Moving to Spain Made Easy With our Friends at MTS

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  Moving to a foreign country is an exciting time, but can also seem stressful.  Without proper support, picking up your life and moving across the world can sometimes feel like an impossible task. Luckily, our friends at Moving to…

10 Culture Shocks Internationals Experience in Spain

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Whether you’re from Europe, North America, Asia or anywhere in between, coming to Spain can be a bit of a culture shock for you! Each country has it’s own traditions and opinions, and Spain is no different. Before arriving in…

VinoQuedada and how to get to know the World of Wine!

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A VinoQuedada is… Yes, we are going to drink some wine… but the VinoQuedadas are also meetings between fans of the world of wine, where you can learn about and enjoy (responsibly) many different types of wines. The VinoQuedadas are…

Descubre Marruecos con Citylife Madrid!

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[Click here for English version] Nuestro vecino meridional es un país maravilloso, lleno de historia intrigante, hermosas ciudades, comida rica y descubrimientos infinitos. Por esto, Marruecos es uno de los destinos más populares de nuestra agenda de viajes! Tenemos varios…

Come sentirsi a Casa

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È la prima volta che vivi all’estero? Sei preoccupato del cibo e di non trovare le stesse abitudini che avevi in Italia? Non ti preoccupare, qui troverai diversi negozi, ristoranti e bar dove potrai sentirti un po’ a casa. Tutti…

Travel With Us – The Official Fall 2019 Travel Calendar

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[For the Spanish version, please click here] Travel is one of the richest experiences life can give a person. It broadens your horizons in more ways than one! The people you meet, the place you see, the cultures you experience….

Events you Simply Can’t Miss at Madrid Pride 2019

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Pride is coming! July is just around the corner and with that comes Madrid’s most famous and anticipated week: Pride Week! From the 28th of June to the 7th of July, there will be 10 days of festivities including concerts,…

The Best Beaches in Portugal

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The country famous for its delicious cuisine, and charming cities, also boasts a coastline full of stunning beaches.  From golden sand, to red sea side cliffs, Portugal is a favorite. Though most of the well-known beaches are in the southern…

Never Be Bored Again! Our Fall 2019 Social Activities Agenda!

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[For the Spanish version, please click here] We are happy to present to you our complete Activities and Events Calendar for Fall of 2019! Below you will find our three categories of events – weekly activities, cultural visits and specialized…

A Weekend Trip to London: What to See and Do!

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If you’re heading from Madrid to London, you’re in luck, the prices for flights are extremely affordable! You can find a flight to London for around 50€ to 100€ (that second number is on the more expensive end!). If you’re…

Means of Transport Around the Community of Madrid & Spain

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[Pincha aquí para la versión en español] If you’re moving to Madrid, you’ll be happy to hear that there are various different means for you to transport around the city and surrounding community of Madrid. Certain parts of the transportation…

The Cambridge Soho Club – Save on food and entertainment!

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Cambridge Soho Club is located in the heart of Plaza de Espana, close to Gran Via. This club offers delicious food, a great place to hang out with friends, and even a newly inaugurated theatre.  At their restaurant, you’ll find…

A Weekend Trip to Barcelona: What to See and Do!

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Getting to Barcelona from Madrid is quite an easy feat for even an inexperienced traveler! Any method of travel is open to you, as you can take the fast train, the long distance bus, or an airplane straight to Barcelona….

Lost Your Transportation Card? Here’s What To Do Next

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If you’ve lost or someone has stolen you’re transportation card, then you should request the blocking of your card, so no one else can use it as well as order a new one. There are two different ways to go…

A Tour of the Plaza de Toros Las Ventas

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Plaza de Toros Las Ventas is the third largest bullfighting ring in the entire world, and its right here in Madrid! Bullfighting is a traditional Spanish art in which an individual, typically a man, with a sword and a cape…

Welcome to the Native Language College!

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           Welcome to the Native Language College!            The Native Language College is located in one of the best possible spots in Madrid, it’s very heart, La Puerta del Sol, surrounded by…

Shopping for Vintage Clothing in Madrid

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Looking to find vintage clothing in Madrid, but not sure where to look? Lucky for you, there are many different vintage clothing stores in Madrid, especially in a few of the neighborhoods that are considered more “hipster,” (for example Malasana)….

The Best Wine Bars, Pubs, and Cocktail Bars in Madrid

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Madrid is HUGE on nightlife. Some say that the clubs in Madrid are the best in the world. With seven storied nightclubs like Kapital, it’s hard to disagree with that statement! However, it’s possible that you might not want to…

A Weekend Trip to Switzerland: What to See and Do!

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Switzerland is undeniably one of the most beautiful places you can travel to in Europe. Famed for its mountains, chocolate, and cheese, there’s something in Switzerland for every traveler to enjoy. Whether you’re traveling to Switzerland in the summer or…

Beginner’s Guide to Lunch in Spain

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In Spain, we eat lunch much later in the day than most other cultures, that is, between the hours of 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you’re an international student, you may be used to eating lunch much earlier in…

Books to Read While Learning Spanish

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Working on your Spanish and looking for books to read that are on your level? If you’re a young adult who has just started to learn Spanish, chances are you aren’t going to want to read a Spanish children’s book….

Beginner’s Guide to Breakfast in Spain

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Breakfast, or desayuno, in Spain might be very different from what you might be typically used to. Breakfast in most European countries verges on the smaller side. Unlike the classic breakfasts from the UK or North America, The Spanish don’t…

Holidays in Madrid: When & Why They’re Celebrated

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The Spanish love their holidays and celebrations! There are several different holidays throughout the year, each with their own special celebrations. It will be good to have an understanding of the different holidays that the Spanish people celebrate, so you’ll…

A Trip to Munich: What to See & Do!

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Munich, a quaint little city in Germany, is a great place to travel on a study abroad weekend trip, especially if its one of your first weekend trips abroad. You’ll find Munich is quite easy to navigate, making it a…

George Marcus Salon – Affordable high end stylists in Madrid!

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Moving to a new place is exciting! It brings you the opportunity to learn to let go of what you know and to learn new ways of doing things. At the beginning, finding familiar things can be challenging, a doctor…

10 Tips to Survive your First Stay at a Hostel

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Hotels are a staple in backpacking culture. They’re cheap (usually), they’re often centrally located and they’re a great resource for meeting new people during your travels! Of course, travelling can’t always be picture perfect and it’s important to be as…

The Complete Guide to a Rainy Day in Madrid

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If you’ve chosen to live in Madrid, you probably won’t have to deal with many rainy days; the climate here is generally temperate and our days are mostly sunny! Madrid is actually the second sunniest capital city in the world…

5 Ways You Can Overcome the ‘Frustration Stage’ of Moving Abroad

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Going abroad for work or studies is not easy. So, before we get into the question of culture shock, congratulations! All of you, who took the decision to get out of your comfort zone deserve a prize! Now, it sure…

5 Places to Visit in Burgos

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Burgos is the capital of the province of Burgos in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. Historically, it was a bishopric and a capital of Castile. It is also known as the city that defined the Burgos laws in…

10 Things to Do in Toledo: The City of Three Cultures

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Toledo is the true ambassador of medieval globalisation. It was a city which housed otherwise three conflicting religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism. The mixture of those created something unique, a place where the harmony is found in differences. This was just…

Fiestas Paco is Where the Party Begins!

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Don’t know where to go when you need a costume for this upcoming Carnival season or Halloween? Well, we have good news! Fiestas Paco has you covered this Carnival/Halloween season, or for any holiday. From Oktoberfest costumes, to costumes based on…

The Ultimate Guide to Weekend Trips Around Europe!

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Benefits of Planning Ahead Studying abroad in Europe will give you the opportunity to explore several countries over the course of just a few months. The cost of air fare (click here to read our travelers guide to booking flights around Europe)…

La France à Madrid

Premiers pas à Madrid et difficile pour vous de trouver vos repères ? En pleine nostalgie de ne pas dénicher les mêmes commerces qu’en France ? Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous dressons une liste des différents magasins, médecins et prestataires…

5 Best Cafés in Madrid to Get you Thinking!

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Cafés (and nowadays more and more co-working spaces) have long been the perfect place for students, but also other professionals to concentrate. It’s an escape, far away from all big distractions such as a colleague knocking on a door, a…

Chaos in Cádiz – The Tradition of Carnival!

