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When to Visit Madrid: Best time to visit Madrid

 
 

Madrid is a city full of life. You will find all seasons interesting.

The best time to visit Madrid is in fall (September to November) or spring (March to May) when balmy temps blow through the city, making it come alive. But if you don't mind drab weather and a rather listless Madrid, visit in the winter when apartments reduce their rates. Other good season for comming to Madrid is summer, when you can enjoy the Madrid Popular Festivals and feel the authentic Madrid by walking around and stay until late in the terraces.

September-November

Mild temperatures that range from the mid 50s to the lower 80s in September and the upper 30s and upper 50s in November make touring around Madrid's El Rastro market and Retiro Park immensely enjoyable.

Key Events:

Autumn Festival (October)

December-February

This is a good time to find a deal on a hotel since many slash their rates this time of year. But it gets cold: In January -- historically Madrid's coldest month -- the average low is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, otherwise known as freezing.

Key Events:

Three Kings Day (January)
ARCO (February)
Madrid Carnaval (February)
Semana Santa (March)

March-May

Springtime, especially the months between April and early June, is another great time to visit for the beautiful weather. Average highs range from the lower 60s to the lower 80s.

Key Events:

Dos de Mayo (May)
Fiesta de San Isidro (May)
Feria del Libro (May)

June-August

Average highs are in the 90s this time of year, making traveling around by foot -- or even on the metro -- pretty hot and miserable. You should also note that many local businesses close their doors in the summer, so they can take month-long vacations themselves (especially in August).

Key Events:

Corpus Christi (June)
Veranos de la Villa (July)
Fiestas of Lavapies and La Paloma (August)

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