Guide to enjoy the summer in Madrid!

If there’s one thing I realized while taking Spanish classes in Madrid, it’s that summer is a great time to combine a course with other ways of improving your language in the city.

Like other cities, Madrid offers different activities in summer than in winter. It’s true: at this time, the average daily temperature can reach more than 30 degrees. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the summer here,! And today, I will reveal my secrets to make the most of your stay.

Currently, I’m taking my Spanish classes in the morning. That’s why, when I leave at noon, I have the whole afternoon free. And the summer afternoons are long and bright: it doesn’t get dark here until about 10 pm! There are many hours of light to continue learning about Spanish culture or to cool down from the heat. Besides, there are many fun options for the weekends when you are not in your classes. I don’t know if this applies to you too, but at least I’m looking forward to putting my Spanish into practice when the class is over. That’s why getting in touch with the different options in town is always my best option.

So today I have prepared this guide to Madrid: so that you can live a summer with nothing to envy to those who go to the beach.

verano en Madrid

 

The best of Madrid’s summer:

The city becomes a quieter place than during the rest of the year. But not for that… less fun!

To begin with, many people take advantage of this time of year to take a vacation and travel to the towns where their families are located. In this way, Madrid is not as busy. This generates three wonderful effects that you can enjoy when the Spanish class is over:

1. Traveling around the city is more pleasant: traffic is reduced and there is always room in the metro to sit down.
2. There is room on the terraces! Having a beer or a drink outdoors is easy, as you will probably get a table. Remember that some time ago, I recommended my favourites.
3. Forget about waiting in line! You won’t have to wait to get into museums or other tourist attractions.

Besides, the working days in the offices, for example, are shorter. Many offices reduce working hours so that their employees go home earlier. This means that the atmosphere in the city is very party like. With more free time, the people of Madrid take the opportunity to go out for beers and tapas from lunchtime. From 3 p.m. onwards, you can see the terraces full of life. They say that studying makes you hungry… and it’s true: is there anything better than leaving class and going to practice what you have learned by ordering a menu of delicious Spanish dishes?

 

How to cool off after the Spanish classes in Madrid!

The first thing I want to point out is that this is something you won’t find in any travel guide. You won’t find this on classic tourist websites either.

Now, my big discovery: the municipal swimming pools!

 

piscinas municipales

 

Despite not having a beach, Madrid is not as dry as people think. Fortunately, there is a great variety of public swimming pools in the city and its surroundings. For a budget generally less than 5 euros, you can enter any of the municipal pools. Anyone can enjoy a day of sun and swimming. In addition, the pools have bars that offer everything from sandwiches and ice cream to refreshing summer red wines.

My favourite is the Vicente del Bosque pool, located in the Fuencarral-El Pardo neighbourhood. You can get there in many ways: by Metro to Begoña station on line 10, by bus (134 or 137), or by Renfe to Chamartin.

You must take into account that the total area of this park is more than 80 thousand square meters: there are two 50-meter swimming pools (one covered and one open-air), and a third children’s pool. This means that… There is room for everyone! You can sunbathe, either on the grass or on the cement surrounding the pools. So, although it’s especially busy at weekends, you’ll always find a great place to relax during the day. And, given the depth and length of the Olympic pool, swimming is a real pleasure. But don’t forget to use your face mask while you’re not in the water, because it’s mandatory!

Think about it: you come out of your Spanish classes in Madrid and wonder how you can go and practice what you have learned while you cool off… The pool is ideal! Besides, the people here are very sociable and friendly. Don’t be ashamed to start conversations… You can use the pool to make new friends!

 

piscinas madrid

 

Useful information:

For one thing, not all pools are open, but the most important ones are. Moreover, they will remain open until September 15th.

Also, it is important for you to know that you must buy the ticket in advance online. This is due to the safety and hygiene measures that control the capacity. To do this, you must choose which slot you will go in, as the capacity for each shift is 2700 people. You can choose whether to go in the morning (from 10 am to 2.30 pm), or in the afternoon (from 4.30 pm to 9 pm). From 2.30pm to 4.30pm the site is cleaned and disinfected. So it doesn’t matter if your Spanish course is in the morning, or in the afternoon: you can choose the time of day that suits you best.

 

If the outdoors isn’t your thing…

You can always escape the heat in an air-conditioned building… Why not take a trip back in time to any of the art museums in Madrid? This way, you can get to know a little more of Spanish culture after your course.
Madrid is home to some of the best art and history collections in the world. It would be a mistake to miss out on the opportunity to see it first hand. I know I’ve talked about museums in other articles! But I just can’t get enough of visiting them.

My favourite is the Prado Museum, which has a large collection of European art from the 12th to the early 20th century. It was originally based on the Royal Spanish Art Collection and has been growing ever since: there are now more than 21,000 works! The best known work of art on display in the museum is “Las Meninas” by Velázquez.

And, of course, you can’t miss a visit to the Reina Sofía Museum. There, you will find incredible works by Spanish artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, including the famous and impressive “Guernica”.

In addition, both galleries have free admission periods. This is ideal if you are on a student budget, like me.

 

In conclusion…

If you come to study Spanish in Madrid during the summer, you can take advantage of the opportunity to practice what you learn in class, in different places in the city. There are many activities in summer to combine with your study. For me, this is the perfect balance to improve the language both in and out of the classroom. And you will see that the people here are very nice.

I hope that my advice will be useful to you if you come to study in Madrid during the summer. And, finally, don’t be afraid of getting thirsty here. I’ll tell you that staying hydrated here is free. The tap water is perfectly drinkable, so don’t forget to bring a reusable bottle so you can refill it anywhere!

And now that I’ve finished my Spanish classes for the day, I’m off, I’m going for a swim!

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