Activities for summer in Madrid

Summer time is approaching on this side of the hemisphere and Madrid has endless opportunities. It is the Spanish capital that offers everything for all tastes. In this list we will tell you about events to enjoy the heat and good weather.

Outdoor Concerts in Retiro

(Photo: Telemadrid)

The Parque del Buen Retiro is a special place in the middle of Madrid, with its groves and walkways full of attractions.
Every summer the park is filled with music thanks to its open-air concerts that take place on Sundays, at noon until September.
Enter through the Hernani gate at the O’Donnell street entrance and reach the Bandstand of Music. There are always posters announcing the concerts.The rest is up to you: sit in an available chair or on the lawn and enjoy the music. This is the link to the concerts for your convenience.

Book Fair

(Photo Telemadrid)

If you like reading, you can’t miss the Book Fair, where you can buy books you are interested in, discover new genres and chat with their authors. The fair begins on May 27 and takes place in the Retiro Park, where there will be almost 400 booths, many activities and more than 3,600 authors willing to sign. There will be 16 days in which the Fair will be open from Monday to Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., while the weekend will remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information can be found on the fair website: www.ferialibromadrid.com

Photo Spain

Photo Photo España

Photo España is the most important photography event in the country. The best national and international photographers pass through there. If you like photography, you can’t miss it. Best of all, you can visit the show throughout the summer.
This year is special because the meeting celebrates its 25th anniversary. There will be a triple program with special emphasis on documentary photography. The meetings start on May 30 in places such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Mapfre Foundation, the Círculo de Bellas Artes or Casa de América. So that you don’t miss any events and have the ability to get your ticket, we leave you the complete agenda that the festival site has: www.phe.es

Ice Palace

Photo Es Madrid

The Ice Palace is a center that contains an ice rink where you can ice skate. Believe it or not, it is a place that is only 15 minutes from the center of Madrid, near Barajas.
In addition to practicing this sport, you can visit the other facilities of the shopping center, since there are numerous shops and restaurants nearby. It is ideal way to spend a summer afternoon.
If you want to know more, we leave you their website with all the available information: www.palaciodehielo.com

 

Go Karts

Photo Ocious Park

If you are someone who likes the adrenaline that speed produces, then go karting is a good option for you to spend a fun afternoon. Madrid has many circuits for you to choose the one you like the most.
We leave you a list of some tracks and their links so you can see details:
– Karting by Carlos Sainz (www.kartcsainz.com/)
– Karting Club Los Santos (www.kartingclublossantos.com)
– Formula Zero Karting (www.formulacero.com/)
– Karting Angel Burgueño (www.kartingangelburgueno.com/)
– Jarama Race (www.jarama.org/)

Europe Park

Photo ABC

Parque Europa is located outside Madrid city, in Torrejón de Ardóz. It is an unusual park, as it has representations of European monuments and a fragment of the Berlin Wall. We leave you their website so you can learn more details and you can buy your ticket online.
parqueeuropa.ayto-torrejon.es/

Madrid swimming pools
You already know that there is no summer without water to cool off. That’s why you can’t miss the pools spread throughout the city of Madrid. In 2022 they open on May 22 and will remain open until September 11. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. To access them, Madrid City Council has an app. From it you can make reservations in one of the two previous shifts.
Prices are as follows:
Children under 5 years: free
Children (from 5 to 14 years old): 1.35 euros.
Young (from 15 to 26 years old): 1.80 euros.
Adult (from 27 to 64 years old: 2.25 euros.
Older (from 65 years): 0.70 euros.
For their part, the swimming pools of the Community of Madrid (Canal de Isabel II Sports Facility, Puerta de Hierro Sports Park, M 86 Sports Center and San Vicente de Paúl Sports Facilities) open from June 11 until the first week of September.
Tickets can be reserved at www.gestiona.madrid.org/

Pubs
If you want to drink and eat while you get to know the city, a good option is the pubs of l Madrid. The options are endless and for all tastes. Here is the link of Tourism of Madrid in which the City Council proposes a map so that you can choose the area you prefer.
www.esmadrid.com/zonas-de-marcha-en-madrid

Canela Car

Photo Madrid.es

If you are not afraid of heights and you like new experiences, you cannot skip
a ride on the Madrid Cable Car, located in the heart of Casa de Campo.
It covers a distance of 2,457 meters at a height of 40 meters, so the views are unmissable. In the following link we leave you the schedules and rates so that you can plan your visit:
www.teleferico.emtmadrid.es

Without a doubt, this post would never end if we put everything there is to do in Madrid, because the options are endless ranging from visiting markets, going to the theater and even visiting nearby towns. However, we hope that this selection will be useful to you.

List of useful numbers

When you are abroad, it is always useful to have a list of phone numbers. You never know what can happen and in those moments you will miss them very much. Therefore, schedule them or save this post among the favorites of your mobile browser. You can also call by clicking on the numbers.

