A City of Many Wonders
Many Spaniards claims that the people of Madrid look down on the rest of Spain. If that is indeed the case, it is not without reason. As the capital of the country, Madrid is an amazing city that boasts world-class restaurants, amazing architecture, a fascinating art scene and two premier football teams.
Madrid is a city that is experiencing constant growth and over time it has developed an increasingly multicultural population. A large immigrant population has made Madrid the most culturally diverse city in Spain, which is reflected in the city’s many shops, restaurants and cultural events.
Once an area of the world that was associated with conquests and Armadas, Madrid is now world-renowned for its vibrant nightlife and entertainment. Often considered to be one of the liveliest cities in Europe, expatriates living in Spain’s capital will always find that there is always something going on. From vibrant bars, clubs and pubs, to peaceful restaurants, heartrending operas and eclectic theatre performances, however you prefer to spend your time you will find that you are spoilt for choice.
Madrid is a city that is growing and developing and it attracts expatriates from all over the world, who come to the capital to study, work and enjoy the finer things in life. As an expat in Madrid, you should have no problem finding your niche or finding other native English speakers, and there will be always plenty of people who are looking to make friends. Those seeking an authentic living experience in Madrid should make an effort to learn the language. It will enrich your time in the city and the locals will appreciate you all the more for it.
Mind-numbingly tedious bureaucracy, endless lines, infinite amounts of paperwork and lots of telephone calls await expatriates who fail to do their research and prepare the correct legal documents. The Expat Info Desk relocation guide to Madrid contains everything you need to know about visas, taxes, residency and other legal requirements and offers practical advice on how you can keep the stress to a minimum. Starting out on the right foot will make your relocation all the more positive, and living in Madrid will be a decision you’ll never regret.
If you’re ready to embrace a new culture and discover one of Europe’s greatest cities, take the time to study the Expat International Desk guide to living in Madrid. By the time you’ve finished you’ll be ready for any eventuality, and will be well on your way to becoming an official Madrileño.
Our guide was written by Justine Bayod Espoz and last published on Saturday 9th January 2010.
|01||Start learning Spanish and have at least a basic comprehension before arriving in the country, it will get you off to the best start.|
|02||Give yourself enough time to adapt to your new city. Leave sufficient time to perform the required administration before starting work.|
|03||Expect to spend a bare bones minimum of 1000 Euros per month, but if you want to live somewhat comfortably, plan on spending twice that amount.|
|04||Make the effort to strike up relationships with Spaniards, and don’t be afraid to be the one who suggests getting together for coffee or a night|
Spain is a monarchy, which was restored after the death of dictator General Franco in 1975. The present monarch, King Juan Carlos I, is the last monarch in Europe to hold absolute power.