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Enjoy Madrid's Book Fair!

by Diego on Monday, May 30, 2016

Those who love to read in Madrid , have an event in the city every year that they just can’t miss: the Feria del Libro (Book Fair), celebrated in the famous Parque del Retiro. This year the event celebrates its 75 anniversary spreading culture through the pages of its many books… read more »

Downtown Madrid - El Madrid de los Austrias

by John Bascombe on Monday, February 16, 2015

Versión española abajo … read more »

Green Madrid - New Bike Capital

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bike Mad Madrid BiciMad, Madrid’s electric bike sharing program has launched to something of a bumpy start, but the cool-looking cycles are now offering city residents and visitors an eco-friendly transportation option… read more »

How Spain is trying to beat the economic crisis

by Freddie Savundra on Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tourism in Spain For a country which has always been a tourist powerhouse, Spain still suffers from high unemployment, one of the highest in the Eurozone. This might be quite hard for people to understand considering Spain attracts over 55 million tourists every year, bringing 1,500 million euros worth of income into the country. Spanish tourism is actually generating more income than before the economic crisis, so what else do they have to do to? The Answer: Sponsorship, gambling, construction, price hikes and privatization:… read more »

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid

by Dilek on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fashion week has arrived in Madrid in all its glamour and with the latest trends. The famous Mercedes Benz Fashion Week began on Monday with fashion shows put on by famous designers like Andrés Sardá, Miguel Palacio and Teresa Helbig. Fashion Week, which is held between the 18th and 22nd of February in Feria de Madrid DC Area 14.1, will host 42 designers who will present their latest collections… read more »

Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station

by Tyson on Friday, February 8, 2013

Leaving the Atocha Station Leaving the Atocha Station is the title of American writer Ben Lerner’s first novel, a book set in Madrid that has quickly become an American literary sensation. The novel has earned the 33 year old Lerner excited critical praise from The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker (among many other journals) and from writers including Paul Auster and Jonathan Franzen. Lerner’s decision to set his story in Madrid and the book’s success among American readers reflects a growing American interest in the city and in Spain in general… read more »

The Best Theme Parks in Spain

by Dilek on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

When we think of Spain, we often think sun, sea, delicious tapas and flamenco. Spain however also offers some of the best theme parks in Europe , where you can discover another side of this wonderful country. Take a look at some of the fun theme parks you can visit here:… read more »

What's the Difference between European and Latin American Spanish?!

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Well, how long is a piece of string?! While this is a very common question amongst Spanish learners (the regional differences, not the string one I hope!), there really is no definite answer. Do Americans not understand Aussies?! Can Canadians and Brits not communicate?! It’s the same principal with Spanish; yes there are differences, but linguistic variety is the spice of life! … read more »

Barcelona Vs Madrid, and what an exciting game it will be!

by Hannah Ryan on Friday, April 20, 2012

8pm, Saturday 21st April 2012, Camp Nou . Be there, in front of a TV if needs be, but just don't miss out on a Spanish cultural phenomenon; El Cl á sico … read more »

EuroVegas Complex in Spain

by Dilek on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Further meetings and discussions are about to come to an end about the construction of EuroVegas Complex in Spain . … read more »

Spain on Strike

by Hannah Ryan on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today, there is a strike all over Spain. (Since I’m writing this at work, you can probably tell that I’m not joining in!)… read more »

Viva el Football !

by Hannah Ryan on Friday, March 23, 2012

For my first blog post I’m going to write on a subject about which I am completely ignorant; football. But since I am here in Spain to learn the language , I may as well pick up some of the culture too… read more »

A Pleasing Summer Activity: Football Camps

by Dilek on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Football can be accepted as one of the most favourite sports in Europe and in Spain it is almost impossible not to be addicted. Young or old everyone is interested in watching games and it is very rare that anyone who misses watching “El Clasico”. Because of this huge interest football clubs offer summer camps. Football camps are specifically for children and adolescents from 6 to 18 years and there is no need to be an expert to participate in the camp , just be willing to learn more technical and tactical about the game… read more »

El Clasico - football’s greatest rivalry

by John Bascombe on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Having been brought up in a football mad household that, if my Dad had his own way, would be a shrine to Arsenal FC, I thought I was fairly football-literate, well at least for a girl. However, coming to Spain , I soon began to realise, the fervour instilled by the Premiership is pathetic when compared with the sheer passion surrounding football’s most famous rivalry… read more »

The Hermitage in the Prado

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Yesterday marked the first day of the fantastic ‘ The Hermitage in the Prado ’, the biggest cultural project yet between Spain and Russia… read more »