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Cádiz, a beautiful seaside city, juts out into where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. With stunning architecture blending Moroccan and Spanish styles, and windy streets that lead to impressive views of the Atlantic, Cádiz is often dubbed Western Europe’s…

ARCOmadrid: International Contemporary Art Fair

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ARCOmadrid is a contemporary art festival that has been held in Madrid in the month of February every year since 1982. ARCO is considered to be one of the most important modern art events worldwide. This fair brings Latin American…

March in Madrid: What’s Going On!

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If you haven’t noticed already, the weather in Madrid is getting more and more beautiful by the day. Walk outside, and you can feel that spring will be arriving soon in Madrid. You’ll see tourists and locals alike soaking up…

Different Ways to House in Madrid

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Moving to Madrid on a temporary basis and have no idea where to live? There are plenty of different options for living in Madrid for everyone. You can live e.g. in a with a Spanish family (homestay), rent a flat…

10 things that will make you fall in love with San Sebastian

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San Sebastian is a city in the Basque Country (País Vasco), located on the norther coast of Spain . The city is de facto one of the three “capitals” of this autonomous Spanish region along with Vitoria and Bilbao. It is…

Eating Vegan in Madrid

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The food in Madrid is plentiful, you’ll find the restaurants are endless. If you’re vegan, don’t worry, despite this being a city that loves its ham, there are still many restaurants for you to enjoy here. These are our top…

Six Things to Know Before Living in a Spanish Homestay

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Are you looking to move to Madrid and aren’t sure where you should live? Lucky for you, the housing options for an international individual moving to Madrid are endless. There are so many options, that it can feel nearly impossible…

Game of Thrones Filming Locations Across Spain

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If you love picturesque landscapes, historic castles, and charming villages, then you have something in common with the producers of  the HBO television show Game of Thrones!   Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed across the provinces of Spain. …

Upcoming Concerts in Madrid (Spring 2019)

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Looking for something to do in Madrid, but not sure what?  Here’s a list of upcoming concerts in Madrid for the Spring 2019 season.  From this diverse list of performers, there’s a concert for everyone to enjoy.  Concerts are a…

5 Things You Can’t Miss on Your Visit to Segovia

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Segovia is one of those places that makes you believe in fairy tales. It makes you wonder about the impressiveness of the humankind and mathematical genius that left us with the Roman Aqueduct. About the depth of believes that brought…

How and Where to Play Football in Madrid

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Moving to a new city means that you can’t always find what you want easily. For all football fans this includes places to play football. Now, everyone knows how easy it is to watch a football match in Madrid, you…

Asian Food Guide in Madrid!

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Madrid is a melting pot of different cuisines, its abundance of great Asian food places adding to this considerably. Whatever you’re in the mood for, be it sushi, noodles, dim sum, rice, rolls or pho, Madrid has plenty to satisfy…

Exploring Portugal – The Lisbon Bucket List!

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Lisbon is a beautiful, charming city, bursting with history and tradition. From the picturesque winding streets, and ancient ruins, to the modern street art, and architecture, this city has something to offer all travelers! Below we have compiled the top…

Exploring Portugal – The Porto Bucket List!

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As Portugal’s second largest city, Porto is sure to capture the hearts of most travelers! It’s coastal location, rich history, steep hills, and famous azulejo tiled buildings make it the perfect city for a weekend getaway. From the beautiful gardens,…

Food in Portugal: 10 Must-try Dishes

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Apart from exploring the small winding streets of Porto, or taking a trolley ride up the steep hills of Lisbon, trying the local cuisine is high on the list of things to do whilst in Portugal. The wide range of…

Enjoy the City! Have your Groceries Delivered at Discount!

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[Spanish Version below] Not many people enjoy grocery shopping, as it can be quite exhausting and extremely tedious! For most, it is a time consuming chore that requires carrying heavy bags back from the supermarket, and sometimes, intervenes with weekly…

Museo ABC in Madrid

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The Museo ABC de Dibujo e Ilustración is an exceptional art museum which started its collection in 1891. The actual building itself has an interesting history, as it was originally the first Mahou beer factory in Madrid. The Fundación Colección ABC commissioned the…

Museo Casa de la Moneda in Madrid

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  The Museo Casa de la Moneda is Madrid’s own money museum, considered to be one of the best of its kind. You will find an abundance of collections, carefully curated by the diligent staff here. The information has been…

Thanksgiving in Madrid

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When you live abroad you can get the feels of homesickness in general, but they tend to surface around holiday times especially. With bigger American and international holidays you can find things that remind you of home like Christmas trees…

Your Guideline for December in Madrid!

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, isn’t it? December has just begun and we can already feel the Christmas energy in the air! Spending Navidad in a different country is a really magical experience, so don’t miss out…

Top 5 Bilbao Bucket List

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So you are thinking about going to visit the fantastic city of Bilbao? Here are a few things that you should for sure check out when you go visit! The Guggenheim If you go to Bilbao and don’t visit the Guggenheim it’s…

What to Eat in Madrid

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Coming to Madrid, a new city and culture are super exciting but it can a little overwhelming to navigate where to start when it comes to the cuisine. So here is an overview of some of the foods you should…

Rastro Flea Market Tips

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Rastro market is the largest flea market in all Spain! It overflows from street to street, captivating its victims in a maze of discounted items and sales. It takes place every Sunday from 9am-3pm year-round, including holidays. The Rastro market…

So you Want to go to Morocco? Here’s How to Prepare!

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So you want to go to Morocco? You want to explore the colourful bazaars in Fez, wander through the halls of the palace in Marrakesh, taste the rich flavours of Moroccan cuisine and feel the sands of the Sahara beneath…

How to Eat Vegetarian in Madrid

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  Coming to a land famous for jamón (ham) can be a little daunting for vegetarians. But have no fear, here at Citylife we compiled a guide for both foods and restaurants so that anyone and everyone can eat their way…

Enjoy Madrid’s Party Scene to the Fullest with the Nightlife Pass!

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Madrid is a city which literally never sleeps offering a great nightlife from tapas bars to night clubs and the choice between venues and deals is so big that it’s difficult to not get confused. Therefore, Nightlife Madrid has created…

Cooking like a Spaniard – Where to Start!

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Spanish food is fun and delicious! Mealtime traditions in Spain revolve heavily around socialising and sharing, whether it’s savoury tapas plates and yummy sweets to huge, traditional meals. It really won’t take you long to perfect the art of eating all…

Emov – Car Sharing with Ease!

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[Spanish Version below] Emov is the car-sharing company with the highest number of available cars in Madrid. With a completely online registration process you will have access to the 600 electric four-seater vehicles that they have all over the city….

Enjoy Spanish Cuisine in Style at Rosi la Loca & Inclan!

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Madrid is a city of food, good food! Every meal has a purpose and food often dictates social plans. From having a quick breakfast of Pan con Tomate and Cafe con Leche, or a huge “menu del día” lunch with…

QW Sportbar – Your Stop for Sports, Beer and a Good Time!

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Are you a fan of watching sports games surrounded by friends, drinking a cold beer and enjoying some amazing hot dogs and fries? If the answer is yes then you need to head to QW Sportbar! Located on Calle Vergara…

HBO España – Never Miss Out On the Best Series & Movies Online

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[Spanish Version below] Never miss out on your favourite movies & Series with HBO España! HBO España is the premium Subscription Video on Demand service that brings all seasons of hit series like like Game of Thrones, Handmaids Tale, Westworld and…

Subway in Madrid – Una Gran Historia!

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En 1965, Fred DeLuca se graduó de la secundaria en Bridgeport, Connecticut, E.U.A., y como muchos jóvenes de su edad, soñaba con entrar a la universidad. Aunque era un joven muy trabajador, competitivo e independiente, los 1,25 dólares por hora…

A Foreigner’s trip to HM Hospitales

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HM Hospitales are the leading Hospital Group in Madrid covering all medical and surgical specialties, with 6 general hospitals and 3 Comprehensive Centres super-specialised in Oncology, Cardiology & Neuroscience ensuring that patients receive a 24/7 fully personalised and comprehensive service! Their…

Citylife’s Ultimate Madrid Bucket List!

