Category: How To’s / Where To’s

101 Things to Do in Madrid (Before you Die…?!)

I’m not sure you need to worry about the ‘before you die’ bit, but has put together an interesting list of what you should get up to in the city… Click here to go to the list in Spanish If you want the hit and miss Google translate version (for example, no. 5 Riding [...]

Where to Do Yoga in Madrid

Yoga is a great way to get a workout, relax, and focus on things you easily forget in the hubbub of city life. The offering of yoga classes in Madrid is quite diverse, both in terms of styles and centers. Centers run the gamut from one-room studios with small classes to multi-room New York-style centers [...]

When and Where to Eat Cocido Madrileño

Cocido is a very filling stew, especially recommended for cold winter days, or for when you have been toiling away in the open air and need to get some of your energies back. It is usually served in two stages. The first consists of a broth, straight from a large pan where all the stew’s [...]

How to Get a Job Teaching English in Madrid

The easiest way for an English-speaking expat to earn a living in this city is to teach English. There’s always demand for teachers—it’s up to you how you decide to market yourself. There are two main routes you can take to becoming an English teacher: freelancing, where you pick your classes and schedule, or working [...]

How to Find a Job in Madrid

You’ve landed in Madrid, passed through customs, and checked into your temporary digs at one of the city’s hostels. But you’re not looking for a whirlwind tour of the Spanish capital. You’re looking to stay. So, first things first — how can you find a job in Madrid? There are two major online job search [...]

Top Five Tips for Being a Good Intercambio

So you’ve got an intercambio. Now what? Ideally an intercambio is about fun and learning and perfecting another language. But the first couple times will perhaps feel like something between a job interview and a first date. Keep these tips in mind to make sure things flow smoothly. 1. Pick a good place. Hopping bars, [...]

Where to Stay in Madrid, Part I: Hostales

If you’re not too fussed about staying in a hotel, Madrid’s hostales are often homier and better value. Generally speaking, these are clean and friendly places with basic amenities and the price to match. What could be better than having more of your budget to spend on eating, drinking, and sightseeing in this fantastic city? [...]

How to Get an Intercambio in Madrid

Whether you’re looking for a new friend or just good conversation, the intercambio is one of the most useful tools to help the expat assimilate to his new home (or to help any local to get away from it all). Luckily, it’s also a million times easier than finding an apartment. But where to start? [...]

Where to Buy and Sell Second-Hand Books in Madrid

If you didn’t bother bringing your whole library with you to Madrid, have no fear. Madrid is home to several quality second-hand English bookshops for all your literary needs. The story doesn’t end at books, either: you can take advantage of free WiFi, intercambio and quiz nights, and liquid refreshment, too. And when you finish [...]

How to Find a Room in Madrid

Madrid being the capital of one of Europe’s most popular Mediterranean countries, it will not come as a surprise that housing its four million or so inhabitants is (to put it mildly) an issue of concern. The city rivals its sisters in Northern Europe in price; and with wages often being twice as low as [...]

How to Buy a Flat in Madrid

In some ways buying property is easier than renting in Madrid (and prices right now are static if not falling); but here are some points to bear in mind: 1. Have a lot of cash. Although prices in the Spanish capital compare well with some countries, be aware that secondary costs (i.e. taxes and Dickensian [...]

Top 5 Places to Find a Madrileño in January

The holidays are over and it´s time to buckle down and achieve those New Years Resolutions. If one of yours is to meet more locals, these tips will help you along the way. Shopping – With the massive rebajas (sales) in every store, you´re certain to pick up a new friend as easily as you [...]

Madrid’s Holiday Market and Christmas Tree Shopping

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to decorate your piso. Christmas trees, holiday lights, nativity scene figurines. Where in Madrid can you shop for decorations? In a word – Plaza Mayor. The scene of a traditional, frenetic holiday market, the various stalls of the plaza offer all of the above and more. You’ll [...]

Alambique – Cookery Kit and Classes in Madrid

We’ve covered the bases for you on food shopping, but with what equipment are you going to prepare and serve all that lovely food you’ve just bought? There are, of course, many places to buy kitchenware in this town (from your neighborhood “Euro Bazaar” on up the scale). But if you’re looking for high-quality, hard-to-find, [...]

What are Tapas? Where is the best place for Tapas in Madrid?

A tapa is a little bit of food to have with your drink. There are several stories about the origin of tapas, but in my opinion, the main objective was clearly to avoid people getting too drunk while drinking wine or beer. This little bit of food can be anything from a small, hot plate [...]