Are you thinking of visiting Madrid in summer? There are plenty of plans to spend the hot months in the Spanish capital, so it’s impossible to get bored. From open-air cinema, music festivals and rooftop terraces, we have the best summer proposals for you to enjoy your stay in the city.
Whether to enjoy or relax, there are plans in Madrid in summer for all tastes, keep reading and enjoy the summer days in the capital!
What to do in Madrid in summer? These are the best plans
Summer cinema in Madrid
One of the best activities in Madrid in summer is to enjoy a good movie outdoors in the many summer cinemas that are installed throughout the city. Cinema sessions under the stars in parks, terraces, squares… a cheap and perfect plan to spend the hottest nights in the city!
Veranos de la Villa
Officially the great summer festival in Madrid, Veranos de la Villa fills the city with cultural, music and entertainment activities during the months of July and August. Enjoy an intense agenda of concerts, plays, dance, concerts and exhibitions, most of which are free!
Summer pools in Madrid
A cool dip is the best idea to combat the high temperatures in Madrid and, luckily, has a wide network of municipal summer pools. Normally you can access these for a very cheap price of between 1 € and 2 €. Another option is to climb to the oasis on the heights of a hotel with pool in Madrid, where you can enjoy the views of the skyline while you drink something cool.
When the thermometer rises, a seamless plan is to take refuge in one of Madrid’s museums. These temples of art are also very cool places where you can spend the hottest hours while enjoying the summer exhibitions at the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia, the Círculo de Bellas Artes or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
August’s local festivals
Many neighborhoods in Madrid are celebrating in August, a great opportunity to experience the traditions of the city. Decorated streets, traditional costumes such as the chulapos, music in the street… the popular summer festivals have the best atmosphere and a wide program of activities for all audiences.
Try the best ice cream
Another plan to alleviate the heat is to take a tour of the best ice cream parlors in Madrid. There are more modern, very traditional or with risky proposals. We especially recommend the ice creams of Maison Glacée, Brando, Bico de Xeado and Gelateria La Romana, although we also encourage you to discover other places.
Attend the music festivals
In addition to being a concert destination, the Spanish capital has become a city of music festivals, most of which are organized in summer. Primavera Sound Madrid, Mad Cool Festival, Noches del Botánico or Río de Babel are some of the ones you can’t miss from June to August.
Discover Madrid’s gastronomy
There is no activity more Madrilenian than going out for tapas and beers, a plan that becomes even more appealing in summer, when it gets dark later and the days are longer. To experience Madrid’s gastronomy in all its splendor, we recommend Bar Restaurante Tilda, a neo-tavern offering traditional tapas with a contemporary touch.
Another option is to go for brunch with Tilda’s proposal for Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 3pm, which includes a menu of sweet, savory and drinks where there is no shortage of starry eggs and calamari sandwich.
Sales in Gran Vía
One of the best times to go shopping in Madrid is during the summer sales, when most stores in the city offer incredible discounts and promotions. Take the opportunity to buy clothes and accessories of your favorite brands, electronics, household items and everything you can imagine in Gran Via, the commercial epicenter of the city.
Go to the “beach” at Madrid Rio
Located in the large park of Madrid Rio, on the Manzanares River, you will find what is known as the “beach of Madrid”. It consists of three aquatic facilities formed by fountains of water jets, an area to lie down and clouds of vaporized water. The best recipe against the heat if you are in the capital!
The best accommodation in Madrid in summer
If you are going to be in Madrid in summer, we invite you to stay in an adult only hotel in the heart of the capital from where you can enjoy the best summer plans. Hotel Akeah is the best option for friends and couples who want to enjoy a city break and have fun with all kinds of activities.
Our hotel in the center of Madrid is close to all the must-see places in Madrid thanks to its location in the Malasaña neighborhood, very close to Gran Vía and Puerta del Sol. Go up to our rooftop pool to sunbathe and cool off and take advantage of our bar, cafeteria and parking services, as well as the culinary proposal of the Tilda restaurant.