We moved to Madrid last year. So before coming, we were trying to find out whether there are Indians in Madrid or not. We surfed, posted questions in Quara, looked for pages or groups in Facebook, looked for Instagram hashtags but all in vein. Could not get much info.
So I thought of writing my experience and sharing as it might help other Indians moving to Madrid.Here we go …….
Actually there are quite a number of Indians living in Madrid. Though not in any specific area or locality but all around Madrid (Unlike USA or UK).
Many Indian communities or groups are there, such as Indian Family in Madrid (IFIM), Indians in madrid (IIM), Indian Students in Madrid (ISM) etc. The most prominent one is Indian Sindhi community known as ISAOM .
All these groups are quite active and welcoming. Have separate whatsapp group and they all organize various get togethers and cultural events at different occasions.
When relocating to Madrid all that one need to look for is-
1.To connect with fellow indians Join Facebook page named “Indians in Madrid”.(This group was inactive one year back so we could not find it at first,. But now it is very active and functioning).
The Admins are super friendly and active. They keep posting about the latest Indian events. Whatever query you have you can just post in the page and it will be answered for sure.
Once you join the FB group share your mobile number to join the Whats-app group as well and connected. All the Major Indian festivals are celebrated together.You will definitely make good friends once you start going to the events.
2. To rent a flat/house.
Search in Idealista (Madrid)
Look for a locality that’s close to your workplace. You can save your daily commute time; As public transport connectivity is good across locations, it’s easy to visit city center or anywhere around Madrid on weekends.
Flats listed in idealista are either by direct owners or by real estate agents. So if you wanna save agent’s commission then look for posts by owners only. And also its OK to bargain a bit on rent ;).
3. For Indian groceries.
Well there is a area named “Lavapies” in the city center where you will get all the Indian grocery stuff. There is one Indian store named “Foodland” which everyone recommends Address: Calle Amparo, 99, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Few more Asian (Pakistani and Bangladeshi) grocery shops are also there in same area where you can get few of Indian vegetables as well. Just explore Lavapies to know more 🙂
Also there is an online store named “Desi gourmet”. So if you wanna home delivery go for this :https://www.desigourmet.es/
4. Indian restaurants
There are many Indian restaurants in Madrid (Bangladeshi and pakistani people also call their restaurants as Indian restaurants ). Few good indian restaurants are –
- Curry Masala
- Bollywood Tadka
- Bangalore Restaurant
- Swagat Restaurante Indio
- And many more are there…google zindabad 🙂
5. Temples / Gurudwara / Indian Cultural center in Madrid.
- Geeta Ashram Temple ( Taken care by ISAOM- Indian sindhi association of Madrid) – ISAOM’s cultural centre is the venue for all big Festivals such as Holi, Dandiya, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Diwali, New year celebrations, etc.
- Jhulelal Mandir
- Sai baba mandir
- Iskon Temple
- Gurudwara Nanaksar
- Gurudwara Singh Sabha