Bienvenidos a Madrid!
nestpick is proud to present you the first edition of the International Guide to this exciting city. This guide is written by a group of international students and explorers at heart who have themselves ventured out of their home countries to experience other cities and countries. We have written this guide for you, an international student or expat moving to Madrid to study, work and enjoy your time in this great city. We want to help you make the best of it.
Life in the Spanish capital is lovely for all of the right reasons: you will be surrounded by some of Europe’s best-conserved culture. With nearly 1.3 million inhabitants and over 80 000 students, it is very hard to get lonely in this lively town.
Living in Madrid, say buenos días to your new town like the locals do. Finally, you have an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast in the form of choc- olate con churros. Work it off by spending the morning roaming the streets of Madrid or scouting its renowned sights such as Plaza Mayor, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the Royal Palace. It won’t be long until you are in need of some lunch and that will be the per- fect opportunity to try out some tapas. Take a seat at one of the city’s many terraces, order a glass of sangría, and nibble on the countless small plates the staff will bring your way. Afterwards, take a siesta or go bargain hunting at El Rastro, Madrid’s well known flea market. Here, you can find basically anything, from clothing to home appliances for your new apartment through to records and vintage accessories. You can even try your hand at bartering. Once your wallet starts begging you to take a break, you can catch a breathtaking sunset at Templo de Debod, an an- cient temple which was dismantled in Egypt and rebuilt and is surrounded by water in Parque del Oeste. End your day in La Latina, a lively district filled with bars. Feast on cocido madrileño, a typical chickpea-based Madrilenian stew, with a nice glass of Spanish wine in hand.
With a never-ending list of adventures awaiting you, it is very unlikely you will have time to get bored whilst living in Madrid. Although a move abroad is fun, it can also be intimidating par- ticularly if you are far away from home. We want you to feel like a local, not a visitor. It is our belief that the gems of a communi- ty take longer than just a day or two to uncover. These are the things that can’t be found on a map, the real and true character of a city. They are the sites and sounds you encounter as you take a wrong turn and walk down a cobblestone path. This guide will tell you what you need to know, so you don’t need to get bogged down with all the more tedious matters and you can get on with enjoying living in Madrid.