Averages for Madrid in May

The sun has got its hat on in May, as summer fast approaches and temperatures in Madrid warm up. You can expect an average temperature of 15°C during May, reaching a high of 22°C, and an average low of 8°C during the evening.

Whilst April showed major signs of precip...

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  • Temperature Temperature 15°C 59°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 40 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 11 days

Averages for Madrid in May

The sun has got its hat on in May, as summer fast approaches and temperatures in Madrid warm up. You can expect an average temperature of 15°C during May, reaching a high of 22°C, and an average low of 8°C during the evening.

Whilst April showed major signs of precipitation, it does slow down a little in May, averaging 40mm throughout the month, over 11 days in total. The major perk however is the sun, with around 10 hours of beautiful sunshine to enjoy per day, giving you freedom to head out and explore not only everything Madrid has to offer, but the surrounding area too.

Almudenta Cathedral

Almudenta Cathedral

Where to stay

If you are basing your Madrid break on art, then you are very well catered for in terms of galleries and museums, as well as having a huge choice of hotels which are very nearby too. The Villa Real Hotel is perfectly close to all the museums in the Art Triangle, as well as having the ideal way to have breakfast – sat on the balcony, enjoying room service, and checking out a spectacular view of Madrid.

You could also choose the Best Western Mayorazgo, with individually themed rooms, offering a classy place to lay your head, again, right in the heart of the Art Triangle, so you don’t have too far to go if this is where you plan on spending most of your time.

Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles

Things to do

Madrid is a huge city, and packing everything you want to see into your visit will probably be a tiring business. Despite that, May is the perfect time to explore, with pleasantly warm temperatures, before the heat arrives. One thing Madrid is certainly famous for is its architecture, and the buildings around the city in general are very grand and opulent in appearance, typically Spanish in many different ways.

Anyone who loves architecture should certainly head to Plaza de Cibeles, before heading onto Palacio de Cibeles, for the jaw-droppingly beautiful panoramic view from the top of the tower, showing you Madrid’s city-scape in its best possible way. Checking out the cityscape from this vantage point will show you the scale of the city itself too.

For a break from walking around, Paseo del Prado is a good stop off point, with a picturesque fountain, trees, plenty of benches for people watching, and room for children to run if you’re traveling with the kids. This is a regular spot for sightseers simply wanting to rest their feet for a while before venturing onto their next spot!

Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande is a must visit too; the interior of the building is breath-taking in decoration, and this very old church is quite a humbling place to visit. On the other hand, Almudena Cathedral, a catholic church, is stunning on the outside and inside, with very grand architecture to please your camera. The design which went into this building is simply breath-taking and it is certainly one to make sure you visit at some point during your break in Madrid.

The Sabatini Gardens

The Sabatini Gardens

Where to eat & drink

If you’re in the upmarket Salamanca neighbourhood of Madrid then it would be a crime not to head to Las Tasqueria de Javi Estevez. This is real, homemade Spanish cuisine, very classy in surroundings and taste, and with constantly amazing service. If you want a treat, this should be it, however do book ahead of time to avoid disappointment whilst in the area.

You will notice that Madrid has many different tapas restaurants, however the thing about these restaurants is that they all offer something a little different, and The Market Madrid is one which takes full advantage of the freshest produce on offer, changing its menus regularly to ensure tastes are literally as fresh as they can be. This is a centrally placed restaurant, so you don’t have to wander too far from your central hotel to fill your belly of an evening.

Speaking of central, if you simply want to grab a delicious dessert, then Metro Bistro is the place to head. Located on Plaza Mayor, you can head here at any time of the day for a slice of cake and a coffee. They serve tapas and a full menu too for evening meals, however the desserts are the stuff of legend. Alternatively, you could wander down to Alma Cheli, a very popular restaurant, and a regular haunt for locals as well as tourists again.

May events in Madrid

Public Hoilday

Labour Day

1st May 2017

Labour day is an annual public holiday in order to celebrate the achievement and hard work of workers. This day is celebrated as a public holiday in Spain. Many meetings and celebrations are organised on this day especially in Madrid, but expect many businesses to be closed, as it is a day of rest.



Sport tournament

Madrid Open

5th May 2017 to 14th May 2017

The Madrid Open is a professional tennis tournament on "Terre Battue" that starts before the Roland Garros Grand Slam, many tennis players compete in this event such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.




San Isidro fair

15th May 2017

San Isidro is the Patron Saint of Madrid. Canonized in 1622, he is a famous member of the legends and stories of the city. This is a unique chance to discover some of the most authentic customs of Madrid, a major capital city which still conserves all its popular traditions intact. Throughout the weekend of the holiday you'll find concerts and street parades winding through the city centre.



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