This blog post was originally posted on May 26, 2016, and was updated on May 6, 2019.
Sunny skies—check. Long, leisurely afternoons—check. Plenty of cultural activities—check. We might be biased, but Madrid is the place to be in June.
It’s that perfect time of year right before spring melts into scorching hot summer, and Madrid is thriving. As Spain’s answer to the city that never sleeps (except for when siesta time rolls around), the capital’s colorful energy and laid-back vibe make even the most relaxing lazy-day activities seem luxurious and exciting. Get ready to experience the best of Madrid in June with this itinerary of what to see and do.
Weather in Madrid in June
If a visit to Spain’s capital in June is on your horizon, you’re in luck. June is one of the best times of year to visit Madrid in every way, including when it comes to the average forecast. Here’s a quick glance at what to expect.
- Average highs of 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius), and lows of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).
- Plenty of sun (around 12 hours of it per day, to be exact!).
- Minimal rainfall—only around 30 mm (about an inch) over the course of the entire month.
And now onto the fun part—the activities and events. Here’s what you need to be planning on your trip to Madrid in June.
1. Shop at a farmers’ market in Casa de Campo
It’s no surprise that we here at Devour Madrid are big fans of Spanish food markets. In fact, we’re those people who stop and chat with the vendors at any chance we get. And every month, without fail, you’ll find us at the Casa de Campo farmers’ market, doing just that (and stocking up on plenty of fresh summer produce to take home, of course).
The market takes place on the first Saturday of every month and is so much more than just an assortment of fruit and vegetable stalls. There are plenty of those, of course, but you’ll also find more goodies than at your average farmers’ market—we’re talking tasty baked goods, artisanal cheeses, and some of the best craft beers in Madrid. Make a day of it and take your haul to a shady spot in the park for a post-shopping picnic.
June 2019 edition: Saturday, June 1
2. Find your next favorite read at the Madrid Book Fair
Bookworms, this one’s for you—after all, what could possibly be better than spending a relaxing late spring afternoon leafing through thousands of fascinating books? Doing so in the fresh air at Madrid’s legendary Retiro Park. That’s what’s on the table at the city’s annual Book Fair, which has been going strong since 1933.
But this event isn’t just a place where you can pick up your next favorite read. In addition to more than 360 stands stacked with everything from cookbooks to novels to historical epics, you’ll be able to attend readings, and maybe even meet your favorite author in person at one of the many book signing events.
2019 dates: May 31–June 16
3. Live the flamenco passion at Suma Flamenca
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spain? If your answer included the word “flamenco,” you’re not alone. Unfortunately, Spain’s most iconic art form has grown to be quite touristy at times, and finding authentic flamenco in Madrid can be challenging (but not impossible!).
That’s not the case at Suma Flamenca. As one of the world’s leading flamenco events, the festival draws some of the genre’s most talented performers—from up-and-coming new talents to veterans known on an international level—to Spain’s capital for several weeks in June. With more than 100 performances taking place at venues throughout Madrid, this is the can’t-miss event for anyone looking to experience Spain’s most legendary and passionate dancing and music in an authentic way.
4. Explore a world of photography at PHotoESPAÑA 2019
Despite its name, the PHotoESPAÑA photography festival doesn’t just focus on creations that depict Spain itself. An event rooted in modern society with an international focus, this lauded event stands out from similar exhibitions in that it trains its lens on photographers and works from all over the world. Last year’s edition featured nearly 100 exhibitions and works by 53 artists in 76 different venues across Madrid, and 2019’s event is shaping up to be even better. See the world in a different way and discover talents from across the globe at this fascinating festival.
2019 dates: June 5–September 1
5. Celebrate Noche de San Juan
It seems like there’s always a reason to party here in Spain, and the start of summer is no different. St. John’s Eve, or la noche de San Juan, follows the summer solstice by a few days and marks one of the biggest celebrations on the calendar in Madrid in June.
Every year, on the night before the feast of St. John, revelers take to the streets of Madrid to celebrate summer with massive parties, bonfires and fireworks. Some of the biggest parties in the city take place in Retiro Park, but no matter where you find yourself that night, you’re sure to come across a festive celebration that’s sure to last well into the early morning hours.
Date: June 23
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