Madrid Culture

Dining al fresco in Madrids culture
Your guide to Madrid culture from those who live here!

Get the most out of any visit by experiencing the tastes and sounds
of Madrid.

Here we show you where to go and what to do to ensure you take home your own piece of Iberian passion.

Fiesta San Isidro

Mays "Fiesta de San Isidro" is Madrids biggest festival and one of the best ways to experience the culture of the people of Madrid, "los Madrileños".

This week long fiesta sees everyone in their finery enjoying concerts, activities and parties all over the city. If you can manage it... be here for San Isidro!


Perhaps the most important part of Madrid culture is the food and drink. Even with a wide variety of restaurants and take aways nothing has a fonder place in the heart of Madridleños than Tapas!

Wether you are sitting on a terrace, terraza, during summer or inside a cosy cellar in during winter, Tapas are always served and appreciated. So much so that some bars have built their reputation on nothing more than the tapas they serve!

Be sure to check out our list of over one hundred great Madrid tapas bars!

Top Madrid tapas bars & restaurants

So where do you go to check out this important part of Madrid culture? Madrid guide Spain offers an extensive list of Tapas restaurants and bars sorted into zones for ease of use. Telephone numbers and address´s of all the bars and restaurants are included so you only need focus on the ones closest to your hotel.

The list supplied was created by the natives of Madrid but that doesn´t need to stop you adding your own suggestions and ideas!

Learn a little Spanish

Learning Spanish in Madrid is quick, cheap and effective! Imagine spending half a day learning the language and having the rest of the day free to visit the various city attractions.

Madrids Spanish schools can offer courses from novices who want a little vacation Spanish through to those who want to be able to complete a boardroom presentation. All this besides bringing you closer to understanding the unique Madrid culture!

El Gordo!

The biggest lottery in the world and celebrated every Christmas in Spain. This tradition has rules, regulations, customs & traditions like no other. From the children that "sing" each winning number to the small bars that erupt in joy when their number comes in!

Find out more about how a lottery became one of the traditions that broke down barriers between the classes!

Madrid New Year!

Why do the Spanish walk around with grapes in their pocket on the 31st December each year? Find out why along with where the best parties are each New year in Madrid!

Ring in the new year in the city that never sleeps... After all it is Madrid´s ulture to Party!!!

Sheep of La transhumancia

La Transhumancia!

Something a little out of the ordinary? The annual parade of livestock, predominantly sheep, through the centre of Madrid as farmers exercise their right of way.

Based upon routes taken by the earliest shepherds in Neolithic times this spectacle is a classic!


For nine months of the year the terrazas (terraces) are the place to be! Watch the world go by and evaluate each person that passes... Heaven for those who like to eat in the "Aire libre".

Timings, where and how all explained in our guide! From the small and intimate to the rowdy and boisterous you will find all you need.

Understand the development of the Madrid culture through a pictorial history at one of the citys galleries!

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Madrid Travel Cards

Open top bus Tour

Madrid City Tour and Bernabau Stadium - Real Madrid Football Club

Panoramic Madrid City Sightseeing Tour

Madrid Airport Transfers

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Day Trips from Madrid