No, Madrid does not have a beach. You will definitely not be able to enjoy heavenly beaches and romantic sunsets by the sea here. But we can assure you, that you will not be bored at all! And although Madrid has its own places for cooling off during the summer, like its lakes, rivers and pools, there are many other summer activities you can enjoy. Madrid is a lot of fun during the summer, so this article by ShMadrid will tell you all about some original ideas, because at long last: summer has arrived in Madrid!
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Enjoy summer in Spain’s capital
We have to give you a bit of a warning first, because Madrid can easily reach 40°C in the shade during the summer months. If you visit the city as a tourist and you have planned to do so in summer, it is better to come well prepared. Try not to spend too much time outside in the full sun or during the middle of the day when the sun is at its brightest. It is better to seek the comfort of an air-conditioned restaurant then, allowing you to taste some of Madrid’s typical gastronomy, while being sheltered from the sun. A perfect place for this, for example, is Lhardy, a romantic restaurant that is ideal for getting to know some authentic Madrid food. Lhardy has managed to carefully preserve the courtly and elegant atmosphere of twentieth century Madrid, as well as combining it with the best European cuisine of the twenty-first century. If this all seems a bit too much, you can try La Dolores tavern, located in the neighbourhood of Las Letras, where you will find some very good wines, excellent beers and a small selection of tapas.
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After having a delicious lunch and, at the same time, avoiding high summer temperatures, it is time for some sightseeing. We can recommend visiting a place in Madrid that you will surely not forget. What about viewing one of the most mysterious paintings in the history of humanity? The Garden of Delights, considered one of the most fascinating, mystifying and attractive works in the history of art, is part of the permanent exhibition collection of the Prado Museum in Madrid. You can get into a detective mode and try to unravel some of its mysteries, that have fascinated art students and that have yet to be solved. Once you go outside again, when the sun starts to set, you might want to have a little snack under the trees on one of the terraces of Parque del Retiro. You can also dine at La Pérgola restaurant in The Principal hotel in Madrid, located at Marqués de Valdeiglesias 1, on the corner of Gran Vía 2. You will enjoy magnificent views of the capital from its terrace, and you will be able to recharge before seeing a famous musical on the Gran Vía in Madrid, which has turned into Madrid’s Broadway. The truth is that these are just a few examples of what you can do in the capital during the summer, because as always, options in Madrid are endless.
How do you spend your summer in the capital?