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Culinary Holiday Spain

This Spanish language and passion for the gourmet cooking course will bring the best of Spanish cuisine together with a deep understanding of the language and related vocabulary. In Spain, gastronomy is written in capital letters. In the last few years, the whole world has been talking about Spanish gastronomy and some global experts consider it a world leader for its creativity, innovative capacity, diversity, and vitality.


  • 2 gourmet activities
  • 20 Spanish language lessons
  • Multimedia self-study area with modern computers
  • Final certificate of participation in the course
  • Books, films, and music loan service
  • Free language exchange service
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$69 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Special menu request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

TANDEM 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. They are exclusive for students of our Spanish courses in Madrid.

At this time, students can choose from:

Host family

The Spanish host family accommodation experience: 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 Spanish course, as well as provide you with a comprehensive view and understanding of the day-to-day life in a different culture.

Host family accommodation details:

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. You will not be the first to go out with your host family to tour the city or, keep in touch with the family long after you have completed your course.

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 those of a vegetarian or someone with food allergies, as well as those with food restrictions related to their religion.

Most host families will be able to offer an Internet connection with WiFi.

In the event that you come with another person, the program offers double rooms (it is not necessary that your roommate take 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.

FAMILIAS PLUS: These host families offer you a private bathroom which is located in your bedroom.

Private apartment: A privileged accommodation in the heart of Madrid

  • 5-minute walk from the “Puerta del Sol”
  • 10-minute walk from Tandem

Located in “Barrio de las Letras”, the private apartment accommodation is designed for people who want to study Spanish in Madrid and have their own space, with comfort and convenience.


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

Types of private apartment:

  • Studio apartment: 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: 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.

Summer university residence (open from June 1 to August 31)

The summer university residence is based in the university campus area (Moncloa district). It is situated in the university neighborhood of the capital with a metro station and bus stops right outside the door, being only a few minutes from the city center using public transport.

There are well-maintained facilities (a large outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped gymnasium, sports grounds with football pitch, basketball and handball courts, as well as various study areas with WIFI in common areas and student room. A large, modern dining room offers breakfast, half board, and full board. All of the meals are cooked daily from fresh ingredients, catering to all dietary requirements (vegetarians, celiacs, etc.).

All these great facilities make the residence the perfect choice for your accommodation in Madrid during the summer months.

The perfect location!

  • Close to the metro station “Metropolitano” Line 6 (Circular)
  • Close to a shopping area with bars and restaurants.
  • 15 minutes by metro to Puerta del Sol, the city center.
  • 26 minutes by metro to the airport
  • Various bus services are available

All single rooms have a bathroom and include:

  • WiFi
  • Security safe / strong box
  • Worktable
  • Fully furnished bathroom
  • Wardrobe
  • Bed

The shared facilities are:

  • Dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cinema and concert room
  • TV and games room
  • 25 metre outdoor swimming pool, open from 12:00 to 21:00
  • The gym and weights room are open from 8.00 to 23.30
  • Common room for internet access and leisure
  • The reception remains open 24 hours a day

TANDEM student residence

The TANDEM Madrid Students Residence is located in the heart of the center city of Madrid, close to all the important things to see in Madrid:

  • A 5-minute walk from “Puerta del Sol”
  • A 10-minute walk from the Prado’s Museum
  • A 10-minute walk from Tandem
  • Located in “Barrio de las Letras” (Literary Quarter)
  • Located in Madrid‘s bustling shopping district

If you are looking for a more independent feel to your stay in Madrid, TANDEM can offer you the perfect housing option at “Luis Vélez”. In this housing, you will have the opportunity to meet other students as well as, enjoy a stress-free and comfortable stay in the center of Madrid.

The residence offers:

  • 29 private and double bedrooms
  • Bedrooms with a private bathroom
  • Fully-equipped kitchen and dining room
  • Computers and WiFi throughout the residence
  • The residence offers a fully-equipped kitchen and a washing machine and dryer
  • Daily cleaning service and bed linens changed on a weekly basis
  • The residence also offers a cafeteria in which you could have breakfast each morning


Hostels are establishments similar to hotels, but with a lower level of services and cheaper prices. Spanish hostels are considered particularly good and the ones we choose for our students are in the heart of Madrid and very close to Tandem, so it is possible to walk to the school every day.

This category offers rooms with an en-suite or a shared bathroom.

The hostels provide a wide range of styles to meet everyone’s requirements and offer an array of services and facilities so that the student will feel at home. Some of them also offer meals, other bed and breakfast, other only the room. All establishments we choose are compliant with European quality standards.


Tandem partnered with hotels close to the school in order to provide students with a higher category of accommodation. Good value for money hotels.

Located in the center of Madrid, just a short walk from the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía museums and the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Gran Vía, and close to the Atocha Renfe-AVE train station. The theme of the hotel is Spanish wine regions. All rooms have air conditioning and a flat-screen satellite TV.

