ACCENT Madrid: Best of the Best

This summer, ACCENT Madrid Programs Coordinator Megumi Ratliff asked our students about some of their favorite places and activities in Madrid. Today, we share their varied and insightful answers on the very best of life in Madrid.

Being the big city that it is, there are countless numbers of places to discover and things to do in Madrid. We love hearing from our students about what they’ve enjoyed the most while studying here. With this is mind, we asked our summer students from Coast Community College District and El Camino College to share their thoughts on the “Best of Madrid.” Here’s what they had to say:

Best View of the City:

  • “El Faro de Moncloa, an observation deck where you can see the whole city.”
  • “The terrace of Corte Inglés in Callao, right off of Gran Vía.”
  • “Jardines de Lepanto, a small park just east of the Royal Palace with an amazing sunset view.”
  • “Templo de Debod at sunset.”


Best Place to Eat:

  • “De Patata Madrid, for a Spanish-take on the baked potato.
  • “Restaurante Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world according to the Guinness World Records.”
  • “Mercado de San Antón, a three-story market in the Chueca neighborhood.”
  • “La Zaguina, for menú del día. It’s right next to the Study Center.”
  • “El Tigre and Matador Bar for tapas.”


Best Spanish Activity:

  • “Definitely eating tapas, or as they say here, ‘tapear’.”
  • “Talking to locals and practicing my Spanish.”
  • “Participating in the Spanish cooking class and learning how to make paella.”


Best Neighborhood/Spot in the City:

  • “The neighborhoods of Sol and Ópera are the best for exploring, and Legazpi is the most interesting.”
  • “Museo del Prado and the Royal Palace.”
  • “Casa de Campo, a very large park with many trees and an outdoor bar.”
  • “La Latina, especially the street Cava Baja, with all the tapas bars.”


Best Part about Studying in Madrid:

  • “All the best parts are in the conversations you have, and in finding your personal sense of adventure.”
  • “Meeting new people, experiencing Spanish culture, and making new friends.”
  • “Learning about different cultures.”
  • “Every day there is something new to discover. Nothing gets old in Madrid and every day feels like your first day here.”

~Megumi Ratliff, ACCENT Madrid

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