Madrid´s smart and peaceful suburbs are excellent choices for anyone looking to trade the energetic pace of inner-city life for more tranquil surroundings and a warm family atmosphere. Popular with Spaniards and expatriates alike, the small towns and neighbourhoods located to the north of the city centre each offer up their own unique character and sense of community. Along the national road to A Coruña (A6) to the north-west of the city are the elegant neighbourhoods of Aravaca, Pozuelo and Las Rozas, all popular with affluent Madrid families looking for more space and a family-oriented atmosphere. With great services and shopping centres, this part of the city is not far from the mountains, which are often capped with snow during the winter months. Nearby, following the road to Burgos (A1) that heads north-east, are the areas of Encinar de los Reyes and the exclusive neighbourhood of Moraleja, both of which are perfect for professionals working in the nearby business parks of Alcobendas or San Sebastian de los Reyes to the north. The area also has good access to the city centre, with the bus, metro and train stations of Plaza de Castilla just a short distance away. Madrid´s suburbs offer residents more green and open spaces, larger homes and a more laid-back lifestyle. Many of the city´s best international schools are located in these zones, where both Spanish and foreign students study in two or more languages. Geared towards families and working professionals, the neighbourhoods surrounding the north of Madrid offer visitors a sense of space and tranquility that can be hard to find when living in the heart of the capital.