Madrid is the seat of the government, the parliament, and the Spanish royal family. Apart from cultural highlights such as the Prado, the capital also offers a wide range of recreational options. With its greenery, Parque Retiro serves as the lung of the city, for a dose of fresh air, and the large boulevards and Puerta del Sol are genuine shopping paradises.
Madrid is a cosmopolitan city that will captivate you as a student. The Madrileños are a very cordial and hospitable people. Some of the participants’ host families live in the suburbs of Madrid, some in downtown Madrid. Whatever the case may be, you can always easily get to the city centre by public transport.