Visiting Madrid in August: How to Beat the Heat (Or Embrace It!)

Just because the temperatures are rising doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Madrid in August!

At first glance, it may seem that August would be a difficult time of year to visit Madrid. Take thousands of tourists pouring into the city, subtract the locals who flee for the shores to go on vacation, add in rising temperatures, and it may not seem like an ideal time to visit. While all those factors do come into play, it’s still very possible to enjoy Madrid in August. You just have to keep an eye out for opportunities! If you’ll be visiting Madrid in August, here are some great activities and events to include on your itinerary.

Visiting Madrid in August? Here are our favorite activities and events taking place throughout the month!

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1. Step back to the Spanish Golden Age at Fiesta Corral Cervantes

Enjoy one of Madrid’s most unique street festivals all summer long! At Fiesta Corral Cervantes, you’ll feel as if you’ve been whisked back in time to the Golden Age of Spanish music and theater. Running through August 26 on Cuesta de Moyano, the event features dozens of theatrical performances in a space reminiscent of 17th century stages. When you’re not enjoying the show, you can also browse the selection of arts and crafts and chow down on plentiful food and wine. If you’re visiting Madrid in August, you can’t miss this unique event!

2. Celebrate like a local at a neighborhood festival

It’s true that plenty of locals leave Madrid in August and head for the beach. However, those that remain certainly know how to throw a party! Three back-to-back parties, in fact, all characterized by gorgeous lanterns strung up in the streets and plenty of lemonade. The fun starts with the San Cayetano Festival, which runs from August 2-8 in the Embajadores neighborhood. Then, the residents of Lavapiés pick things up with their own celebration, the San Lorenzo Festival, from August 9-11. Finally, it’s time to celebrate La Paloma in the La Latina neighborhood from August 12-15. Each of the three celebrations retains a strong community spirit reflective of the barrio where they take place.

If you're visiting Madrid in August, get ready to party like a local! Three of the city's emblematic barrios hold their annual festivals this month.
Locals dance the night away in traditional dress at the La Paloma Festival. Photo credit: Barcex

3. Learn something new at the museum

Madrid’s scorching summer temperatures mean that being out and about in the middle of the day can be tough. If you can’t stand the heat but still want to explore, grab the nearest metro or bus and head to one of Madrid’s dozens of incredible museums! From world-class collections such as the Prado to lesser-known yet equally fascinating hidden gems such as the Naval Museum next door, there’s no shortage of discoveries awaiting you. Spending the day museum-hopping means you won’t need to spend nearly as much time out in the hot sun, but can still enjoy Madrid’s incredible cultural offerings.

Stay cool when visiting Madrid in August! This is a great time to discover the city's museums, such as the Prado. You'll escape the heat and learn something new!
You could easily spend a whole day discovering the wonders of the Prado!

4. Take in views from the top at a rooftop bar

It’s no secret that Madrid is home to dozens of glamorous rooftop bars, and summer is the best time of year to enjoy them. After spending a day exploring (or relaxing by the pool!), take advantage of the comparatively cooler evenings to enjoy a drink with a view. From the popular terrace atop the Círculo de Bellas Artes building (Calle de Alcalá, 42) with iconic views of Gran Vía, to the more laid-back atmosphere offering views of La Latina at El Viajero (Plaza de la Cebada, 11), you could easily spend each night of your trip discovering a different view!

Cool off in the evenings during your visit to Madrid in August by enjoying a drink at a rooftop bar.
Some of the most iconic views in the city can be seen from the Círculo de Bellas Artes terrace on Gran Vía! Photo credit: iteijeiro

5. Devour the best bites in town

When visiting Madrid in August, it’s especially important to stay well-fed and hydrated as you make your way around town. Luckily, in a city with such a great gastronomic scene, that’s not too hard! Pop into a classic local bar for a refreshing tapa such as salmorejo and wash it down with an ice-cold draft beer or tinto de verano. For dessert, nothing hits the spot quite like homemade ice cream from your neighborhood heladería!

When visiting Madrid in August, skip the sangria and get tinto de verano instead. It's what all the locals are drinking!
A refreshing tinto de verano is in store for these hot summer days.

Want to really discover the secrets of eating like a true madrileño? Join us on our Tapas Like a Local Tour and take part in an authentic tapas crawl! No tourist traps here—we head off the beaten path and into the bars locals love best, where you’ll taste the most delicious bites. We hope you’re hungry!

 

Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.

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