November 28, 2022

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The Best Time To Visit Madrid, Spain

One of Europe’s most vibrant and enticing cities, Madrid rewards travelers with unforgettable experiences at any time of the year. Each season, however, has something unique to offer, whether is glorious festivals, amazing weather, or affordable prices. So, deciding when to go really depends on your budget, and what you want to see and do in the Spanish capital.

To help you plan the trip of your dreams, we’ve created a guide breaking down the best time to visit Madrid according to weather, activities & events, and value for money. Have a look below!

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Weather in Madrid

Madrid, Spain cityscape with Communication Palace and Torrespana Tower, in Salamanca, Madrid, Spain.

Madrid has a Mediterranean climate and its high altitude (2,188 ft above sea level) and distance from the moderating effect of the sea, means that temperatures vary from season to season. 

Winters are cold and mostly sunny, but rain, sporadic snowfalls, and frosts can occur between December and February. Summers are hot, dry, and mostly clear, with temperatures peaking at around 32ºC during the warmest month, July.

Madrid, alongside Athens, is the driest capital in Europe, meaning rainfall is limited throughout the year. Precipitation is usually concentrated in the autumn and spring.

Madrid Travel Seasons

Shoulder Season: March-May, September-October

Plaza de Cervantes, Alcala de Henares, Spain

The shoulder season in Madrid corresponds to the Spring (March-May) and Fall (September-October) seasons, respectively. Temperatures are comfortable, reliably hovering around pleasant 20ºC, and there aren’t as many tourists if compared to the bustling summer months. 

Proving balmy weather and fewer crowds, the shoulder season creates the most perfect conditions for those seeking to explore the top attractions in Madrid — from the Royal Palace to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium —  without facing massive lines of tourists.

Peak Season: June-August and Christmas Time

People sitting outside at tapas bars in sunny Madrid, Spain

The summer months of June to August are the high season in Madrid. Temperatures can get scorchingly hot, rising as high as 32ºC, making it a challenge to explore the city on foot sometimes. Accommodations and flights are usually pricier at this time of year, which brings a thick inflow of tourists from all around the world. 

During the summertime, many locals are on vacation, meaning that some businesses will be closed. 
However, summer is the most vibrant and colorful season in the city. The Spanish capital only comes alive with a robust lineup of events, tapas bars are buzzing with cheerful people, and the long-lasting daylight hours create the perfect setting for watching the sunset at the best Madrid rooftops.

Travelers who don’t mind the cold weather will benefit from visiting Madrid during the wintertime. Temperatures are cooler and can plummet as low as 3ºC, but they usually hover at around 8ºC.

Low Season: November, January-February

Woman photographing Plaza Mayor covered in snow in Madrid, Spain

Travelers who don’t mind the cold weather will benefit from visiting Madrid during the wintertime. Temperatures are cooler and can plummet as low as 3ºC, but they usually hover at around 8ºC.

Aside from the crisp weather, this season also brings more affordable rates for flights and accommodation, making it a great option for budget travelers visiting Madrid.

However, during the cheerful holiday season, in mid-December, the city is again crowded and overall prices tend to rise.

So, if you’re seeking to save money while visiting Madrid, the best option would be to travel to the city between January and February.

Best Time To Visit Madrid, Spain

For Pleasant Weather

People walking or resting in the public park called Quinta de los Molinos with the almond trees in bloom in Madrid, Spain

May to mid-June is a prime time for those seeking to experience pleasant weather while visiting Madrid. During these Spring months, you’ll find pleasant temperatures, which can peak at around 24ºC. 

Aside from mild temperatures, Spring in Madrid also brings sunny and clear days, as well as occasional mountain air and light showers, that create exceptional freshness.

This comfortable climate design a glorious setting for exploring the city on foot, and enjoying a myriad of outdoor activities such as visiting Madrid’s lush urban parks like El Retiro and Parque del Oeste.

Fall is a great alternative to Spring. The weather is crisp, the crowds are light, and the golden foliage is a treat to sore eyes!

For Lowest Prices & Fewer Crowds

Beautiful aerial view of the La Latina neighborhood, Madrid, Spain.

The low season months of November, January, and February are great times for travelers seeking to visit Madrid on a budget. Hotel prices, as well as flight rates, tend to get lower as there are fewer tourists visiting the city before and after Christmas.

January also happens to be the prime shopping season in Madrid. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy not only affordable accommodation prices but possibly score amazing discounts in the city’s world-class stores.

Named rebajas, the sale season for clothing in Madrid normally begins on January 7th and lasts until March and even April. Discounts start at 20%, reaching up to 70%. 

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For Activities & Events

Gay pride flags and decoration in Madrid, Spain.

Truth be told: Madrid is home to a host of top-caliber festivals that keep tourists and locals on their toes all year round. So, from January until December, travelers can enjoy a variety of bustling events that range from typical Spanish celebrations to electrifying music concerts.

Springtime, for instance, is filled with dazzling festivities. In April, there are the famous Semana Santa celebrations (Holy Week), considered one of the best festivals in Spain, May is when Dos de Mayo, takes place to commemorate the day that Spain gained independence.

The summertime also brings an array of dazzling events such as the colorful Madrid’s Pride, one of Europe’s largest, and Noches del Botánico, which features a range of taking place all month long in the Royal Botanical Gardens.

If you’re visiting the Spanish capital during fall or winter, no need to worry about missing Madrid’s vibrant summer festivals — as these colder seasons also spoil travelers with a selection of fabulous events. Spain’s national day, October 12, is commemorated with military processions and street celebrations throughout the entire city, while the holiday season brings a variety of Christmas Markets to Madrid!

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