Ah, Madrid in the summer! Although it’s not the top destination in Spain during the summertime, let’s be honest. It’s got a lot to offer. Which is why in this blog post we are going to defend Madrid’s reputation and point out the best things to do if you so happen to be here during this season.
Veranos de la Villa
Veranos de la Villa is a program of activities in different neighborhoods around Madrid for the summer. It includes outdoor concerts, outdoor cinema, plays, outdoor markets and more. To get the full schedule all you need to do is visit their website here.
Terraces. That is all you need. There are hundreds of terraces all over the city, many of them even have water misters to cool you down, with big shady sun umbrellas. People flock to terraces in the summer to enjoy a refreshing drink like tinto de verano or a draft beer while they chat for hours with friends or watch those passing by. No matter what, this is considered a local sport that is practiced often.
There are a few theme parks in Madrid including the water park Aquopolis. This water park has a nice variety of water slides, lazy river and a wave pool that will keep nice and cool. It’s easy to get to by public transport and the price is not bad with a ticket costing around 20€ depending if you find a coupon online.
Besides Aquaopolis you have Warner Bros Park and Parque de Atracciones that have thrilling rollercoaster rides and fun water rides to cool you down as well. If you like theme parks, then you’ll definitely enjoy either one.
Take a day trip to ‘Madrid’s beach’ at Pantano de San Juan. This is a swimmable reservoir where you can rent kayaks, have a picnic or simply take a dip and sunbathe. It’s about a 20-minute walk from Pelayos de la Presa which is accessible by bus 551. Pro tip: if you go there during the weekend, get there early and leave before evening time because usually everyone leaves around the same time and you’ll get stuck in heavy traffic.
There are three main festivals in Madrid during the summer: San Cayetano, San Lorenzo and La Virgen de la Paloma. San Cayetano (August 2-8) and San Lorenzo (August 9-11) are the yearly festivals celebrated in Embajadores and Lavapies that go on all night with outdoor bars every few steps and music being blasted around every corner.
Virgen de la Paloma (August 15) is a little more traditional with the main attractions in the neighborhood of La Latina. On the Main Street you will find plenty of outdoor terraces and barbecue food serving refreshing drinks. The true madrilean will be wearing their typical folk attire, chulapo and chulapa. There are a few stages with traditional music and dance.
As you can see, just in these highlights of things going on in Madrid there is a ton of fun and interesting things going on. This isn’t including the usual attractions like museums, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, day trips to the surrounding mountains, the Royal Palace..
If you plan on visiting this summer, make sure to download our Guide to Madrid for Digital Nomads where we give you an insider’s scoop to Madrid. Also, if you’d like to meet Plázida Coworking, just contact us to get a free day pass. Hasta pronto!