Madrid tours and events
Madrid is one of the most visited cities in the world, and boasts a wide choice of tours, events and attractions to suit all tastes and budgets. Some of the best annual events in Madrid include:
January – The Three Kings
An evening procession throughout the city centre where children are showered with sweets thrown from floats. Colourful and loud with plenty of Santa characters, elves and of course, the three kings who arrive in town to bring gifts for the children on the night of January 5th.
February – Holy Week
There is nowhere quite like Madrid for parties. Although Holy Week is a religious festival the week before Lent, fancy dress parades, processions and music make this one of the most popular times of the year for visitors.
March – Easter Week
Held annually in late March or early April, Easter week sees daily processions through the streets with hundreds of men (known as the brotherhoods) carrying huge effigies of Christ and the Virgin Mary through the streets. A solemn and moving event lasting seven days and nights.
April – Science Fair
Held at the Juan Carlos I Exhibition Centre, this is a great event for all the family and the interactive exhibitions prove particularly popular with the children.
May – Fiesta de Dos de Mayo and the Fiesta de San Isidro
Popular since the 1980´s the Fiesta de Dos de Mayo is a lively musical festival in and around the Plaza de Dos de Mayo, and is usually held in early May. All musical tastes are catered for, and visitors can join in the fun with plenty of dancing, drinking and partying into the early hours. The Fiesta de San Isidro heralds the start of the bullfighting season and a week of non-stop entertainment takes place around the Plaza Mayor.
June – Fiesta de la Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida
Taking place on June 13, this fiesta sees girls gather at the hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida, where they place pins in the baptismal font. If one pin sticks to the girl’s finger she will marry within the year, tradition dictates. Lively events around the church.
July – La Virgen del Carmen
A fiesta in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, which takes place to the north of the city centre. Also, in July and August bands play live music at the bandstand in Retiro Park.
August – Castizo Fiestas
The traditional fiestas of San Cayetano, San Loreno and La Virgen de la Paloma take place in the La Latia and Lavapies districts. Dancing, drinking, singing and general mayhem take place throughout the night.
September & October – the Autumn Festival
Concerts and theatre performances held at various venues throughout the city take place in September and October in one of the city´s best loved festivals. Sixty shows include ballet, jazz, comedy and orchestras in this spectacular event which lasts 4-5 weeks. Events take place both in the capital and in the surrounding towns.
November – Jazz Festivals
Jazz performances take place throughout Madrid theatres, attracting top musicians from all over the world.
December – New Year´s Eve
If you enjoy partying, don´t miss the New Year celebrations in Madrid. Restaurants, pubs and bars open very late and live music events are also staged in the city centre. Make sure you get to Puerta del Sol in time for midnight, where 12 grapes are eaten for good luck (one for each chime of the bell). If you are planning to visit Madrid for the first timed, why not book onto a city tour or a cultural and historical tour to discover all there is to know about Spain’s capital? Culture vultures can book a museum tour and sports fans can book a tour of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.