|Discover summer in Madrid|
1. Parks and Swimming pools in Madrid
|The Retiro Park in summer|
The perfect place to enjoy the sun
2. Tapas in Madrid
|Madrilenians enjoying some tapas|
in the sun
3. Mountains and Lakes
|Manzanares el Real|
The perfect summer day-trip
Less than 50 km north of Madrid you will find some of Spain's most stunning landscapes and scenery. The mountainside village of Manzanares el Real has everything - mountains, lakes, typical Spanish cuisine, an ancient castle and a fascinating history. You can go hillwalking in the mountains and take in the breathtaking scenery, grab something to eat in the village, visit the castle and go for a swim in the lake to cool off at the end of the day. It is the perfect summer day trip and is only a 45 minute bus journey from the centre of Madrid.
The 742 bus leaves regularly from the Plaza de Castilla and tickets cost only €3.50.
4. Sales: Shopping in Madrid
|Gran Via Madrid|
Spain's shopping utopia
5. Perfect destination to learn Spanish
Madrid is without a doubt the best place to learn Spanish. It is widely accepted that the people of Madrid speak the purest form of Castellano, and unlike some of the other Spanish cities, it is the only language spoken in the street.
The people of Madrid are very proud of both their city and their language and as a result, they take very kindly to foreigners that try and speak Spanish, something they see as a great compliment. Being that it is the capital, it is the political and cultural centre of the whole of Spain – you can't ask for a better environment than that to learn the language. Here at AIL Madrid, we organise all sorts of fun activities for our students during summer, which happens to be the most popular time of the year. That means more fun, more friends, more parties and more opportunities to practice your Spanish.
There you have it, our top 5 reasons why you should visit Madrid this summer. If you need any more reasons to come visit, be sure to check out our website where you'll find lots of information about Madrid and how you can learn more about the Spanish language, traditions and culture.