Life in Madrid

Prepare yourself for greater living in Madrid: Continue living your intense experience after your Spanish Language Course or University Programme at the Center for Hispanic Studies.

Information on visas, passports, money, weather, banks, postal services, Spanish customs, culture shock, safety tips and useful phone numbers in Madrid.

  • Weather

    In Madrid winter it is not very cold with minimum temperatures about 2 ° C (35, 6º F) and maximum 10 ° C (50 ° F). Spring and autumn are very pleasant, with a minimum temperature of 7.5 ° C (45, 5º F) and a maximum of 20,5º C (68, 9º F). Summer in Madrid is normally hot, reaching 40 ° C (104 ° F) maximum.

  • Timetables

    It is common to go to bed at 23:00 PM / 12:00 PM or even later. This does not prevent you should get up early: 7:00 AM/ 8: 00 AM.

    The shops normally close from 14:00 until 17:00. Banks are open in the mornings and some open one afternoon a week. Shopping malls are open from 10:00 AM to 21:00 PM.

  • Foods

    The Mediterranean diet is rich and varied. Among its most usual ingredients they include meat and all kinds of fish; as well as condiments, olive oil, vinegar and garlic. It is normal to serve bread with meals.

    The Spanish breakfast is very light. Normally it consists of coffee and toast. 

    The main meal or lunch is between 14:00 PM and 15:30 PM. It is very common to take fruit for dessert. It is unusual take sweets except on special occasions. About 17:00 PM and 18:30 PM is a snack, a small snack (sweet or savory) that satiates hunger until dinner.

    Dinner is usually light and fast. The dinner time is between 21:00 PM and 23:00 PM.

  • Holidays in Spain (2017)

    JanuaryFriday, 6thThree Kings Day



    Holy Thursday

    Good Friday


    Tuesday, 1st

    Wednesday, 2nd

    Tuesday 15th

    Work Holiday

    Madrid´s Day

    Saint Isidro (Madrid)

    AugustWednesday, 15thAssumption

    Friday, 12th

    Saturaday, 13th

    National Holiday of Spain

    Long weekend for National Holiday of Spain


    Thursday, 1th

    Friday, 9th

    All Saints Day

    Almudena´s Day (Madrid)

    DecemberThursday, 6th
    Saturday, 8th
    Tuesday, 25th
    Spanish Constitution Day
    The Inmaculada Concepcion Day
    Natividad del Señor
    EasterFrom Monday March 26th, 2018 to Monday March 2nd, 2018 (both inclusive).
    ChristmasFrom Saturday December 23th, 2018 to Sunday January 7, 2019 (both inclusive).
  • About the student's behavior

    The Centro de Estudios Hispánicos understands the use of alcohol and drugs is a serious risk to the health and safety of their students. The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs can cause problems in the nervous, respiratory, reproductive, circulatory system, among others.

    The Centro de Estudios Hispánicos reserves the right to expel those students – after having committed the SECOND INFRACTION - whose behavior is inappropriate or whose abuse of drugs and alcohol jeopardize their own safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of their classmates and/or host families.

    Practical Guide for International Students

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