The hotels are just a 5 to 10-minute walk from the school. The standard of hotels in Spain use to be outstanding, you’ll enjoy a very pleasant learning travel experience.

Generator Hostel Madrid

Generator Madrid has an excellent location in the center of Madrid, in the street San Bernardo corner with street Silva. Its unique location, really close to the always vivid street Gran VÍa of Madrid, will allow you to admire the most touristic and cultural attractions of the city (monuments, art galleries, cultural centers, theaters, cinemas, etc.), go shopping in the shopping areas of Madrid (which are one step away from Generator Madrid) and enjoy the many restaurants and pubs that you will find in the area.

If you usually prefer to avoid public transport, Generator Madrid is a good option for you as here you will be able to enjoy getting to know almost the whole city on foot and walking to your language classes in TANDEM if you wish to.

Thanks to its modern and cozy facilities, staying in Generator Madrid feels just like home, with a reception desk that opens 24 hours a day and free Wi-Fi connection. Furthermore, you will be able to ask for information about trips and visits around Madrid and have a drink in its bar or cafeteria. If you are a woman, you will be able to request a room just for women.


In Spain, the word cuisine is written in capital letters. It has not taken long for the whole world to start talking about Spanish cuisine; nowadays it is at the top of the world charts since some experts admire the creativity, innovative capability, diversity, and strength of Spanish cuisine.

Madrid Fusion is celebrated in Madrid every year; it might well be the most important culinary congress in the world. Moreover, Gastrofestival and the Salón de Gourmets are also celebrated in the city, which is the nexus point of delicatessen products. Furthermore, more and more establishments in the city win Michelin stars every year, the most famous award for gastronomic excellence worldwide.

DiverXO –with three stars–, Santceloni, La Terraza del Casino, Ramón Freixa Madrid, El Club Allard, DSTAgE and Coque –with two stars– and Kabuki, Kabuki Wellington, Álbora, La Cabra, Punto MX, Lúa, A’Barra, Gaytán, La Candela Restó and Cebo, these last two are brand new –with one star are on the list of the Michelin Guide in its 2018 edition.

However, the gastronomy of Madrid is much more than grand cuisine. In Madrid, you will find close to 3100 restaurants where you will find options for all tastes and budgets. Since Madrid has such vast gastronomic offerings, you might probably wonder where to start.

TANDEM Madrid wants to help you to discover Madrid and its cuisine. This is why we offer a special program combining Spanish learning (20 Spanish lessons per week, 4 lessons every day of 45 minutes each) and gourmet activities.

The “Spanish and a Gourmet Passion Course” of TANDEM Madrid has been designed for people over 18 years old who have any level of Spanish, from none to those who get by fluently in the language of Cervantes. Students with a refined taste who relish the opportunity to live a gourmet experience while studying Spanish are welcome. In this experience, Madrid will not only find its way into your heart through its people and culture but also through your stomach.

Spanish course

  • Lessons per week: 20 Spanish lessons per week – 4 lessons per day + 2 lessons per week Spanish and Conversation from A2 level.
  • Levels: All levels
  • Lesson duration: 45 minutes
  • Minimum age: +18


Morning schedule:

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

Afternoon schedule:

  • 15:00 - 16:30 Classes
  • 16:30 - 17:00 Break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Classes


From January to May: only morning timetable.

From June to September: some groups will have a morning schedule and others will be programmed in the afternoon.

The maximum number of students per class is 10, the minimum is 4. If the number of students per class is less than 4, the school will reduce the number of classes to half of the total.


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
  • Excursion to Aranjuez
  • Excursion to Segovia
  • Excursion to Toledo
  • Excursion to Alcalá de Henares
  • Tour to Cultural Center
  • Tour to a museum (1 or 2 hours depending on the museum chosen)
  • Tour in Madrid neighborhoods
  • Tour in Madrid Park

What's included

  • 2 gourmet activities
  • Intensive 20-lesson Spanish course
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Free welcome folder
  • Placement test
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Loaned out coursebook
  • Books, films, and music CD loan service
  • Spacious classrooms equipped with audiovisual and digital media
  • Access to a patio-garden
  • Vending machines
  • Area for self-study: multimedia area with modern computers
  • Student assistance service (purchase of tickets, information on transport, etc.)
  • Two free cultural activities per week
  • One free extra Spanish class (Coffee and news/ Café y Noticias)
  • Free TANDEM Language Exchange service
  • Tutorial sessions with teachers and head of studies.
  • Final certificate of participation in the course

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Some of the activities in the cultural program
  • Final exam
  • Registration for the DELE exams
  • Flamenco classes
  • Salsa classes
  • Spanish guitar classes

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer available: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$69 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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 Monday. This program must be booked at least one month in advance.

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