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Whether you’re coming to Madrid for the long term or just stopping by on vacation, there’s a long list of things you simply must see and do while here! It can be difficult to get everything done in time, but…

El Horno – Your Recreation Centre in Madrid!

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[Spanish Version below] Located in the heart of Madrid since 1994, between La Latina and Tirso de Molina, the leisure centre El Horno counts the greatest offer of Dance and Fitness & Wellness that you can currently find in Madrid!…

City Card – Your Access to the City!

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[Spanish Version below] Once you’re settled into your new life in Madrid, there will be lots of amazing things to see and do. Endless restaurants to try, museums to visit, movies to see, events to attend and culture to absorb!…

Spain’s Top Female Athletes

When people think of Spanish sports their minds often wander to football players like Fernando Torres and Sergio Ramos. Or the world’s top tennis player, Rafa Nadal. But Spain is also home to some amazingly talent female athletes who’s effort…

Spain’s Most Popular Sports

If you move to Madrid, you’ll see that the Spaniards take their sports very seriously. From football, to padel, to cycling, there’s a sport for every athlete to enjoy here in Spain. Here at Citylife Madrid, we offer several different…

Spain’s Sporting Events

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In Madrid (and Spain), there are dozens of different sporting events for you to enjoy as a spectator. Right here in Madrid there is a tennis tournament and a marathon. Across Spain there is a cycling competition and in Barcelona…

10 Amazing Facts About Madrid You Probably Didn’t Know!

Madrid is an amazing city that has a special place in our hearts and in the hearts of the millions of people who visit every year. It’s the capital of Spain, home to some of the most passionate football fans…

Click & Fly! A Travellers Guide to Booking Flights Around Europe

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Did you know that there are around 50 countries within the continent of Europe? That’s right, 50! And whether you’re coming to Europe to work, study or just to travel around, chances are you’ll be wanting to visit as many…

Suit Up! Where to Find All Your Favourite Football Merch in Madrid!

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Most people who come to Madrid  leave with at least one piece of Madrid memorabilia! Whether it’s a t-shirt, some post cards or some nice trinkets to hang on the walls. If you’re a sports fan and are looking for…

Getting Your Hands on Football Tickets in Madrid!

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If you’re new to Madrid or new to the world of football, you might be a bit lost on how get tickets to the many games happening in the city. Some tickets, like those for Real Madrid games seem nearly…

6 Good Weather Activities in Madrid!

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Madrid is home to some amazingly bright, warm and sunny days! Yes, winter might be full of dark and rainy days and summer feels like something out of Sahara desert. But, spring and fall are truly the most enjoyable seasons…

¿Cómo obtener tu Número de Afiliación a la Seguridad Social?

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La información proporcionada a continuación es fruto de una investigación extensa del equipo de Citylife junto con la asociación de abogados Proyecto Océano. Por favor, tened en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha…

How to Obtain a Social Security Number in Madrid

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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid’s most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government…

Ciudadano de la Unión Europea – Cómo obtener tu Empadronamiento, NIE y Número de Seguridad Social!

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La información proporcionada a continuación es fruto de una investigación extensa del equipo de Citylife junto con la asociación de abogados Proyecto Océano. Por favor, tened en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha...

No Ciudadano de la Unión Europea – Cómo obtener tu Empadronamiento, TIE y Número de Seguridad Social!

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La información proporcionada a continuación es fruto de una investigación extensa del equipo de Citylife junto con la asociación de abogados Proyecto Océano. Por favor, tened en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha...

How to watch a Real Madrid Game like a Madridista!

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Going to a Real Madrid game can be a life-changing and once in a lifetime experience. Even if you’re not the biggest football fan around, it is a highly cultural event and indicative of the passion is found in the…

Non-EU Citizens – How to get your Empadronamiento, TIE & Social Security Number!

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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid's most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government...

EU Citizens – How to get your Empadronamiento, NIE & Social Security Number!

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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid's most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government...

Fame in Spain: Sergio Ramos

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Family man, Spanish Icon, Spanish national team defender, Real Madrid Capitan, it’s hard to find something that Sergio Ramos isn’t. Born in an off-the map southern Andalusian town, Ramos began his career with Sevilla FC starting out as a striker…

The Ultimate Take Out Guide for Madrid!

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In a city where finding a good place to eat is simply walking down any street near the center, one would think that for take-out is the same. Forget just being limited to Pizza or Fast-Food, Madrid has amazing take…

Streaming in Spain! All Your Favorites and More!

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When a friends asks “What did you do for your semester abroad?”, no one wants to answer by saying they spent the majority of it watching movies in bed. However, no matter where one is in the world, it’s almost…

Bibliometro: Madrid’s Metro-Library System!

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As a foreigner, there are so many aspects of life here in Spain where I just sigh and say “I wish we had that back home.” I’m not just talking about tapas and cheap drinks, although that’s what always comes…

What is a ‘Puente’ Anyway?

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However you’re spending your life in Spain, whether you’re working full time, interning, or you’re a student here, the chances are that you’ll at some point have some days off for a much needed, (and hopefully well-deserved), rest! If you…

Madrid’s Top 10 Cultural Metro Stops!

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Surrounded by all the beauty of Madrid’s streets, it is all too easy to overlook the sights we breeze by on autopilot. There is beauty where we least expect it, in fact, it’s right below us. The metro that tends…

The Reality Show Avalanche Hits Spain!

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The Spanish really have a lot to thank America for: Big Macs, Jordans, and now, reality TV. Back in 2000, when Gran Hermano first came into the Spanish screens, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact it would have….

Sinews Multilingual Therapy Institute Madrid – We are here to help you!

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Are you studying or living abroad and looking for a native professional to talk to? Maybe you need support adjusting to a new culture, need a refill for your prescriptions (anxiety or ADHD meds), or maybe you would just like…

Odd Spanish Expressions: Subirse a las Barbas

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The Spanish and their facial hair-related idioms are like the Kardashians and their children’s names. We don’t know how they came up with them, but hate them or love them, they’re there! Just because it’s accepted doesn’t make it seem…

Cine Ideal: Madrid’s Top Original Version Movie Theatre!

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Just because you’re living in Spain doesn’t mean you have to suffer through the phenomenon that is Spanish dubbing. Ok, I know that you want to integrate into the culture and practice your Spanish and all that, but you’d be…

Christmas Markets you Must Visit this Holiday Season!

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You may have noticed a big change on the streets of Madrid over the past weekend, especially at nighttime! We have officially been transported to the winter wonderland of Christmas lights that the city becomes from November 23rd to January…

8 Moroccan Dishes you Have to Try!

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While you might be busy exploring the labyrinths of medinas, bazaars and markets, riding camels through the sand and touring the halls of beautiful palaces and mosques during your trip through Morocco. You can’t forget to eat! Morocco is famous…

Indoor Swimming in Madrid

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Want to stay in shape but you’re tired of hitting the gym for the same old workouts? Joining a pool is a great way to mix up the way you exercise! Instead of spending insane hours on the treadmill or…

Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid

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Have you ever wondered how we’ve developed into the super connected society that we live in today? Ever wanted to walk on Mars? Have you tried Virtual Reality simulators yet? You must check out the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid!…

Cooltra: A Fun & Affordable Way to Get Around!

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[Spanish Version below] If you’ve ever been on the streets of Madrid, then you already know how crazy things can get for those who use their cars to get around. From the backed-up traffic to the lack of available parking,…

Here’s What’s Going on in November in Madrid!

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It’s already November, can you believe it? Fall is an amazing time of year here in Madrid because the weather remains mildly temperate, so we can still enjoy the city outside! This month has all kind of events and activities….

Celebrating the Dead on Día de Todos los Santos

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We have officially reached October (although the weather in Madrid right now would suggest otherwise), which means it’s time to get excited for the spookiest time of the year! Now most of you are probably thinking that I’m talking about…

La Cueva la Rocío in Granada: A Flamenco Experience!

