Why do Erasmus in Madrid? Definitely, for many people, it is one of the most interesting and visited cities not only in Spain, also in Europe.

Most of the people who have visited or have been base for long-term in Madrid they have been delighted, and surely in your nearest circle someone can confirm it, but why? No worries, I’ll explain it for you.

Madrid is a city with a lot of history, culture, architecture, gardens, fashion and fun… besides being characterized by being very welcoming and open, largely because to its people.

This is very good, yeees, but what you want me is to explain 7 fabulous reasons to do Erasmus in Madrid, right? Don’t wait any longer, slide.

* If you have made the decision to do Erasmus in Granada or any other city in Spain here I have a post about “how to find accommodation in Spain”.

City review

I would recommend you Madrid if…

🤸‍♂️You are an active person
💸You don’t mind spending more
👩‍👩‍👦‍👦Don’t get overwhelmed with people

I would not recommend you Madrid if…

🚶You like to move on foot (without taking public transport)
💸Looking for not spending much money
🧘🏽‍♀️️If you are looking for a quiet place, run away from the center

Prices

🛏Room → 427 €
🍺Beer 0,5L → 3.30 €
🍽Menu → 12.50 €

Weather

🌧 The winters are rainier
🔥 Hot summers
🌡️ Annual average is 13.7 ° C

The People

 🥰 Lovely and open

Gastronomy

Main courses
🍲Cocido madrileño
🥯Rosca madrileña
🍛Callos a la madrileña
🦑Bocadillo de calamares (100% recommended)

Dessert
🍩Rosquillas de San Isidro
🥯 Corona de Almudena

Tapas
🍟Patatas bravas y tortilla brava
🍳huevos estrellados

Top 5 most representative monuments 

🏛Palacio Real
🏛Templo de Debod
🏢Puerta del Sol
🚡Teleférico de Madrid
🏞 Parque del Retiro

1.  Because of the weather

First reason to do your Erasmus in Madrid, the weather. Of course, if Spain is characterized by something, it is for its magnificent climate and of course, Madrid is no less. Keep in mind that the first months of the year usually come with rains, but as the year progresses in May approximately, the weather becomes almost summery.

Another very important thing is that Madrid has a lot of hours of sunshine, so you can enjoy the terraces and outdoor activities.

Maybe winter is a bit cold…
The winters are cold and dry, January, the coldest month with an average of 6 ºC. Although it must be said that the skies are almost clear every day, so even if it is cool you can always enjoy a pleasant sun. Regards to the cold, nothing that couldn’t solve with a good jacket or coat.

In Madrid it does not usually snow, normally in the mountains during the winter months.

But when the good weather comes…
Although in April there may be regular rain, the weather that goes along with Madrid during the spring season is magnificent, reaching almost summer temperatures with an average of between 12 and 21º. You will notice that the good weather begins when people start to hang out in the streets.

2. Gastronomy 😋

The gastronomy of Madrid does not usually disappoint anyone, if precisely something engages in Madrid… it’s their dishes. So much that many leave with more pictures of dishes than the monuments themselves.

Madrid’s cuisine rockstar
Whether or not a spoon… one of its star and traditional dishes is cocido madrileño (vegetables and meat soup). Nor can you miss the rosca madrileña or the callos.
You will see that these dishes are easy to find in any restaurant in the city with a little tradition. Anyways, I leave here a small list of some of the best traditional restaurants and typical Madrid food:

  • Malacatín – Calle de la Ruda, 5.
  • La Gran Tasca – Calle de Sta Engracia, 161
  • Casa Carola – Calle Padilla, 54
  • Taberna La Daniela – Calle Cuchilleros, 9

Noooo!!, of course not, I do not forget the tapas, for many almost a religion, nothing like entering a bar and asking for some beers next to some patatas bravas, callos, chopitos or a bocadillo de callos, it is a whole social act that you have to practice to feel like a real local from Madrid.
I would recommend you:

  • Sidrería El Tigre – Tapas Caseras (close to Puerta del Sol)
  • los 100 montaditos – Spanish franchise but with very good prices, especially on Wednesdays and Sundays.

3. Museums and monuments

Another great reason to do your Erasmus in Madrid. Did you know that Madrid is one of the European capitals with the greatest cultural offer?
For starters, it has some of the most important museums in the whole country, you can find everything from art museums, to archeology, history museum, science. Also many of them for free!, yes, yes, for FREE 😉

Although not everything is museums, it also has impressive monuments and plazas that you have to see if or if as for example.

