How to describe Madrid? Perhaps the most passionate city in the middle of the most passionate country? The energy and vitality that this metropolis exudes is equal to none. It’s music, dancing, very late nights, sheer craziness and a firm determination of its residents to having a good time - all fantastically rolled into one. It’s a party city - because it throws some of the best events on the planet: like its Gay Pride, now the biggest LGBT event in Europe and one that sees the whole of the city coming together to party.
When to Visit
Madrid is roughly at the centre of the Iberian peninsula at roughly 700 mt / 2,300 ft above sea level. Because of its position it has a rather continental climate, with very long, dry and hot summers and relatively cool winters, especially at night-time. During the months of June, July and August the daytime temperatures can reach and go beyond 40C/104F. Thankfully on these very hot days Madrileños can find some respite in the many parks and woodland surrounding the city.
Religious Festival | 5 January
The most magical night of Christmas for everyone in Spain, especially children, is the evening of the 5th January, when the three Wise Men bring presents for everyone. A huge parade brings the Three Kings from the East, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, to the city centre with a message of peace and solidarity for all.
Food Festival | January-February
This festival is held from the end of January to the beginning of February and in 2017 it will celebrate its 7th successful year. Many restaurants & bars around the city participate with special events, menu and degustations.
For more information, visit gastrofestivalmadrid.com/
LGBT Pride Festival | July
This event has gone from strength to strength over the last decade and now it is claimed that is attended by over a million people and the largest of its kind in Europe. The parade starts in the late afternoon from Atocha Square and ends in the Colon Square where music and entertainment continue into the night. In 2017 Madrid will be the chosen city for World Pride.
For more information, visit madridorgullo.com
Cultural Festival | 31 December
La Nochevieja is celebrated in style at the Puerta del Sol, where a big party takes pace. It is tradition in Spain to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one at each stroke of the clock for good fortune in the new year.
For more information, visit nochevieja-madrid.es