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Few cities have been able to blend the traditional with the cutting edge, but Madrid certainly succeeds in doing this. There is so much to see and there are so many things to do in Madrid, that you will need a clear plan to start with to cover the attractions on offer. From theatre to fashion, carnivals to pet days, museums to music festivals, street partys to Holy week, Madrid is a city that will be sure to satisfy any visitor.
Read more on this destination in The AA Citypack Guide to Madrid.
Top Madrid events
January: Cabalgata de Reyes (5 Jan) - A procession marks the Three Wise Men's arrival.
February: Carnival - A week of processions and parties ends on Ash Wednesday with the ritual 'Burial of the Sardine' by the River Manzanares.
April: Semana Santa (Holy Week) - Hooded, shoeless, chain dragging penitentes bear images of Christ and the Virgin on their shoulders. On Holy Thursday, during the procession around La Latina, the entire barrio takes to the streets.
May: Labour Day and Madrid Day (1-2 May) - Concerts region-wide; the main venue is Plaza Mayor.
June: San Antonio de la Florida (13 June) - Street party marks St. Antonio's feast day.
August: Veranos de la Villa - Madrid's summer festival of music, dance, theatre and more.
October: Festival de Oton - International performing arts festival (through November).
November: International Jazz Festival - Venues all over the city.
December: Fiestas de Navidad - Christmas lights, markets and creches lead up to Christmas. Christmas fair in Plaza Mayor.
New Year's Eve - Thousands gather for the fireworks in the Puerta del Sol.