Emergencies in general – 112
This is the first number that you should take into account in any emergency, especially if you find yourself in a situation of personal or collective risk.
www.112.es

Police – 091
Another important number.
www.policia.es

Civil Guard – 062
The Civil Guard guarantees the protection of
citizens against crimes, ensures the
compliance with laws, defends the free exercise of rights and freedoms and preserves citizen security.
www.guardiacivil.es/es/

Firefighters – 080 or 085

Medical Emergencies – 061

Telephone Gender Violence – 016900 116 016
It is an information and legal advice service on gender-based violence, although it also serves people with hearing or speech disabilities.
www.060.es

Information for women – 900191010
It is a free phone from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, except national holidays.
www.inmujer.es

Citizen service telephone number – 060
This number is the access point to the Spanish Administration for citizens
and companies.
www.060.es

Civil Protection – 1006
Civil Protection is a service aimed at preventing situations of serious collective risk or catastrophes, protecting people and property when such situations occur, as well as contributing to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas.
www.proteccioncivil.es

Information:
Local information: 010 (available in almost all cities)
National information: 11818
International information: 11825
Yellow Pages: 11888
National operator: 1009
European operator: 1008
International operator: 1005

If you need to cancel your credit card after a theft, loss or some other situation.
Visa Spain: 915 192 100
International Visa: 900 991 216
American Express: 902 375 637
4B: 902 114 400
Eurocard-Mastercard: 915 192 100
Dinner’s club: 902 401 112
System 6000: 913 553 000/915 965 335

Phone numbers of mobile phone companies
Movistar:
From mobile: 609 | From landline: 1485 | From abroad: +34 634 609 100 609
Orange:
From mobile: 1414 | From landline: 656 001 470 | From abroad: +34 656 001
470
Vodafone:
From mobile: 123 | From landline: 622 622 622 | From abroad: +34 607 123
000
Yoigo:
From mobile: 622 | From landline: 622 622 622 | From abroad: +34 622 622
622

Travel cheaply in Madrid: How to get your metro card

Moving around the capital of Spain is very easy, and since all corners of the city are very well connected, it is fast and efficient to use Madrid’s public transport. The interesting thing is that you can do so very cheaply. The public transport network includes mobility by bus, train, metro and light rail, with the latter perhaps being the most widely used of the three. You can access all of them with a single access card (Public Transport Card or TTP) by paying a subscription that you can use as many times as you want for 30 days.

But how to access this benefit? If you are 26 years of age or younger, there is a Youth Pass provided by the Community of Madrid, which costs only 20 euros per month and allows you to travel to all areas. To obtain the card with the subscription you can make an appointment in advance at one of the offices available in the city and manage it there or request it online.

How to manage the card in person:

To manage the card in an office, you must request an appointment in the following link:

https://www.crtm.es/atencion-al-cliente/gestiones/oficinas-de-gestion.aspx

On the agreed date you must go to the office where you have registered where you must present yourself with the following documentation:

– Your DNI, NIE, passport or residence permit
– A recent passport-sized color photograph, although if you process it at a management office, the photograph will be taken on the spot
– Card application
– The cost of the card is 4 euros the first time

It is very important that you do not forget any documents, otherwise you will have to get a new appointment.

How to get your card online:

But you can also request the card online on the official website of the Community of Madrid. This is the access link:

http://www.tarjetatransportepublico.es/

There you should:
– Indicate your DNI, NIE or passport number
– Upload a passport-size color photo
– Pay the price of the card (4 euros)

The good thing is that you will receive the card at the address you have indicated, but it will take between 7 and 15 days. Once you have it in your hand, you can recharge it every month in:

– Automatic machines installed in the Madrid Metro, Light Rail and Cercanías Stations
– Information points of the Transport Interchanges
– Tobacco shops and other authorized points of sale
– Transport Card App, which you can download at the following link: https://www.crtm.es/atencion-al-cliente/area-de-descargas/apps/app-tarjeta-transporte.aspx

Remember that only you can use the compost. If you lend it to others, you could be penalized with fines. You know, you can travel in the city of Madrid cheaply and as many times as you want with the transport pass.

In the following map you can see the areas covered by the transport service with the Youth Pass.

Youth Pass Zone

A guide to know your neighborhood

Marli House homes are located in very important and convenient areas of Madrid: Sol, Gran Vía, Barrio de las Letras and Chueca. Located in what is known as the “Central District”, they are in places where tourism flows all the time!

Additionally, they have a lot of history so there is naturally a lot to offer in terms of fun, gastronomy, and to things to discover. This guide will show you some of its secrets so that you know them better…

Sol

Sol
One of the most popular homes in Marli House is located in the middle of Puerta del Sol (from the windows you can see the Osa and the strawberry tree). This is truly one of the busiest places in Madrid, Spain and Europe overall. The neighborhood of Sol is the entire area that surrounds it and it is considered the center of the city.

