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Culinary Holidays Spain

This course in Spain is perfect for those who are passionate about both gastronomy and culture. It includes cooking sessions and language learning lessons, as well as cultural activities, language exchange services, and excursions to discover Madrid's heritage sites. You will benefit from modernly equipped study areas, a movies and music loan service, international students to have fun with, and the option to choose your own type of accommodation.


  • 8 gourmet activities
  • 40 Spanish language lessons
  • 2 free cultural activities per week
  • Multimedia self-study area with modern computers
  • Final certificate of participation in the course
  • Books, films, and music loan service
  • Free language exchange service
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


10 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Wireless internet

Tandem Escuela Internacional Madrid offers different types of accommodation for students, so as to suit their personal needs and interests. All accommodations are carefully selected in order to provide the same level of quality for everybody.

It is very important to choose the right type of accommodation based on your personal characteristics, like your interests, age, budget, and the length of your stay. The accommodation you choose will help you complement your learning activities and allow you to discover Madrid in different ways.

Host family

The decision to stay with a host family will undoubtedly offer you a true Spanish living experience. You will speak Spanish all day, thereby allowing you to enjoy the maximum benefit of your course, as well as provide you with a comprehensive view of the day-to-day life in a different culture.

Your host family will be composed of parents and children, couples without children, or individuals living alone, all of which enjoy the company of others and look forward to the opportunity to share their culture.

Most host families will be able to offer an internet connection with Wi-Fi. In the event that you come with another person, they offer double rooms and it is not necessary that your roommate takes a course.

You will receive a set of your own house keys so that you can come and go as you please. Also, you will be able to receive calls on your host family's landline. Some host families offer you a private bathroom in your bedroom, at an extra cost.

Private apartment

This is a privileged accommodation in the heart of Madrid's Barrio de las Letras. It is a five-minute walk from the Puerta del Sol and a 10-minute walk from Tandem. The private apartment accommodation is designed for people who want to have their own space, comfort, and convenience.

All apartments have fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, plus everything you need for cooking. All apartments have access to a large terrace with magnificent views of Madrid, the mountains, and surrounding area. Daily cleaning of the apartments is served.

There are two types of private apartments: the studio apartment and Apartment A. The first one is for one or two people if you are a couple. The studio has a double bed, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and terrace with views of Madrid.

Apartment A is for two or three people with a separate bedroom with double bed or twin beds as requested, living room with sofa bed for one person, bathroom, kitchen, and terrace with views of Madrid.

Shared flat

Fully renovated three and four-bedroom apartments are decorated in an elegant and functional style, located in a quaint neighborhood, close to a variety of restaurants, bars, grocery shops, and coffee shops. The subway station is at five minutes walking distance.

The layout and size of these shared flats are conducive to shared living and guarantee independent access to shared spaces like the kitchen, living room, and at least one bathroom. The most common apartment is a three-bedroom that can house up to four students.

The apartment’s open-concept living room design makes a very spacious place. The living room leads into the fully equipped modern kitchen. Each room comes with one desk and chair per bed and a full-size closet. Next to the bedrooms, there is a modern bathroom with a window and walk-in shower.

Facilities and services include:

  • 24 / 7 emergency hotline in case of flood, gas leak, or fire
  • Flat screen television
  • Fully equipped kitchen (not always with dishwasher)
  • Fully furnished living or dining room with sofa and comfy chairs
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Linens
  • Online or on-call maintenance service
  • Renters’ insurance
  • Safe and beautiful neighborhood called Chamberi
  • Spacious apartment
  • Twin size bed
  • Utilities including gas, electricity, and water
  • Washing machine and drying rack (no dryer)
  • Weekly cleaning service

Tandem Madrid students residence

The students' residence is located in the heart of Madrid, close to all important things to see in Madrid. It is a five-minute walk from Puerta del Sol and a 10-minute walk from Tandem. It is located in Barrio de las Letras, Madrid‘s bustling shopping district.

The residence offers 29 private and double bedrooms, bedrooms with a private bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen and dining room, computers, Wi-Fi, washing machine, and dryer. There is daily cleaning service and bed linens are changed on a weekly basis. The residence also offers a cafeteria in which you could have breakfast each morning.

Tandem's summer university residence

Open from June 1 to September 30, the summer residence is based in the university campus area in Moncloa District. It is close to the metro station, various bus services, and a shopping area with bars and restaurants. By metro, it is 15 minutes away from the city center and 26 minutes away from the airport.

There are well-maintained facilities including a dining room, cinema and concert room, large outdoor swimming pool opening from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., a fully-equipped gymnasium opening from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., basketball and handball courts, as well as a common room for internet access and leisure.

All single rooms have a bathroom and include Wi-Fi, security safe or strong box, work table, fully furnished bathroom, wardrobe, and bed. The reception is open 24 hours a day.


During this holiday, you will enjoy eight gourmet activities, 40 intensive Spanish language classes, cultural activities, and many other services.

Intensive Spanish course

The Spanish classes are given in small groups of maximum 10 to 12 people in large, bright, air-conditioned, and pleasant classrooms where students will work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Classes usually consist of four 45-minute lessons per day from Monday to Friday. The classes in all courses are entirely in Spanish and are divided into several different segments. The aim of all teachers working is to enable their students to communicate effectively in Spanish.

