6 Great Things to Do in Madrid in July 2018

This blog post was originally posted on June 16, 2015 and was updated on June 28, 2018.

During the scorching summer months, Madrid is full of life.

Festivals celebrating the arts invade the city, and people take to the streets for beer and tapas. Visiting Madrid soon? Follow these tips for things to do in Madrid in July!

There's no shortage of things to do in Madrid in July! Here's what's on our agenda—will we see you at any of these 7 events?


Photo Credit: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, Text Overlay: Devour Madrid Food Tours

1. Dance at Noches del Botánico

From June 21 to July 29, Noches del Botánico celebrates music from all over the world. With genres ranging from rock to flamenco, there’s music to please everyone! Festival goers can also browse a unique artisanal market, sample an array of delightful foods at various food trucks, and lay out and work on their tan—a must when visiting Madrid in July!

One of the best things to do in Madrid in July for music lovers: check out the Noches de Botánico music festival!
Hearing some live flamenco music is a must when visiting Spain!

2. Celebrate gay pride

Madrid’s Gay Pride (MADO) celebrations open the door to diversity in Madrid. With events held in many plazas around the center and over two million people participating, it’s hard to miss! From June 28 until July 8, you’ll find live music and even a massive Pride parade celebrating diversity. Tick this unique experience off your list of things to do in Madrid in July.

One of the most fun things to do in Madrid in July is easily the massive Pride celebration!
Celebrate Pride like a true madrileño! Photo credit: Ted Eytan

3. Eat, drink and be merry on a La Latina tapas crawl

With the sun shining and endless blue skies, you must head over to the La Latina neighborhood for tapas and beer. Calle Cava Baja and Cava Alta are covered with bars that serve both traditional and modern tapas. Make sure you’re hungry before you come here to try all the tasty delights! Also, expect there to be huge crowds of people when visiting Madrid in July– unless it’s the weekend when many escape to the beach!

One of our must-do things to do in Madrid in July: a tapas crawl in La Latina, of course!
The most fun way to eat like a local: tapas crawling in La Latina!


4. Soak in culture at Veranos de la Villa

If you have a soft spot for theatre, the arts festival Veranos de la Villa is perfect for you. This event is one of the most cultural things to do in Madrid in July. Flamenco, zarzuela operetta and musical theater are key showcases here. Expect to see performances from prestigious Spanish artists! The festival runs until September 2.

5. Watch horse racing in the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela

The racecourse La Zarzuela hosts evening horse racing every Thursday in July. It seems odd, but if you want an evening far from the ordinary then try this! After watching the nail-biting races, enjoy a delicious meal in La Zarzuela‘s restaurant.

6. Hit the beach

Yes, you read that right! This summer, for the first time ever, landlocked Madrid will open a beach! The temporary installation, known as MadBeach, will be open on Plaza de Colón in July. Visitors can cool off in wave pools, chow down at chiringuitos (typical Spanish beach bars), play sand volleyball and more. There are also plans for DJ sessions and food trucks to complete the experience.

One of the most unique things to do in Madrid in July: hit the new urban beach!
Experience the best of Spain’s beaches right here in Madrid!

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1 Comment

  1. Henry Perazo says
    June 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    The pictures and also the events you mention really catch my eyes [especially all that food]. Love to join the festival and the MADO too, gotta love all the festivals of Spain! Thanks for the great post.


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