Best time to visit Madrid

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Best time of year to visit Madrid

Balmy weather and moderate crowds make May–June and September–October the best time to visit Madrid. Late spring brings in fantastic festivities like Fiesta dos de Mayo and San Juan Bonfire Fest. Mild autumn, in its turn, is a perfect period for hiking in the Cotos forest or climbing La Pedriza. Exploring Madrid can get quite uncomfortable in July–August as these months are intolerably hot and somewhat crowded. However, sunsets on rooftop terraces with a glass of Spanish summer wine can be quite enjoyable. Slow season from November to March, with the exception of Christmas burst in late December, is generous with hotel deals. So book a room, enjoy the major sites without tourist crowds, and join Las Luminarias and Three Kings Parade for a festive mood.

1 THING TO DO IN MADRID (JUNE 19 - JUNE 28)

Hiking in Cercedilla

Hiking in Cercedilla

all year round (best March–August) • activity

Fans of trekking in the mountains can choose several routes with different levels of difficulty

45 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Noche de San Juan

Noche de San Juan

out of rangeJune 20–June 24 • event

Bonfires and songs highlight the celebration of St. John's Eve and summer solstice in Spain

Bullfighting (Corrida de Toros)

Bullfighting (Corrida de Toros)

out of rangelate March–early October • event

Madrid hosts one of the most prominent and prestigious bullfight ferias in the world

White Night Festival (La Noche en Blanco)

White Night Festival (La Noche en Blanco)

out of rangeMay 18, 2024 • event

What can you visit in Madrid in October for free? Of course, the festival "La Noche en Blanco!"

San Isidro Festival

San Isidro Festival

out of rangeMay 3–May 15 • event

The holiday of the patron of the city has been celebrated in Madrid for centuries

August Fiestas (Fiestas de Agosto)

August Fiestas (Fiestas de Agosto)

unconfirmedAugust 2–17, 2024 • event

Do not miss the vibrant August holidays in the heart of Spain

Madrid Carnival

Madrid Carnival

out of rangeFebruary 10-14, 2024 • event

Masks, wigs, and fancy dresses... This holiday without rules is celebrated on a large scale

Christmas Markets in Madrid

Christmas Markets in Madrid

out of rangelate November–early January  • event

The unique style of Madrid Christmas markets will make your holidays in the Spanish capital memorable

Sales (Rebajas)

Sales (Rebajas)

out of rangeearly January–February | July–August • activity

The most pleasant thing in the season of sales in Madrid is to have fun and save money at the same time

Fiesta Dos de Mayo (Day of Madrid Festival)

Fiesta Dos de Mayo (Day of Madrid Festival)

out of rangeApril 26–May 2, 2024 • event

Fiesta Dos de Mayo is the holiday of the community of Madrid, commemorating a historical uprising

Madrid Horse Week

Madrid Horse Week

out of rangeNovember 28-December 1, 2024 • event

Graceful horses, flamenco rhythms, fearless riders, and sports excitement—all of this awaits you at Madrid Horse Week

Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter

Holy Week (Semana Santa) & Easter

out of rangeMarch 24–31, 2024 • event

Rolling drums, trumpets, and hundreds of religious worshippers in bright and colorful dress is the hallmark of Easter in Madrid

Three Kings Parade (Cavalcade of Magi)

Three Kings Parade (Cavalcade of Magi)

out of rangeJanuary 5 • event

The Three Kings are responsible for fulfilling the traditional tasks of Santa Claus, namely for receiving letters and distributing gifts

Solemn Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace

Solemn Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace

out of rangefirst Wednesday of the month except January, August and September • event

The most cunning spectators come to occupy the best places inside and on the steps of the Almudena Cathedral long before the changing of the guard

Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon

Rock 'n' Roll Madrid Marathon

out of rangeApril 28, 2024 • event

The peculiarity of this marathon is live music performed by numerous bands throughout a race, as well as a big rock concert at the finish

Las Luminarias Festival

Las Luminarias Festival

out of rangeJanuary 16 • event

A Spanish festival of fire and horses dedicated to St. Anthony

Botanical Nights (Noches del Botánico)

Botanical Nights (Noches del Botánico)

out of rangeJune 7-July 27, 2024 • event

A summer holiday for music lovers is annually held in the Royal Botanic Garden

Madrid New Year's Eve (Nochevieja)

Madrid New Year's Eve (Nochevieja)

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Everyone wants to be at Puerta del Sol for the official New Year countdown

Rooftop Terraces at Sunset

Rooftop Terraces at Sunset

out of rangeJune–August  • activity

Meet the sunset, drink cocktails, and take amazing panoramic shots from the summer terraces of restaurants and cafes

Madrid en Danza International Dance Festival

Madrid en Danza International Dance Festival

out of rangeMay 9–26, 2024 • event

Madrid en Danza Festival turns the city into a real dance capital for over three weeks every year

San Silvestre Vallecana

San Silvestre Vallecana

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Participate in the exciting New Year's footrace in Madrid

Festimad

Festimad

overApril 24–May 9, 2020 • event

The most famous musical event in the capital, Festimad attracts big names and young talents

Cotos Forest Trail, Rascafría

Cotos Forest Trail, Rascafría

out of rangeMarch–November • nature

An idyllic mountain landscape and crystal clear natural pools—that's what trekking in Cotos Forest can offer!