All teachers are university graduates with many years of teaching experience and are deeply involved in the educational project of Tandem Madrid, meaning that they are highly motivated and student-oriented.

Tandem cultural program

The Tandem cultural program is specially designed for foreign students taking a Spanish course at Tandem Madrid. The program combines culture and leisure, enabling students to truly experience Madrid, an open city with a vibrant culture and leisure offering, avant-garde and modern, so they can enjoy the city as if they were citizens, not mere tourists.

Coffee and News (Café y Noticias) extra class

Coffee and News (Café y Noticias) is an hour and a half extra class which is included in all Spanish language programs. During this program, students find out about and debate sports, politics, social, and cultural issues in Spain and Latin America.

They do this using a variety of media resources and social networks, guided by highly experienced teachers. In order to participate, students must have a minimum level of A2. Usually, every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., students can participate in Coffee and News.

Teachers have a coffee or tea with the students while debating current affairs and other fun subjects. Tandem also likes to visit Spanish media outlets and arrange meetings with journalists and popular bloggers. Subjects such as football, social movements, celebrity culture, Spanish and Latin American politics are all part of this class.

Coffee and News is a fun way to learn or improve your level of Spanish and a comfortable and easy way to find a steady conversation group and make sure you practice Spanish weekly. It is also an efficient way to prepare for an oral Spanish test or gain confidence in your daily use.

Daily schedule

Morning timetable

  • 09:00 - 11:00 Classes
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 - 13:30 Classes

Afternoon timetable

  • 13:30 - 15:00 Classes
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Break
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Classes

During the low season (January to April), only the morning timetable will apply. During the high season (May to September), there will be rotating schedules every week. One week, classes will be in the morning and the following week they will be in the afternoon.

Included excursions

Every weekend, Tandem Escuela Internacional Madrid arranges an excursion with a teacher from Tandem, who will show you the wealth of culture that Madrid's world heritage sites have to offer.


This holiday will take place in Madrid, the capital of Spain. Madrid has a privileged location in the center of the Iberian Peninsula. When you come here, you will discover just how easy it is to travel to the rest of the country. No Spanish town is more than eight hours from Madrid.

Just two hours away from Madrid, there are nine locations that have been listed as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, including Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, el Monasterio y Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Paisaje Cultural de Aranjuez, Toledo, Segovia, and Cuenca.

Grand museums and great artists are an essential chapter in Spain’s art history. Just a few meters from one another, the masterpieces of Goya, Velázquez, and Picasso welcome visitors from every corner of the globe.

Nowadays, not only painters but also the most avant-garde architects have chosen Madrid as the perfect backdrop for their designs. Madrid is also world-famous for its unique nightlife. There are many establishments for going out, dancing, having fun, and meeting people.

Indeed, going out in Madrid in the evening is a cultural activity. The night has all sorts of colors, from minimalist chill outs to the most attractive clubs, gothic discos, the craziest bars, the maddest after-hours, and the most nostalgic dance halls.

Madrid is made up of people from the four corners of the globe, bringing together every culture and every point of view. In Madrid, there is a place for everyone because no one asks where you come from. You can feel the vibrancy of the city at its pace. The streets are always full and it never seems to be getting late.


Host family

With respect to your meal plan, you can choose between breakfast, half-board (breakfast and dinner), or full-board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Your meals will be served during the normal Spanish dining hours and you will eat Spanish food.

However, to the extent possible, your host family will take your preferences into consideration. Further, if necessary, there are families that can adapt to certain dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, food allergies, or food restrictions related to your religion. Special diet requirements in families cost extra 26 EUR per week.

Private apartment

All apartments have fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and kitchen, plus everything you need for cooking.

Shared flat

The flat has a fully equipped kitchen and is located in a quaint neighborhood, close to a variety of restaurants, bars, grocery shops, and coffee shops.

Tandem Madrid students residence

The residence has a fully-equipped kitchen and a cafeteria in which you could have breakfast each morning.

Tandem summer residence

A large modern dining room offers breakfast, half board, and full board. All meals are cooked daily from fresh ingredients, catering for all dietary requirements.

Things to do (optional)

Madrid Market with drink and tapa 65 EUR

Excursion to Aranjuez 150 EUR

Excursion to Segovia 150 EUR

Excursion to Toledo 150 EUR

Excursion to Alcalá de Henares 150 EUR

Tour to Cultural Center 45 EUR

Tour to museum (1 or 2 hours depending on the museum chosen) 75 EUR

Tour in Madrid neighborhoods 50 EUR

Tour in Madrid Park 45 EUR

What's included

  • 8 gourmet activities
  • Intensive 40-lesson Spanish course
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Free Tandem language exchange service
  • One free extra Spanish class (Coffee and News)
  • Tutorial sessions with teachers and head of studies
  • Spacious classrooms equipped with audiovisual and digital media
  • Area for self-study (multimedia area with modern computers)
  • Final certificate of participation in the course
  • Two free cultural activities per week
  • Student assistance service
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Books, films, and music CD loan service
  • Loaned out course book
  • Access to a patio-garden
  • Free welcome folder
  • Placement test
  • Vending machines

What's not included

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Some of the activities in the cultural program
  • Final exam
  • Registration for the DELE exams

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available all year round with arrivals on Sunday. This program must be booked at least one month in advance.

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