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Rowing at the lake at Parque Retiro, Madrid

Students going for a boat ride.


  • The Rastro (La Latina) 
    • Go early on Sundays, as it gets busy and it’s not great with too many people. Congregation of vendors of all types of goods. Good for little souvenirs for friends and family. Really fun to walk around.
  • The Mercado de la Cebada (La Latina - just steps from the metro on c/Toledo)

    • Awesome fresh fruits, veggies, meat, etc.


  • Puerto del Sol
    • Great shopping (Zara, H&M, Bershka, etc.)
  • Goya
    • Great commercial shops and classy department stores
  • El Corte Ingles
    • There are two big stores: one in Sol and one up by campus, in the other direction from the school from the Santiago Bernabeu metro stop
    • Huge Department Store, the only place you can walk into to buy bread, milk, and cereal and walk out with the new limited edition Louis Vuitton bag.
    • You can buy everything from deck furniture to perfume.
    • Corte Ingles supermarkets are separate.




  • Caprabo (near campus all the way down Calle Segre/Calle de la Cinca)
    • Great supermarket
  • Champion (located all over Madrid)
    • Best supermarket in Madrid
  • Dia (located all over Madrid)
    • Cheap, but often a bit suspect
    • The produce was sometimes icky
  • El Corte Ingles (metro Sol and metro Santiago Benabeau)
    • Go early, as there are huge lines around 5:00 pm.
  • Taste of America (c/ Serrano 149)
    • American food store


  • Prado (between metro stops Banco de Espana and Atocha)
    • Largest museum in Western Europe
    • Don’t Miss: Velazquez (Las Meninas), Goya, Greco 
    • The hour before closing is free but there is usually a long line
  • Reina Sofia (metro Atocha)
    • Houses contemporary Spanish art
    • Picasso’s Guernica is a must see; Miró and Dalí are also featured
    • The hour before closing is free 

Tip: Walk down Paseo del Prado to get from the Prado to the Reina Sofia. It’s a really fun and artsy street.

  • Thyssen (near metro Banco de Espana and Sevilla)
    • Used to be a private collection
    • A lot smaller than the Reina Sofia and the Prado
    • Don't miss Tiziano, Tintoretto, and Van der Heyden

  • Flamenco
    • Lots of bars have daily shows
    • Look out for discounts in papers and magazines
    • Sometimes you can catch flamenco dancers doing performances on the street outside the Palacio Real.
  • Sporting Events
    • Futbol, or soccer in Madrid, is huge. Take advantage of our campus’ vicinity to Santiago Bernabeu and go see Real Madrid play! After all, Spain won the 2008 Euro Cup!
    • To have the futbol experience without the price tag, consider going to a game against a lesser rival. Buy your ticket early and enjoy!





  • Palacio Real (metro Opera)

The Royal Palace, former home to the royal family, is gorgeous. The rooms are mostly kept intact so you can get an actual feeling of what it would have been like to live there.

  • Catedral de la Almudena (metro Opera)

This is the biggest cathedral in Madrid and is located right across from the Palacio Real. The design of the cathedral is very different from other cathedrals that you will see while you are in Europe.

  • Templo De Debod
    • Ancient Egyptian temple rebuilt in Madrid
    • Located in the Parque de Rosales, with a great view of Casa de Campo
    • Ask you intercambio to take you here, its especially pretty at sunset
  • Plaza de Espana
    • Usually filled with street vendors and tourists
    • Located at the end of Gran Via
    • In the middle of the plaza there is a statue of Cervantes and his characters, Don Quijote and Sancho Panza
  • Plaza Mayor
    • Main plaza of Madrid
    • Usually filled with street performers, tourists and locals and lines with restaurants, tourist shops and bars
    • Very close to Sol
    • A lot of festivities take place here (i.e. dos de mayo) and it's a great place to people-watch on a sunny day.
  • Goya's Tomb (Panteon de Goy)
    • Beautiful fresco paintings, done by Goya himself
    • A lesser known site, but a beautiful church, well worth seeing
  • Teleferico (metro Arguelles)
    • A cable car that traverses the Casa delCampo
    • Great views of Madrid
    • When you get off in Casa de Campo, explore for a bit before you get back on.









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Relax in Retiro

Reitro is Madrid's Central Park. On a nice day, grab a baguette and a bottle of wine, call up some friends, and have a picnic in the park. There is also a lake in the middle of Reitro where you can rent a paddle boat and go for a row.

The best way to become a native in a city is to do what you would do at home in Madrid. So if you take yoga classes when you are in New York, take one here.
Prado Museum

"I was lucky enough to enroll in the Art in the Prado Museum class that NYU Madrid offers. We would have class Tuesdays, and meet at the Prado Museum on Thursdays. It was one of the best courses I’ve taken, and I have a new appreciation for art that I never could have realized without having lived in Madrid."

- Adam, NYU Madrid student

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