Olives & Olive Oil

Olives & Olive Oil

out of rangeDecember–February • food

Olive oil is the best the moment it is pressed, and January is the best month to check the shop shelves for a variety of bottled extra virgin

Tinto de Verano (Spanish Summer Wine)

Tinto de Verano (Spanish Summer Wine)

out of rangemid-May–mid-September • food

Tinto de verano is a refreshing red wine-based cocktail similar to sangria but not the same

Los Veranos de la Villa

Los Veranos de la Villa

unconfirmedearly July–late August 2023 • event

"Los Veranos de la Villa" is one of the most awaited events in Madrid: concerts and theatre performances take place throughout the summer

Madrid Pride Week

Madrid Pride Week

unconfirmedlate June–early July 2023 • event

The largest LGBT Pride Festival and LGTB Pride Parade in Europe

Duratón River Kayaking

Duratón River Kayaking

out of rangeMarch–November (all year round) • activity

Want something new? Try kayaking in a picturesque place

La Rosaleda (Rose Garden)

La Rosaleda (Rose Garden)

out of rangeMay–June  • nature

The aroma of roses fills the area during spring and summer

Halloween in Madrid: Events, Parties & Traditional Celebrations

Halloween in Madrid: Events, Parties & Traditional Celebrations

out of rangeOctober 2024 • event

Plenty of scary attractions and parties to choose from in Madrid

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

out of rangeMarch–mid-April • nature

A mesmerizing and unique natural phenomenon in the spring

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

out of rangeSeptember–October • activity

Despite Madrid doesn't boast a great fame of a wine-producing region, it still produces excellent wines, mostly locally

Almond Blossoms in Quinta de Los Molinos

Almond Blossoms in Quinta de Los Molinos

out of rangemid-March • nature

The flowering of almond trees is a sign that spring has come to Madrid

Flamenco Madrid

Flamenco Madrid

unconfirmedMay–June, 2024 • event

Flamenco is not just a dance, it's a way of life and a way of expressing emotions both positive and negative

Salmorejo Cordobés

Salmorejo Cordobés

out of rangeMay–September • food

Cold soup of Cordoba made of tomatoes and bread rivals the well-known Gazpacho

Andalusian Gazpacho

Andalusian Gazpacho

out of rangeMay–September • food

It may be a flavourful soup and a cool summer drink at the same time

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

out of rangeApril–September  • activity

Depending on the season, the river changes its mood, and therefore white water rafting can be more or less extreme

Public Swimming Pools

Public Swimming Pools

out of rangemid-May–mid-September  • activity

A perfect place to relax during the unbearable summer heat

La Pedriza Climbing

La Pedriza Climbing

out of rangeMarch–June | September–November • activity

One of the best areas in Spain for granite rock climbing and hiking, just an hour drive from the capital

Skiing and Snowboarding around Madrid

Skiing and Snowboarding around Madrid

out of rangeearly December–early April  • activity

Although Madrid rarely sees snow, you can enjoy skiing just 52 km away from the capital atop some impressive mountains

Mushroom Season

Mushroom Season

out of rangelate September–mid-December • activity

The mushroom season in Madrid is short, so fans of this "sport" do not lose time

Windsurfing

Windsurfing

out of rangeearly May–late September • activity

Beat summer heat with water adventures

Madrid-Style Tripe (Callos a la Madrileña)

Madrid-Style Tripe (Callos a la Madrileña)

out of rangeDecember–February • food

Try the traditional winter Spanish stew called "Callos a la madrileña" which is a favourite in Madrid

Birdwatching at Wetlands and Riverbanks

Birdwatching at Wetlands and Riverbanks

out of rangeJune–August  • nature

The wetlands of Madrid are home to a variety of waterfowl that gather around water in great numbers during dry summer months

Bluethroat Watching

Bluethroat Watching

out of rangeMarch–May • nature

Because of the frequent and loud chirping, these little birds are called "one hundred songs"

Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool Festival

out of rangeJuly 10–13, 2024 • event

Join Mad Cool Festival for four unforgettable days of music and lively energy in Madrid

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