25 03, 2021

Game of Thrones: Scenes filmed in Spain

2021-03-26T17:37:04+01:00Categories: Culture, News, Spain|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that a big part of Game of Thrones was filmed in Spain?  If you are a fan of the series Game of Thrones, you should know that a large part of the episodes were filmed in Spain. Are you ready to follow in the footsteps of the Starks, the Lannisters and so on? Spain seduced the directors of the series with its castles, its Arab vestiges and in general the enormous wealth of unparalleled scenery that our country has to offer. Andalucía First we start with the community of [...]

3 12, 2020

Health Insurance in Spain

2020-12-09T16:21:14+01:00Categories: News|0 Comments

Coming to Spain is a new adventure! But you have to take care of a lot of stuff… We want to help you by giving you all the info you need to know about the health system! Here you can find some general information but also english speaking pharmacies, where to find the public health centers and doctors & hospitals which speaks your language. 1) Insurance: EU citizens For an EU citizen, you can use the European Health Insurance Card, abbreviated to EHIC. This allows you to receive medical treatment at [...]

2 12, 2020

7 fun ideas to do in Madrid in December 🎄

2020-12-09T16:18:47+01:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, News|0 Comments

Madrid is magical during the Christmas Time. With all the lights, lotteries and fun activities it was the perfect time of the year. There is a lot do explore in Madrid and we are here to give you the ultimate guide! Discover this wonderful city in December. 1. The Christmas Lights It cannot be missed, the beauty of the city is lighted with all kinds of lights. It is displayed with all kinds of colors. Enjoy a nice walk through the neighbourhood of Salamanca and find the most [...]

4 11, 2020

Top 4 places to go hiking in Madrid!

2020-11-04T14:46:15+01:00Categories: Madrid, News, Spain|0 Comments

Autumn is around the corner. The leaves are starting to change and the temperature is dropping! What a perfect situation to go hiking! To get some air and enjoy the beautiful colors. That's why we have made a list of 4 perfect places to go hiking! Enjoy reading and we hope to see your pictures of your hiking soon ;) CASA DE CAMPO Madrid's Casa de Campo was used as own king’s space to relax and go hunting during centuries. Nowadays it is used as public [...]

15 10, 2020

How to make new friends during COVID!

2020-10-15T16:24:08+02:00Categories: News|0 Comments

How to make new friends during COVID! Arriving in Madrid means leaving your hometown. Your family, your friends, your sports team. All for the new adventure! And although the start of an adventure is nice, it can be lonely. Especially if you don’t know anyone (yet) in the city! We will try and help you out with these 5 tips!  Facebook groups Smart Insiders Activities Say yes to everything Leave the house Whatsapp 1. Facebook groups Right now there are a lot of Facebook groups. [...]

15 10, 2020

How to learn Spanish in Madrid!

2020-12-03T17:16:35+01:00Categories: News|0 Comments

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world! That’s why you should invest your time in learning this beautiful language. But, starting from the bottom is hard! That’s why we have some tips, great apps and a language school that can help you to learn Spanish! 1. Paraninfo This language school is the perfect school to learn Spanish. They are offering different courses, with classes with a duration of 4 or 10 weeks. You can choose to do the courses in groups or private. If you are interested, click here [...]

11 09, 2020

All the info about the current COVID-19 situation in Madrid!

2020-10-23T16:16:16+02:00Categories: News|0 Comments

What you need to know about the current situation of COVID-19 in Madrid!  In Madrid the new measures have been in place since October 2nd: People may only enter or exit the city on work, school or medical grounds, or for other pressing reasons. Everybody has to wear a face mask, covering their mouth and nose in indoor and outdoor public areas. There are some exceptions, like when eating or drinking or while practicing sports. Large gatherings of people in public spaces (indoor and outdoor) are limited in many regions. The max is 6 people. Smoking [...]

8 09, 2020

Biggest exhibition of Meninas is coming back to Madrid!

2020-09-08T17:10:47+02:00Categories: Culture, News|0 Comments

The Meninas, based on the painting by Velázques, are coming back to the streets of Madrid! The Meninas Madrid Gallery is an unique and uncommon exhibition. The ‘Meninas Madrid Gallery’ initiative is looking for a way to capture the identiy of the Spanish capital. They have 'opened' a street museum made up of more than 50 Meninas.  It is also a perfect opportunity to stroll around Madrid! Explore new local shops and spot some Meninas;) The painting of Velázques is an unusual family portrait, painted in 1656. The painting has inspired artists and writers for [...]

2 09, 2020

Be Charmed by Coastal Cantabria

2020-09-02T18:36:49+02:00Categories: News, Spain, Trips|0 Comments

Sitting within what people call “Green Spain”, Cantabria is a region in the north, bordered by the Basque Country and the Bay of Biscay. It hosts an abundance of mountain ranges, over 60 fine white sand beaches, and multiple historical sights.  Though thoroughly enjoyed by nature lovers, Cantabria can be appreciated by every kind of traveler as it offers a variety of sights and adventures. It is an area less traveled, but with so much to offer, you will want to keep coming back! Pack your bags and get ready to be charmed by coastal Cantabria! [...]

