If you visit our research group at the Spanish Research Council campus in Serrano Street, you will visit also a place with a rather old history of struggles to foster science and education in Madrid. Parts of this complex are buildings from the Junta de Ampliación de Estudios, an institution created at the beginning of the XX century, and which was led by Nobel Prize winner Prof. Ramón y Cajal.
While the JAE was closed shortly after the Civil War, the buildings of that complex still remain. Among them, you should visit the Residencia de Estudiantes (Students' Residence), a kind of "college" where great artists such as Dalí and Garcia Lorca resided for a period of their lives. Nowadays the Residencia acts as a museum, a center for cultural activities ranging from concerts to seminars, and also a place for short-term and long-term accommodation which we recommend if you do not about so much as luxury as much as about character, natural environment, historical relevance and quietness.
My modest drawing below is a sketch of the Transatlantic building from the Residencia, which was so called because of the high balconies that offer a wonderful view to the Natural Science Museum and core of Madrid.