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Across from the famous Alhambra Fortress, nestled within the white gypsy houses atop the hills of Granada, lies La Cueva la Rocio! The Gypsy quarter of Granada – formally known as Sacramonte – is home to a labyrinth of stone…

El Campo de Cebada in Madrid

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If you’re new to Madrid and are looking for an awesome way to experience some of the local culture and flare, El Campo de Cebada is not to be missed! Located directly in the heart of La Latina, just across…

Spotlight: Cine Doré/La Filmoteca

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Cine Doré/ La Fimoteca: Calle de Santa Isabel, 3, 28012 Madrid Just south of the entrance to the Anton Martín metro stop lays one of the real treasures of the Madrid film scene, Cine Doré. As you walk down Calle…

Spotlight: Spoiler Fest 2017

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Did your latest Netflix binge not quite satisfy all of your TV cravings? Interested in breaking into the television or audiovisual industry? You’re in luck, because this weekend, from Friday October 20th to Sunday October 22nd is the second annual…

A Quick Guide to Shoe Shopping in Madrid!

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Whether you’ve been in Madrid for a couple of weeks, months or years, you’ve probably figured out that shoes are a big deal here. If you haven’t quite picked up on this yet, look down for a few seconds next…

The Beginner’s Guide to the Madrid Film Scene

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As you already know, Madrid is a cultural hub for fine art of all types. The film scene in the big city is no exception! Madrid has everything a cinefile could want, from historic theaters to modern cineplexes, film festivals…

Everything you Need to Know about Morocco: A Breakdown

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So, you have questions about Morocco? Maybe questions you haven’t even thought of? That’s not too surprising! Morocco is a country that is considered exotic to many of us from Europe and abroad. Rather than stressing out and trying to…

The Ultimate Morocco Packing List!

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Congratulations! You’re going to Morocco! You’re about to embark on an incredible journey to Africa where the temperature is hot and the culture is rich. You’ve probably made your list of top places to see and have worked up an…

Citylife Madrid’s 7 Wonders of Morocco!

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Morocco is one of our favourite destinations to visit throughout the year! Can you blame us? From north to south it’s filled with wonders and splendours that will enchant any visitor. If you’re thinking of going to Morocco, but have…

Athletic Wear in Madrid: Where to Shop for all the Deals!

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With Madrid being Europe’s 3rd largest capital city, you certainly won’t have any trouble finding places to buy sportswear and equipment for all the sports in Madrid you want to practise, regardless of your budget. From retail stores on Madrid’s…

Discover Morocco with Citylife Madrid!

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[Haz clic aquí para la versión Español] Our neighbour to the south is an absolutely amazing country, full of rich history, breathtaking cities, amazing food and endless discoveries! This is exactly why Morocco is one of our top destinations on our…

Outdoor Activities Around Madrid for the Adventurist in all of us!

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You might not think it, but the city of Madrid is surrounded by beautiful, varying landscapes just waiting to be explored. What better way to experience this beauty than by trying out some of the exhilarating activities on offer right…

The Perfect Place for a Run in Madrid!

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Madrid is a great city for those who like to keep in shape. Throughout the city you can find the perfect place for a jog, the perfect groups to encourage you to run and the perfect weather to do so!…

Studying in Alcalá de Henares? Here’s What you Need to Know!

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Alcalá de Henares (commonly known simply as Alcalá) is a small city just outside of the city of Madrid. It’s home to one of the oldest, and most impressive universities in the country, and is a hugely popular for it’s…

La Piscine: Where Coffee & Office Meet!

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Living in Madrid is all fun and games. That is, until you remember the true reason why you moved here to begin with! When it’s time to study for an exam or complete a project for work it can be…

Madrid Madness: Things to Do This Summer in Madrid

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Summers are a time when you are absolutely free of your hectic routine and all you want to do is to devour in the pleasure offered by the season of sunshine! If you plan on visiting Madrid this summer, the heart…

Madrid’s Line 5 Closure: How to Get Around Without It!

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Those of you who frequently use the metro will have been made aware recently of plans to modernise Line 5 (Alameda de Osuna – Casa de Campo). The €66.5m renovation works are being carried out in order to increase the…

Getting Connected: Europe’s New Roaming System!

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News many of us have been waiting for, for a long time now, has finally arrived. Roaming charges in Europe are being completely changed – for the better! The beauty of being in the European Union is that travel to…

Luggage Storage Options in Madrid!

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We’ve all been there. Those moments when, you have no where to put your luggage and have several hours to kill. We usually tell you about so many great things to do here in Madrid, but none of them are much…

Cafe de Chinitas: Home of Flamenco

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Imagine yourself sitting at a table with a small group of friends, sharing a bottle of Ribera red wine, chatting over a shared plate of Manchego cheese and Iberian ham anxiously waiting for the night to start. The restaurant you’re…

Madrid Student Welcome Day 2019

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Welcome to Madrid! Spain’s capital and largest metropolis, the 3rd largest city in the EU, home to the best football team in the world and some of the countries best universities. Madrid is a major cultural capital and one of…

Coming to Madrid? Here’s 15 Apps to Download Now!

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Smartphone apps enhance our lives in every way imaginable, especially in bustling capital cities. In Madrid this is certainly no different, as we use numerous apps on a daily basis to make our lives that little bit easier! Below you…

Natural, Fresh Water Pools in the Madrid Region!

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Paradise is less than 2 hours away! If you want to truly connect with nature while catching some sun-rays, piscinas naturales are the way to go. Natural pools are an extremely unique phenomenon here in Madrid. Since the pools offer…

4 Amazing Rooftop Pools in Madrid’s City Centre

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Now that all of Madrid’s public pools and natural pools (located outside of Madrid) are opening for the summer season, everyone from tourists to locals are grabbing their sunscreen and towels and making a splash. But some downsides to public pools and…

June in Madrid: What’s the Word!?

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What time is it? SUMMER TIME! Feels like just yesterday we were counting down into 2017, and now we’re saying bye to the cold rainy days and hello to the hot, sunny weather we oh-so adore. However, if you are…

Meet & Chill: Rooftop, Terrace & Lounge Events!

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Living in a thriving metropolis with a nightlife like Madrid means that you have unlimited access to all kinds of different social, cultural and nightlife events, hosted at various amazing venues of all different shapes, sizes and altitudes! From mellow,…

Brotha CJ and the Othahood: Live at Siroco!

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Brotha CJ and The Othahood are a young musical group hailing from The United Kingdom, Spain, United States and Bolivia, who came together right here in Madrid to experiment with and share their love of music with the city! Mixing…

7 Public, Recreational Pools in Madrid!

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Who needs a beach when you have over 22 easily accessible pools just waiting for you to cannon-ball right in? Here in Madrid, we gotta learn how to make do with the lack of sandy shores. But that is no…

HEMA – Shopping for Less!

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HEMA is a chain of Dutch shops where you can find a wide range of products for day to day living, for both you and your home. They have more than 7,000 different items, both modern and original, that are…

Get Your Fun On At 6 Theme Parks Near Madrid!

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What’s better than a summer day hyped up on theme park foods and drinks while basking in the sun on the tallest and longest wooden rollercoaster in Europe! Maybe the only thing better would be visiting over 500 different species…

The History of the Madrid Zoo Aquarium

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Located deep in the Casa de Campo, lays an enchanting wildlife park with over 6,000 animals waiting to be discovered by you. The Madrid Zoo Aquarium, situated across a majestic 49-acre property, is one of the largest zoos in Spain…

San Isidro Kitchen – Rosquillas listas

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If you are in Madrid for the weekend of San Isidro, there is no doubt you will pass by these delicious delicacies while taking a stroll down the festive streets. Rosquillas are a popular Spanish pastry traditionally eaten in May…

¿Qué Documentos Necesito Para Vivir, Trabajar y Estudiar Legalmente en España?

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La información proporcionada a continuación es fruto de una investigación extensa del equipo de Citylife junto con la asociación de abogados Proyecto Océano. Por favor, tened en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha...

La Clave para Acceder a Servicios Públicos: Empadronamiento

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La información proporcionada a continuación es fruto de una investigación extensa del equipo de Citylife junto con la asociación de abogados Proyecto Océano. Por favor, tened en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha...

