Culture – The balmy nights of Madrid
often mean that shows and live music are performed
outdoors. If you walk through any part of the city
centre, you are bound to find late night cafes, theatres
with evening shows, and street artists performing
their acts in the middle of the road.
Madrid is full of museums, and art galleries, and
there is always something for tourists to do. Artists
such as Salvador Dali have helped
to make this an artistically strong city, and the
galleries pay homage to the work of various masters
There are also many festivals and carnivals throughout
the year in Madrid. One such carnival is on the 15th
of May, and marks the start of the celebrations surrounding
the month-long Fiestas de San Isidro.
This fiesta is to honour the patron saint of Madrid
and is the liveliest popular festivity in the capital.
Other popular events include the Fiestas de San Lorenzo,
San Cayetano, and the Virgen de la Paloma,
held from the 6th to the 15th of August. These occasions
are commemorated with processions, open-air dancing,
and sidewalk concerts in the park of the Vistillas
one of the most well known aspects of Spanish ulture
is the famous Feria Taurina or bullfighting
fair, which also carries the name of the patron saint
of Madrid. This event normally lasts from the middle
of May to the middle of June at the Plaza Monumental
Las Ventas bullring. Concerts, open-air dances and
outdoor celebrations are also held during this period,
providing a lively and exciting atmosphere.
Madrid is a vibrant and exotic place,
with much to offer travellers who step into this warm
and friendly city. Make sure to check with your local
travel agent to find out which events are on whilst
you are visiting the capital.