Summer in the City: Madrid, Spain

Raquel Ramírez Cervera is an ISA Site Specialist for Spain and the U.S. Liaison for University Relations. Raquel works with students studying abroad in Málaga, Madrid, and Granada.

Photo by an ISA student in Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Madrid is a city of purpose and there is no better time to experience the pulse of Madrid than in the summer.

Aside from its open markets, museums, mouth watering tapas, and mild temperatures, here are a few more reasons Madrid the ideal location to study abroad this summer.

1) Fun in the sun!  Imagine relaxing in plazas, parks and sprawling green spaces leisurely nessled  in this beautiful modern city of 3 million. Browse through the Madrid Culture Corner for more sunny suggestions.

2) Festivals, theater performances, historic monuments and palaces. Experience Spanish culture at its finest and enjoy plenty of free activities throughout the city. Check out ISA alumni Bethany Mullins’ video blog touring festivals in Madrid!

3) A lavish gastronomic adventure. Madrid boasts some of the most renowned authentically Spanish restaurants in the world; complimented by an exquisite variety of international cuisine ranging from Italian to Moroccan, Japanese to Ethiopian, Mexican to Chinese, and so much more!

4)  Travel.  Do you want to explore more than just the city where you study?  Outside of the ISA excursions included in the program, there is no better jumping off point than Madrid.  A huge hub for international travel via plane, bus, or train, this enchanting city is ideally placed for traveling around Spain and the rest of Europe. Explore!