In the neighborhood of Sol is the Plaza del Sol, where there is a plaque that indicates that the Kilometer Zero of Spain begins there. Spain has a famous statue referenced before of the Osa and the strawberry tree which stands as the symbol that has identified the city of Madrid for 800 years. In the center of the Plaza del Sol there is also the equestrian statue of King Carlos III, a tribute to who is considered the best mayor of Madrid for his contribution to the development of the city in the 18th century.

In addition, more unnoticed, is that there is a replica of the Mariblanca – a statue sculpted in Florence in 1625 which has always been said to represent Venus.

In this area is also the Casa de Correos, headquarters of the regional government which was built in 1768. At the top of the building since 1866 is the famous Bell Clock, which rings to bring in each new year.
In the same area, on Calle Alcalá, is the Museum of San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Behind it is the Congress of Deputies and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum as well as the ICO Museum which specializes in architecture and urban planning.

What can you do in this area? Without a doubt, walk through its streets and enjoy the gastronomy / many cuisines (especially on Calle Mayor), as there are numerous bars, restaurants and fast food outlets. You can also look for the souvenirs that you will take with you home for your family and friends, as there is an abundance of souvenir shops.

When it comes to transport, from the Sol metro station you can take line 1 (which goes from Pinar de Chamartín to Valdecarros), line 2 (Las Rosas to Cuatro Caminos) and 3 (Villaverde Alto to Moncloa). You can also board the Cercanías Renfe trains to go to other towns in the Community of Madrid. As for buses, the closest ones are on Calle Cedaceros or Calle Sevilla.

Gran Vía
Gran Vía, where another one of our houses is located, is one of the most important streets in Madrid – built at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, it is the most popular shopping center in the city!

Gran Vía

In Gran Vía you can go up to the “Corte Inglés” building to enjoy the spectacular view of the street and its nonstop movement. In fact, it is one of the most famous photos of the center of Madrid with the Schweppes building in the background.

Further on, there is the Metropolis building, which headquarters of the insurance company of the same name, at the top of which is the statue of the winged Victory. Many tourists stop there to take a photo with the building in the background.

Another one of the emblematic buildings is Telefónica, which you can find in Gran Vía, 28, and, until 1929 was the tallest skyscraper in Europe at 88 meters (289 feet!). Here, you can find exhibitions and speeches.

If you walk a little further along Gran Vía, you will find “Plaza de España”; In the center is the Monument to Miguel de Cervantes and the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

The first building on Gran Vía was built in 1917 and today houses the Loewe store, which was originally a tea house. Some of the store’s famous customers were Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Gary Cooper, Sophia Loren, Jodie Foster, and Grace Kelly. Next to this shop is Víctor Hugo Street, where the renowned playwright lived as a child between 1811 and 1812.

Towards the other side, at the end of Gran Vía, you can visit the Palacio de Cibeles. Overall, Gran Vía is home to countless restaurants, bars and many other elegant buildings with beautiful rooftops. It sure does not disappoint!

Barrio de las Letras

Barrrio de las Letras

The Barrio de las Letras, located to the south of the Puerta del Sol, belongs to the Sol neighborhood (Central District), also known as the Literatos neighborhood, and is an area where great writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries lived. This was also called the Golden Age, when figured such as Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Luis de Góngora, Francisco de Quevedo and Calderón de la Barca lived.

Here, culture flows due to the Spanish Theater (where classics are usually performed), the Comedy Theater (for comedy shows), and several tablaos with flamenco shows!

In the heart of the Barrio de las Letras is the Plaza Santa Ana. Since 1810, many tourists take the opportunity to sunbathe or drink a beer, because of the many breweries. There also are the monuments of Calderón de la Barca and García Lorca.

If you like to walk, you must go to Calle Huertas where you will find beautiful bars and enjoy the verses of famous writers, which have been captured on the pavement. On your walk, you should not miss the Lope de Vega House Museum. Be sure to visit the San Ildefonso de las Trinitarias Descalzas convent which was founded in 1612 and which is the place where the remains of the author Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra lie.

If you venture beyond Huertas, you will find a vertical garden that will amaze you and is great for photo opportunities. This is the place of Caixa Forum, where there are usually exhibitions and concerts.

Chueca
Chueca is not a neighborhood in it of itself, but an area that is part of the Justicia neighborhood. It is where Justicia was born and is the center of the gay movement in Madrid. It is also one of the places of the Movida Madrileña artistic movement in the 80s.

Chueca

A few minutes from the Chueca home of Calle De Regueros are the markets of San Antón Mercado and San Ildefonso- two good options for a gastronomic tour.

On your tour of Chueca you will be able to visit the Museum of Romanticism, where you will be able to explore in detail what a palace was like in the 19th century. This palace houses thousands of pieces of daily use items from this time. You can also visit the Museum of the History of Madrid where you can learn about the evolution of the city of Madrid since it was declared Spain’s capital in 1561.

In this neighborhood you can also discover the House of the Seven Chimneys which is a prime example of 16th century architecture that was supposedly the place of confinement of an illegitimate daughter of Felipe II. It is located in Plaza del Rey and they say that the seven chimneys represent the seven deadly sins.

