Madrid in August 2019: The Complete Guide to Summer Fun

This blog post was originally posted on July 2, 2018 and was updated on July 1, 2019.

The dog days of summer are in full swing, but Madrid still boasts plenty of fun in the sun throughout August.

At first glance, it may seem that August may not be the most ideal 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 the result may not too great at first. But 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—and if you’re still not convinced, said opportunities often come in the form of street parties and long, lazy evenings spent at a rooftop bar.

If you’ll be visiting Madrid in August, here are some great activities and events to include on your itinerary.

Madrid in August is hot, but there's still plenty going on. Here's your guide to street parties, rooftop bars and more.

Photo Credit: Clarence, Text Overlay: Devour Madrid Food Tours

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

Madrid in August is synonymous with street parties, and one of the best festivals runs 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. The event on Cuesta de Moyano features dozens of theatrical performances in a space reminiscent of 17th century stages. When you’re not enjoying the shows, browse the selection of arts and crafts and enjoy all the food and wine your heart desires.

2019 dates: July 24–September 22

2. Celebrate like a local at a neighborhood festival

Remember how we said that Madrid in August is basically one long party? The three massive neighborhood festivals that take place throughout the month have a lot to do with that. Yes, it’s true that plenty of locals leave Madrid in August and head for the beach. But those who stick around pull out all the stops.

Among the three parties, some things are the same across the board: you’ll find gorgeous lanterns strung up in the streets, free-flowing lemonade and scores of chulapos, or locals dressed in traditional clothing.

From there, though, each event takes on its own character, retaining a strong community spirit reflective of the barrio where it takes place.

  • The fun starts with the San Cayetano Festival in the Embajadores neighborhood. August 6–8, 2019
  • Then, the residents of Lavapiés pick things up with their own celebration, the San Lorenzo Festival. August 9–11, 2019
  • Finally, it’s time to celebrate La Paloma in the La Latina neighborhood. August 14–17, 2019
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—public transportation in Madrid is excellent, after all—and head to one of the city’s many incredible museums.

From the world-class collection at 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.

READ MORE: The Most Famous Museums in Madrid

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—no judgment here!), 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 with iconic views of Gran Vía, to the more laid-back atmosphere offering views of La Latina at El Viajero, you could easily spend each night of your trip discovering a different view!

RELATED: View from the Top: The 5 Best Rooftop Bars in Madrid

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!

SEE ALSO: How to Order a Drink in Madrid

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.

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5 Comment

  1. Fonzi says
    July 20, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I’m traveling from Los Angeles to Madrid alone. August 12-16 2019. Anyone else by chance?

    Reply
    1. Devour Tours says
      July 22, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Sounds like an amazing trip, Fonzi! Here’s our solo traveler’s guide to Spain: https://madridfoodtour.com/solo-travel-in-spain/

      Reply
    2. Ben says
      August 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Funny, I’ll be there 8/8-8/14

      Reply
  2. Honorable Abdul Karim Kamara says
    July 30, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    i will like to spend a week tour in Madrid with my wife and beautiful daughter.

    How could i book a seven days sight seeing tour from your company.

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    1. Devour Tours says
      August 2, 2019 at 8:50 am

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