Madrid is the capital city of Spain, and thrills millions of visitors each year. It has a Mediterranean climate, and like most of the cities in that area, has warm to hot temperatures each summer, and cool, slightly damper winters and springs. The summers are predominantly dry, with sporadic thunderstorms a few times in those months. Overall, the city is an attractive and vibrant city all through the year, and tourists can find activities and events in every season.
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Choosing to travel during summer in Madrid is a very popular choice, as the weather is so dry and warm. It is ideal for long outdoor excursions and comfortable day trips to the surrounding areas, with only the occasional chance of getting caught out in one of the warm, summer storms. The temperature rarely climbs above 40C (104F) although during infrequent heat waves, that level of heat is not impossible.
The average mean temperature for summer in Madrid is a low of 17C (62.5F), climbing to a daytime high of 23.5C (74F).
Summer in Madrid is an exciting time to experience this historic city, and there are plenty of season-specific activities that may draw you to the Spanish capital in summer rather than other seasons. Many of the locals choose to leave the city during the hottest parts of the summer, so visitors can explore the city with fewer crowds than at other points, always a fun bonus to any city with like-minded locals. Soaking up the sun is important to many visitors, and the city is full of parks like the Casa de Campo, the largest park in Spain, great for a relaxing day in the sunshine and nature that almost makes you forget you are in a major city. Also in the Casa de Campo is the Madrid Zoo, a family favorite, as well as an amusement park for children the Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. The Retiro Park is another worthwhile destination, and it regularly hosts activities like tai-chi, outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, and a lake where you can rent a rowboat for the day. To cool off from the hot summer sun, visit the water park, Aquopolis, or the massive indoor skiing range called Xanadu. A visit to Madrid can’t be complete without soaking up some of the cultural richness of the city, so take an air-conditioned break inside the legendary Prado Museum, and see the masterpieces of Goya, Picasso, and Velasquez. If you want to imitate the locals who flee the city for the summer, take a short day trip to Toledo, a historic town full of Roman architecture and ancient forts, only a half an hour away from central Madrid.
Although the temperature drops and the precipitation increases during autumn in Madrid, the city is still alive with events, festivals, and its’ natural beauty, and many tourists enjoy the slightly cooler weather during their exploration of this tremendous city. It rains about six days per month in the autumn, so pack an umbrella, but be prepared to not use it very often.
The average mean temperature of the autumnal months in Madrid is an overnight low of 10C (50F) and a daytime high of 16C (60.8F).
Autumn in Madrid is a time of balance between outdoor activities in the warmth of the afternoon and indoor adventures when the evenings begin to cool. The city provides so many natural walks and strolls, with constant scenery to enjoy, but one of the best is at El Capricho, a 14-acre park with formal, landscaped gardens, temples, lakes, rivers, monuments and even a maze to get lost in during any autumnal afternoon. While walking around outside, keep your camera handy, because Madrid is basically a sculptural museum, and on any random stroll, you may run into the Fountain of Neptune, the Fallen Angel, or the Strander Mermaid, all created by prominent Spanish sculptors. The autumn in Madrid also boasts the International Dance Festival for those cultured visitors who want to see some of the top performers in the world in action in November. Also, for those who like to play the ponies, visit the Hippodromo de la Zarzuela, the horseracing track in Madrid, which runs its’ season through the end of November. Food in Madrid is one of the best reasons to visit, so during your wanders throughout the city, be sure to stop in for some mushrooms, which are an autumnal delicacy in Madrid, and are heavily featured in the seasonal menus at some of the top restaurants in the city like Viridiana and El Chaflan. If you want a more laid-back, cultural experience, try and find one of the vermut bars in Madrid. Spanish style vermouth is a popular drink to have along with a mixed tapas plate during the lazy afternoon meals that Spanish culture is known for. Grab some dessert after walking to the Convento de las Carboneras, a convent famous for its’ mouthwatering cookies made of aniseed and almonds. The nuns actually pass their famous treat through the bars of the building, because the convent is a closed order!
