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Best Times to Visit Madrid

The best time to visit Madrid is in the fall (September to November) or spring (March to May), when balmy temps blow through the city, making it come alive. But if you don't mind drab weather and a rather listless Madrid, visit in the winter when hotels reduce their rates. Peak tourist season is summer – despite nearly unbearable heat – but many Madrileños close up shop this time of year and take vacations themselves.

Weather in Madrid

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Average Temperature (°F)
49.5
36.7
53.6
38.7
60.3
42.1
63.5
45
70.5
51.3
80.4
59.2
88.2
65.1
87.3
64.8
78.8
59
66.2
50.4
56.1
42.8
50.2
38.8
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
1.46
1.38
1.02
1.85
2.05
0.98
0.59
0.39
1.1
1.93
2.2
2.2
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

September-November

Mild temperatures that range from the high 50s to the upper 70s in September and the low 40s and upper 50s in November make touring around Madrid's El Rastro market and Retiro Park immensely enjoyable. 

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  • Autumn Festival (October-November)

December-February

This is a good time to find a deal on a hotel since many slash their rates this time of year. But it gets cold: In January – historically Madrid's coldest month – temperatures reach into the low 30s.

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March-May

Springtime, especially the months between April and late May, is another great time to visit for beautiful weather. Average highs range from the low 60s to the low 70s.

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June-August

Average highs are in the high 80s this time of year, making traveling around by foot – or even on the metro – pretty hot and miserable. You should also note that many local business owners close their doors in the summer, so they can take month-long vacations themselves (especially in August).

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Popular Times to Visit Madrid

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Ttourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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