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Let Madrid exceed your expectations

Immerse yourself in culture at world-renowned museums, sample mouth-watering Spanish delicacies and shop 'til you drop. Then let the energetic rhythm of live flamenco and nightclub-hopping reignite your soul.

You’ll discover a wealth of fantastic things to do in Madrid. Shop at luxury department stores and boutiques along Grand Via or sample divine food and drink at Mercado San Miguel flea market - pick up some wickedly delicious churros dipped in warm chocolate as a snack on the go. Get your culture fix at the museums of the Golden Triangle or join the locals on the outdoor terrazas of Parque del Buen Retiro. Then dine in style, as you tuck into tasty tapas, washed down by a sweet aperitif – the Madrileños savour every sip and bite and never miss an opportunity to socialise into the early hours.

Fantastic shopping.

Fantastic shopping

A visit to the city’s flagship El Corte Inglés department store is a must when shopping in Madrid. Pick up some authentic Spanish espadrilles from Casa Hernanz on the Plaza Mayor. While there, the style conscious should visit ultra-trendy store Desigual. For bargains, head to the legendary El Rastro flea market.

Unforgettable experiences.

Unforgettable experiences

On family holidays in Madrid, take your children to the amazing Teatro Circus Price. Take a leisurely riverside stroll along the Salon de Pinos. Catch an exhibition at the remarkable Palacio de Cristal in Madrid’s stunning El Retiro Park. Visit the incredible ancient Egyptian Temple of Debod at sunset.

Delightful dining.

Delightful dining

Sample Spanish delicacies and sweet sherry at Madrid’s thriving San Miguel Market. Feast on succulent cochinillo (suckling pig) at El Botin, the world’s oldest restaurant. Dine on superb traditional madrileño cuisine at Las Tortillas de Gabino, then indulge in delicious churros with hot chocolate at La Chocolatería de San Ginés.

Madrid nightlife.

Madrid nightlife

Immerse yourself in the thriving Madrid nightlife on holidays in the Spanish capital. Sip Black Mojitos while admiring incredible city views at the stylish roof terrace bar of the ME Madrid hotel. Watch exhilarating flamenco at the intimate Café de Chintas. Head to Huertas for buzzing cocktail bars and hopping nightclubs.

Cultural Madrid.

Cultural Madrid

There is more to Madrid’s thriving cultural scene than the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’. Near the Prado Museum, discover the little known gem that is the Caixa Forum gallery. Browse fascinating 18th century artefacts at the Museo del Romanticismo. Or visit the excellent Museo Sorolla, housed in the great artist’s former home.

Tips from a Ventoura Local

Nothing compares to seeing a destination through a locals eyes. We caught up with Elena, a Madrid local from the Malasaña district, to discover her top tips for travellers. Find her and other locals on the Ventoura app for iPhone and Android.

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Dance floor.

Go out dancing amongst locals

Malasaña is known for its bustling nightlife, where evenings stretch out into the wee hours of the morning. La Va Lactea is a lively hub, where locals come to mingle and to dance to an eclectic music selection across its two floors. For live music, travellers can’t go past the El Buho Real for dulcet acoustic tunes and its laid-back vibe.

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Sip drinks with locals at botellón

Botellón is a typically Spanish pastime where locals gather to drink and socialise in public. While it might have a somewhat chequered reputation in some areas of Spain, in Malasaña they offer a festive and lively atmosphere for socialising beyond the walls of a bar or nightclub. The best part is chatting with the locals and getting to understand more about the city.

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Culture centre.

Head to the VillaManuela festival

If food, music and festivity sounds like a dreamy combination, then the VillaManuela festival is an unmissable stop on a journey through Madrid. Malasaña locals welcome the three-day long party that offers gastronomic delights with traditional tapas and mouth-watering modern bites. With a range of music acts ranging from the local to the global it’s a truly international feast and a must-do for any Madrid explorer.

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J&J bookstore.

Indulge in the afternoons with a merienda

When travelling like a local, it’s crucial to eat like one too. As dinner is often taken later in the evening, it’s common for a small meal termed a merienda to be eaten in the late afternoon. As the premier dining district in Madrid, Malasaña has some of the best venues to indulge in this afternoon snack. Check out J&J’s bookshop (a hybrid café and bookstore) or Carmencita Bar. Try a sip of vermouth while you’re at it, this fortified wine is very popular amongst locals!

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Explore Spanish culture through dance

Join Elena in Madrid, and experience the culture of this amazing city with a local. We’ll combine a Flamenco lesson with tapas, and finish the day with a sangria as the sun goes down. You haven’t been to Spain until you’ve danced with a Spaniard. Find me on the app and make sure your visit to Madrid is one you’ll never forget! And don’t worry, we’ll go easy on the newcomers, Flamenco is for young and old alike.

Exciting experiences

Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Madrid at your own pace with a Madrid bus tour. See the capital’s highlights on a choice of two tours taking in the city’s fascinating historic sites or incredible contemporary architecture. Hop on or off as many times as you like with your one or two day pass. Take a historical journey on Route 1, visiting the spectacular Royal Palace, Paseo del Prado, Gran Vía and much more. Discover modern Madrid and see its awesome skyscrapers on Route 2.

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Madrid Bike Tour

Join a Madrid bike tour for a healthy, exhilarating way to see the best of the Spanish capital. Feel the breeze in your hair as you glide along on your comfortable bike, taking the city’s essential sights. See the spectacular Royal Palace, buzzing Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Stunning Retiro Park and the iconic Plaza Cibeles, with its famous fountain, are other highlights of this fantastic tour. Small group sizes ensure you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide.

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Madrid City Tour and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Perfect for football fans, this exciting tour combines sightseeing in the Spanish capital with a visit to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – home of the legendary Real Madrid team. Explore historic Madrid via the famous Gran Vía, taking in thriving Plaza de España, Puerto del Sol and the stunning Casa de Campo Park. The Real Madrid stadium tour grants you thrilling access to all areas of the football team’s homestead, concluding with a visit to the official museum.

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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

Discover the beautiful medieval city of Toledo with this fascinating sightseeing experience. Explore Toledo’s charming cobbled streets and take in its many artistic treasures, including a number of world-famous works by the 16th century master El Greco. You’ll visit the amazing 13th century Cathedral, the dramatic medieval castle of San Servando and beautiful Santa María La Blanca Synagogue. Choose between a morning, afternoon or full day tour. The full day trip includes a special panoramic tour of Toledo, offering fantastic photograph opportunities.

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Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Gain a true flavour of Madrid on this unique tour. Combining sightseeing with a tantalizing gastronomic experience, the Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour gives you the chance to discover foods you would never discover on your own. Led by an entertaining foodie guide, you will visit some of Madrid’s finest tapas restaurants and sample local specialities like chorizo in cider washed down with sherry from Andalucia. Learn about local history and traditions while tucking into culinary delights in great company.

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Madrid weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • Jan
  • 11°Feb
  • 15°Mar
  • 18°Apr
  • 21°May
  • 27°Jun
  • 31°Jul
  • 30°Aug
  • 25°Sep
  • 19°Oct
  • 13°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 39
  • 34
  • 43
  • 48
  • 47
  • 27
  • 11
  • 15
  • 32
  • 53
  • 47
  • 48
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 6
  • 6
  • 8
  • 9
  • 11
  • 12
  • 11
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5

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