Solicitar tu NIE / TIE en Madrid

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La información proporcionada a continuación es fruto de una investigación extensa del equipo de Citylife junto con la asociación de abogados Proyecto Océano. Por favor, tened en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha...

Solicitar tu Visado de Estudiante

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La información que mostramos más abajo es fruto de una investigación en profundidad del equipo de Citylife. Por favor, ten en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha información está sujeta a cambio. [Click…

Viajar mientras renuevas tu TIE (Autorización de Regreso)

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La información que mostramos más abajo es fruto de una investigación en profundidad del equipo de Citylife. Por favor, ten en cuenta que no tenemos relación directa con ningún organismo gubernamental y que dicha información está sujeta a cambio. [Click here…

Applying for a NIE/TIE in Madrid

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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid's most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government...

The Key to Access Public Services: Empadronamiento

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The information below has been collected by the Citylife team via intense research in collaboration with Proyecto Océano, one of Madrid's most known legal associations. Please keep in mind that we are not directly related to any legal or government...

Everything You Need to Know About May in Madrid!

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As 2019 continues to push forward, May arrives in full force! The weather just keeps getting nicer and Madrid officially wakes up and moves outside. Madrid just lives for the warm weather and as a rule, prefers to bring the…

5 Tips to Succeed in Your Studies During Your Year Abroad in Madrid

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If you are not new in Madrid, you probably already know that the life here is intense! People are very friendly, always out enjoying good weather in parks, or tapas in bars! It´s not surprising if sometimes you forget about…

New Exhibition Alert: Escher

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You may not know his name, but I bet you have seen some of his incredible works of art. Mauritis Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is called the genius of Dutch surrealism and one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He…

Everything You Need to Know About Madrid’s Mutua Open!

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Are you ready for some tennis? During the first and second weeks of May a huge event called the Madrid Open, sponsored by Mutua Madrileña is held here in our city. The event attracts the world’s best tennis players to…

Playing Tennis & Padel in Madrid: Where & How

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The weather is so warm outside and it just keeps getting better and better! Why not start playing tennis and try some paddle tennis yourself? If you are like me you’ve probably heard of tennis, but are a little unsure…

Snapchats to Follow When in Spain

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Nowadays, it seems like everybody is trying to copy the legend that is Snapchat. First there was Instagram, then Facebook, now WhatsApp. Next thing we know Twitter is gonna jump on the bandwagon (can you imagine?). But some out there…

Odd Spanish Expressions – Bringing Church to the Streets!

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Some might claim sacrilege, but in Spain it’s just the way we speak! In a country where Catholic Christianity is the most followed religion, and Semana Santa being the #1 celebration of the year, there are bound to be a…

Spanish Kitchen: La Mona de Pascua

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Now that Semana Santa is in full swing, it’s the perfect time for you to test those baking skills and prepare one of España’s most popular dishes this season! La Mona de Pascua is the official dessert of Semana Santa….

El coste de vivir en Madrid ¡Planifica tu presupuesto!

Haz clic aquí para la versión inglés. Para muchos de vosotros, esta será posiblemente vuestra primera experiencia viviendo independientemente en el extranjero. ¡Citylife Madrid esta aquí para guiarte paso a paso en esta increíble aventura! Vivir en Madrid no es…

Ahorra Dinero al y desde el Aeropuerto de Madrid Barajas

Haz clic aquí para la versión en inglés. El Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas es el aeropuerto internacional de Madrid. A menos que viajes en un jet privado a Madrid, es más probable que aterrizarás en este Aeropuerto. Es el sexto aeropuerto más…

What’s going on in Madrid in April!

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Can you believe that it is April already? Time is flying by fast and this month is full of concerts, a music festival, shows, and exhibitions that you must check out. The weather has been beautiful – almost every day…

Stock! Feria Outlet Madrid

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The only negative about spring time in Madrid is knowing that Rebajas season is over. After three months of bargains and sales at your favorite stores, does it still feel like you didn’t take full advantage? Lucky for us, the…

Real Jardín Botánico in Madrid!

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Spring is in the air, which means that all the flowers and trees are blooming. For some us this also means time to take all the allergy medicine possible so we can enjoy the beautiful gardens. Speaking of gardens, right…

Odd Spanish Expressions: “No tener pelos en la lengua”

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If you haven’t noticed already, but Spanish idioms quite funny when translated into English. This week we want to teach you what “no tener pelos en la lengua” means so you can start using it and sound more like a…

Traditional Easter Cuisine in Spain!

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There are many Spanish traditions that come along with Easter. Throughout Semana Santa, locals relish with religious festivities, traditions, and family gatherings. But let’s not forget one of the most important aspects of celebrations… Food! After a seemingly endless season…

Celebrating Easter in Spain!

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If you are looking for some colorful eggs and thieving bunnies, you are in the wrong place! Easter celebrations here in Spain are no joke. During Semana Santa (‘Holy Week’) people all over the country come together for religious ceremonies,…

Hint of the Week: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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This a must see show! Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an American all-male drag ballet group.  They parody the conventions of clichés of classic and romantic ballets. It was founded in 1974 and started producing small, late night…

Hint of Week: MotoMadrid, Commerical Motorbike Fair!

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If riding a motorcycle is a hobby, your main transportation, or you are just curious about riding on two wheels. From Friday March 24th to Sunday March 26th, Madrid is hosting it’s sixth edition of their commercial motorbike fair.  It…

The Palaces of Madrid!

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Did you know there are other palaces besides the royal palace? Madrid is home to 12 palaces. Some are located on hidden streets, around the corner, and even a little outside of the city. If you have visited all the…

Renting Bikes, Scooters, Segways & More in Madrid!

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The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the metros are getting hotter and stuffier. Are you looking to escape the heat and the rush hour crowds? Something that won’t break the bank like a car? You are in…

Barbie: Beyond the Doll Exhibition in Madrid!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Barbie! Now until May 2nd, a special Barbie Exhibition, Barbie: Beyond the Doll, is being held at the Fundación Canal in the Chamartín district. The showcase displays a collection of 438 different dolls, all presenting the universal…

Hint of the Week: MadrEAT Returns this March!

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Did you go to MadrEAT last month and stuff your face with some crepes, tapas, tacos, pizza, baguettes AND Spanish tortilla? Well get ready to do it all over again! Madrid’s annual street food market, MadrEAT, is coming back this…

Odd Spanish Expressions: Ser la leche

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It seems like the Spaniards feel pretty passionate about their milk. There is already a way to swear in spanish that involves taking a shit in some milk, but in this expression, milk can be a positive thing! To say…

Meet Citylife Madrid: Jay!

Hello there, It´s Jay! From the Tequilas & Tacos land! Yes Sir. I´m originally from Mexico City but I’ve been living in different countries and cities for my whole life. Moving to Canada was one of the best experiences I´ve…

Houdini Magic Theatre at The Telefonica Foundation!

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Do you believe in magic? Do you find magic shows entertaining? If you answered yes to all of the questions above, you will be excited to know that a major Houdini and magic exhibition opened this past February. The show…

Fame in Spain: Juan Zelada

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One of the most renowned blues and soul musicians in Europe is, Juan Zelada. Born in Madrid to a musical family that often had jam sessions. He is not only a singer, but also a songwriter and musician. He attended…

Carnival in Madrid: What to See & Do!

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Spain is the life of the party. Throughout the year, there are numerous festivals and celebrations giving everyone another excuse to let loose. Out of all of these festivals, one of the main ones you don’t want to miss is…

5 Places to Get Your Churros con Chocolate Fix in Madrid

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Spain is not only known for delicious wine, but churros con chocolate. Churros are long thin fried dough that is crispy on the outside and spongy yumminess on the inside. They are typically eaten as a mid-morning snack (merienda) or…

Gazpacho vs Salmorejo: Which is Better?

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Everyone’s heard of gazpacho, but what you might realise upon visiting Spain is that this famous “soup” has a rival which is equally popular among the locals. This rival is based on similar ingredients but varies in preparation, taste and…

The Wine is Fine in Toro!