  • 🏛 Palacio Real
  • 🏛 Templo de Debod
  • 🏢 Puerta del Sol
  • 🏞 Parque del Retiro
  • 🏛 Museums
    • Del Prado (always free)
    • Reina Sofía (certain schedules is for free)
    • Thyssen Bornemisza (free only on Mondays)
    • Sorolla (free on Saturday afternoon and Sundays)

4. Secret places that few people know…

There are many places that if you do not know the city well it is very difficult for you to see them, therefore, here I leave you more reasons why it is worth knowing more about the city and falling in love a bit more with it…

  • 🌄 Watch the sunset on the terraces of Madrid
  • 🏙 Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío, better known as the park of the seven tits, in this places you will feel all of Madrid a tus pies, spectacular!
  • 👻 Visit the old ghost station abandoned 45 years ago (free)
  • 🏞 Go over the Retiro Park in search of the Crystal Palace.
  • 🏚 Visit the oldest restaurant in the world, located in La Latina, next to the Plaza Mayor, Casa Botín restaurant.
  • 🏚 The bunkers in Madrid (El Capricho park).
  • 🚡 telespherical in Madrid.

5. People? Lovely people

Even it seems a lie, the people, the character, how you are going to feel in another country that is not yours is very important, I can tell you that the nostalgia of yours is not going to go in two days, but I can make sure that when you integrate you will feel completely welcomed and integrated. The people of Madrid are very hospitable, in addition, the cultural exchange of the city is very high, since it has great diversity. That is seen in its streets, at any time of the day, which means that 100% you will find compatriots.

Another thing that can worry you (and it doesn’t have to be) is the language issue. That this is not an impediment, I can assure you that people in Madrid will do everything possible to understand you. They will do it through gestures, saying single words in English or raising their voices (no worries, shouting is very Spanish…) but the thing I want to tell you, is that nobody will judge you for not knowing how to speak Spanish or English well.

In conclusion, during your Erasmus in your school life, you will feel at home and they will make it easy for you 🥰.

6. Wide variety of activities (even free ones)

Madrid is lovely due to the large number/ variety of activities you can find in the city (I leave an example of one of them).

  •  🎭Theatre and cinema: Wednesday at half price.
  • Bars where to practice Spanish in a fun way: €5 + 2 drinks.
  • Learn to dance: €5 + 1 drink = 1 hour of class.
  • Street market on Sundays in La Latina
  • “Free” tours in Madrid.
  • 🌃 Panoramic views: some of them are free.
    • Roof of the Circle of Fine Arts for € 4 (€ 3 with young card).
    • Picalagartos (free)
    • Seventh
    • Gourmet Experiences on the top floor of El Corte Inglés Callao (free)

7. public transport

Madrid makes it easy for you to move. I recommend the subway, it is without a doubt the simplest option, the lines connect perfectly with the main tourist points of the city.

  • The schedules are very good, at 6 am and it close at 2 am.
  • For students (Erasmus and non-Erasmus) there is a very cheap transport ticket (€ 20 per month but you must be under 26), to take the bus, subway and trains.

And as 7 reasons could be not enough… one last as a gift!!!! The party in Madrid!!

7+1. Party or…chill night

The night in Madrid is for all tastes, whether you like to party, Kapital is for all kinds of people, styles and tastes, since it has seven floors and each of them offers different types of music.

On the other hand, if you like a quieter, relaxed and relaxed atmosphere, I recommend you especially Gingko Restaurant, Sky and Amargo Place to be, great cocktails, music, and good views.

Warning places

⚠️ Warnings

Nothing serious, but to keep in mind guys, as your mother would say (or probably tell you) “be careful of thieves and scammers” especially in:

  • Subway, museums and Plaza del Sol
  • Be careful with groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you, they usually ask for help with their luggage.
  • Beware of the Lavapiés neighborhood.
  • Retiro park at night.

* I recommend you stay tuned for Erasmus parties in Madrid.

Time to close the post

Did you know Madrid like that? I hope it helps you to get to know the city of Madrid better and know if it fits what you are looking for or need to know if it is your Erasmus destination or not. By the way…

Will you leave me something that may interest you? Feel free to comment and suggest.

Uupsss, and to end up now…

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