On the other hand, in Chueca you will find many varied shops, whether they are international chains or alternative brands, you can find them in Fuencarral, Hortaleza and its surroundings, from clothes to themed bookstores and art galleries.

So, there you have it! This is a brief review of the main places you can visit around the homes of Marli House. Surely your stay will be different if you know in depth the place where you live which can consequently help you enjoy it more!

How to go to a cheap cinema / see a movie for a good deal in Madrid

Surely you like the movies… and if it is with some good popcorn, all the better! The good news is that you can go at a very affordable price and even for free here in Madrid. You just have to read this post in which we provide you with all the information you need. The order we choose to inform you about these movie theaters are listed by proximity to the center of Madrid. Alright, let’s get into it!

Callao Cinema

Callao Cinemas
We put Cines Callao first on the list, because they are very close to the Marli House homes meaning it would be very easy for you to get there.
Address: Plaza del Callao, 3.
Prices:
Every Wednesday (Spectator’s Day): 4.50€
Working days: 7.50€
Holidays: 8€
If you want to see their billboard and schedules, their website is www.cinescallao.es

Capitol Cinemas
Since 1933, the Capitol Cinema has been located on Gran Vía, and offers three screening rooms. It is located at Calle Gran Vía, 41, and its website is www.capitol.admit-one.eu
Prices:
Wednesday (Spectator’s Day): 4.50€
University students: 6.50€

Palacio de la Prensa Cinema

Cinema Palace of the Press
It is also located in Plaza del Callao, at number 4, and has been since 1926. Its website is www.palaciodelaprensa.com
Prices:
Wednesday (Spectator’s Day): 4.50€
Working days: 7.50€

Yelmo Ideal Cinemas:
It is also a cinema with a lot of history, since its inauguration in 1916. It is located in Calle del Doctor Cortezo, 6, near the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, and its website is www.yelmocines.es. Best of all, this cinema shows movies in their original version.
Prices:
Wednesday: 5.50€
All other days of the week with a Youth Card: 7.30€

Renoir Plaza de España Cinemas:
You can get to Cines Renoir by taking the metro lines 3 and 10, since it is located at Calle Martín de los Heros, 12.
Prices:
Wednesdays (not holidays): 4.60€
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (not holidays): 7.30€
Weekends and holidays: 9€
Cines Renoir’s website is www.cinesrenoir.com, where you can also buy tickets.

Golem Cinema

Golem Cinemas:
If you like independent cinema, Golem Cinemas is a good option. In Madrid, its address is Calle Martín de los Heros, 14 and its website for Madrid is www.golem.es/golem/golem-madrid.

Prices:
Monday and Wednesday (Spectator’s Day) except holidays: 4.60€
Normal price: 7.20€
Weekend and holidays price: 8.20€
First session (from Tuesday to Friday until 5:30 p.m., except holidays): 5.90€
Tuesday and Thursday, except holidays, with Youth Card: 5.90€
Last session on Sundays and holidays (Except eve, from 10 pm): 5€

Cinema Studio of the Circle of Fine Arts

Cinema Studio of the Circle of Fine Arts:
The Cine Estudio del Círculo de Bellas Artes is located in Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 4, and offers film series with very cheap tickets: only 3€!
You just have to check the billboard to know what films it is currently offering: www.circulobellasartes.com/ciclos-cine/

Artesiete Alcalá Cinemas:
Artesiete is located on calle Alcalá norte (Alcalá, 414), which you take the metro 5 Ciudad Lineal.
Prices:
Wednesday (Spectator’s Day): 3.70€
Check their billboard on their website: www.artesiete.es

Iberia Cinema:
If you are looking for a free cinema, Cine Iberia offers some premieres without paying anything, but you must go early because they will reach full capacity.
Price:
Wednesday: 3€
General admission: 5€
This location offers Ibero-American films and you can see its current billboards on its website: www.casamerica.es
The cinema is at Plaza de Cibeles, 2, and you can get there by taking the Line 2 metro, at the Banco de España stop.

Metropol Cinema

Artistic Metropol Cinemas:
Cines Artistic Metropol is an independent cinema where classic films are screened.
Prices:
Wednesday: 4.50€
Working days: 6.50€
Friday, Saturday and the eve of holidays: 7€
The address is Calle Cigarreras, 6, and you must go through Metro Line 5 and get off at the Acacias station stop.
www.casamerica.es

La Vaguada Cinema

La Vaguada Cinemas:
If you are accompanied, you can go to a cinema like La Vaguada, which offers a BOGO deal every night from 9pm onwards on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Prices:
General admission: 8€
Reduced from Monday to Friday: 7€ and 7.5€ on Saturdays and Sundays
First session every day: 5€
Wednesday: 4.60€
Morning passes from Monday to Sunday or first afternoon pass: 5 euros
The address is Calle Santiago de Compostela, S / N, and you can get there through Line 7, Peñagrande station.
www.lavaguadacines.es