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If you don’t know already, Spaniards love their wine. As one of the top 3 wine producing countries in the world, Spain offers a wide variety of wines. What’s important to know is that the region in Spain where the…

Hint of the Week: MadrEAT 2017

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Ever craved some crepes, tapas, tacos, pizza, baguettes and Spanish tortilla all at the same time? Well then you’re in for a treat. Madrid’s annual street food market, MadrEAT, is returning this upcoming week! Get ready to stuff your face…

7 Ways to Spend Valentines Day in Madrid!

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Who said Madrid isn’t the most romantic city in the world? If you’re going to be in Spain’s glorious capital this February 14th, don’t stress. After the flowers and the chocolates, there are plenty of romantic activities you and your…

The Wine is Fine in Ribera del Duero

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When in Spain, it’s time to take your wine seriously. Spain is one of the top 3 wine-producing countries in the world, providing a large variety of wines with different flavors and qualities. The difference between each wine depends on…

11 Reasons Why Moving To Madrid Will Change Your Life Forever!

I moved to Madrid during the summer of 2015 and since then I’ve been looking for a Madrileño to marry me, so I can stay forever. Happen to know anyone? But seriously, Madrid is a magical place. It’s the capital of…

¡No te aburras más! Nuestra agenda de actividades para otoño de 2019

[Haz clic aquí para la versión en inglés] ¡Estamos muy contentos de presentaros nuestro Calendario completo de Actividades y Eventos para  Otoño 2019! Unas líneas más abajo encontrarás tres categorías de eventos – actividades semanales, visitas culturales y eventos especiales. Es bastante difícil aburrirse…

Viaja con Nosotros – La Agenda Oficial de Viajes Otoño 2019

[Haz clic aquí para la versión en inglés] Viajar es una de las experiencias más enriquecedoras que la vida nos ofrece. Una manera de ampliar horizontes en todos sus formas. La gente que conoces, los lugares que visitas, las diferentes…

Live Easy in Madrid with Nexo Residencias!

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Want to get the most out of Madrid during your study abroad experience, but don’t want to worry abut everything that comes with living on your own for the first time? Nexo Residencias is exactly what you need! They are relatively…

Ringing in the New Year in Madrid!

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If you’re spending New Year’s in Madrid than you’re in for a special treat! Madrid is an amazing city, it’s the largest city in Spain and people come from far and wide to celebrate the new year together. Whether you…

VolunFair – La Gran Feria de Voluntariado en Madrid

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VolunFair es una feria joven de voluntariado que llega nuevamente los días 7 y 8 de Febrero de 2018, bajo el lema: “¿Por quién late tu corazón?”, tras el éxito rotundo obtenido en 2016. Organizado por un grupo de alumnos,…

Winter in Spain!

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Spanish winter is fast approaching, and the best way to come to terms with the slight drop in weather is to embrace it! It may be inevitable, yes, but knowing how to do winter in Spain the right way is…

Winter Ready Terraces in Madrid!

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Although Madrid winters remain relatively mild, sometimes we want to escape the windy weather and end up spending more time inside than we’d like. But a little drop in temperature doesn’t mean you should miss out on exploring the hidden…

Fame in Spain: Enrique Iglesias

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Men want to be him, and women want to be with him. Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler is a Spanish sensation that took the music world by storm in the late 90’s & early 2000’s. He is still one of the…

December 8th: The Kickoff to the Spanish Christmas Season!

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The Day of the Immaculate Conception, or Día de la Inmaculada Concepción is a very significant holiday around the world. It celebrates the Roman Catholic belief of The Blessed Virgin Mary’s immaculate conception in her mother’s womb and is considered the…

4 Funky Shots Bars in Madrid

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Greece is currently in the lead when it comes to the amount of bars per inhabitant. Sliding into second place is the place we call home, Spain. Naturally you’d expect it to be fairly easy to find a bar in…

Calling all Bookworms: Top 5 Spanish Authors

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Without a doubt, Spain’s rich history and the constant struggle for power are told beautifully through the eyes of its most talented authors. Literature has played a vital role in capturing its struggles, since hundreds of years before the infamous…

Your Guide to Spanish Beer!

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Those of us who are new to the legal drinking age and of course, come from places other than Spain, often become super confused when we arrive at the bar to see a bunch of brands on-tap that we don’t…

Nochevieja Universitaria: Early NYE Festival in Salamanca!

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For a lot of people around the world, the holiday season is the time to leave your school, work or internship and head home for a few weeks. While this is usually a happy time of year – filled with…

Madrid’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

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As anticipation quickly builds for the most wonderful time of the year, you’ll quickly notice that Madrid is getting dressed up to the nines. Almost every street, plaza and avenue has some kind of light spectacle installed and they will…

Citylife’s Top 6 Public Libraries in Madrid

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The ultimate struggle of study abroad is figuring out how to fit the “study” part into a schedule packed with weekend excursions, nightlife adventures, exploring the city, and more. While it’s definitely cool to kick back on a sofa (if/when…

Ordering Coffee like a Spaniard: Do it right!

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Whether you’re on the go or have time to sit and enjoy a coffee in a local café, it’s essential to learn the Spanish lingo to know exactly what you’re ordering, and what your options are in case you wanna…

Museo del Traje (fashion) in Madrid!

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At first, the Museo del Traje de Madrid might sound like some kind of costume museum, but in reality it is more of museum dedicated to the evolution of Spanish fashion. It’s a relatively young institution, founded in 2004 and…

Black Friday España 2016!

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Are you ready to shop ’till you drop? The concept of Black Friday is relatively new to Spain, but that hasn’t stopped them from embracing it on a massive scale! The tradition started in The United States as a way…

13 Great Terraces for Cocktails & Food!

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Madrid is meant to be experienced from a table, under the sun, with a good drink! A great way to ensure that you’re still getting the most of your experience here is to take advantage of the city’s hidden gems…

5 Hot Jazz Clubs in Madrid

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If you’ve learned anything from going out in Madrid you probably understand just how trendy, vibrant, and alive the city can be as music can be heard all over the streets regardless of if it’s 15:00 or 6:00. The music…

The World Famous Full Moon Party!

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If you are a superstitious person, you may associate the monthly presence of a full moon with heightened spiritual activity, or believe in its ability to predict spooky or unexpected events. What’s more, not only does the full moon produce…

9 Medieval Castles in & around Madrid!

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Spain has some of the richest medieval history in all of Europe. The country has been home to several empires, kingdoms and conquests. The fingerprints of these stages in the countries history can been seen everywhere you look. The province…

Spanish World Heritage Sites – Al-Andalus!

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A lot of people don’t realize it, but Spain was once a frontier where the powerful and rich Moorish people conquered. After defeating the Romans and taking their cities, the Arabs built an entire Empire commonly known as Al-Andalus, which…

Exploring Marbella

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The sunny, seaside haven of Marbella has been the host to many civilizations, but it’s arguable that the Moors left the biggest footprint in this city. Originally named Marbal-La, this current tourist attraction was once an influential port in the…

Exploring Almería

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During the Islamic reign in Al-Andalus, Almería served as one of the biggest defensive systems to the region. With a strategic location to defend, protect, and ward off others, the port of Almería kept the empire safe and flourishing. With…

Exploring Cádiz

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Located in the southwestern part of Andalucía, Cádiz is one of the oldest cities in Spain. Unlike many cities, Cádiz has preserved its older part of the city while strategically weaving the newer parts into the city’s structure. The dynamic…

Exploring Málaga

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With traces of its first inhabitants being over 2,800 years old, Málaga is on the list of one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. From Phoenician, Roman, Germanic, Visigothic, and Arab rules, this region has experienced a…

Exploring Granada

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Next to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada was known as the last Muslim Kingdom of Spain in the 11th century. During the fall of the Moorish reign, residents from Cordoba and Seville sought haven in the city from the ever-growing…

Exploring Córdoba

Our exploration into the once Islamic Empire of Al-Andalus must begin with its most important city, Córdoba. As the capital of the region during the 8th century, this city quickly flourished from its economical and agricultural infrastructure. With such accrued…

Aranjuez & Chinchón- Our Royal Spanish Trip

Victoria Moraru – Saturday, 1st of October  at 8:45 AM When your busy week finally ends it is definitely time to relax. And what can be better than taking a break and travelling on a short trip during the weekend? On this Saturday I…

Botellón – Drinking in public in Madrid

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Botellón is the Spanish version of a “pre-drink”. It typically takes place at night time when people meet at a public place in order to drink outside before heading for a night club. It is especially popular with the younger…

Nightlife in Barrio Salamanca

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If you’re planning to go out in Salamanca, an essential word to add to your Spanish vocabulary is pijo. It means “posh” and is frequently used to describe the clubs and eateries in this upscale Madrid neighbourhood. This is the…

Meet Citylife Madrid: Our Amazing Interns of Fall 2016!

