Madrid, Spain’s vibrant heart, pulsates with energy throughout the year. But in the summertime, it transforms into a sun-drenched playground, beckoning travellers with cultural treasures, outdoor delights, and the infectious alegria de vivir – “zest for life”.

Summer in Madrid is a time to unwind and soak up the lively atmosphere. With longer days and pleasant weather, this hub comes alive with a plethora of events and activities to suit all preferences. From magical gardens and thrilling adventure parks to awe-inspiring museums, mind-blowing royal retreats, and top-notch music festivals, Madrid offers endless options for summer fun.

Get ready for a fun-filled summer adventure in Madrid with this curated list of must-see sights, extraordinary events, and local hidden gems!

Vibrant summer festivities

Noches del Botánico

Noches del Botánico returns for its 8th season from June 7th until July 27th at Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden. The summer concert series features a stellar lineup of international and local artists, spanning jazz, latin, flamenco, rock, and pop. Enjoy music from 7 pm, surrounded by stunning gardens and delectable food and drinks. It’s an unforgettable blend of music, nature, and culinary delights.

Mad Cool Festival

Catch Mad Cool Festival for its 7th edition, July 10th – 13th at Iberdrola Music Venue. The star-studded lineup includes Dua Lipa, Pearl Jam, Måneskin, The Killers, and The Smashing Pumpkins. A leader among festivals, Mad Cool promises an unforgettable experience.

August Fiestas

Madrid heats up in August with lively “verbenas,” open-air festivals cascading through neighborhoods.

San Cayetano starts on August 7th (Rastro-Embajadores), followed by San Lorenzo (Lavapiés) on August 10th. The grand finale is La Paloma (La Latina) on August 15th, a city-wide celebration. Chulapos (traditional Madrid dandies) dance the Chotis, laughter fills the lamplit streets, and locals of all ages unite. Expect games, contests, music, tapas, and processions honouring saints.


KALORAMA Festival hits Madrid from Aug 29th – 31st. The outdoor bash at IFEMA Madrid grounds boasts a stellar lineup of LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, etc. Don’t miss the electrifying atmosphere! Tickets cost €135 and cover all 3 days. Kids under 11 go free, making it a perfect option for families and music lovers of all ages.

Rooftop pools

Beat Madrid’s summer heat with a dip in a stunning rooftop pool! Many 5-star hotels offer these urban oases, perfect for refreshing after sightseeing. Enjoy panoramic cityscapes at The Principal Madrid, a sleek design at Hotel Santo Domingo, a heated outdoor pool at Riu Plaza España, and a refreshing outdoor pool and whirlpool tub at Wellington Hotel.

For a unique experience, unwind at the hidden historic indoor pool at Pestana Plaza Mayor Madrid, which also boasts a rooftop option! Unwind in Art Deco elegance at Hotel Urban or soak up city views from Hyatt Centric Gran Vía Madrid’s infinity pool.

Gardens and thrills

El Retiro Park

Escape Madrid’s midday sun at El Retiro Park, a verdant UNESCO oasis A favourite among locals and tourists, this popular retreat offers cool tranquillity under the shade of towering trees. Boating on the lake, scenic gardens, and various attractions provide further enjoyment. Unwind and savour nature’s beauty in this sunny weather.

Parque de Atracciones

Nestled in Madrid’s Casa de Campo, Parque de Atracciones is Spain’s most comprehensive amusement park, offering 32 attractions that cater to all ages and thrill levels. Whether you crave heart-pounding roller coasters, refreshing water rides like Los Rápidos, captivating adventures, or peaceful strolls amidst nature, this park guarantees a fun-filled day for families and friends.

Parque Warner

Parque Warner offers a perfect summer escape! Combine thrills at the action-packed theme park with a splash at Parque Warner Beach next door. From heart-stopping slides to gentle water features, there’s fun for all ages. Relax on a sandy beach, catch live shows, and enjoy on-site dining. The ideal summer combo: theme park thrills and a cool-down water park adventure!

Unmissable sunset spots in Madrid

Terraza de Sabatini

Offering stunning Royal Palace views, breathtaking sunsets, and a panoramic vista of Plaza de España and the Egyptian Temple of Debod, Terraza de Sabatini is a seasonal rooftop paradise. Non-hotel guests can enjoy tapas and beverages (May-September) while soaking in the magical atmosphere.

Jardín del Príncipe, Aranjuez

Witness a romantic Aranjuez sunset at Jardín del Príncipe. As the sun dips below the horizon, this meticulously manicured garden, adorned with ornate fountains and vibrant blooms, bathes in a golden glow. The majestic silhouette of Aranjuez Palace completes the postcard-perfect scene. Capture the fiery magic against this historic backdrop!

Templo de Debod

Travel back in time to Templo de Debod, a 2nd-century BC Egyptian temple gifted to Madrid to escape the Aswan Dam. Step outside to a viewpoint revealing breathtaking panoramas of the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and Casa de Campo. No wonder it’s a favourite spot to capture Madrid’s beauty!

Bosque Finlandés

Trade Madrid’s bustle for Bosque Finlandés’ serenity at sunset. This tranquil forest offers a natural haven to witness the magic of a Madrid sunset. The lake reflects the vibrant sky, creating a breathtaking tapestry of light. Immerse yourself in birdsong and gentle breezes as the day fades into a spectacular display of colour. Bosque Finlandés: your serene escape for an unforgettable sunset.

Mirador Madrid

For a truly privileged perspective, head to this wonderful observation deck within the gorgeous Cibeles Palace. Gaze out at a breathtaking 360° view of Madrid’s urban landscape, taking in iconic landmarks like Gran Vía, Calle de Alcalá, Paseo de la Castellana, and El Retiro Park. Handy maps on the deck help you identify these and other must-see buildings. Tours last around 30 minutes.

Cool down like a local

Heladeria Los Alpes

Beat the heat with a delicious scoop (or two!) from one of Madrid’s oldest and most beloved ice cream shops. Established in 1950, Madrid’s oldest ice cream shop, Los Alpes offers classic and innovative flavours to satisfy any craving. Cool off further with traditional summer drinks like horchata (sweet nut milk) and leche merengada (a cinnamon-flavored milk drink). With locations in Chamberí and Las Rozas—which also houses the designer outlet mall, Las Rozas Village—you’re never far from a sweet escape from the summer sun.

Casa de Diego

Cooling down madrileños since 1825, Casa de Diego is a lifesaver. With Madrid’s 2,800 annual sunshine hours, a fan is essential! This local favourite offers a vast collection, from delicate lace to statement wall fans, catering to every taste. Men can even find pocket-sized fans for on-the-go cooling. Their original shop, predating Puerta del Sol’s iconic clock, remains the square’s oldest.

La Pecera and Kalúa

Cool down with a sweet treat! La Pecera scoops delightful Japanese-style ice cream in fish-shaped waffle cones—Taiyaki—alongside classic options. Kalúa Helado Artesanal crafts high-quality gelato and ice cream using traditional methods and authentic flavors.

With its captivating blend of culture, outdoor activities, sizzling nightlife, and vibrant festivals, Madrid in summer offers an unforgettable experience for travellers seeking a taste of authentic Spain. So, pack your bags, embrace the sunshine, and prepare to be enchanted by the magic of Madrid!