2 09, 2020

Which worth-seeing place can I visit during Corona

2020-09-02T18:17:33+02:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, News|0 Comments

For now we have made a list of the worth-seeing places for you so you can do what you want to during this time to still discover the city!  Prado Museum The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sightseeings in the world, and it is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. For visiting, these are the following rules: Get your ticket online 24 hours before arriving at the museum. You [...]

17 03, 2020

Lockdown List: Things to Do in Self Quarantine

2020-03-17T19:49:27+01:00Categories: News|0 Comments

The campaign #yomequedoencasa (#imstayingathome in English) is increasing in popularity among netizens, and for good reason! With social events cancelled, sports postponed, and classes suspended -- it is of utter importance that we all do a part in staying home as much as possible. With the quarantine set by the Spanish government, along with other national governments around the world, here is a “lockdown list” of things to do while in self quarantine: Pull off a good workout or exercise at home! Youtube can come in handy at times like this when you [...]

3 03, 2020

The Astounding Asturias

2020-12-09T16:51:26+01:00Categories: Culture, Holidays, News, Spain, Trips|0 Comments

Located in the northern part of Spain, Asturias is sure to win you over with everything it has to offer. From lush mountains, sunbaked beaches, picturesque cities, and mouth watering cuisine -- it is a region that has it all. And to top it all off, it’s the region known for producing the best cider in Spain!  Many consider Asturias to be Spain’s hidden gem as it is little-known to outsiders, though it is definitely a place worth getting to know. In this blog, Smart Insiders will give you the scoop on what there [...]

19 02, 2020

Flowers in Full Bloom – Quinta de los Molinos Park Madrid

2020-02-19T18:58:14+01:00Categories: Culture, Madrid, Madrid Guide, News, Spain|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Situated a little further from the center of Madrid, you will find the Quinta de los Molinos park - a perfect place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is home to a variety of luscious trees and plants, although the main attractions are the almond trees in full bloom that signal the coming of spring. The almond trees, resembling the Japanese cherry blossoms, begin to bloom come February and March. With an area of 25 hectares, you are sure to find a [...]

12 03, 2019

Sahara Desert Adventure: Experience Morocco

2020-06-03T16:06:54+02:00Categories: Culture, Morocco, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Travel with Smart Insiders to Morocco! Who's ready to take a trip of a lifetime to Morocco? You will be visiting some of the best known cities in Morocco such as: Marrakech Ait Ben Haddou  Fez Chefchaouen (the Blue City) Casablanca Where each city is filled with its own unique character, you will be astonished in discovering Morocco’s rich culture and heritage. All the enchanting cities listed above are calling for you! Let’s go! Sign Up When is it? Date: March / April In April, the people of [...]

8 03, 2019

Bibliotecas de Madrid: 📓Work hard. 🍷Play hard.

2020-05-21T16:26:28+02:00Categories: Neighborhoods, News, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Almost ready for some quiet study time? We've got the best libraries in Madrid.  Maybe with all the weekend trips, nightlife, and city adventures it's hard to fit studying into your packed schedule. While it seems like it's nice to work in one of the trendy cafes in the center, you will probably notice you need peace and quiet to get serious work done. For that reason, public libraries are necessary for getting you through your toughest weeks of the semester. Most noteworthy is free access at almost all locations but some require registration. Hence, [...]

25 02, 2019

Sol – Gran Vía: “Breaking the Barrios” Series

2020-05-27T18:40:40+02:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What is "Breaking the Barrios"? Smart Insiders wants to give you tips for how to experience different areas in Madrid. For this reason we're launching a new series called "Breaking the Barrios". Get ready for excellent guides for planning your next visit to one of Madrid's popular neighborhoods. Also you can find information about restaurants, activities, nightlife, and more!  Sol, Gran Vía, and everything in-between. Sol and Gran Vía are two neighborhoods that are joined by streets filled with shopping, restaurants, and historical sites. Certainly if this is your [...]

5 02, 2019

La Latina: “Breaking the Barrios” Series

2020-05-27T18:30:00+02:00Categories: News, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is "Breaking the Barrios"? Smart Insiders wants to give you tips for how to experience different areas in Madrid. For this reason we're launching a new series called "Breaking the Barrios". Get ready for excellent guides for planning your next visit to one of Madrid's popular neighborhoods. Here you can find information about restaurants, activities, nightlife, and more!  Also, since this is the launch of "Breaking the Barrios" we decided to feature one of our favorite spots, La Latina. La Latina is one of the most exciting and diverse neighborhoods in Madrid. It’s location is right in the [...]