As we like to say, Citylife Madrid is run by international people, for international people! Everything we do is because of our hardworking staff who are all ex-erasmus and past international students. But, lets not forget a big part of…

Spanish World Heritage Sites – Roman Spain (Hispania)!

The Roman Empire reigned supreme for nearly 2 millennia. They conquered lands in Europe, Africa, Asia and Britannia and were the richest, strongest force the western world had ever seen. They created new countries, shaped existing ones and even played a…

October 12 – The National Day of Spain

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Being the capital of Spain, Madrid is the place to be every year on October 12. The city is buzzing with patriotic energy, the streets are donned in Spanish flags and packed with hundreds of people, all heading towards the…

Odd Spanish Expressions: Flipar

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So let’s say you have a really crazy/juicy story or piece of gossip to tell your friends that you know is going to blow their minds. In this case, you might want to begin by using the popular expression, “Vas…

Madrid After Dark: 5 Late Night Food Stops

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Madrid is a late-night city. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been mocked for trying to call it a night at 2am. However, if you’ve decided to do as the Madrileños do and find yourself stumbling out…

Meet & Dance – A Night of Salsa, Friends and Fun!

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Victoria Moraru – Monday September 5th & Wednesday September 7th at 22:00 Dancing provides ways to connect with others. So if you want to meet new people, our Meet & Dance event might be just for you, and with the City Card you…

Travelling to Salamanca & Ávila with Citylife Madrid!

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Victoria Moraru – Saturday, September 10th at 9:45 It’s the beginning of autumn and the weather in Spain is just perfect for travelling. It also happens to be the day Citylife takes off from Madrid for a journey that will take…

Meet & Picnic – Enjoying Madrid’s Beautiful Weather with Citylife Madrid

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Victoria Moraru – Sunday, August 28th at 16:30 You could feel the enthusiasm, the impatience and the positive energy right from the main entrance of Retiro Park. Over 100 foreign students carrying blankets, food & drinks and all of them seeming eager…

Fame in Spain: Iker Casillas

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Iker Casillas is a Spanish footballer who has spent most of his career playing as goalkeeper for the most successful football team in the world – Real Madrid. Since childhood his life has been all about football. He’s played 725 games,…

Exploring Barcelona

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Arguably the most beloved region in all of Spain, the Catalonian coast of Spain truly sparkles! Although Barcelona undeniably has a rich history, today it is one of the most radiant cosmopolitans in Europe. Meander along the stunning beaches or…

Exploring A Coruña

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A Coruña, part of the autonomous region of Galica, is a historic city located beside the Atlantic Ocean. The port of La Coruña has many stories to tell, and once was occupied by the likes of Celtics, Phoenicians, and Romans….

Exploring Mérida

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Mérida, the modern-day capital of Extremadura, was also once the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. Dating back to 25 BC, this historical city was founded by Emperor Augustus when he completed the conquest of North of Hispania and…

Exploring Lugo

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Nestled in the Northwest of Spain and surrounded by the epic remains of a Roman wall, Lugo is a must see in Spain. It is the only city in the world to be surrounded by fully intact Roman walls, but…

Exploring Tarragona

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Tarragona is one of Spain’s best kept secrets not well-known to tourists. This marvellous seaside city is located on the Costa Dorada, not too far from Barcelona. Formerly known as Tárraco, this city was a major administrative and mercantile city…

Exploring Segovia

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Located right outside Madrid in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon, Segovia prides itself on being one of Spain’s most historic cities. This medieval city has a vast amount of stories to tell, as it was once inhabited for…

Spanish World Heritage Sites – Former Capitals!

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Spain might have been one of the most powerful united empires during it’s Golden Age. But before it was united under one crown it went through several transitions. Almost every province of modern day Spain was once it’s own kingdom,…

HM Hospitales – Madrid’s Leading International Hospital!

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I am so fortunate to say that in all my years of travelling abroad I have never had to visit a hospital. Aside from a few trips to a walk-in clinic here and there for minor issues, I have been…

Exploring León

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Located in the Northwest of Spain in the autonomous region of Castile-Leon, the world heritage site of León is both a cultural and historical hub worth visiting while in Spain. The city was founded by the Romans in 68 AD,…

Exploring Santiago de Compostela

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As the culmination of the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, the city of Santiago de Compostela dazzles all of its visitors. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the city every year to see the tomb of St James,…

Exploring Valencia

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The leisurely coastal beauty of Valencia is one of the gems of Spain. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, the creator of paella, kingdom of Spain’s favorite hero El Cid, and home of a harmonious balance of modern…

Exploring Burgos

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Home of Spain’s favourite and most legendary hero, Burgos is an extraordinary city steeped in history. It’s been a thriving, powerful city since the time of the Romans and Roman Spain known as Hispania. The city is famous for it’s…

Exploring Zaragoza

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This charming city nestled into the Northwest of Spain is one of the most underrated cities in the country. Famous for its rich traditions and local cuisine, this hidden gem of Spain is a fabulous destination. Zaragoza is one of…

Madrid’s Most Beautiful Parks – Our top 6!

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Despite being a big city, Madrid is home to many beautiful parks worth boasting about. To enjoy the beautiful weather, good company, or to get workout in, a visit to one of Madrid’s beautiful parks is the perfect idea. Best…

Exploring Sevilla

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This staggering skyline in “Andalucía” is sure to be one of your favorite sights in Spain. Seville was allegedly founded by our favorite hero, Hercules, and boasts of the perfect mixture of ancient and modern. Sevillanas are known for their sparkling…

Exploring Toledo!

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Toledo is a charming city in the heart of Spain, very close to Madrid. In 1986 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is known as the “City of the Three Cultures” because of the three…

The Haro Wine Festival

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There’s just something about drinking all day that the Spanish absolutely love ;). We’ve all heard of Tomatina, the famous tomato throwing festival in Buñol, but what about the Haro Wine Festival? At the beginning of every summer, the little town…

myTaxi Madrid – Enjoy a 5€ off your first ride!

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With over 10 million users worldwide, myTaxi is one of the most popular transportation apps of 2016. Madrid is a huge city, and it’s very likely you’ll need to travel around it more often than not. So why not travel…

Uber Madrid – Your ride, on demand at great discount!

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  If you haven’t heard of Uber by now then we don’t know where you’ve been! Right now, Uber is one of the most popular transportation apps in North America and is spreading worldwide as we speak. After a long…

Discount’s at Dominos Pizza

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Domino´s Pizza is relevantly new in Spain, but it’s become one of the most popular pizza spots around! Founded in 1960 in Michigan, Dominos is the world leader in pizza delivery thanks to the commitment with its clients, the high…

The Royal Palace of Madrid

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You cannot visit Madrid without visiting one of the most impressive buildings in the city, the Palacio Real. Although it is the official residence of the royal family of Spain, they do not actually live there permanently and it is…

Free Art & Cultural Visits – Winter/Spring Semester 2019!

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Spain is home to some of the most important art history in Europe. From exotic Arabic mosaics from Al-Andalus and divine works depicting Spain’s close history with Catholicism; to the dramatic Spanish Renaissance and the Golden Ages during the height…

Cost of Living in Madrid – Plan your budget!

