Late spring and early autumn are the best times to visit Madrid. From late March to late October, Spain benefits from summer time, so the days are extremely long. To give you an idea, from mid-June to mid-July, the sun sets at 22:00. This allows enough time to visit the city.
When is the best time to visit Madrid?
- The best time to visit Madrid for sightseeing: May and October are the two ideal months to enjoy sightseeing in Madrid.in May, the intense summer heat has not yet arrived and the crowds are also more manageable.in October, with autumn in full swing and the children back in school, the city begins to cool down, golden tones cover the parks and you won’t have to worry about hitting your elbows with hundreds of other tourists.If you decide to visit during the summer, with its intense afternoon sun, it is important to plan your tourism early in the day and do what many locals do: take a nap (or at least a break indoors) at 3pm and wait until 7pm before going outside again.If you want to avoid the large crowds, especially in the summer months, try not to go to the most popular places of interest, including museums like the Prado Museum between 10am and noon.in fact, you may want to skip the siesta and visit places of interest like this.they are air-conditioned and you can enjoy the exhibits without the presence of other hordes blocking your view in the afternoon, when everyone else is enjoying a siesta.
- The best time to visit Madrid at the Royal Palace: The Royal Palace is the number one attraction in Madrid, and many come to see the changing of the guard. If seeing that event is at the top of your wish list, you may not want to visit the city during the summer months, July and August, as it is often cancelled due to the heat.If you are here during the high season and don’t want to wait in long lines, plan to arrive about 15 minutes before it opens, or near the end of the day, about two hours before it closes.The winter months, or the low season, is possibly the best time to visit for the optimum experience. While there are still crowds in line before 11 am on Wednesday, when the changing of the guard ceremony takes place, and longer lines on the weekend, by arriving just before the palace opens, or around 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, you will have the best chance to enjoy it in relative peace.
- The best time to visit Madrid to see a bullfight: if you want to see a bullfight, you should be in Madrid between mid-May and October, as there are no bullfights in Madrid outside this period. Bullfights take place every Sunday during the bullfighting season at 7pm.
- The best time to visit Madrid for the nightlife: Madrid is where the party is, many first time visitors to the city are surprised by the Spanish schedule, which generally runs later than most, but even more so here.In Madrid, many people eat their dinner at 10 pm, and a night on the town doesn’t begin until the pubs close in many other European cities.it doesn’t end until the sun comes up and «salir», which means «to go out», only counts if you go past 4am.
- The best time to visit Madrid for shopping: Madrid is distinguished by its great variety of shopping.Here, retailers and their products are never limited to a particular style, or a single aspect. This is a city where you can find almost anything, along with unique treasures you never expected to find. To find the best prices, you will want to come either during the summer or winter sales, which offer discounts of up to 70 percent.The winter sales begin on January 7, right after the Festival of Kings, and run through the end of February, or until inventory is depleted. The summer sales begin in early July and run through the end of September. Generally, if you want the best choice of items without having to battle the crowds, shop during the second week of the sale during either season.
Madrid Travel Seasons
- High season (July and August): visiting Madrid during the high season is generally not recommended unless you are coming for a specific event. This is the hottest time of year, and the time when most tourists come.During the month of August, many locals are on holiday, which means that many companies will be closed, while the streets are still full of sweaty visitors and accommodation rates are at their highest.If you plan to come during this time, keep in mind that the city is hectic, you will need to book your room well in advance, and it can still be a challenge to find one, especially in the more affordable accommodations.
- Mid season (March to May, September and October): the mid season is an ideal time to be in Madrid, as the second half of May and the second half of September are considered the best.There will not be as many tourists as in the summer months, but you will still have long days to take advantage of for sightseeing.
- Low season (from November to February, except during the Christmas holidays): winter, except Christmas, is low season in Madrid.The number of tourists is significantly lower than at other times of the year, and you will enjoy a wide variety of accommodation options along with lower rates. Most of the attractions and sights can be enjoyed at a more relaxed pace, and while the weather may be a little cold, it rarely freezes, and the sun often shines, making you feel warmer than you really are.
Climate in Madrid by month
- Climate in Madrid in January: Winters in Madrid are colder than in many other places in Spain, but they are rarely very cold. January is the coldest month of the year, although the temperature can reach 10°C on a sunny afternoon and the minimum average is 1°C. While the surrounding mountains generally see a lot of snow this year, it is unlikely that the city itself will. As long as you wear a warm winter coat (and nothing as serious as you would need for cold winters in places like Chicago or Stockholm), some sweaters and perhaps a scarf and a pair of gloves, you will be more than comfortable enough to enjoy seeing the sights.Plan to dress in layers, like wearing a T-shirt under your winter clothes for those frequent sunny spells as well.while it may rain a bit, you’re unlikely to need an umbrella, as you only see 40 mm of rain on average this month.(Average maximum temperature: 10 ° C. Average rainfall: 40 mm.)
