24 03, 2021

Extremadura: Scenes of Game of Thrones

2021-03-24T19:40:55+01:00Categories: Spain, Trips|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Game of Thrones fans will be delighted to be able to follow in the footsteps of the series directors and experience the stunning landscapes of Season 7 (2017) in the beautiful region of Extremadura, Spain. Cáceres, Extremadura The Game of Thrones team first moved the cameras to the city of Cáceres (Extremadura), where the Plaza de los Golfines, the Plaza de Santa l'Arco de la Estrella and the Palacio de la became the streets where Euron Greyjoy found himself on his return to King's Landing in the episode 3. The streets of Cáceres [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

5 08, 2019

Must-Have Packing Items: What to bring to Madrid 🎒

2020-09-02T15:05:56+02:00Categories: Support, Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

Ultimate Packing List Getting ready to jump the pond and not sure what the most important things to bring are? It's important to do your research about what things are easily available to you and what isn't so you're sure not to forget the essentials. Smart Insiders is going to break down everything to keep in mind when packing your suitcase. We're going to give you packing tips so you come prepared and ready to explore. Packing Tip 1: Decide which luggage you are bringing. To decide what [...]

26 06, 2019

TIE Renewal Application: How To Stay Legal

2020-11-04T17:24:20+01:00Categories: Support, Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

TIE Renewal in Madrid In this post Smart Insiders is going to cover all the important information you need to know about renewing your TIE! If you're planning to renew another year as a Language Assistant you will need to register for a TIE renewal. This is a crucial step for returning another year, and if not done correctly will be costly and time consuming. What is a TIE? Why do you need to renew it? TIE Tarjeta de Extranjero is your identification card that contains your NIE number. It is necessary [...]

26 06, 2019

Madrid Street Art: Find the Hidden Gems 💎

2019-06-26T11:55:30+02:00Categories: Neighborhoods, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What's the difference between graffiti and street art? Graffiti Graffiti which is believed to come from the Italian word "graficar" has a rep for being illegal. This word's meaning is linked to drawings, patterns, marks, scribbles or messages painted, carved or written on the wall or on any surface. It's history dates back to the 70's in Philadelphia and New York City with artists marking on metros. Another definition is "to scratch" and because of this people debate whether or not cave painting were the first works in graffiti-style. Culturally, graffiti has been [...]

27 05, 2019

Chamberí: “Breaking the Barrios” Series

2019-06-26T11:54:09+02:00Categories: Neighborhoods, 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. Also you can find information about restaurants, activities, nightlife, and more!  Chamberí: A traditional neighborhood with aristocratic history. First a neighborhood with Madrid's finest aristocrats, Chamberí is now a place where families and students reside. Because the area is more polished [...]

22 05, 2019

Salamanca Spain: Settle back with Smart Insiders

2020-05-28T17:22:32+02:00Categories: Spain, Trips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Travel with Smart Insiders to Salamanca Spain! Escape Madrid and venture to a new world for a day! You should consider coming with Smart Insiders to Salamanca Spain. Only a short two hour drive away, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is on the must-visit list since it is one of Spain's most charming cities. Along with the grand architecture and fascinating history there are many reasons to visit including: The University: One of the oldest in Europe. Energetic Student Life. Gorgeous Plaza Mayor Admirable Architecture Cuisine Keep reading to understand more about Salamanca's [...]

11 05, 2019

Communal Transportation Madrid: We like to move it. 🛴

2019-05-16T12:58:11+02:00Categories: Tips, Transportation|Tags: |0 Comments

Motos, bicicyles, and scooters...oh my! With good weather approaching and winter coming to an end comes many possibilities to move about Madrid. After months of traveling by metro it's good to get above ground to explore the streets of the city, and what better way to do it than exploring some of the communal transportation Madrid offers. These are beneficial for your wallet and also for the environment so check out the list we've organized for you to start researching what options you would like to try out this Spring! Bicicyles BiciMAD [...]

4 04, 2019

Experience Portugal: Enjoy with Smart Insiders 🎒

2020-10-07T17:44:42+02:00Categories: Portugal, Trips|Tags: |0 Comments

Are you ready to experience Portugal? Portugal is an amazing country filled with delicious food, gorgeous beaches, cute tiny streets, tiled buildings, and tons of history. It's also a great place to travel if you're living in Spain because it's right next door. Once the world’s maritime leader, Portugal has a complex history to explore. Here you can discover various civilizations that have crossed Portugal in the castles and palaces around the country. If you're feeling adventurous you can also experience whale watching, a village built from boulders, and a chapel made of human skeletons. [...]

28 03, 2019

Housing Guide: Mi Casa es Tu Casa 🏠

2020-07-22T11:31:09+02:00Categories: Housing, Neighborhoods, Support, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Tips for how to find housing in Madrid. Finding an apartment can be an exciting time, but also stressful. Many of you are probably thinking "Where do I begin?", "What neighborhood is best for my commute?", "What options are available in a foreign country?" The list goes on and on, but with Smart Insider's Housing Guide a lot of your questions will be answered. Ready. Set. Apartment Hunt! What's the best district for me? Argüelles Also known as the university district, Argüelles is located northwest of the city center. This is [...]

26 03, 2019

Gastronomía Madrileña: Typical dishes in Madrid.

2020-05-21T16:43:12+02:00Categories: Food & Drink, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Smart Insider's Guide: Typical Spanish Dishes Welcome to Madrid: Spain's Cooking Capital. The city's typical dishes are inspired from the different Spanish autonomous communities. Since Madrid is smack dab in the center of Spain, it has become a place of passage for travelers. Because of this, it has adopted the common dishes from the regions of Spain and turning them into a universal cuisine. Here you can learn all about Gastronomía de Madrileña.  How did it all start? The history of cuisine in Madrid began at the end of the 16th century. King [...]

