Palacio de Comunicaciones, City Hall, Madrid travel. Photo by Carlos Delgado.
Best season for Madrid travel
Best: April-June, September-November. Very best? June and September.
Worst: July-August, the holiday period and extremely hot, averaging highs of 30C-35C (86F-95F), though it’s usually a dry heat).
October – December are the wettest and coldest months, with averaging lows of zero to 4C (40F). May is also quite rainy.
Madrid Things to Do
The Royal Palace front view, Madrid
The most important sights are clustered in the Centro (the old city) so walking that route is Madrid’s main attraction, from the Royal Palace at the west end to the incredible Post Office at the east.
On the way between them visitors will stumble upon many and varied plazas that will offer refreshments and sights.
Oddest great sights: the most magnificent Post Office ever (Plaza Cibeles), the strangest train station waiting room (Atocha’s tropical forest).
Madrid’s best green relief is Parque del Retiro.
And don’t forget to try some of the little tiled bars where Carmen awaits you, possibly.
Go rowing on the lake in front of Alfonso XII’s mausoleum in Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid’s biggest green space. Sundays are especially lively.
Short Trips out of town
The tropical jungle interior of Atocha Railway Station.
El Escorial, 50km NW (plenty of trains from Atocha station) is a stunning palace/monastery complex (April-Sept only). Toledo 70km south (good trains) is a gorgeous town with a fascinating medieval heart and a million tourists checking its beat, while Aranjuez 48km south is a pleasant town with a superb palace.