Madrid, Spain’s premier city, is best visited during the spring season. This part of the year is pleasant for scores of tourists visiting the city as the spring season heralds during mid-March and lasts until May. The days are usually warm and long, while the nights are cool. It rains often and the days are mostly quite windy.
This is the season when you can enjoy the most. The entire city transforms into a place of joie de vivre. The parks in full bloom and long daylight hours makes it ideal to wander around in Madrid The scene on the city’s streets exudes vibrancy and the locals as well as the tourists are out in strength to enjoy the nightlife.
The spring season also brings along many festivals and events. Whether you are visiting Madrid in April, May, June or July – you will enjoy your stay in the city with oodles of activities and events. Here are some of the important festivals/events that you can look forward to when visiting Madrid during springtime. These include San Isidro Festival, The Tales of Hoffman at the Teatro Real, Cézanne Site/Non Site at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, PhotoEspaña, Fernando Alonso Collection at the Canal Art Centre, Picasso in the workshop, Dos de Mayo and Festimad.
The most important festivals among them all are San Isidro Festival, Dos de Mayo and Festimad. The Dos de Mayo festival is held on May 2 every year. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the uprising of the entire city against the troops of Napoleon in 1808. The popular uprising resulted in the ignominious defeat of French invaders and War of Independence. Various events are held to mark the day. This includes bullfighting, dancing, concerts and other sporting events.
The Festival of San Isidro is celebrated on May 15 every year. It is held in the memory of San Isidro, the Patron Saint of Madrid. This is the biggest festival in Madrid. The 9-day-long festival traditionally begins on the Friday before the 15th. During this festival, the biggest bullfighting event in Spain is held. It is a series of fights and usually held in Plaza de Ventas of the city. The festival attracts some of the best breeders as well as the fighters. Most of the residents of Madrid dress up in folk costume. It’s a visual treat as the festivities are marked with dazzling firework displays, open-air concerts and art exhibitions.
Festimad is yet another significant event on Madrid’s calendar. This festival is held for two days usually in May or June. Thousands of visitors from across Spain are attracted to enjoy the festival. The venues of the festival are Móstoles and Bellas Artes building. Many events take place during the festival. This includes poetry reading, dance, rock music concerts and more.
If you are traveling to Madrid during the months of June or July, you will get opportunity to take part in an important festival of visual arts and photography ‘PhotoEspaña’. The event will be held from June 4 and last until July 27. It is held in various outdoor locations and cultural venues across Madrid.