While most places see September as the beginning of fall, here in Madrid summer fun is still in full swing.
The city enjoys pleasantly warm temperatures, but not the scorching heat common in July and August. And as locals return from their beach vacations, the city retains its authentic atmosphere. If you’re visiting Madrid in September, here’s what should be on your agenda!
1. Discover Madrid’s artistic treasures during the Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend
Calling all art lovers! From September 13-15, some of the best galleries and museums in the city will simultaneously inaugurate their new exhibitions, complete with extended opening hours. The Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend will transform the city into the temporary modern art capital of the world. Attracting international art collectors, dealers and fans, the event is one of the most important of its kind, second only to that of Berlin in number of visitors. Many of the participating galleries and museums are offering supplemental activities such as brunches, guided tours and more to go hand-in-hand with the exhibition openings. The best part? All activities are absolutely free!
2. Catch a movie at the Cibeles de Cine festival
From old-time classics to the hottest new premieres, you’ll be able to catch it all at Cibeles de Cine. The annual film screening event, celebrating its fifth edition this year, features nightly screenings of some of the world’s most popular films in their original language (with subtitles in Spanish). Screenings take place in the Galería de Cristal inside the grandiose Palacio de Cibeles (Calle de Montalbán, 1), and the lineup even includes plenty of workshops and movies for kids. The event is already in full swing and will continue until September 9.
3. Enjoy a picnic in an undiscovered park
Madrid is one of the greenest capitals in Europe, with dozens of gorgeous parks made for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather. As temperatures fall to pleasantly balmy in Madrid in September, it’s a great time of year to visit them! Everyone knows about Retiro, but there are plenty more lovely parks in Madrid just waiting to be discovered. Pick up some delicious local goodies from a neighborhood market and head to the nearest park to enjoy a picnic.
4. Shop ’til you drop at Fashion’s Night Out
Whether you fancy yourself a fashionista or simply like to casually browse the latest styles, you won’t want to miss Fashion’s Night Out. Hosted by style bible Vogue, this can’t-miss event features more than 160 stores in the swanky Salamanca district offering incredible deals and sneak peaks at up-and-coming trends. You’ll also be able to listen to live music, enter exclusive prize drawings and sip on plenty of champagne. This year’s event is tentatively scheduled for September 13, so save the date if you plan on visiting Madrid in September!
5. Eat your way around Madrid on a food tour
The return of bearable temperatures to Madrid means that September is one of the best months to take a food tour! Enjoy a light walking tour around the most emblematic districts of the city and step into the tapas bars and restaurants locals love the most. If you’re visiting Madrid in September, we hope you’ll join us!
Learn the art of a true Madrid tapas crawl with the help of an expert local guide, alongside a small group that will soon become fast friends! Our Tapas Like a Local Tour will show you the secrets of eating and drinking like a born-and-bred madrileño. You’ll leave full, happy and armed with knowledge about how to eat like a local!
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.