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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Madrid

For anyone planning a move to or within Madrid in central Spain, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic Madrid.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Spain, Madrid’s famous suburbs include Sol, Malasaña, Cheuca, Lavapiés and La Latina

Madrid has a great choice of high quality private schools, beautiful landscapes, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Madrid has excellent art museums, phenomenal food, enormous parks and Europe’s largest palace, but its inclusive atmosphere is what really makes the city soar." Lonely Planet

Madrid is right in the middle of Spain, with neighbouring cities including Toledo, Valladolid, Getafe and Cuenca. The city also has the beautiful Parque Regional del Curso Dedio del Guadarrama just to the north, offering a stunning green escape.

Madrid is a European art hotspot! See Guernica, Picasso’s 1937 oil painting in the Reina Sofia, or head to the Prado Museum - described by TimeOut as the “big daddy” of art galleries in Spain and so is a must visit.

For more fun facts about Madrid, scroll down to our Madrid feature page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Madrid?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Madrid (or you already live in Madrid but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Madrid there is a big choice of high quality Madrid schools, with a number of the Madrid highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Spain.

The private education sector in and around Madrid features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Madrid, Spain (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

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Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Madrid, Spain

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Madrid, Spain providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Madrid, Spain

The most popular cities and towns in the Madrid, Spain area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Palacio

Moncloa-Aravaca (116,531), Carabanchel (16,500), Somosaguas (2,400)

>  Universidad

Las Tablas (3,000), Chamartín (100)

>  SOL

Latina (256,600), Salamanca (147,700), Atocha (14,300)

>  Embajadores

Carabanchel (253,600), Puente de Vallecas (244,150), Villaverde (126,800), Villa de Vallecas (65,100)

>  Cortes

Can Blas (157,400), Vicálvaro (70,000)

>  Justicia

San Blas (157,300), Hortaleza (161,600), Barajas (43,400)




Madrid is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Madrid are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Madrid to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous Madrid with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music.

Ten Things To Know About Madrid, Spain

> FACT 1: The oldest restaurant in the world is located in Madrid! Restaurante Botin, founded in 1725, serves a variety of traditional dishes including sucking pig…which, before you knock it, was one of Earnest Hemmingway’s favourites as he wrote about it with much delight in the 1920s.

> FACT 2: Madrid is thought to be over 2000 years old! There are a number of claims as to where the name ‘Madrid’ came from but the earliest record comes from the Arabic word ‘Magerit’, which means ‘place of water’.

> FACT 3: Enjoy a speciality cocktail at Salmón Gurú, one of the best cocktail bars in the world. The menu claims to be a “stupendously imaginative” take on traditional cocktails so is definitely worth a trip!

> FACT 4: Be sure to go for a stroll around the Rastro, Madrid’s oldest market where you can find things from antiques, jewellery, clothes, handicrafts and much much more!

> FACT 5: For a day out with the kids, head to Sweet Space - a museum dedicated solely to sweets! Many artists have been involved in the creation, including Okuda and Agatha Ruiz. The museum features 9 different rooms and of course a tasting emporium!

> FACT 6: Madrid has over 300 sunny days per year! So be sure to pack some sun cream and a good pair of sun-glasses!

> FACT 7: Madrid is actually one of the highest capitals in Europe! Although it doesn't feel like it when you’re wandering around the beautiful city, you are actually strolling at an altitude of 667m above sea level!

> FACT 8: One of the most famous landmarks in Madrid is located at the Puerta del Sol, in this square stands a large strawberry tree with a bear carefully picking at the fruit. It is not known why the strawberry tree is associated with Madrid, but the bear comes from ‘madroño’ - the Spanish name for Madrid.

> FACT 9: Take a city-break in the El Retiro Park! The beautiful rose gardens, intricate hedges and delicate flower beds are sure to provide a restful sanctuary from bustling city life. The park dates back to Queen Isabela I and King Ferdinand, and comes to life with family’s picnicking and basking in the summer sun.

> FACT 10:  Madrid is a mega-city within Europe, it has a population of 3.2 million people is the second biggest city in the EU, second only to Berlin which has a population of 3.6 million.

Where To Live In Madrid, Spain

Madrid and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or Spain estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Madrid living to rural, Spain or coastal lifestyles, Madrid and the areas near Madrid are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming crescents and estates, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Malasaña Madrid, Chueca Madrid, Barrio de La Latina Madrid, Sol Madrid, Argüelles Madrid, Atocha Madrid, Lavapiés Madrid, Barrio de las Letras Madrid, Madrid, Cuatro Caminos Madrid, Bellas VIstas Madrid, El Pilar Madrid, Goya Madrid, Fuente del Berro Madrid, La Guindalera Madrid, Entrevías Madrid, Ventas Madrid, Prosperidad Madrid

Commuting To And From Madrid By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Madrid is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Toledo, Valladolid, Salamanca, Zaragoza and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Madrid To Toledo: Toledo is about 72 miles by road from Madrid via the A-42 and driving to the centre of Toledo from Madrid normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to Toledo from Madrid, with trains taking from 1 hour.

> Madrid To Valladolid: Valladolid is about 208 miles by road from Madrid via the A-601 and driving to the centre of Valladolid from Madrid normally takes under 2 hours and 15 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Valladolid from Madrid, with trains taking around 2 hours 15.

> Madrid To Salamanca: Salamanca is about 214 miles by road from Madrid via the A-50 and driving to the centre of Salamanca from Madrid normally takes under 2 20 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Salamanca from Madrid, with trains taking from 2 hours 50 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Madrid, Spain

The nearest airport to Madrid is Madrid-Cuatro Vientos Airport (LECU) which is 13 kilometres from Madrid. Other nearby airports include Madrid-Barajas (MAD) (under 19 kilometres), Valencia (VLA) (300km) and Zaragoza (ZAZ) (360 kilometres)




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