Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Like all major capital cities, Madrid, cradle of Spain’s movida movement, can be visited at any time of year – it’s frenetic nightlife never stops!
For a great start to the new year, head to the Puerta del Sol to join the crowd in counting down to midnight. The cold, dry winter has few tourists, making this the perfect time to visit the city’s museums.
Spring andautumn are mild and sunny – ideal for strolling around the city, relaxing at a lively outdoor cafe or observing some of the many fiestas and festivals. It’s also now that the city’s parks and gardens are at their best – full of greenery in spring and tinged with red and ochre in autumn. In spring, Semana Santa (Holy Week) offers visitors a chance to watch its solemn and picturesque processions.
Madrid is deserted by many of its inhabitants in summer as the heat is stifling (over 30°C), but despite this concerts and cultural events continue to be held in the city’s theatres and gardens.
Formalities and useful addresses
Tourist office – www.esmadrid.com
Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor – Pl. Mayor, 27 - [TEL] 914 544 410
Centro de Turismo Colón – Pl. de Colón (underground passageway) - [TEL] 914 544 410
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
12 October – National Holiday
9 November – Feast of the Virgin of Almudena
6 December – Spanish Constitution Day
8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception