is an outdoor event very close to the city center. The advantage of Brunch in the Park is that it is organized multiple times during the summer. You can enjoy great parties under the sunshine, without having to spend the whole night out. According to Brunch in the Park, their purpose is to bring national and international artists to electronic music lovers.

A ticket for Brunch in the Park will cost you around €15 (there are several tickets available)

2018