Spain's Michelin-starred restaurants robbed

by Olivia Elson on Friday, October 14, 2011

A group of burglars who have recently been targeting Spain’s most prestigious restaurants were caught on Wednesday 12 th October. The ‘Band of Michelin Stars’ are suspected to be responsible for over a dozen robberies that took place over the summer, mainly carried out in some of the Basque country’s best known restaurants such as Arzak, Akelarre and Martín Berasatequi. These three restaurants account for half of the three-starred Michelin restaurants in Spain , and are considered to serve some of the finest Spanish cuisine available… read more »

VivAmérica Festival comes to Spain

by Kimberly on Thursday, October 6, 2011

The VivAmérica Festival , organized by the cultural center Casa América based in Madrid , is entering into its fifth edition this October… read more »

Learn Spanish at World Youth Day - Madrid 2011

by Paqui on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Celebrations for World Youth Day will take place, from the 16th August 2011 until the 21st of the same month, in Madrid . A mass event organised by the Catholic Church along with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. There are expected to be 1.5 million people attending the multitude of organised events that include a High Mass, confessions, museum visits, concerts etc. The majority of the events will be conducted in Spanish language , however, during these days, almost all the languages of the World will be spoken in Madrid as World Youth Day is designed to bring young people from all over the world together… read more »

El Valle de los Caídos

by Amy Lambert on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A few weeks ago I visited El Valle de los Caídos and thought it was definitely worth a mention as it’s one of the most unique places I’ve visited here in Spain… read more »

Anger at the Lady Gaga Concert in Madrid

by Kimberly on Monday, December 13, 2010

Lady Gaga was in Madrid on December 12th for a concert in the Palacio de Deportes in one of her last few European stops on her long running Monster Ball Tour. All the tickets were sold out and eager Spaniards lined up for hours to ensure they got a good spot… read more »

La Noche en Blanco

by Laura Ellis on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

So what I was planning on being a quiet weekend away with friends whilst my sister was here took a rapid change when we arrived in Madrid on saturday lunchtime and were bombarded with blue leaflets entitled ' La Noche en Blanco '. Altogether an alien concept for me, I hastily tucked the pamphlet away for later, thinking it would be nothing more than a random exhibition. How wrong i was!… read more »

Spain's high speed train sector seems well positioned to expand

by Stephen Maher on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The New York Times reported yesterday about the success of Spain ´s high speed rail lines - AVE for Alta Velocidad, opened in 2008 - highlighting the 6 hour car ride between Madrid and Barcelona that´s cut down to 2 hr 38 min with Renfe - Spain´s national train operator… read more »

Special member offer: no enrollment fee!

by Stacey on Thursday, November 26, 2009

don Quijote is offering an exclusive discount for our members:… read more »

Book your 2009 course online and save Enrollment Fee or Accomodation Fee!

by Stacey on Friday, October 30, 2009

Is studying Spanish abroad your goal for 2009? Then get ready for a lucky year of Spanish learning! From now until November 27, you'll get:… read more »

12-weeks of Spanish for 1.536 Euros!

by Stacey on Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Learn Spanish for just 1536€ by booking a 12-week Intensive Course in Barcelona , Madrid , Salamanca , or Valencia ! You'll save 384€* from the regular intensive course price and enjoy your stay anytime in 2009! … read more »

Spanish in Madrid for 15% less!

by Stacey on Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Are you eager to learn Spanish in a city full of centuries-old history? Then Madrid, the capital of Spain since the XVII century and the center of Spanish culture, is the perfect destination for you! Explore Madrid and learn Spanish with a 15% discount on our Intensive course , Super-Intensive course or Spanish Talk course. … read more »

Videos of don Quijote's Summer Camps!

by Stacey on Monday, June 8, 2009

Our Summer Camp programs in Barcelona , Salamanca , Sevilla , Madrid , Granada , Valencia , Guanajuato and Marbella (with 3 camps: Albergue , Alborán , Aleman !) perfectly coordinate your child’s class schedule with social and leisure activities they will enjoy participating in as they are immersed learning a language that would last them a lifetime… read more »

Save on your Summer Camp experience with no enrollmente fee!

by Stacey on Monday, May 11, 2009

Save on your Summer Camp experience in 2 simple steps! … read more »

Learn Spanish and dance Flamenco in Madrid and Granada

by Stacey on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art; to be more precise - a genuine Southern Spanish art… read more »

Felipe's study abroad experience: 8 weeks of learning Spanish

by Stacey on Monday, July 21, 2008

Felipe Petri spent 8 weeks studying Spanish in don Quijote Madrid . This is his story, in his own words... … read more »