5 Fabulous Things to Do in Madrid in March 2019

This blog post was originally posted on March 2, 2016 and was updated on February 11, 2019.

With the post-holiday slump officially over and spring just around the corner, Madrid begins to take on new life.

If you’re considering visiting Madrid in March, you’ve made an excellent choice. Temperatures are pleasantly warm compared to the winter months, but you’re still beating the oppressive heat that’s not uncommon in summer. Plus, with so much to see and do around town, we guarantee you’ll never be bored. Here are just a few ideas to add to your agenda to get you started.

If you're visiting Madrid in March, you won't be disappointed. There's so much going on this month!

1. See a spectacular show at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro

Every year, dozens of artists specializing in sacred music descend upon Madrid in March to showcase their talents at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro. Even if religious music isn’t your thing, don’t count this event out just yet. With 60 incredible performances scheduled for the 29th edition of the festival (March 7-April 13, 2019), the program includes scores of world-renowned artists who have performed on the international stage.

This year’s event also features a special tie in with the año Lorca, a yearlong celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of Spanish literary icon Federico García Lorca’s arrival in Madrid. As a result, several performances based on Lorca’s works will also be showcased at the festival.

2. Visit Madrid’s famous museums

The good thing about visiting Madrid in March: it’s still not high season yet. Not only does an early spring visit show a commitment to traveling responsibly, but you’ll also have many of Madrid’s most iconic spaces practically to yourself. Take advantage of the thin crowds to check out some of the city’s most iconic museums, such as the Prado (which is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019) or the Reina Sofia. And don’t forget about the scores of lesser-known galleries and museums, either!

The Prado holds some of the most treasured art in Spain. If you visit Madrid in March, you'll get to experience this stunning treasure with a fraction of the crowds.
Madrid’s Prado is considered one of the top art museums in the world.

3. Support women artists and designers at Femme Creators

Since its inception in 2013, the Mercado del Diseño has made a name for itself as Madrid’s premier art and design market. The next edition, scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2019, goes hand-in-hand with International Women’s Day. Mercado del Diseño: Femme Creators will fill Matadero Madrid’s sprawling 6,000-square-meter event space with the work of more than 150 female designers and creators. Come support these talented women and pick out a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, clothing, or home decor that will help you remember your time in Madrid forever.

4. Dress up and celebrate Carnival

At this time of year, you’ll find a Carnival celebration happening nearby no matter where you may find yourself in Spain. What makes Madrid’s celebration special, though, is the fact that it forces revelers to get off the beaten path. From March 1–6, the majority of the celebrations will take place in some of the city’s lesser-known neighborhoods, making this a great opportunity to explore beyond the center of Madrid while indulging in a fabulous party at the same time. When you get hungry, treat yourself to the official Carnival snack: chocolate sardines!

If you'll be in Madrid in March, save the date for Carnaval!
The pregón is the official opening ceremony of Carnival. Photo credit: Barcex

5. Discover your new favorite terrace

The arrival of spring in Madrid can only mean one thing: terrace season has officially begun. And there’s no better way to celebrate than by grabbing drinks al fresco with good friends. Whether you prefer a classic rioja, Spain’s iconic gin & tonics, an ice-cold craft beer or anything else, it’s the perfect time of year to take happy hour outside. To take your experience to the next level (literally), don’t miss one of Madrid’s best rooftop bars for fabulous drinks and unbeatable views that will take your breath away.

Visiting Madrid in March means that you're just in time for the start of spring—and, of course, terrace season.
Take advantage of the great weather to partake in a beloved Madrid pastime: terrace drinks!

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1 Comment

  1. Ernesto says
    March 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Two Sundays ago, the Food Truck Fair opened in front of El Corte Ingles along Castellana. When I came back last Sunday evening to try and have a grub on a truck or two, everything was preparing to leave! Can’t understand why they stayed for only a week. I remember last year, the fair was held within the vicinity – at that vast space between El Corte Ingles and Moda Shopping.

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