On every bench and patch of grass you’ll find a sunbather soaking up the glorious warm rays. When you walk down the street you’ll see groups of teenagers laughing and chatting in foreign languages. You deftly escape crowds of tourists following a yellow umbrella, and in the balmy evenings, the patios are full.
Summer has arrived in Madrid.
For many this means escaping to the beaches of the south or the cooler breeze of the north. But there’s actually plenty of delights to be had right here in the city should you choose to have a “staycation” at home.
Head to the pool
If you’re not one of the fortunate who have pools in their apartment complexes, you might want to find another way to cool off. Many sports centres have swimming pools if you want to get a good workout, but if you’re looking to lounge and relax resort-style, Culture Trip has curated a brilliant list of the best places to swim in Madrid.
Art-Eng Madrid, run by Lucy Nicholson, hosts several different events for creatives in the city. Previous meetups have included sketch tours of Madrid’s most famous wine bars, painting and summer wine in the park, and even origami workshops. It also works as an intercambio so Spanish and English speakers can mingle and practice their language skills.
If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, Pottery Gym near Alameda de Osuna offers a variety of ceramics classes in both Spanish and English.
Update your Spanish/English
Summer is the perfect excuse to brush up on your language skills, as many schools do special accelerated courses in both English and Spanish.
If you’d prefer something more budget-friendly and casual, why not look for one of the many language intercambios in the city? Get to know locals and guiris alike from all walks of life.
Take a day trip
There’s no need to go far to get away from the city centre for a little while. Luckily we have already compiled a list of our favourites and recommendations.
Take care of yourself
In this heat it’s important to look after your body.
You could treat yourself to a day at Gymage, just north of Gran Via. Hailed as the first resort inside the city, it has a rooftop pool, bar, and restaurant, as well as a gym, cinema, and wholefoods shop.
Or if you’re looking to be pampered Wellness Boutique Experience in Alonso Martinez has a very good reputation, offering massages, rituals, and aesthetics.
You could also break free from the gym and spend time outside, with a whole host of exercise classes such as yoga, HIIT, and boxing taking place in Retiro park. You can find many options on Meetup.com.
Take the time to visit a new place you’ve never been to before in the city. Maybe one of the big tourist attractions has somehow never been ticked off of your list. Although arguably going in peak tourist season isn’t the best idea, so maybe try to find something a little more off-the-beaten-track.
For History Lovers, Anden 0 in Chamberí lets you walk around a Ghost Station. Madrid Metro has taken the old Chamberí metro station, which was decommissioned in 1966, and turned it into an exhibition. Frozen in time, this free exhibit is a great way to learn more about the history of the city.
We all know and love Retiro, but have you made it to Casa de Campo yet? How about the new park in Madrid Rio? Getting out into a little bit of nature can be just the right amount of escapism for a staycation.
What are some of your favourite things to do in the city during summer?