Berlanga Room
Sala berlanga offers independent cinema in digital format but also in 35 mm. They usually offer free features.
Price:
3 euros plus management fees
The address is Calle Andrés Mellado, 53, and you arrive via lines 7 (Ilas Filipinas Station), 3 and 6 (Moncloa Station).
www.salaberlanga.com

Cinema Ambassadors:
A cinema that is a little newer than the rest and includes a drink with the ticket.
Prices: 6-7 €
Its address is Glorieta de Santa María de la Cabeza, 5. It can be reached by means of line 3, getting off at the Embajadores station or at Delicias.
www.cinesembajadores.es

Kinepolis Cinema

Kinépolis Cinemas:
Cines Kinépolis is a Belgian chain that has its theaters in Madrid at Calle Edgar Neville, s / n.
Prices:
General admission: 7.50€
Wednesday (Spectator’s Day), except eve and holidays: 5.80€
www.kinepolis.es/cines/kinepolis-madrid-ciudad-de-la-imagen

There you are! A list of the cinemas you can go to in Madrid that are close to, or well connected to the homes of Marli House. Make sure not to miss any of the screenings on your days off from studies. If you know of another theater you’ve been to and it’s not on the list, share the details with us and we’ll be sure to add it. Enjoy!

Madrid also prepares its Christmas light show

If you like Madrid, you will like it even more at Christmas. A month beforehand, on November 25, the city will light up to await the end of the year festivities.

This is the special lighting that the Madrid City Council has for 232 locations in the city, an unpredictable spectacle. Surely you have already seen the decorations that have been arranged in emblematic places such as Preciados, Montera, Gran Vía or Jorge Juan, which will be lit at 7.30 pm as every year.

The entire lighting operation has cost about 3.6 million euros and is a way to promote commerce, hotels, restaurants and tourism in the city, as well as being a way to send a message of encouragement and hope to Madrilenians and visitors after more than a year and a half of very complicated life due to the pandemic, in accordance to the City Council.
Below is a video of the opening of 2020.

Tour the most beautiful places near Madrid

If there is something that makes Madrid unique, it is that everything is nearby and just a train or bus ride away. You stay as a student is sure to be unforgettable and you won’t want to miss out on all the places Madrid has to offer you.

There are places to visit in one day. So, take advantage of you weekends, put on your most comfortable clothes, and get ready for the best surprises.

Toledo
Surely one of the first things that comes to mind when you arrive in Europe is the medieval, old-world cities and cultures. That is why one of the first places you should know about is Toledo, an ancient city located in the plain of Castilla-La Mancha and the third most populated municipality in the region.

Toledo is best known for having been a place where Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures coexisted. That is why when walking through its small streets you will find old synagogues, churches, and mosques.

You can also visit places such as the Catedral Primada de Toledo, a Catholic temple considered the greatest work of Gothic architecture in Spain. The entrance to this place costs 12.50 euros, although you can take a free tour from Monday to Friday, from 8am-9:30am in the morning.

Another place we reccomend is the Alcazar, a fortification located in the highest part of the city. An interesting fact is that it was a Roman palace in the 3rd century, but it also played a leading role during the Spanish Civil War.

To add, you can’t miss the Plaza de Zocodover, where the markets used to be installed. It is the viewpoint of the Church from the Jesuits, from whose bell tower the view of the city to see the Church of Santo Tome, where there is a famous work by the painter El Greco: The Burial of Count Orgaz.

There are many more places to visit in the City of Three Cultures, so you can also go to the many tour proposals that are offered there. Best of all, Toledo is just over 70 kilometers from Madrid, half an hour away by public transport.

Segovia
Segovia, consifered a World Heritage Sity in 1985, could well be the first city you could visit outside of Madrid, as you will be quite impressed at your arrival.

This city of Castilla y Leon has a medieval old town dominated by the impressive presence of its Aqueduct, a 2nd centruy Roman construction that brought water to the city from the Fuenfria spring, located 17 kilometers away. You will not be able to avoid taking a photo in fron of it or from the Cuesta de San Juan, since its 28 meters high and its 167 arches are impressive.

Another place to visit is the Alcazar, a castle where, until recently, the water from the Aqueduct used to arrive. Its origins also date back to Roman times and you can visit twelve of its palatial rooms decorated with period furniture. Also, do not miss going up to the Tower of Juan II, where you can see the city in its entiredy. It costs 11.50 euros to visit the ground floor and gardens, but as a student you only play 4.50. If you want to access the Cuarto Real Alto you will pay an extra 4.50 euros.

The third place to visit is the Holy Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos, built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Famous for its late Gothic style, it got its name because at the time of its creation, the Renaissance style was already predominant. The general visit costs 3 euros, the price for the guided tour is 6 euros, and going up the tower will cost you 7 euros.

Although there are other places to visit in and around the city, you cannot miss the home of writer Antonio Machado or the Royal Mint, the home of the first mechanized mint in Spain, now a converted museum.

How long does it take to get to Segovia from Madrid? Approximately one hour by public transport and the price of the bus varies between 5 euros per ticket, though the cost depends on the time of day.