Colder weather settles on the winter in Madrid due to its’ high altitudes and Mediterranean location, but snowfall is quite rare. However, expect temperatures to regularly drop below freezing at night, with cool and brisk weather during the day.
The average mean temperature during winter in Madrid is an overnight low of 3.5C (38F) while the daytime high reaches 10.5C (51F).
Colder weather always encourages people to warm up, so Madrid has plenty of opportunities for hot drinks, warm meals, and inviting indoor activities. One unusual activity you should try during winter in Madrid is a literary bar crawl. Ernest Hemingway often visited Madrid and wrote extensively about his time in the city. He was also known to frequent certain drinking locations, so some literary tourists warm their bodies and their bellies by touring these bars, namely Cerveceria Alemana and the Museo Chicote, and the latter has actually been the hangout of most Spanish actors, artists, and writers of the past half-century. Winter is also a great time to spend a day in a museum, and although the Prado is the heavy hitter in the city, it is also easy to get lost in the Thyssen Museum and the Reina Sofia. Picasso’s Guernica hangs in the Reina Sofia Museum, and is a hugely significant piece in art history. Art museums may hold the spot for international fame, but Madrid has dozens of worthwhile museums to explore, including the Royal Palace of Madrid, which holds amazing collections of art, tapestries, furniture, weapons, and the largest collection of Stradivarius in the world. The National Museum of Natural Sciences is also a popular choice for the more science-minded visitors, while the National Archaeological Museum offers visitors a chance to peek into the ancient history of Spain, as well as the rest of the world. After a long day of exploring museums, add a bit more history along with your dinner when you dine in the world’s oldest restaurant (according to Guinness). It is called El Sobrino de Botin, and it was established in 1725. Francisco Goya actually worked there in his younger years, and Hemingway mentions the delicious offerings of the restaurant in the final pages of his novel, “The Sun Also Rises”.
Spring in Madrid brings a welcome sweep of warmth to the city after the chill of winter. The temperature climbs, and although rainfall happens approximately 7 days per season, the streets are full of tourists, locals, and life.
The average mean temperature in Madrid during the spring is an overnight low of 8C(46F) and a comfortable daytime high of 18C (64F).
One of the most exciting things to do during spring in Madrid is catch the legendary Real Madrid football (soccer) team in action. For fans of a more intense sport, catch a Spanish bullfight, the season begins in spring, and witness a seminal part of Madrid’s culture. Las Ventas, the largest bullfighting stadium in Spain, holds bullfights every Sunday and public holiday throughout the season. A particularly special festival in spring is San Isidro, the celebration of Madrid’s patron saint. From mid-May to early June, bullfights are held every day, dancing and drinking fills the streets, and the city becomes a veritable party for a few weeks. Spring in Madrid is the perfect time for sight-seeing, and Madrid is rich with stunning architecture and significant monuments that should be seen by all visitors. The oldest church in Madrid is from the 12th century, and is called San Nicolas de los Servitas, and the stunning Almudena Cathedral is worth the short walk from the city center. The Royal Botanic Garden is a popular springtime destination, and is a manicured 8-hectare space near the Prado Museum, a perfect location in which to muse on the masterpieces. Madrid is known for its’ vast selection of wines, both Spanish and international, so while away a spring afternoon in one of the city’s many wine bodegas, like Lavinia, which claims to be Europe’s largest wine shop, or learn a bit more about the intricacies of wine at Bodegas Santa Cecilia, which hosts tasting lessons and classes. Similar to bullfighting in Madrid, any vacation would be incomplete without experiencing some traditional flamenco dancing at one of Madrid’s top-notch venues. The late night performances at renowned spots like Casa Patas and the smaller Cardamomo will enflame those Spanish passions within you and get you stomping and clapping in no time. It will be good practice for your celebrations during the San Isidro Festival!
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