In the capital, many old traditions are maintained, such as the fair of El Rastro and the feast of San Isidro Labrador (May 15th). Other popular festivals are the San Antonio de la Florida (June 13th), San Cayetano and Paloma (the last two are both held between August 6th – 15th).

Food in Madrid is also something special. You can choose from a beguiling amount of international dishes. Or why not try out the world famous Paella and tapas, or sample the more traditional options such as tripe.


Madrid's nightlife is famous for the large variety of restaurants and tapas bars, which stay open long into the night. If you’re looking to party then there is a huge number of nightclubs offering all kinds of music and culture.