Madrid in Spring: the Rastro, Retiro Park, Tirso de Molina and other attractions

Retiro Park in Madrid

Spring in Madrid is the best time of year to take in all of its beauty. The temperatures are mild, the weather is dry and the overall feeling and demeanor of its citizens is contagious with its great mood. The streets are alive with colorful and the terraces are usually full of people. In this article we will tell you where to go in this season. The Rastro, the Retiro Park or Tirso de Molina square are just a few of our suggestions.

The Retiro Park: the best place to have a walk

Retiro Park in Madrid

Spring is probably the best season to take a walk. The best place to do this is the Buen Retiro Park, with is a green area located in the heart of central Madrid. The pond in this park is where you can rent a small barque. This is a very traditional activity both among the citizens of Madrid and the tourists. The Crystal Palace, inspired by the one which existed in London, is the quietest and the most romantic space in this green area.

The Rastro: a flea market very lively in Spring

The Rastro in Madrid
Madrid in Spring: the Rastro

Another interesting place to enjoy Madrid in the Spring is the Rastro/ This is the most famous flea market in the capital of Spain. Attracting numerous people throughout the year, this time of year is the best at discovering the rare treasures of the past. Rounding out this walk with a refreshing beer in one the bars will make you feel as if you are a real Spaniard.

Tirso de Molina square: the colour of Spring

Tirso de Molina in Madrid
Madrid in Spring: Tirso de Molina square

Not very far from the Rastro, you can visit Tirso de Molina square. This is a very colourful place thanks to its flowers market that consists of small stalls that give the square a special smell and look. Traditional bars and theatres share the room with international restaurants and tearooms.

A season full of festivities

Festivities in Madrid
Madrid in Spring: festivities

Spring also stands out because of the main festivities held by the city there. One example would be San Isidro event on May 15th. This is a popular party in which the inhabitants of Madrid and many tourists go to San Isidro Park, in the south-west of the city and have a traditional picnic with tortilla (Spanish omelette) along with other delicacies. The Plaza Mayor hosts concerts and events. One especially festive day is May 2nd. This is the day in which the region commemorates the rebellion against French occupation in 1808. .

Sport and bullfighting, an interesting suggestion

You should take into account that Spring is the season in which the most important matches of football take place. Included are the final rounds of Champions League and Copa del Rey, and the end of La Liga.  Therefore, it’s a good time to buy tickets and attend the stadiums of Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. If football doesn’t pique your interest, this is also when bullfighting season begins.  It includes the main fair of Feria de San Isidro. This  gathers the best bullfighters and breeds of the moment.

Football and bullfighting in Madrid
Madrid in Spring: football and bullfighting

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