Madrid holidays are filled with many interesting sights, activities and attractions. Although there are many cultural, artistic, historical and architectural locations to visit, several should not be missed. The Prado Museum is one of the world’s finest art galleries with more masterpieces than any other museum in the world. The Royal Palace, one of the grandest palaces in Europe, is open for daily tours. The Retiro Park, an integral part of life for Madrid residents and tourists alike, is a tranquil and relaxing break from city life.
Festivals and cultural events take place year around, offering wonderful experiences. The month of May offers some of the best bullfighting in the world, with much pomp and pageantry based around the celebration of Madrid’s patron saint, San Isidro. Madrid’s vibrant cosmopolitan nightlife is world-renowned for its non-stop action and infinite variety of bars, restaurants, theaters and cinemas; as well as dancing, music and clubs. Madrid’s currency is the euro.
Madrid’s temperate weather is usually dry, and there are clear differences in temperatures between seasons. Summer’s hottest months are July and August (average temperature 30 – 32 ° C), and winter’s coldest months are December and January (average temperature 9 – 10 ° C). The most pleasant temperatures are found between May and early July, and again in September and October when the average temperatures are between 20 and 30 ° C. Although it is an arid climate, Madrid does have rain, especially in the winter months.