"Madrid: My home for 3 fantastic weeks!" Top 5 Page for this destination Madrid by Jefie

Madrid Travel Guide: 5,379 reviews and 10,936 photos

In April 2008, I went on my first (notice the use of the word "first?!) Spanish-language immersion and spent 3 weeks in the capital of Spain. I knew very little about Madrid before I got there, but I don't think I could have picked a better spot for this first-time experience: the people of Madrid in general, and VT members in particular, were so incredibly kind, everybody seemed ready to help me make the most of my time in the city. I also got incredibly lucky with my Spanish host family: Monica, Arturo and their children Natalia, Maria and Arturito are some of the best people I've ever had a chance to meet - they truly made me feel like I was and will forever be part of the family :o)

During my stay, I learned a lot about the history and culture of Spain, yet I still find it hard to describe Madrid in just a few words. Warm & welcoming, busy & lively... it truly is a city that begs to be discovered. One thing is for sure, between my language courses and the museums, parks, tapas bars and day-trips, time just flew by! And I hope the following tips will help you plan your own adventures in Madrid or bring back some good memories if you've already been there. Enjoy!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very easy to get around, friendly people, arts and culture all around!
  • Cons:Not the cleanest city I've ever seen
  • In a nutshell:The heart of Spain!
  • Last visit to Madrid: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    Un retour sur votre ensemble parfait d'autant plus apprécié que j'aime Madrid. Heureux de vous voir dans le top 5. Bien mérité étant donné la qualité de vos tips.

  • CalogeroMira's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Amazing photo of the Gran Via.

  • jlanza29's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Wow, your pages on Madrid are great ... love all the info you posted ... got some great insight...Can't wait for my trip next month :)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2009 at 3:37 AM

    Isa, this is a really great page on Madrid! You certainly managed to cover a lot of ground during your time in the city - and it looks like you had a lot of fun while doing it! Thanks for showing me Madrid from the 'inside'.

  • Tarlach1's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Going to Madrid in July for the first time , thanks for all your great tips on places to eat and things to do . Will definitely try the Paella at la Barraca . Gracias , Thomas

  • suvanki's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Great tips on Madrid- Thanks. You've shown me so many places that I've missed. Next time I'll take your page as my Guide! I must get around to adding more of my tips n pics! Best Wishes, Sue x

  • RN4kids's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Same question, how did you find your host family? Through your language school? Any suggestions on how to find a host family without taking classes? thanks

  • Apr 18, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Jefie, How did you find a host family?

  • fachd's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Your tips on Madrid are comprehensively described and very useful to us. Thanks

  • Mar 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Your tips, and photos, have been most interesting and helpful (for our five days in Madrid in May '09). Many thaks!


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