29 01, 2019

10 Must-Visit Cities in Spain 2019

2020-09-01T15:18:51+02:00Categories: News, Trips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Explore some of the must-see cities with Smart Insiders.  Spring is rapidly approaching and with nice weather and days off we get the urge to splurge...on travel! Smart Insiders wants to share what we think are Spain's must-visit cities in 2019.  Cádiz: The city of Carnival. First, we are starting off with Cadíz which is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and located in the souther region of Andalucía. If you’re into history you will love visiting here. The Romans settled here and built amazing structures, some of which are still [...]

15 01, 2019

Madrid Must See List: Welcome Students Abroad!

2020-09-10T16:34:38+02:00Categories: News, Support, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Smart Insiders welcomes you to Madrid for study abroad! Smart Insiders is back with more helpful tips and advice for new study abroad students in Madrid. Now that you are familiar with some of the important things with arriving and getting settled you might be wondering what are the most important things to see and do during your time here. To help you out we've gathered information about cultural differences, must sees, and finally the ultimate Madrid Bucket List! With limited time Smart Insiders wants to make sure you note all the top things you [...]

28 12, 2018

Study Abroad Madrid: Welcome to the jungle!

2020-09-02T15:15:20+02:00Categories: News, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Smart Insiders welcomes you to Madrid for study abroad! We mean the "urban jungle" that is Madrid! We want to say congratulations for making the decision to study abroad. Smart Insiders is here to welcome you to one of the greatest cities in Europe!  First of all there are many students studying in Madrid from all over the world and we are excited to have you joining them and us during your experience. As a newcomer this might feel like a big transition, but don’t worry! Because of that we have created a convenient guide [...]

22 12, 2018

December Celebrations Madrid: End 2018 with a bang! 🎉

2019-08-30T12:34:54+02:00Categories: Culture, News, Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Let's toast to 2018! These are the events you can't miss... In Madrid from Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) until Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) the celebration and holiday activities continue. There are many cultural traditions that are available to you during this time. 2019 is around the corner and SmartInsiders is back to to tell you how to get the most out of your last moments in 2018. The Cristal Palace  Want to experience a huge party on the Madrid Río? On December 30th, an awesome chandelier will be hung next [...]

6 12, 2018

December Events: All the holiday feels in Madrid.🎄

2019-12-03T10:33:59+01:00Categories: Culture, News, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Christmas season is here! Maybe you are staying in Madrid for the holidays or just have a few weeks before going home. Either way, you certainly have some time for the plethora of December events happening around the city. If you are one of the fortunate ones who have a long weekend coming up, December 6th to the 9th, there will be time to wander around and experience some of the great festive attractions. Therefore, Smart Insiders wanted to provide our readers with a special December events [...]

4 12, 2018

Nochevieja Universitaria: 3…2…1…Happy New Year!

2019-11-26T12:47:44+01:00Categories: News, Tips, Trips|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is Nochevieja Universitaria in Salamanca? Nochevieja Universitaria (University’s New Years Eve) in Salamanca is one of the biggest parties to end the year – and what better way to do it than with friends, new and old! The tradition came about because many students go home to spend the holidays with their families, and can’t celebrate the end of the year with their friends.  This celebration is organized by university students to say goodbye, and celebrate the New Year before going home. It has become one of the most well-renowned [...]

29 11, 2018

Christmas Markets: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry :)

2019-12-03T10:31:30+01:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why should you attend a Christmas market? Christmas in Europe is a special time of year, filled with festivities and wonderful Christmas markets. With their many stalls of presents, beautiful lights, glasses of glühwein (warmed wine), and great holiday cuisine it seems like you are in a winter wonderland. Attending a European Christmas market is certainly an easy decision - you might be wondering where can I find these Christmas markets and which are the best to visit? Smart Insiders are here to tell you where to go, and what not to miss at a [...]

25 11, 2018

Christmas Lights Madrid: Let’s Get Lit

2019-11-26T12:48:22+01:00Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Christmas Lights in Madrid Time has come for the streets of Madrid to be illuminated for the holiday season! Smart Insiders is here to give you the scoop for everything you need to know for how to get the most out of your Christmas lights experience. Also, 2019 will showcase a wide range of new and beautiful designs, even though some of the lights will be similar to those from previous years. These luminous creations have been created by some of the most established fashion designers, architects, and graphic designers in Spain. [...]

24 11, 2018

Europe Holiday Trip: You’re Eurotrippin’ if You Miss This!

2020-02-17T13:47:37+01:00Categories: Culture, News, Trips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Europe Trip:  Find yourself staying in Madrid during the holy week break and wanting to travel Europe?  Take advantage of your time off by catching up on your country count! Smart Insiders has organized a trip around Europe from April 3 to 11. Imagine hitting 4 different countries and up to 10 cities, including a special surprise city in just one week!  Where are you going? You will have the opportunity to travel and discover France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany! Within those four countries, you will visit various different cities with [...]

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