Madrid: The Can’t-Miss Summer City

There’s something about a good, quality summer city. One that comes alive when the weather warms up and never leaves you bored; a city that gives the people what they want while still leaving them wanting more of its summertime charm all year round.

Madrid is one of those cities. This landlocked capital has some of the best nightlife, art and sightseeing around, combined with an average of more than 300 clear, sunny days a year. What’s not to like? Here’s how you should spend your perfect summer day in Madrid:

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Go Shopping in Malasaña

A bohemian neighborhood bordering Madrid’s main drag, Gran Via is home to an awesome shopping district in Plaza Dos de Mayo. Explore the winding streets and pick up some vintage fashion pieces, eclectic souvenirs or ensembles from up-and-coming, young designers.

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Museum-Hop

Don’t worry, we’ll get to the bar crawling later, but during the day, get yourself some culture! Three of Madrid’s most acclaimed museums are located within a 10 minute walk of each other in an area called the Golden Triangle. Pick from El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and La Reina Sofia, or check them all out while soaking up the sun on your walk.

Photo cred: Kimi Singer
Photo cred: Kimi Singer

Munch on Some Tapas

Blend in with the locals in the Plaza de Santa Ana and feast on traditional Spanish cuisine. Pull up a chair at any of the bountiful outdoor cafes and order a glass of Spanish wine to wash down your tasty small plates like Spanish tortilla (spoiler alert: it’s not the same as a Mexican tortilla) and olives. In the mood for something sweet? Grab a churro, the tastiest fried dough, con chocolate. 

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Photo cred: Kimi Singer

Vino and Chill

Not going to lie, there are some pretty insane clubs in Madrid, but I personally think they’re overrated. Instead, I suggest you explore different neighborhoods, post up at a cafe or bar with outdoor seating and imbibe in a beer or two. Spain is known for their late nights/early mornings so it’s easy to pass the time in one place or hop around if you get bored.

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Spend your summer in Madrid on any of our popular trips: Grand Tour of Spain, Grand Tour of Europe or Europe from London to Lisbon.