The capital of Spain, location of the court for centuries and business hub of the country, Madrid is a vibrant city where old cobblestone streets are trodden upon by the most modern events and stories. The group is housed in a hotel located right beside the Puerta del Sol, the heart of Spain, from which all roads are born. A skip hop and jump away from all the Habsburg’s historical center: Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Opera and the main streets of the old town.

But Madrid also holds the cultural backbone of Spain. Visits to the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum are mandatory, to view the masterpieces of all world-renown Spanish artists: Goya, Velázquez, Miró, Piccasso, El Greco…

Day visits to surrounding towns are varied depending on the session. The old capital of Toledo, with its towering city over the river Tagus and its rich history is one of students’ favorite destinations. But Segovia, and its enchanted castle nestled upon a mountain and underlined by the amazing 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct; Salamanca and its cathedral’s spiraling towers and inspiring Plaza Mayor or Alcalá de Henares, with its passionate historic testimony in education, are close behind.