With an amazing heritage of culture and art, Madrid is the largest city and capital of Spain. Look for student discounts to visit Madrid for study abroad, spring break, or summer vacation. Madrid has a vibrant cosmopolitan life mingled with great religious and royal history. Just for starters, you could attend cultural events in the Circulo de Bellas Artes or visit Corral de la Moreria to enjoy a Spanish meal while watching renowned flamenco dancers. Experience the thrill of live bullfights. Visiting Madrid will be the experience of a lifetime. It is also easy to find friendly youth hostels, budget rooms, and cool hotels in Madrid, but in summer please try to reserve ahead.
During the day, check out the Palacio Real (Royal Palace); world-famous paintings by Goya and Velasquez at El Prado museum; the grand crossroads of Puerta del Sol; impressive Plaza Mayor, and lively El Retiro park in Madrid’s historic center. Enjoy pleasure boating in the lake of El Retiro park and see the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) or view the tropical plants in the indoor garden of Atocha Railway Station. Be sure to stand before Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which also has other classic works by Picasso. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in a centrally-located 18th-century palace has wonderful paintings by Titian, Rubens, Goya, Van Gogh, and Picasso. At palaces and museums always ask for student discounts. Madrid’s nightlife is among the liveliest in the world. You can savor Madrileño delicacies in the early evening, then go to a pub for drinks and dance until morning in popular clubs.