- The climate in Madrid in February: February is very similar to January, although the high temperature increases to 12 ° C, so you are more likely to enjoy at least some relatively warm evenings.Days are shorter and darker during the winter, with approximately 10 hours of daylight on February 1 and 11 hours at the end of the month, but you are likely to have at least some sunshine to explore the city on foot. in relative comfort as well.Pack as you would in January, with warm clothes along with some short-sleeved shirts for those days you enjoy the sunshine.(Average maximum temperature: 12°C. Average rainfall: 40mm.)
- Madrid weather in March: spring is on its way, and you can really tell, with the temperature rising to 16°C this month.There is less rain in March than in the previous two months, with 30 mm of rain falling in eight days. Thanks in part to Daylight Saving Time, you will get more than 12 hours of daylight with the sun until 8:30 pm on March 31st.At the beginning of the month, you may still need a light winter coat, but with the change in weather, the best rule to follow is to wear layers that can be easily peeled off or put back on as temperatures fluctuate (average maximum temperature: 16°C. Average rainfall: 30mm.)
- Madrid weather in April: April is one of the rainiest months in Madrid, with 50 mm in less than 10 days, although it is usually not enough to slow down your plans. Plan for relatively cool weather, with average temperatures of 11 ° C this month, although on many days, especially during the second half of April, it can get as hot as 17 ° C. Again, plan to dress in layers; bring a light jacket and perhaps a sweater you can wear for cooler mornings and evenings.a small, portable umbrella is also a good idea, in case you get caught in a downpour.at the other end of the spectrum, heat waves are a possibility, so you may want a skirt or a pair of shorts if you’re here when temperatures rise above normal. (Average maximum temperature: 17°C. Average rainfall: 50 mm.)», «
- Madrid’s weather in May: spring does not stay for long in Madrid, and summer approaches quickly in May, as the average high temperatures increase by five degrees to 22°C this month.although this is one of the rainiest months, in May the rainfall is lower than in April with 40 mm of rain, and there is usually plenty of beautiful sunshine to enjoy on most days.Many visitors consider this month to be the ideal time to be in Madrid, with the large crowds still to come and the often idyllic weather.the occasional shower is a perfect excuse to settle into a cafe until it dissipates if you don’t have an umbrella.(Average maximum temperature: 22 ° C. Average rainfall: 40 mm.)
- Madrid’s climate in June: the high temperature really shoots up this month with summer here officially rising seven degrees from May to 29 ° C. Although it’s quite hot, it won’t be as hot as the next two months, and June is usually a good time to be in Madrid. The rain is minimal, so you won’t need an umbrella, with only 30 mm falling in six days in June.The almost 15 hours of daylight means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the views, just make sure you put on sunscreen to avoid sunburn, and you may want a wide-brimmed hat if you’re especially sensitive to the sun; lightweight clothing, sunglasses and sandals are standard attire now (average maximum temperature: 29°C). Average rainfall: 30 mm)
- Madrid’s weather in July: July is the hottest month in Madrid, with an average maximum of 33°C, and little or no rain to cool things down with only 10 mm of rainfall this month. During this time of year, many of the shops and some cafés close their doors to customers during the heat peak to take a break from siesta, opening again late in the afternoon.To avoid sunburn and/or heat exhaustion, you may want to follow their lead by taking a nap or at least spend time inside an air-conditioned building, such as a museum, when the sun’s rays are most intense.With the weather being so hot during the day and the nights being warm, this is a good time to enjoy the nightlife. As the heat can make sleeping uncomfortable, try to reserve an air-conditioned room. Just as you would in June, pack your summer clothes, including summer dresses, short-sleeved shirts, shorts, sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.(Average maximum temperature: 33 ° C. Average rainfall: 10 mm.)
