Madrid in April: 6 Things You Must Do

Not too hot, not too cold, and action packed—that’s Madrid in April.

You’ve arrived in Madrid at one of the best times of the year. The weather can be chilly or warm, but never freezing or scorching. Just right. What’s more, you also won’t have to push your way through massive crowds. It’s not high season for tourism, yet.

Easter usually takes place in April, which means two things: the city will have some major celebrating going on, and plenty of madrileños will also be out of town on vacation. The Spanish capital is all yours to enjoy! So let’s a take a quick trip through what Madrid has to offer in April!

Planning on visiting Madrid in April? Great choice! There's so much going on here in the Spanish capital in the first full month of spring. Here's what's on our agenda.

1. Easter Processions Galore

This is one of Spain’s most important traditions and a real sight to see (at least once in your life). Follow a never-ending parade of marching bands and crowds wearing different forms of traditional dress. The imposing statues and sculptures being carried depict scenes from the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There are quite a few traditional Easter dishes that any curious palette ought to try, and of course, some good sacred church music to uplift your soul. Make sure you pass by the Church of San Ginés, where delightful symphonies and enchanting organ music honor the holiday.

If you're visiting Madrid in April, the epic Holy Week processions should definitely be on your list.
Here in Spain, the Easter Bunny takes a backseat to the elaborate floats depicting the passion of Jesus Christ. Photo credit: manuel m.v.

2. A Great Festival for Music

“Musical biodiversity” is the slogan for Festimad. For two weeks, powerhouse music venues across Madrid such as Siroco, La Riviera, Galileo Galilei, Sala But and more lend their stages to up-and-coming bands from all over the world.

Every year the festival goes on during the last week of April and early May. There’s lots of alternative rock on the line-up, but if you look carefully, you’ll even find bands performing flamenco fusion, jazz and hip hop.

3. Urban Culture at Madrid’s Trade Fair Center

Motorcycles, race cars, tattoos, street food, electronic music concerts, rollerblading, skateboarding, breakdancing contests, 3D printed art—Mulafest is a collage of urban culture at its finest! This festival is not to be missed if you’re into the thrill of having all these urban jungle activities raging in the same place.

4. Take Long Strolls Through Amazing Parks

Here’s a bold statement for you: Madrid has the best parks on the planet. The Spanish capital’s green spaces really whisk you away from, well, the city. They’re open all year round, but April is a great time to explore them because of the good weather and the general springtime blooming.

Whatever you do, make sure you include the Manzanares River Park in your list. It forks into three different parks: the San Isidro—a never-ending series of parks and plazas that lead to a stunning lookout point—Casa de Campo, and Parque de Oeste.   

If you're visiting Madrid in April, be sure to check out some of the city's gorgeous green spaces.
April is prime time for visiting Madrid’s stunning parks. Photo credit: La Citta Vita

5. Get Lost in an Endless Maze of Art Galleries

Since April isn’t such a busy month for tourism in Madrid, you can avoid the crowds at some of Madrid’s most famous museums, such as the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen. But don’t stop there, because while art week in Madrid may have ended in March, exhibits showcasing contemporary avant-garde art sprout at iconic cultural centers all over the city.

Temporary galleries to dazzle your eyes and imagination can be found at Matadero, Caixa Forum, Círculo de Bellas Artes, and Casa Encendida. Then there is Conde Duque, which at the end of the month is hosting an exhibit for Madrid’s eclectic street art. But if you really want to do some exploring, you can seek out captivating exhibits off the beaten path.

The Prado entrance on a quiet day in Madrid in April.
The Prado is home to one of the world’s foremost collections of art.

6. Rooftops and Terraces and Patios Oh My!

What would a list of recommendations for Madrid be without a single mention of the city’s most cherished characteristics: the bustling life on the streets, the many restaurants with outdoor seating, and of course, the rooftop bars!

April is the most comfortable time to soak up the sun, drink in hand. It’s not too busy, and of course, the weather is fresh and crisp, with the enticing scent of spring everywhere. So have a caña on a terrace, or at a rooftop bar, where you can marvel at the lively Spanish capital’s enchanting landscape.

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