Avila
They say that Avila is the best-walled city in the world, and exactly that will be the first thing you see at your arrival, a wall of more than 2.5 kilometers with 87 towers and 9 gates that assisted in defending attacks. It was built in the 3rd century by the Romans and you can partially tour it between 10am and 8pm, although there is an entrance fee of 5 euros. On Tuesdays, from 2pm-4pm, the tour is free.

In this medieval city, the Cristo Salvador Cathedral, built in the 12th century and one of the first with a Gothic style in Spain, also stands out. Some of its parts make the cathedral look like a fortess and the cost of admission for students is 4.50 euros and is free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30pm-9:30pm.

In Avila you can also visit the Basilica of San Vicente, also built in the 12th century where the Cenotaph of the Holy Brothers Martys is located, in honot of three brothers martyred in the 4th century. You will also want to visit the Plaza del Mercado Chico, wihich functioned as a Roman forum made to relax.

El Escorial
El Escoriall is only 53 kilometers from Madrid and is another place that is worth visiting. The main attraction there is the monastery, as well as the town of San Lorenzo de el Escorial, both at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

The monastery, built between 1563 and 1584, has been declared a World Heritage Sity by UNESCO and is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. At the time, it was intended to be the largest monument ever built by humanity, used to house the monastery of the Augustinians, the Palace of the Bourbons, the Palace of the Habsburgs, the Pantheon of the Kings, and other rooms of great historical and artistic value. Although the entrance to El Escorial costs 12 euros, you pay just half by showing your international student IF (up to 25 years of age).

Aranjuez
Aranjuez is a quiet city south of Madrid that you can reach in about 30 minutes by train or bus. Its main attraction is the Royal Palace, and in Resaissance style, holds gardens that you can visit in an afternoon. The fee upon entry is 9 euros, although with a student ID the cost is only 4 euros.

Alcala de Henares
Perhaps you want to know more about the most famous character from Spain, Don Quixote de La Mancha. There is no place better than visiting Alcala de Henares, the place where Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra lived.

In this city lies the writer’s house, restored to what is believe to be it’s original state wher Cervantes Saavedra lived. But, you should also know that Alcala was also the residence of others such as Lope de Vega, Quevedo and Calderon de la Barca. That is why this journey is full of art and history.

You can also visit the Magisterial Cethedral fo Alcala de Henares, one of the two churches in theworld that holds that title, since all its canons are doctors of theology. The building is famous for its relics, including a crypt where the remains of the child martyrs rest.

You can also visit the historic center of the city, go through the archaeological museum to learn about the Roman peiod of Alcala, or visit the building of the University of Alcala, where every 23rd of April the famous Cervantes Prize for Literature is awared by the hands of the King of Spain. As you walk through the Alcala, you will also be able to see the old walls, since it was once a fortified city.

Chinchon
Chinchon is on the list of the most beautiful towns in Madrid, has about 5,000 inhabitants, and is located 45 kilometers from Madrid. Its main attraction is the Plaza Major, which of medieval origin, has numerous terraces to see and visit.

There is also a castle in Chinchon which can only be seen from the outside, as it is private property. In addition, you will not want to miss the Hermitages of San Anton and San Roque, the Lope de Vega Theater, the Convent of the Clarisas, the Casa de la Cadena or the Convent of San Agustin.

Buitrago de Lozoya
One of the getaways that you cannot miss is the Buitrago de Lozoya, a town north of the Community of Madrid on the slopes of the Sierra de Guadarrama.

There, in addition to touring its streets and surroundings, you can visit nothing less than a collection of works by Pablo Picasso, thanks to the donation of one of the artist’s friends. In Buitrago de Lozoya you can also visit the Clock Tower, the main access to the town wall, built in the 14th century. The clock upon the tower is from the 20th century, with the origianl machinery being from the 19th century.

The wall itself, which you can walk and see beautiful views, hides many spaces that you will want to know about, such as the artillery exhibition in one of its highest parts, or the Church of Santa Maria del Castillo, located within the defense itself.

Another site to see is the Castillo de los Mendoza, built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Finally, you can visit the viewpoint of the Lozoya river, where there are beautiful views of the town. Only wear comfortable shoes, as you will have to go on a hiking route. If you dare to go further, you can canoe in one of the companies that operates in the place.

Manzanares El Real
If you like climbing and hiking, perhaps you should visit Manzanares El Real, a small town in the Community of Madrid that you can reach by bus and with great ecological interest.

On the outskirts of the city are the Santillana reservoir, at the foor of the Sierra de Guadarrama, and La Pedriza, an area composed of cliffs, steams, meadows and rocky walls, where you can practice climbing with different levels of difficulty. If you only want to hike, there are numerous paths that you can take, very well signposted.

In Manzanares El Real you should be sure to visit its castle, which dates back to the 15th century, visible upon arrival in the city and which can be accessed for free. If you are interested in a guided visit to the most important rooms of the fortess, you can access it by paying 5 euros.

