Madrid is a city that combines history, culture and entertainment, attracting tourists all through the year. From world-famous museums and beautiful landmarks to a vibrant nightlife, the capital of Spain is a fascinating and enriching destination.
As summers tend to be very hot in Madrid, with temperatures climbing up to 40° C, and winters are usually quite cold, when temperatures drop as low as -10° C, the best seasons to visit the city are spring and autumn. Between April and June, as well as from September to October, a mild climate and temperatures of 25° C offer the perfect conditions to enjoy the capital. When it comes to events and holidays, the "Dos de Mayo", organised on 2nd May, is a popular festival with a parade, bullfights, and concerts. The International Jazz Festival, held in October, is a must for music lovers.
The cost of life is generally cheaper in Madrid than it is in London. For instance, eating out and drinking, as well as grocery shopping and public transport, are all less expensive than in the British capital. The time in Spain is an hour ahead of the UK (CET).
Budget accommodation in Madrid consists of guesthouses or hostels, with a bed costing about EUR12 a night per person. For a 3-star hotel room, prices are around EUR80 a night per person. Public transport is cheap in the Spanish capital, whether visitors are taking buses or the metro. A ticket costs approx. EUR1.50, while 10 tickets are available at a reduced price of about EUR12. Day travelcards can also be purchased, making travelling around even cheaper. When it comes to taxis, the prices are lower than in London.