Activities for summer in Madrid

Summer time is approaching on this side of the hemisphere and Madrid has endless opportunities. It is the Spanish capital that offers everything for all tastes. In this list we will tell you about events to enjoy the heat and good weather.

Outdoor Concerts in Retiro

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The Parque del Buen Retiro is a special place in the middle of Madrid, with its groves and walkways full of attractions.
Every summer the park is filled with music thanks to its open-air concerts that take place on Sundays, at noon until September.
Enter through the Hernani gate at the O’Donnell street entrance and reach the Bandstand of Music. There are always posters announcing the concerts.The rest is up to you: sit in an available chair or on the lawn and enjoy the music. This is the link to the concerts for your convenience.

Book Fair

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If you like reading, you can’t miss the Book Fair, where you can buy books you are interested in, discover new genres and chat with their authors. The fair begins on May 27 and takes place in the Retiro Park, where there will be almost 400 booths, many activities and more than 3,600 authors willing to sign. There will be 16 days in which the Fair will be open from Monday to Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., while the weekend will remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information can be found on the fair website:

Photo Spain

Photo Photo España

Photo España is the most important photography event in the country. The best national and international photographers pass through there. If you like photography, you can’t miss it. Best of all, you can visit the show throughout the summer.
This year is special because the meeting celebrates its 25th anniversary. There will be a triple program with special emphasis on documentary photography. The meetings start on May 30 in places such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Mapfre Foundation, the Círculo de Bellas Artes or Casa de América. So that you don’t miss any events and have the ability to get your ticket, we leave you the complete agenda that the festival site has:

Ice Palace

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The Ice Palace is a center that contains an ice rink where you can ice skate. Believe it or not, it is a place that is only 15 minutes from the center of Madrid, near Barajas.
In addition to practicing this sport, you can visit the other facilities of the shopping center, since there are numerous shops and restaurants nearby. It is ideal way to spend a summer afternoon.
If you want to know more, we leave you their website with all the available information:


Go Karts

Photo Ocious Park

If you are someone who likes the adrenaline that speed produces, then go karting is a good option for you to spend a fun afternoon. Madrid has many circuits for you to choose the one you like the most.
We leave you a list of some tracks and their links so you can see details:
– Karting by Carlos Sainz (
– Karting Club Los Santos (
– Formula Zero Karting (
– Karting Angel Burgueño (
– Jarama Race (

Europe Park

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Parque Europa is located outside Madrid city, in Torrejón de Ardóz. It is an unusual park, as it has representations of European monuments and a fragment of the Berlin Wall. We leave you their website so you can learn more details and you can buy your ticket online.

Madrid swimming pools
You already know that there is no summer without water to cool off. That’s why you can’t miss the pools spread throughout the city of Madrid. In 2022 they open on May 22 and will remain open until September 11. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. To access them, Madrid City Council has an app. From it you can make reservations in one of the two previous shifts.
Prices are as follows:
Children under 5 years: free
Children (from 5 to 14 years old): 1.35 euros.
Young (from 15 to 26 years old): 1.80 euros.
Adult (from 27 to 64 years old: 2.25 euros.
Older (from 65 years): 0.70 euros.
For their part, the swimming pools of the Community of Madrid (Canal de Isabel II Sports Facility, Puerta de Hierro Sports Park, M 86 Sports Center and San Vicente de Paúl Sports Facilities) open from June 11 until the first week of September.
Tickets can be reserved at

If you want to drink and eat while you get to know the city, a good option is the pubs of l Madrid. The options are endless and for all tastes. Here is the link of Tourism of Madrid in which the City Council proposes a map so that you can choose the area you prefer.

Canela Car


If you are not afraid of heights and you like new experiences, you cannot skip
a ride on the Madrid Cable Car, located in the heart of Casa de Campo.
It covers a distance of 2,457 meters at a height of 40 meters, so the views are unmissable. In the following link we leave you the schedules and rates so that you can plan your visit:

Without a doubt, this post would never end if we put everything there is to do in Madrid, because the options are endless ranging from visiting markets, going to the theater and even visiting nearby towns. However, we hope that this selection will be useful to you.