Other Towns to Know
We have already told you some of the best places you can visit in just one day during your study-free weekends. However, there are many more places but the list would be endless.

To end this tour, from Marli House we suggest some other beautiful towns that you cannot miss. One of them is Brihuega, a little further from the aforementioned places, but well worth visiting.

The town in the province of Guadalajara, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, is known for its lavender fields that turn purple every summer and where thousands of visitors come to take the perfect photo.

But going there is also a good opportunity to visit its old town, castles and experience the Lavender Festival in July, famous for its concerts at sunset. You can also enjoy the local gastronomy.

Another town to see is La Hiruela, which they say is one of the most beautiful in Sierra Norte de Madrid and it is one hour from the capital of Spain. It has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2005 and stands out for its stone houses and the hiking and biking trails around it.

Nor can you miss Rascafría, 84 kilometers from Madrid in the Sierra de Guadarrama, a town that dates back to the Middle Ages and will surprise you by the splendor of the surrounding nature. In this town you can visit the Monastery of El Paular that was built in 1930 and has an entrance cost of 5 euros. It is known for its most important cultural heritages. In front of it is the Puente del Perdón, created in the mid-18th century.

But perhaps the most famous site in the area is the Finnish forest, reminiscent of the Nordic forests, which holds poplars, birches and firs. You can also go to the natural pools of La Presilla, if you go in summer. If you like to walk, you can go to the Cascadas del Purgatorio, its splendor can be enjoyed during the thaw in the spring.

Finally, another town, Patones de Arriba, will dazzle you with its black slate stone houses, whose history dates back to the 16th century and is one of the most important rural tourism centers in the Community of Madrid.

Up to here the list could go on, since there are places, such as Garganta de los Montes, Torrelaguna, Horcajuelo de la Sierra, El Berrueco or Puebla de la Sierra, that are well worth visiting. You already have all the information to go to these interesting places, just pack your backpack and go out and enjoy them!

Enjoy Madrid and get around in many different ways!

In Madrid, the metro and the bus can take you wherever you need to go! Best of all, the pick up terminals are scattered throughout the city. Madrid also has other means of transportation such as bicycles. The most popular of the biking systems is known as BiciMAD.

To choose the rental option without annual subscription, you must download the BiciMAD app. Then you are able to fill in the form on your phone or the kiosk with your data. Just pay for the time used with your credit card, go to one of the bike stations throughout the city and scan the QR code on the bike you want to unlock it!

The app also has a map of the location of the terminals. There is also a tab for your favorite stops, the trips you’ve taken and the balance remaining after your trips.

If you don’t want to use the BiciMAD app, you can start your ride by visiting one of the kiosk stations. There you will find a touch screen terminal where you can purchase a one, three, or five day card. You can use this card as many times as you want during the requested validity period. The charge for how long you’ve used the bicycle will then be shown at the end of your ride when you re-park the bike. It is a simple, fun, and convenient way to get around the city!

The only difference between paying as you go or opting for the annual payment system is that the annual pay charges a 150€ pre-authorization fee that is unblocked when your card has been charged for the time used.

Now you know, Madrid has a thousand and one ways to be enjoyed and one of them is on two wheels; A very economical, ecological and fun way to explore Madrid.

BiciMAD website: bicimad.com/inscribete

Look at the map with the stations scattered around the city: bicimad.com/mapa

You can also take a look at some of the bike rental shops available in Madrid…

Matadero Madrid. Bicycle rental (Mobeo): Paseo de la Chopera, 14

Bicycle rental points in Juan Carlos I park: Vía Dublin, s / n

My Bike Río: Calle de Aniceto Marinas, 26

Bravo Bike: Calle de Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, 19

Bike Spain Tours: Plaza de la Villa, 1

http://Trixi.com Bike rental & tours: Calle de los Jardines, 12

Eco Moving Sports: Avenida del Manzanares, 2

Otero Cycles: Calle de Segovia, 18-20

Rent & Roll: Calle de Felipe IV, 10

Pangea: Paseo de las Yeserías, 15

Madrid Bike Tours: Calle de Santiago, 18, Bajo

BiciRetiro: Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo, 51

Diverbikes: Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo, 9

See more at the following list of the Madrid City Council.

 

How to use your electrical appliances in Spain

First, you come to Madrid with all your luggage. You settle in one of the rooms at Marli House, which accommodates all your belongings. But when you go to charge your cellphone, you realize that Spain has no outlets that fit any of your devices!

This is because in this region of the world, the plugs and sockets, and even the voltage are different from those used in the United States. This is why you should take into account some considerations when using your electrical appliances.

What are these differences?

– Electrical devices in Spain are adapted to operate at 220 volts, while those in the US operate at 110 volts. This means that here, the electrical voltage is higher.

– The plugs used in Spain are of type C.F., while those used in the United States are A.B.

The solution: use adapters!!!

Check the specifications

SO, where can you find them?