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For the Spanish version please click here. For many of you it will most likely be your first experience living independently abroad. Citylife Madrid is here to guide you every step of the way on this amazing adventure! Living in…

Museo Naval in Madrid

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This long-standing historic museum has been the centre for Spanish naval history since 1843. The Museo Naval de Madrid covers the history of the Navy from the Catholic monarchs until the present. The museum displays paintings, maps, navigation instruments, and…

Museo del Romanticismo in Madrid

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If you are interested in exploring an artistic style and time period filled with emotion, detail, and extravagance, then the Museo de Romanticismo can offer you just that! This museum is dedicated to displaying a large collection of artifacts and…

Museo de Historia de Madrid

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The Museo de Historia de Madrid is a municipal museum dedicated to the long and unique history of this glorious city. The museum is located inside the old Royal Hospice center of Madrid that was used to house poor and…

Hard Rock Cafe Madrid – Delicious american cuisine paired with an amazing atmosphere!

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Welcome to Madrid & Welcome to the Hard Rock Cafe  Enjoy the delicious Citylife Vinyl Menu at Hard Rock Cafe Madrid for only 15.15€. It  Includes: main course + soft drink/tea: Choice of Main Course: Hard Rock Burger 6oz |…

Congreso de Los Diputados in Madrid

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Interested in government? Visit the Madrid Congressional office! The Congreso de los Diputados is the lower cabinet of the general courts of Spain, and is located in the Palacio de los Cortes (The Palace of the Courts). At the top…

San Isidro Museum in Madrid

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While many people think of Madrid as a new busting metropolis, it actually has a long history going all the way back to prehistoric times. Opened by the city government in 2000, the Museo de San Isidro offers a look…

Repairing & Unlocking Your Mobile & Getting a Second Hand Phone!

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Living abroad without a mobile phone is pretty much unthinkable nowadays. Whether you’re using your phone to navigate the streets of Madrid, to translate some words or to keep in touch with all you’re friends – a phone is simply…

Alcohol made in Spain!

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The Polish have Vodka, the Japanese have Sake, the Mexicans have Tequila and the Spanish have Vermouth! Every country has a preferred alcohol and Spain is no exception! There are several liquors and drinks which are made in Spain that…

Traditional Non-Alcoholic Spanish Drinks!

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Spain is a great place to sit back and enjoy a drink at almost any time of day! But relaxing doesn’t always have to involve alcohol! Of course, Spain has all the favourite soft drinks people know and love –…

Estación de Chamberí (Anden O) in Madrid!

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Normally a ride on the metro is just a way to get around, and a metro stop is just a place to catch a train. At Andén 0 of the Estación de Chamberí, that is definitely not the case. This historic…

Museo Lazaro Galdiano in Madrid!

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If you are interested in discovering a huge personal collection of art that is different than the collections of the Prado or the Reina Sofia, look no further than the Museo Lazaro Galdiano. This unconventional museum houses over 12,000 pieces…

Cheap Student Bars in Madrid’s City Centre

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Everyone knows that Madrid is the city that never sleeps, but sometimes it’s hard to find those cheap bars to have a good time with friends, especially for erasmus students who are new to Spain. Luckily for you, we have…

The Changing of the Guards Ceremony

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On the first day of every month, 100 men and 100 horses march through the palace gates into the Plaza de la Armería and through the Plaza de Oriente. They are honouring the tradition of the Solemn Changing of the Guard (Relevo…

A Day at the Mercado de Motores

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Madrid is an amazing city to live in if you like frequenting markets and fairs. You can find a wide variety of artisan fairs, food markets and specialty bazaars. One of the most unique markets in the city is the Mercado…

Doing the Laundry in Madrid

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We hate to do it, but we have to. Laundry or “the washing” is something most people dread doing throughout the week, but there’s just no way around it! Europeans won’t have that much trouble adapting to the laundry routine…

A Trip through Morocco with Citylife Madrid

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We love hearing about people’s experiences at any of our activities or trips. It means so much to us to know that the people they’ve met and the adventures they’ve had all came together because of Citylife Madrid. So once…

Exploring País Vasco

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País Vasco, or The Basque Country is a small region in the North of Spain. It’s a region unlike any other you will see in Spain, in more ways than one! Technically, there are 3 autonomous regions in País Vasco: Álava,…

The Teleférico (Cable Car) in Madrid – See Madrid from a bird’s eye view!

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The Teleférico Madrid is a cable car system that gives you a birds eye view of Madrid. A trip on the Teleférico allows you a unique perspective of Madrid while flying over parks, streets, and monuments. Revel in the incredible views with voice-overs guiding…

The Golden Age Market of Alcalá de Henares

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Interested in one of the many culturally fascinating periods of Spain’s history? Look no further than the Golden Age Market (Mercado de Siglo de Oro), which arrives in Alcalá on the 21st of April! The market pays tribute to Miguel…

Meet Citylife Madrid: Our amazing Interns of Spring 2016!

As we like to say, Citylife Madrid is run by international people, for international people! Everything we do is because of our hardworking staff who are all ex-erasmus and past international students. But, lets not forget a big part of…

Casa Museo Lope de Vega in Madrid

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This beautiful museum is actually the house of yet another famous Spaniard, Golden Age writer Lope de Vega. He lived in this beautiful 16th century house for 25 years until his death and wrote many of his greatest plays and…

Goya’s Pantheon in Madrid

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In Spain and beyond, Francisco de Goya is a household name. Unlike a typical museum, Goya’s Pantheon is actually a chapel and pantheon that now serves to honour one of Spain’s most famous and prolific painters. The chapel, formally called…

Madrid Destino – Know what’s going on in Madrid!

Madrid Destino is the municipal company responsible for managing and promoting tourism in the capital. The work to promote Madrid and to consolidate the image of the capital both within Spain and outside its borders is supported by the official website,…

Decorate Your Flat on a Budget!

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Moving abroad is a really exciting time in someones life. It’s a time to experience a new culture and meet all kinds of people from all over the world. For a lot of people it’s the first time living away…

Mundo Posgrado – Así se escoge un máster

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Dentro de las decisiones importantes de la vida, escoger los estudios es de las que más preocupan. Si bien siempre puedes cambiar de área, es importante pensar en ahorrar tiempo, dinero y esfuerzo con una carrera que verdaderamente te guste…

Museo Africano Mundo Negro in Madrid

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The Museo Africano Mundo Negro is one of the lesser-known museums in Madrid. A visit here will be like a quick trip through the history of African tribal culture. The museum is located inside the offices of the Combonian Missionaries…

Feria de Abril de Sevilla – Spring has sprung!

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Spring is a special time of year. The days are longer, trees begin to grow green, flowers are blooming and the temperature is rising! What could be any more Spanish than celebrating the arrival of la primavera with a big…

Atletico Madrid: The Team of the People

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Atlético de Madrid is a team whose story is full of passion, redemption and damn good football! Referred to by fans as Atleti, the “underdog” team has risen in the ranks to become one of the best teams in the world…

Learning Spanish in Madrid

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When moving to a country that speaks a different language, we usually have this romantic vision of naturally learning it’s language over time. After a few weeks abroad, it’s easy to notice how untrue that vision is! For most of…

El Clásico – Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

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Liverpool & Manchester United, Dortmund & Schalke 04, AC Milan & Inter, Real Madrid & FC Barcelona. All of these teams have something in common – they’re all a part of the biggest rivalries in football! The rivalry between Real and FC goes…

CaixaForum in Madrid

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The CaixaForum is truly a one-of-a-kind social and cultural space in Madrid. The unique building, designed by Swiss architects in 2007, combines an old electrical factory with modern elements to create a dynamic and inviting space for the many cultural…

Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid

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If you ever get tired of the vast collections of older paintings and art pieces of the Prado or the Thyssen, look no further than the Museo Reina Sofia. In comparison to the Prado, the Reina Sofia is a relatively…

La Casa Encendida in Madrid

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Similar to the CaixaForum, La Casa Encendida (the “Burning House”) is a space for social and cultural exchange, primarily serving young and alternative artists in Madrid. It displays exhibitions in avant-garde art, as well as work by new and upcoming…

Sending packages worldwide for less with Packlink!

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    Packlink is a multi-carrier comparison site that lets you ship packages at discount prices, up to 70% cheaper than public market rates. The company offers the chance to compare and make door-to-door shipments around the world with the best…