We’re one hour ahead, the days are getting longer, the city is full of life, and we can assure you that more often than not, the weather in Madrid will fool you and you’ll get wet on your way to uni. But the season of flowers rewards us with plans that can only be enjoyed during this time of year. Here are eight things students should absolutely do in Madrid in the spring.
1. Dance until your feet hurt at FESTIMAD
Madrid’s oldest festival resists and brings another year to the myths of rock and the best emerging talent on the same stage. If you’re a music lover, festival addict, or an awesome air guitar player, highlight April 19 to May 7 on your calendar.
2. Eat all the food at Foodie Week Viña Albali
From 25 to 30 April and 23 to 28 May from 12pm, the underground interchange of Plaza de Castilla swaps its usual traffic of commuters for foodies who don’t move between subway stops, but travel through the various international food trucks. From Spanish to Asian flavours, indulge in this new fashion while enjoying a wonderful glass of wine.
3. Feel the Spanish soul at Chinchón
A trip to Chinchón from Madrid is a classic. Stroll through its cobbled streets, enjoy the Plaza Mayor, see its medieval heritage, and eat at one of the many charming restaurants. Whether it’s to update your Instagram, get to know a bit more of Spain, or have the opportunity to eat very well, go to Chinchón.
4. Go back to La Movida Madrileña
The 40-year-old Penta is a legendary club in Madrid. It’s an icon of the Madrid’s nightlife, and was the meeting point and place of inspiration for the protagonists of La Movida Madrileña, an era that changed Spanish culture and society after dictator Francisco Franco’s death in 1975. If you want to relive the very best of Spanish pop, this is the place to go.
5. End the day dancing at a free concert in the Vistillas
Between May 11 and 15, Madrid honours its patron saint with music, shows and endless activities for all audiences during the San Isidro festivities. They’re the most anticipated parties of the spring. Head to Pradera de San Isidro and enjoy five days of a complete cultural programme that combines the traditional and the modern!
6. Be a contestant in Humor Amarillo
The famous television programme returns to Madrid, in what promises to be the event of the year once more. Fans of this mythical show have to pass a series of challenges designed to storm Takeshi’s Castle. On May 27, lovers of “Yellow Humor” meet to see it from the stands or live it in the arena. Dare yourself and your friends!
7. Have your first (cold) swim of the season in Charca Verde
La Pedriza is one of the most important natural enclaves in Madrid. Located in the Parque de la Sierra de Guadarrama, in the municipality of Manzanares el Real about 50km from Madrid, it’s the ideal place to spend a day with your Erasmus family. Don’t forget your picnic basket, and if you’re brave, also take your swimsuit with you to test the cold water of the green pond.
8. Watch a free movie (in Spanish) at La Casa del Lector
The perfect plan for those spring days when the rain refuses to stop hitting the windows. Exhibitions, lectures, training courses, creative workshops, music, film and performing arts are among the many things you can entertain yourself with. Find out what’s on and go with friends to a free screening. Keep in mind that they will be dubbed in Spanish, but isn’t that the best way to learn the language?
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Can you think of any other things you can do in Madrid during the spring? Let us know in the comments. And remember: if you need student accommodation, you’ll find the perfect student home on Uniplaces.