Whether you choose to stay at Gran Vía, Sol or Príncipe location, I can offer you a list of nearby places where you can buy the necessary adapters:

– In Bricodepot del Corte Inglés, Calle de Preciados, 4, piso 8.

– Multitienda León, Calle León, 26.

Now you know everything you need to know to keep your hair dryer, phone or razor working properly without damage. Enjoy your stay in Madrid with Marli House!

 

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Universities and leisure in Madrid

University & leisure in Madrid

Madrid is known for the quality of its universities internationally. Madrid has  over three million inhabitants and, due to the excellent quality of life and the many opportunities  to study and work, it´s a growing city. Therefore, due to high demand, it is often difficult to find a room to rent. More and more people are looking to study abroad, coming from other countries countries, and seek in the city the right place for infinite reasons. Therefore, the Accommodation for students it is the most viable option that we can find for those who want find a good place to stay, at a good price and very centrally located in the city of Madrid.

 

Universities in Madrid

The city has several public and private universities, with numerous campuses all over the city. One of the areas of the center of the city, Ciudad Universitaria, is very popular due to its great activity for university students, leisure areas, faculties and different campuses of the Complutense University of Madrid.

In addition to this, which is the one with the most faculties, we also find other public universities in the center of the city, as is the case of the University Carlos III, with campus in Puerta de Toledo; the Autonomous University, with campus in the north of the city, the Rey Juan Carlos University, with campus in Vicálvaro, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada and in the urban center itself.

But not only do we find public universities. And in the center there are also private universities of great prestige, as is the case of the Camilo José University Cela, the Nebrija University, the Francisco de Vitoria University, Saint Louis University- Campus Madrid, Pontificia de Comillas University also known as ICADE, University of Technology and Business, Suffolk University campus Madrid, CIS College, Schiller International University, EUDE, ESADE Law and Business School, IEB Institute of Bursåtiles Studies or the European University of Madrid and many others.  As is logical, in a city as big as Madrid we can find different attractive for university studies, from the Health Sciences, to the pure Sciences, Humanities, Communication, Documentation, Social Sciences, International Business, Languages ​​and disciplines of Fine Arts. In total there are more than two hundred studies university officers that it is possible to enjoy in the city of Madrid.

But not everything has to do with studying. And it is that the city offers us endless leisure attractions that we can not leave out. Therefore, if you are looking for what to visit in Madrid, the offer is infinite and the possibilities too. Facing students and young people, Madrid It is a city that offers plans and activities organized both day and night to live to the maximum the capital.

For this reason, being a tourist in Madrid is a pleasure because the villa is made up of prepared for thousands of foreign and national students who visit the capital every year. In addition, traveling safely in Madrid is very simple, since it is a quite place Suitable for young people because it is not dangerous. It is a fairly safe place to all hours and in all areas and neighborhoods of the capital.

Among leisure plans, the city is full of attractions for you to enjoy. Since monuments, squares, neighborhoods such as La Latina, Lavapiés, Malasaña, Chamberí or Moncloa; going through different free museums for young people and university students, as is the Prado, Reina Sofía, Sorolla, the History and Archeology, the Costume Museum or the Museum of America.

 

Night leisure in Madrid

The city has thousands of possibilities for nightlife. While in the center from the city we can find several nightclubs, the town also has numerous neighborhoods and nightlife areas for young people that will not leave you indifferent.

 

The neighborhoods of Madrid

In the first place, the Lavapiés district offers us an endless number of bars, pubs and restaurants in a multicultural area with a type of international cuisine of all kinds, from Hindu to Senegalese, passing through numerous Latin music venues, such as salsa, bachata or Meringue.

On the other hand, the neighborhood of La Latina also has nightlife in squares and terraces that belong to bars, where you can drink beer, vermouth and different tapas or skewers. The neighborhood of La Latina is just ten minutes away on foot Puerta del Sol and a few meters from the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, and also has several nightclubs.

Another of the most famous places of university entertainment is Malasaña. An area located a few streets from Madrid’s Gran Vía and where there are a hundred places for daytime and nighttime entertainment. It is one of the most modern areas for all kinds of activities. And it has local and all kinds of establishments, urban and avant-garde areas with street activities.

On the other hand, we can also find the Chueca neighborhood. Located next to the Gran Vía and Calle Fuencarral, it is one of the most walkable areas and where we find numerous clubs, bars and pubs with LGTBI themes. We also find several places where you can enjoy leisure.

And finally, the markets. And it is that in this city we can find many traditional markets of the town that have been transformed into zones and places of leisure day and night. First, San Miguel, as well as San Antón, Chueca or Chamberí. All of them are places where you can enjoy the rich cuisine of Madrid and where there are also many establishments of all kinds of regional and international cuisine with discounts and plans for university students.

Therefore, if you are looking for rooms in Madrid, the best option to enjoy your stay can be found in accommodations in the center of the city, to fully enjoy all the possibilities of the town and in order to meet as many people as possible. with which to share plans and interests. Marli house offers accommodation for students in madrid for years in its 5 floors available in the best areas of Madrid. Do not miss our website!!