Madrid has rightly earnt a reputation as one of Europe’s most attractive winter break options. Often overlooked as a winter option in the past by Northern European sunseekers, the Spanish capital now enjoys huge interest in its array of winter treats. So, what does Madrid have to offer the discerning winter traveller? Discover the magnificent capital in wintertime and get to know a side of Spain you didn’t even know existed.
More space and comfort to enjoy world-class attractions and explore
Madrid in the summer is bustling with tourists from every corner of the globe and temperatures can rise to sweltering levels. On the other hand, winter in the gorgeous capital is much more moderate in terms of weather. It might get cold, but nothing compared to northern Europe, with temperatures ranging between 5-15 degrees and snow still a rarity. This gives winter visitors the opportunity to explore museums like the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which form part of what is known as the Golden Triangle of Art, in peace and more comfortably than during summer months.
Winter walks in the park and the Naviluz Christmas Bus
Covering 125 hectares and with more than 15,000 trees, El Retiro is a true breath of fresh air from Madrid’s lively streets and during the winter, it provides an even more magical perspective, with the stunning Palacio de Cristal (Glass palace) with its year-round exhibitions, a perfect excuse to escape from the cold. Take a leisurely walk around the park and work up an appetite to enjoy Madrid’s world class gastronomy.
If you want to enjoy Madrid’s Christmassy feel in December, you can hop on the Naviluz which provides almost an hour of delights as you take in all of the city centre’s Christmas lights. It’ll set you back around 4 euros which is an amazing price for taking in a seasonal treat. Bear in mind that tours can be subject to change depending on local health requirements.
Delicious winter food and shopping
Madrid is a city made for eating and the winter is no exception. However, you’ll find that some of Madrid’s gastronomy is simply made for the winter. Hearty stews like Cocido and Fabada will warm you through to set back out onto Madrid’s architecturally impressive streets, while the classic Chocolate con churros which consists of thick hot chocolate and the Spanish snack that we’re sure needs no introduction: let’s just say they are doughy, crunchy , sugary and delicious, feels as though it was made for a cold winter’s day enjoyed at the San Gines Chocolateria.
After filling up on local delights, take a stroll around some of Madrid’s best shopping streets to get your fix on cutting edge style and fashion as well as affordable highs street classics. The Gran Vía, Calle de Preciados and Calle de Serrano are great places to start if you’re after winter treats or Christmas gifts. Spain’s capital offers an array of winter wonders for all types of travellers.