- The weather in Madrid in August: August continues to bring a scorching climate, with maximum afternoon temperatures reaching 33 ° C and sometimes extending to 37 ° C or even more.As last month, it rains very little to alleviate the problem, with 10 mm of rainfall in three days. In August, many people are on vacation at work, and with people living in the city, many companies close.If you decide to visit Madrid this month, it is best to get up as early as possible in the morning so you can enjoy the fresh air before it gets too hot, usually around 2 or 3 p.m. Take advantage of the time to rest, relax or take a nap and then go out again when it is more comfortable, around 7 p.m. (Average maximum temperature: 33°C. Average rainfall: 10 mm.)», «
- Madrid’s weather in September: September brings relief from the most intense heat of the summer, with a high average that drops again to 29 ° C. At the beginning of the month, you will probably still feel quite hot, but as the month progresses, it becomes increasingly pleasant. The second half of September, with its slightly cooler daytime and nighttime temperatures, makes this a fabulous time to visit. The mood throughout the city is also different, as everyone returns to work or school, and is relieved that the hotter months are behind schedule.While there is a slightly higher chance of rain, with 20mm falling in six days, there is usually no need for rainwear. Bring your summer clothes along with a light sweater for the evening and you will be well prepared. (Average maximum temperature: 29°C. Average rainfall: 20mm.)
- Madrid weather in October: October is a wonderful time to be in Madrid, with much cooler and more pleasant temperatures that make exploring the city on foot very enjoyable.The average maximum temperature is eight degrees to 21°C, and although there is a little more rain with 40mm in 10 days this month, it is still quite minimal and you will also enjoy plenty of sunshine. At the beginning of the month, there are almost 12 hours of daylight, but with the clocks going back one hour on October 30th, the sun sets around 6:15, leaving approximately 9 ½ hours of daylight at the end of the month.Like spring, you will need to wear clothing for a range of temperatures.it is unlikely that it will be so cold that a decent sweater will not keep you comfortable, but you may wish to bring a portable umbrella due to the increased risk of rain.(Average maximum temperature: 21°C. Average rainfall: 40mm.)
- Madrid’s weather in November: it is noticeably colder when November arrives, with high temperatures generally not exceeding 15°C. It is also rainiest, with 50mm of rain for nine days this month, although there is usually nothing an umbrella can’t prevent. However, November can be unusual, as some years bring t-shirt weather and other years a cold that requires a winter coat and scarf. If you plan to visit this month, you may want to bring the full range of clothing, including winter clothing, along with lighter clothing for the layers.(Average maximum temperature: 15 ° C. Average rainfall: 50 mm.)
- Madrid’s weather in December: although it can be cold, Madrid is a colorful and vibrant place to be in December. Most days are cool and fresh, but you will still see the sun.the rain is consistent with last month, with 50mm falling in nine days, and although it occasionally snows, it rarely builds up.bring warm clothes, including a winter coat, gloves and perhaps a light jacket for warmer days, along with some sweaters.(Average maximum temperature: 11°C. Average rainfall: 50mm.)
Events and festivals in Madrid
January in Madrid
- New Year’s Day: On this national holiday, most residents of Madrid and all of Spain take time to rest and recover from the festivities of the previous night.While many shops, businesses and museums are closed, you may want to take advantage of the empty streets to enjoy the city’s various neighborhoods such as Alonso Martinez, a picturesque area with beautiful architecture and hidden squares, or head to the Madrid Zoo, which is open at 9 am on January 1.
- Three Kings Day: this annual celebration on January 5 is one of the most anticipated of the year.Madrid’s parade is one of the best in the country, and welcomes the arrival of the Three Kings known as Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar.it features elaborate costumes and floats along with bands, music, horses, oxen and donkeys.it usually begins at 6 pm along the Avenida de la Castellana, passing in front of the Plaza de Colón.
- Fiesta de la Epifanía: The Fiesta de la Epifanía, which is celebrated in many places around the world, including Spain, is on January 6th. On this national holiday, residents usually enjoy an Epiphany cake, or Roscon de Reyes, after lunch or in the evening. The huge sweet cake is decorated like a crown and can be plain or filled with cream or custard.Inside, the baker inserts a special prize and a dry bean. The person who gets the prize can use the golden cardboard crown that is included with the purchase of the cake. The person who gets the bean has to buy the cake the following year.
- San Anton Festival: this celebration of animals is celebrated all over Spain on January 17. In the Chueca district of Madrid, you will see animals that are blessed and shown to the crowd.In Madrid’s Chueca district, you will see animals being blessed and shown to the crowd. The blessing of the animals involves blessing the creatures, as well as their owners, to ensure another year of good health and protection.
February in Madrid
- Día de la Candelaria: this festival, held annually on February 2, pays homage to the Virgin of Candelaria, which usually includes colorful processions through the streets of Madrid.You’ll see clowns dressed as farmers pushing young bulls made of wood, while «toreros» dress in colorful silk pants with lassos and paper flowers to simulate bullfighting. In the center of the city at night, the improvised bull is «killed» and everyone celebrates by drinking sangria, which symbolizes their blood.
