One of the great surprises of Madrid is how green it is. It’s parks colour the city in great swathes of green – meadows and frothy forests, sinewy rivers bordered by willows, deep, cool urban pools - that provide a cooling balm to the heat of high summer. Knitted together they create a verdant playground for the annual Veranos de la Villa (Summer in the City) cultural agenda that spans two months over July and August.Read more Local agenda
To really appreciate one of Madrid’s most iconic buildings there is no better way than to visit it in the manner in which it was designed to be experienced. The Teatro Real’s staging of the Richard Strauss opera Capriccio provides such an opportunity, taking place between the end of May and the beginning of June. The majestic setting, the world class acoustics, the romantic music of Richard Strauss, what better way to discover one of Madrid’s premier cultural attractions with all the pomp and ceremony that goes with the opera.Read more Local agenda
Among the popular attractions offered by Spain during the summer months is an extraordinary number of music festivals hosted throughout its geography, from the urban electronic of Barcelona’s Sónar, to the raver’s favourite FIB (Festival Internacional de Benicàssim) in Valencia to the Azenka Rock festival of Vitoria-Gasteiz (capital city of the Basque Country). But of all the locations perhaps the most varied and high-profile is Madrid which includes Mad Cool Festival (early July), A Summer Story (late June) and Noches del Botánico which this year celebrates its fourth edition. An eclectic festival of live musical performance that has an intimate feel thanks to its privileged surroundings and excellent programme of music and more.
A rare hybrid of outdoor venue with a comfortable ambience that includes everything from folk to flamenco, samba to rock, electronic to jazz.Read more Local agenda
The Spanish love cinema, as well as their own thriving industry film goers are equally appreciative of European, Hollywood and World cinema. The sector has undergone somewhat of a renaissance over the last decade with a significant increase in the number of Spanish titles being released internationally. A new wave of Spanish directors like Isabel Coixet (The Bookshop), Juan Antonio Bayona (A Monster Calls) and Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) are renowned internationally, taking over from avant-garde figures such as Pedro Almodóvar and Bigas Luna. Spanish movie stars like Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are as at home in Hollywood as they are in home grown independent films.Read more Local agenda
Spain’s capital city is also its cultural heart and fashion is an artistic expression that Madrid locals follow assiduously, the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid (formerly known as the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week) takes place twice yearly and places Madrid on the map of the premier fashion capitals of the world.Read more Local agenda