Top 10 Reasons to Live in Madrid

Madrid, Madrid— the Spanish capital and the true city that never sleeps.

Living in Madrid is a wonderful experience, and one that varies based on your needs and preferences. From quiet, residential neighborhoods with community pools and tennis courts, to old fashioned apartment buildings with creaking elevators right in the center of the city, Madrid has something for everyone.

Madrid Banco de España

Living in Madrid is a Great Choice

Living in Madrid offers the best in entertainment for all budgets, dining choices galore and plenty of green spaces. Not convinced? Take a look at the top 10 reasons to live in Madrid, then open your suitcase and start packing!

Why Living in Madrid Rocks…

1. Central Location Means Easy Vacations

Madrid is located smack in the middle of Spain– purposely. Its central location makes it easy to come and go as you please. You’ll be able to get the cheapest flights to just about anywhere in Europe during your stay. As the capital of Spain and the third largest capital in all of Europe, Madrid offers some of the best transportation options on the continent for traveling near and far. So although you may be living in Madrid, the rest of the world is only a few hours away.

Atocha Station Madrid

The beautiful Atocha Train Station

2. A Foodie’s Paradise

Food lovers rejoice when they live in Madrid. As such an international city, you can find just about anything. Famous for its many traditional taverns where people feast on tapas and sip Spanish wine, Madrid is full of small restaurants offering a daily menu, tapas, baked goods and other homemade fare. But due to the many immigrants who have settled in Madrid, the city is also the best place in Spain for ethnic food, and offers many choices for Asian and American fare. Lastly, foodies will go wild for Madrid’s sprawling food markets where you can find anything from enormous octopus to the juiciest seasonal fruits. If you want the low down on the Madrid food scene from a true expert, check out a Madrid Food Tour and get ready to be wowed!

Tortilla Española Omelet

Delicious tapas like Tortilla Española are common in Madrid

3. Endless Cultural Options

Public concerts, historic libraries, art and photography expositions, international fairs– Madrid has it all when it comes to cultural offerings. While living in Madrid you will be positively overwhelmed when it comes to cultural options. There is just too much to choose from! Start by narrowing down your interests and budget, and then look at the calendar of events at esmadrid.com. For free cultural events, be sure to check out CheapinMadrid.com too.

Cervantes Statue

Culture is wide and varied in Madrid.

4. 300+ Days of Sunshine

Madrid does have cold winters and hot summers, but the sun is always shining and that means that people are always out and about. Those of us who live in Madrid are so used to the sunshine, that rainy days turn into news stories and the daily topic of conversation!

Sunshine in Madrid

It’s always sunny in Madrid!

5. Super Shopping

As the third largest city in Europe, Madrid offers some fantastic shopping options. From big, designer labels on Calle Serrano to the rarities one can find on a stroll through the Rastro Flea Market

Shoe Statue

Try shoe shopping on Calle Serrano

6. World Famous Museums

The Prado and Reina Sofía museums are two of the world’s most renowned museums and Madrid residents enjoy free access at various hours throughout the week. The permanent exhibitions are impressive, and the temporary ones are always changing, making living in the capital even more exciting. Other great museums in the city include: The Romanticismo Museum and El Museo del Traje (the costume museum).

Reina Sofia Madrid

The modern Reina Sofia Museum.

7. Ideal Location for Day Trips

When you need a quick escape from the city, don’t hesitate is exploring any of the surrounding cities and towns for a day trip. Madrid is a great location for numerous day trip destinations, including:

Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Gorgeous Alcalá de Henares is a must for a day trip.

8. Nightlife Fiestas Never Stop

We are talking about a country that eats dinner at 10:00 p.m., goes to the bars around midnight and wouldn’t be caught dead in a discoteca (nightclub) before 2:30 in the morning! People say that New York and Miami have it going on, but I’ve never seen a better fiesta than those in Spain, and Madrid is where it’s at for nightclubs, live music, cocktail lounges, pubs and taverns, and beyond…
Madrid Nightlife

Madrid nightlife never stops!

9. Pretty Parks

The city really makes an effort with its public parks. The most famous is definitely El Parque del Buen Retiro (El Retiro for short) but in addition to this beautiful centrally located green space, there is the enormous Casa de Campo and the newly renovated Madrid Río– which even shows off “Madrid Beach” where kids enjoy water fountains and clouds of mist on hot days.
Retiro Park Lake

Retiro Park is a great place to relax.

10. Barrios: Small Towns within a City

If the thought of living in a big city overwhelms you, don’t worry– Madrid feels a lot smaller if you only choose the right barrio (neighborhood). Settle in to your new surroundings and you will be surprised at how quickly the local merchants remember your name, and how your own neighborhood becomes like a small town within the sprawling city.
Fruit Market

Soon enough, your fruit vendor will know you by name.

If this hasn’t convinced you the living in Madrid is downright awesome, I don’t know what will! If you are lucky enough to be a Madrid resident, why not share your favorite aspect of the city in the comments? 

Photo of the Prado Museum by: ru_boff

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