- Carnival: Carnival in Madrid and the rest of the world marks the beginning of Lent, 40 days before Easter.It begins with a grand parade along the Paseo de la Castellana and culminates in a masked ball at the Círculo de Bellas Artes.
- International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO): one of the biggest attractions in Spain’s cultural calendar, this event, held over five days in mid-February, showcases the best in contemporary art from Europe and the United States.The exhibition, held in the Crystal Pavilion of Casa de Camp, features galleries from all over Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, as well as works by regional and international artists.
- Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day, as it is called here on February 14, is not a holiday in Spanish, but is celebrated with great joy.Restaurants and shops are decorated with hearts and roses, and many restaurants offer specialties for couples celebrating the romantic day. In the old town of Madrid, several restaurants and bars offer flamenco shows and traditional Spanish food.
March in Madrid
- Jesus de Medinaceli Festival: every year, on the first Sunday of the month in the hermitage of Jesus de Medinaceli, participants observe the tradition of making three wishes before heading to an Andalusian style fair.
- St. Patrick’s Day: although St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday, it is becoming increasingly popular in Madrid due to the growing number of Irish pubs in the city.Both locals and expatriate Irish celebrate in style, with traditional Emerald Isle food, lots of Guinness and live Irish tunes. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in Cabo Roig, usually on March 17th at 5pm and is preceded by all kinds of entertainment and activities starting at noon.
April in Madrid
- Easter: Easter is celebrated from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday in Spain and in many other countries around the world; it falls in late March or early to mid April; in 2017, it will be celebrated from April 9 to 15.The most emblematic religious procession in Madrid, held on Good Friday, is Our Father Jesus the Nazarene, which leaves the Basilica of the Christ of Medinaceli in the Plaza de Jesus at around 7 pm, parading through the central streets, including the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerto de Sol.The main event on Easter Sunday takes place in the Plaza Mayor, which includes a gathering of dozens of different types of drums that have a continuous rhythm, representing the tremors of the earth that were said to have occurred when Jesus died on the cross.
- Madrid Open: At the end of April (April 29, 2016), the Madrid Open begins, bringing together nearly 200 tennis stars, many of whom are internationally recognized, for an exciting tournament held over 10 days.
- Festimad: This long-running music festival features rock, pop and electronica and runs for more than two weeks from mid-April to early May. Artists such as Beck, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead have been featured in the past. 2016 line-up includes The Posies, The Long Riders and A.N.I.M.A.L.
May in Madrid
- Labour Day: celebrated annually on May 1st in honour of the people of Madrid, who in 1808 rose up against the occupation of Napoleon’s army, the holiday in Madrid features a large May Day march that attracts over 60,000 people.Afterwards, many of the participants go to the Casa de Campo, where there is a big party with music and all kinds of food.
- May 2nd: May 2nd commemorates the brave but failed uprising against the French occupation forces in 1808.Flamenco shows and concerts are held in the Plaza Dos de Mayo in Malasana, where the rebellion began, and in other parts of the city.
- Fiesta de San Isidro: this festival in honour of the Patron Saint of Madrid takes place on May 15th, although there are also events before and after the day.you will find food fairs, festivals, music, street parades, dances, bullfights and more.San Isidro marks the beginning of Madrid’s bullfighting season and is the largest event in the world, attracting the best bullfighters and bull breeders.
- Book Fair: this annual book fair held in Retiro Park for two weeks starting at the end of May, brings together leading international novelists and historians who come to promote their latest works.
June in Madrid
- MULAFEST: held annually at the end of June, from 23 to 26 June 2016, MULAFEST is an urban culture event that has become an important platform for launching new trends and hidden talents.It brings together everything from dance and music, including open-air concerts, to theatre, art and tattoos.
- San Juan Festival: held on 23 and 24 June in Retire Park, fireworks and bonfires celebrate the shortest night of the year.
- Pride Madrid:One of the largest gay pride events in the world, Pride Madrid takes place between mid-June and early July, from 19 June to 2 July 2016.Although originally it was mainly for gays and lesbians, it gradually became a festival for everyone, with activities such as parties and free live events centred around the Chueca area.Its gay pride parade is by far the largest of its kind in Spain and attracts over 1.5 million people to the city.
Events in July in Madrid
- Veranos de la Villa:Known as Madrid’s «summer binge», this event features an outdoor cinema in Retiro Park, as well as pop music, classical music, folk dancing and flamenco in various venues around the city that take place during the month of July.Many of the events are free.
- Our Lady of Victories: on the first Sunday of July, celebrations are held in the district of Tetouan, which includes several concerts.
- Virgen del Carmen: for a week in mid-July, the cities of Spain and the districts of Madrid honor the Virgin of Carmen.