What Time of Year is Best To Study Spanish in Madrid?
So you’re thinking about learning Spanish in Madrid? (If you aren’t, here are 10 good reasons why you should be!). Spain’s capital really has it all: a high standard of living, an eclectic mix of people and cultures, amazing food, great parks, lively nightlife…
But when is the best time to immerse yourself in madrileño life and make the most of the city? Well, that partly depends on what kind of person you are – do you love everything about the hot summer sun or are you at your best when wrapped up warm for winter? Each of the four seasons in Madrid has a distinct vibe, so here is what you have to look forward to depending on the time of year you come to study in Spain.
Come alive with Madrid in Spring
Many people will say this is the best season to study in Madrid. The weather is mostly ideal, the parks are an explosion of vibrant colors, and there’s a buzz around the city’s terraza bars. Warmer temperatures and longer days add energy to Madrid´s legendary nightlife – you’ll never be short of opportunities to meet people and hone your Spanish skills after class. The cultural calendar also gets busier in Spring, with traditional Easter (‘Semana Santa’) celebrations and the Fiestas de San Isidro, Madrid’s patron saint, around May 15th. This is also a great time for day trips to some of the beautiful towns like Toledo and Segovia that are a short train ride from central Madrid.
Fire up your Spanish skills in the hot Madrid Summer
There’s usually a crescendo of activity in Madrid during late-Spring and early-Summer. The sun is almost always shining and the city parks, plazas and rooftop terraces are full of life. In June and early-July you can really make the most of long, balmy evenings and Madrid’s al fresco scene. Things change dramatically in August as madrileños leave the city in droves to spend their Summer holidays by the sea. There are still lots of tourists, but some smaller businesses and bars/restaurants are closed and it can be scorching hot during the day. The plus side is that the city is much quieter than usual, but you’ll soon realize the importance of air con and a siesta to avoid the afternoon sun.
Explore the beauty of Madrid in Fall
This is another great season to study in Madrid. By September, temperatures are more bearable and most locals have returned from their beach houses with a tan and renewed energy. The good weather usually lasts until at least November, so there’s still plenty of time to get out and explore the city with fewer tourists. As the days get shorter, the city’s annual Autumn Festival includes a broad program of cultural activities to keep you entertained after class. Before you know it, you’ll be brushing up on your Christmas vocabulary ahead of the winter holidays.
Get cozy and study Spanish during Madrid’s Winter
Make no mistake, Madrid can get cold in winter. Sitting at around 650 meters above sea level in the middle of Spain’s meseta central (inner plateau/plain), the city is exposed to chilly continental air. But the sun is still often shining, and crisp winter days are great for exploring the city without so many tourists – just make sure you have a good winter coat! This is a time to enjoy Madrid’s Christmas markets, visit world-class museums, eat some hearty cocido and practice your Spanish over chocolate con churros. It’s also ski season, and there are several resorts in the mountains just north of Madrid that can be reached easily in a day trip.
We hope this helps you decide when you’d most like to study abroad in Madrid. Of course, with an immersive long-term Spanish program at Expanish you can experience first-hand how the city changes throughout the seasons while learning the language.
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