Rooftop terrace at the Hotel Iberostar Las Letras © Hotel Iberostar Las Letras

Summer nights in Madrid

Are you going to be visiting Madrid during the summer months? If so, you should know that the city gets livelier as the night falls. You will find many fun plans to enjoy the outdoors at the coolest time of the day: the night. Here are just a few ideas.

A outdoor dinner of “picoteo” or “tapas”Relaxed plans are more appealing than ever during the hot months. For this reason, we suggest you go for a traditional informal Spanish dinner and have some tapas.In Madrid there are some very popular areas for this type of “picoteo” dinner, which means to taste or eat a little bit of everything. This is the case of the neighbourhoods of La Latina, Las Letras and Malasaña or the area around Calle Ponzano and Plaza Olavide. The pavement cafés of gourmet markets, such as San Ildefonso, Barceló and San Antón, are also trendy, as are places like The Hat, El Viajero, or the garden at Casa Árabe.

Outdoor showsThere is a vast programme of summer concerts, theatre performances and shows in Madrid, and many of these take place outdoors. Great places to go include the Matadero, Conde Duque and the Complutense University Botanical Garden. All three of these hold many activities including concerts, DJ sets, gastronomic events and dance workshops.In addition, every summer the Veranos de la Villa summer festival takes place. The festival's programme includes all kinds of shows in different open spaces such as the Buen Retiro Park, the Debod Temple viewing point or Plaza Mayor square.

Cocktails up highIn summer, the popular saying “De Madrid al cielo” (“From Madrid to heaven”) makes more sense than ever with the opening of rooftop terraces which are perfect places for an evening cocktail. For example, in the area around Gran Vía and Calle Alcalá, there are rooftop bars on top of the Círculo de Bellas Artes, The Principal Madrid and Room Mate Oscar hotels, and the Palacio de Cibeles. While in the barrio de Las Letrasneighbourhood, the ones at Urban Hotel and Hotel Me Madrid stand out.

Horse racing by nightEl Hipódromo de la Zarzuelaracecourse, on the outskirts of the city has a large terrace with green outdoor spaces, a restaurant and a cocktail bar perfect for cooling down on a hot night. Additionally, on most Thursday nights in the summer (July and early August) there are the Noches del Hipódromo, featuring horse races and the chance to place your bets.Summer cinemas Open-air, often in the original language, they may show the latest films, classics, or theme nights. Every summer there are even more cinema choices in Madrid. We can recommend these three very special ones: Palacio de Cibeles, for its location (in the glass gallery); Centro Cultural Conde Duque, for the pleasant surroundings; and the Parque de la Bombilla, the classic summer cinema which has been running for over 30 years.

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