Getting to see and do everything in Madrid is a really complicated task. Summers in Madrid are warm, dry and sunny! We want to offer you some ideas on where to invest your time in the city and get as much fun as possible. Here there are our five great things to do in Madrid in summer:
Madrid cultural program is one of the largest in Europe and during summer it reaches its peak. “Veranos en la Villa” is the biggest summer festival in Madrid. It includes art exhibits, concert, music performances, ballet, dance and theater plays. Two whole month of culture and enjoyment cool enough to refresh the warm weather of the city evenings. The festival takes place in six different venues around Madrid: Teatro Circo Prince, Jardines de Sabatini, Matadero Madrid, Plaza Mayor, CentroCentro Cibeles and Conde Duque.
Summer Spanish Cuisine
Gazpacho, Paella and Sangria are three of the best known Spanish dishes. They all come from the Andalusian cuisine recipe book, this is the reason why they are so refreshing. They all are available in almost every restaurant of Madrid especially during summer.
Summer afternoons at the city museums
Madrid museums are the best place to shelter in the warm afternoons in Madrid. There will be plenty exhibits for you to choose. El Prado Museum keeps it year round tribute to El Greco, showing “El Greco and the modern painting”. Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen Bornemisza Museum will pay homage to the pop culture displaying a retrospective on Richard Hamilton and the exhibition called “Pop culture Myths”, respectively.
Casa de Campo
The closest to a beach you can find in Madrid, is the lake in the Casa de Campo Park. This dam was created to supply water to the Royal Palace in the 19th century, but later was transformed into a public park. The area is the locals’ favorite for summer activities like rowing, swimming and fishing.
Visits outside Madrid
Being hosted in Be Smart Madrid Diana Aeropuerto brings you the possibility to visit Madrid surroundings. This hotel is next to Barajas Airport and IFEMA facilities alowing you to enjoy the city while staying in a quiet and relaxing neighborhood.
La Sierra Norte –the name of the mountain range outside Madrid metropolitan area– is the best place to avoid the warms summers of Madrid. The Peñalara Natural Park, located only 50 miles away from downtown, is a great place to practice trekking and swimming in a natural environment.