19 03, 2019

“Breaking the Barrios” Series: Lavapiés

2020-06-02T18:29:30+02:00Categories: Neighborhoods, 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. Also you can find information about restaurants, activities, nightlife, and more!  Lavapiés: Diversity and fun all in one.  Lavapiés is the official melting pot of Madrid where many different cultures and ethnicities blend together to create one amazing neighborhood. There are [...]

15 03, 2019

Semana Santa: How To Celebrate Holy Week in Spain

2020-06-11T17:11:27+02:00Categories: Culture, Holidays, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is Semana Santa? Holy Week  (Semana Santa) are the seven days leading up to Easter Sunday.  There are some important days leading up to Easter like Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Celebrations in Spain began around the 16th century. People would present scenes from the story of the Passion of Christ by walking in processions. Today, these celebrations certainly happen in the many regions of Spain. What will you see? Nazarenos The Nazarenos are participants in the processionals who wear controversial clothing to the celebration. The robe doesn’t draw much attention [...]

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, [...]

20 02, 2019

Bio Markets Madrid: Where to shop for bio food products.🥗

2019-02-20T18:18:56+01:00Categories: Food & Drink, Tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What does BIO mean in relation to food? Maybe many of you aren't sure what BIO supermarkets are and how they are beneficial to you. First, we want to inform you on what bio means and what are the advantages to changing your grocery shopping lifestyle. BIO products are grown and/or raised following the rules of the EU regulation on organic farming. All this means is that the food items you're buying are organic but also with a few more benefits. When you're shopping around Madrid and see the bio label on any packaged processed [...]

19 02, 2019

Fallas Festival in Valencia is Fire 🔥

2020-02-07T16:06:27+01:00Categories: Culture, Trips|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Fallas? Welcome to the world of Fallas! Fallas Festival is one of the most unique festivals celebrated in Spain. Happening from March 14 to 19 in Valencia, the city is filled with tall colorful statues (ninots), people dancing on the streets to the beat of the drum, traditional foods and an abundance of fun! It is a celebration of the end of winter and the start of spring. These stunning ninots are made over many months and will be set on fire in an annual ritual called La Cremá [...]

14 02, 2019

Empadronado: Registering as a Resident in Madrid 🏢

2020-06-02T18:14:13+02:00Categories: Support, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

How To Become Empadronado/a Probably many of you may have heard the word Empadronado and wondering what does it mean? To break it down, becoming Empadronado means that you are registering yourself in the city in which you live in Madrid by giving the census your name and address. This is an important process because it is necessary for certain transactions in Madrid. Smart Insiders is here to give you a step-by-step guide on how to register. Most importantly, if you're living in a city other than Madrid go to your local town hall (ayuntamiento) to ask [...]

12 02, 2019

Carnival de Cádiz: Get in on the celebration! 🎊

2020-02-17T13:38:15+01:00Categories: Culture, Trips|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is Carnival? Are you ready to participate in one of Spain’s biggest and most celebrated festivals? A huge street party filled with live music, dances, floats and costumes - The Carnival of Cadiz is one you shouldn’t miss! Though the entire Spain celebrates, Carnival de Cadiz is one of a kind because it’s the city that celebrates the longest. People in this city definitely know how to party. This large city settled on Andalucia’s Atlantic coast has been hosting this festival since the 16th century, taking influence from the carnival in Venice, a major [...]

7 02, 2019

TIE/NIE Application: How To Get Legal

2020-11-04T17:24:37+01:00Categories: Support, Tips|Tags: , |16 Comments

Applying for the NIE/TIE in Madrid In this post Smart Insiders is going to be covering all the important information you need to know about becoming legal! What does this mean exactly? When you arrive in Spain you need to register with Spanish authorities if you are staying in Spain longer than three months. It seems daunting at the beginning but after reading we hope you find the process a bit easier. NIE vs. TIE. What's the difference? First of all, A NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is your Foreign Identity Number that [...]

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 [...]

31 01, 2019

Top Tapas Guide: Tips Before Tasting

2020-05-21T16:03:38+02:00Categories: Culture, Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

Smart Insider's Tapa Guide Welcome to the land of tapas! While you might not be completely familiar, a tapa is a small snack or appetizer eaten with a drink or two at lunchtime or in the early evening before dinner. As a result, it’s customary in Spanish culture to not have a drink without eating something. Due to this, you will find waiters bringing food to your table that you didn't order. No worries! This is normal. If you’re new to Spain this is a great way to try a variety of local Spanish [...]

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 [...]

22 01, 2019

Ultimate Morocco Guide: Discover the Culture of Africa

2019-08-30T12:17:28+02:00Categories: Morocco, Tips, Trips|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Travel with Smart Insiders to Morocco. Who's ready to travel to Morocco? This amazing country has much to offer including adventurous activities, amazing cuisine, and a ton of beautiful scenery. It’s a whole new world to explore and we want to share some advice before traveling to Africa with our Ultimate Morocco Guide. Smart Insiders is well accustomed to this fascinating place and we would love for you to come with us on one of our future trips. If you want to learn more about [...]

17 01, 2019

Abono Transporte Madrid: Call It Commuting 🚌

2020-05-21T17:04:40+02:00Categories: Support, Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to get an abono transporte in Madrid. First of all, are you wondering how to get around the Community of Madrid? Because if so, Smart Insiders is here to give tips on securing an abono transporte. Also, there is a lot to consider before you go and buy an abono. Most noteworthy examples are the zone of your school or work, how old you are, and how many methods of transportation you take during your commute. Maybe it seems confusing at the beginning, but after reading we hope to have all your questions answered and [...]

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 [...]

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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