The Spanish capital Madrid, with more than four million residents, has become home for thousands of expatriates -many of them native English speakers from Britain, Ireland, Australia or the United States. Others have immigrated from throughout the hispanic world. Even many of the Spaniards have roots outside Madrid, with their families having moved from their ancestral villages to Madrid in recent years.
Many families choose to live in the historic centre of the City whilst others choose upmarket neighbourhoods such as the Barrio de Salamanca or La Moreleja. In recent years, there has been steady growth in the suburbs, which are connected to the city by excellent rail and bus systems as well as by increasingly overcrowded highways.The public schools in Madrid can be very good, and are supplemented by state supported church-run schools which offer a good education at a nominal cost. For those who wish to retain ties to their native cultures or study in their native language, there are excellent international schools teaching in Engish, German and French.
We have been asking mums living in and around Madrid about their experiences from pregnancy through to teenage years in all sorts of areas including prenatal classes, nurseries and schools, activities & day-trips, where they shop, where they eat as well as their favourite beaches, parks & play-areas. Everything listed in these sections has been recommended by a local mum, many of whom have also added their comments. You can also read interviews by several mums about their experience of parenthood in Madrid. We are constantly adding to all our sections and would love to hear your recommendations and comments.
**Living in Madrid with Kids - A Family Guide**
Pregnancy in Madrid
Pregnancy classes, pregnancy support and maternity services
Groups, activities and services for babies & toddlers in Madrid
Activities for babies and toddlers
Activities and day trips for kids in Madrid
Leisure Centres, swimming classes, gyms, museums, water parks for children
Shops for Mums & Kids in Madrid
Childrens clothes and shoes, childrens furniture and products, toys and books, health food shops
Child-friendly restaurants and cafes in Madrid
Where to eat with kids in Madrid