Unfortunately, the exchange period doesn’t last forever and in a couple of weeks you will probably be travelling to your home country. Before this happens, we recommend you to make sure that you won’t leave Madrid without having crossed the following basic list of must-do’s in the city.
1- Admire the view from CÍRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES. The terrace of this place offers one of the most stunning views of the centre of Madrid. It is cold, yes, but it really worths it and only costs 3€ with the ESN Card. Here you can check the winter timetable: http://www.circulobellasartes.com/azotea/
2- Walk along the RETIRO PARK. Well, in Retiro you can either walk, do jogging, skate, sail in the lake or visit the monuments it has such as the Crystal Palace. It’s up to you, the activity you choose! It’s the most popular park in Madrid and its surface is the third part of the New York’s Central Park.
3- Eat TAPAS, drink SANGRÍA. Of course you have already tried some tapas but… For sure you go always to the same places! Get lost in areas like Malasaña or La Latina, where there are an infinity of cheap and tasty tapas, and discover new places and flavours. Ah, don’t forget to accompany it with sangría or tinto de verano!
4- Party in KAPITAL. Located in Atocha, the seven-floor club is one of the most popular in Madrid. We recommend you to not miss on the 10th of December the last Y’ESN party of the year: Prom night. Read here about how to enter for free and have a free drink for this party: https://www.facebook.com/events/1707114609508403/
5- Watch FOOTBALL. If still you haven’t watched the national sport in a stadium, hurry up! For the ones who prefer Real Madrid, you can visit the Kio towers which are close to Santiago Bernabeu stadium. If you are more keen on the Atleti club, you should see the area of Madrid Rio in which is located Vicente Calderón stadium.
6- Sunset from TEMPLE OF DEBOD. It’s an ancient Egyptian temple located in the west side of Plaza de España. The entrance is free and it’s open everyday except Mondays and holidays. It worths to go at the end of the afternoon to see the sunset and the view of Madrid.
7- Visit the Christmas market in PLAZA MAYOR. The most popular square in Madrid has already welcomed the winter season with the Christmas decoration and market, the oldest one in Spain. There you can also find the typical bocadillo de calamares or churros with chocolate.
8- Art time: PRADO MUSEUM. Madrid offers a lot of art alternatives, but we must mention the Prado Museum, since it is considered the fourth best museum in the world and the second in Europe. If you are very interested in the subject, you can complete the called “triangle of art” of Madrid by visiting the Thyssen and Reina Sofía museums.