Student City Guide: Madrid
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Though steeped in a rich heritage of art and culture, Madrid has maintained a youthful atmosphere that delights students with affordable contemporary pleasures. From the serene parks to spicy taquerias to the excitement of Flamenco halls, students discover many budget-friendly ways to embrace both the old and the new in Madrid’s vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. Where to go Sightseeing Although not as extensive as the Louvre, the El Prado Museum is just as impressive (especially the works by Spanish painters like Goya, el Greco, and Bosch) and is free to tour on evenings and selected weekend hours. The Parque del Retiro is best visited early in the day before the crowds (and pickpockets) materialize so you can savor ambling through the Rosaleda (Rose Garden), rowing around the lake, shopping the street vendors or hanging out in the cafes.To experience the thrill of flamenco dancing without having to shell out for an expensive meal, head to the family-run Clan venue where entry is free for late-night shows on Friday and Saturday. Where to Eat
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