Abanico cultural program

Abanico cultural activities, a free interactive way to achieve cultural immersion in Madrid

Was created with the idea of imparting to our students what no classroom study could ever achieve; total immersion. In a country like Spain that preserves innumerable socio-cultural, religious and gastronomic traditions, in combination with the vibrant atmosphere of Madrid, where history and modernity live together in a surprising way, culture becomes a rich source of inspiration. With its famous night-life, and three internationally art museums, there is much to see in this wonderful city.

The students, accompanied by one of our team, are invited to take part of our activities either within, or outside the school. It might be an excursion to one of the museums or to one of the many points of cultural interest in the city; there may be a lecture on a social, political, cultural or gastronomic theme; an afternoon of Hispanic film; or the visit of a professional who comes to our center to discuss with our students.…

All of these activities are planned to give greater depth to the students’ study programmes and to get the most from their stay with TILDE.


Some of our activities and walks

One of the charms of old Madrid is its central district, most widely known as "Habsburg Madrid" (el Madrid de los Austrias), the area in which the Habsburg dynasty ordered to build the historical buildings of the capital city they chose. Its buildings remind of the Spanish Imperial age, when the Habsburgs ruled an empire that went further than the Netherlands and reached America.
El Retiro is the most important park in Madrid since it was open to the public in 1868. It was created by Philip IV in the 17th century as a recreational area for kings of the Habsburg house. The continuous demolitions inside the facilities and the severe damages it suffered during the Independence war, during which it served as quartering for the French army, as well as the urban expansion during the 19th century, made the present aspect of El Retiro.
The Literary Quarter (Barrio de las Letras), is named so in memory of the famous and great writers of the 17th century, the so-called "Golden Age". The most important figures of Spanish literature coexisted in its streets, authors as important as Miguel de Cervates, Lope de Vega, Góngora, Quevedo, Luis Vélez de Guevara, Ramón de la Cruz, Moratín, Zorrilla, Echegaray, Valle-Inclán...
In 1561, when Philip II made Madrid the capital city of the Empire, many taverns were funded around Toledo street, where coaches, wagons and travelers passed by. The city was rapidly full of taverns or "tascas", which were, apart from places to have something to eat or drink, refuges for discussions and social relations. The doors of the taverns were painted purple red, like the color of red wine.
Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center is one of the angles of the "Arts triangle", along with Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums. It gathers works by Dalí, Miró, Juan Gris and Picasso. The masterpiece of the museum, the Guernica, is one of the most important paintings of Pablo Picasso. It expresses the pain of the victims of the bombing of Guernica on April 27th, 1937.
One of the visits you cannot miss when you arrive to Madrid is Prado National Museum, which holds the most complete collection of Spanish paintings in the world. Apart from the famous Meninas by Velázquez, and the Third of May by Goya, in its rooms one can see masterpieces form the Spanish, Italian, and Flemish schools. Prado Museum has a valuable collection of 8,600 paintings and more than 700 sculptures.