Madrid Weather August Averages, Spain
What's the Weather Like in Madrid in August
Another busy summer month in Madrid as August approaches, with little rain and plenty of sun. The great news is that the surrounding mountains do tend to make evenings much cooler than the daytimes, so you will be able to sleep quite comfortably, albeit with the possible need for air conditioning.
Rain and Average Sunshine Hours
Rain is minimal again, with only 10mm expected throughout the month, affecting 3 days to some degree. Sunshine however is very plentiful, with 10 hours of wall to wall sunshine on average per day. Madrid is a very sunny city during this time of year!
Madrid Hotels in August
One Shot Recoletos 04
Located in the refined Salamanca neighbourhood, One Shot Recoletos 04 is a unique boutique hotel which puts a large emphasis on photography. Featuring contemporary design touches throughout, each of the hotel's comfortable-yet-stylish rooms feature WiFi, TVs, desk and minibars; meanwhile, each bathroom has its own rainfall shower. Room service is provided, while other facilities include a coffee shop, free parking, laundry service and bike rental.
Hotel Exe Moncloa
Another favourable mid-range hotel that deserves consideration is Hotel Exe Moncloa. Adjacent to the Moncloa Metro station, this friendly and fashionable hotel comes with a range of conveniences and facilities which are designed to make your stay as fuss-free as possible. One of the hotel's unique features is the ground-floor market that encompasses a range of dining and food options, while upstairs there's a rooftop terrace with a pool and bar, making a great place to stave off the August heat. Other facilities include a fitness centre and spa.
For no-frills accommodation, Hostal Dulcinea makes a popular choice among visitors. Within walking distance of Retiro Park, the Golden Art Triangle and Puerta Atocha railway station, this modest hotel features rooms with classic wood furnishings, while downstairs there's a relaxing meeting area. Come and go as you like thanks to 24-hour reception.
Bars and Restaurants
For breakfast, brunch and baked goods, check out the ultra-chic Juana Limon, which is gaining considerable traction on the coffee shop scene of Madrid. Known for its light and airy interiors, this eminent establishment serves a brilliant selection of coffees, cakes, tarts and sandwiches. Their New York-style pastrami sandwich on sourdough bread is particularly recommended.
Situated in Salamanca, Tandoori Station is the place to dine if you're craving a curry during your visit to Madrid. Praised for its attentive service, generous portions and exquisite meals, this promising restaurant tows the line well between being sophisticated and casual, while its railway station-themed decor adds an interesting touch to the place. Make the most of the warm August evenings and dine outdoors on the terrace if there's space available.
Those in search of Japanese cuisine should look no further than Miyama, the finest restaurant of its kind in the city. While the sushi and tempura (along with other familiar dishes) are exquisite and worth a try, they're not the only thing on the menu at this highly-regarded restaurant. Presentation and service are taken very seriously here and it's the ideal place to head to for a special meal; making reservations in advance is suggested.
Madrid is home to its fair share of cocktail bars and Salmon Guru (despite its peculiar name) really sticks out from its competitors. Located in Letras, the place is known for its exquisite and unusual decorations and there's a retro-heavy theme throughout. Whether you're after a classic cocktail or something more contemporary, you'll find it on the menu here. Beside the drinks, there's also a pleasing menu of appetisers and tapas which are designed with sharing in mind.
Things to do in Madrid in August
One of Spain's premier churches, Almudena Cathedral in the heart of Madrid is a sight to behold and a real feat of architecture. Lying adjacent to the Royal Palace, the cathedral was constructed only as recently as 1879 although its origins date back much further than that. Pay a visit to the onsite museum to learn more about the timeline for the construction of the museum, before enjoying views over Madrid from its majestic dome.
National Archaeological Museum
Antique aficionados should head straight to the National Archaeological Museum, one of the largest museums of its kind in the world, which reopened to the public recently after extensive remodelling. Bringing together works and collections from across the Mediterranean, the museum spans from the prehistoric era to the present day and places a big emphasis on interactive learning, making this an immersive museum experience. The Lady of Elche stands out as a particular highlight worth viewing here.
Puerta de Toledo
Any visitor to Madrid will notice that there's no shortage of public monuments and grand statues in the city, of which Puerta de Toledo is one. Proudly guarding over the city's boulevards, this impressive getaway was built in the 1820s and is a fine example of Neo-Classical sculpture and building in Madrid.
San Lorenzo de El Escorial
If you're looking to escape the city and crowds, consider taking a day trip to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Tucked away in the mountains some 50 kilometres from Madrid, this magnificent town is most famous for its stunning monastery, which was marked out as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
Whether or not you're religious, you'll no doubt be blown away by the magnitude and imposing aura of this historic town and monastery. The surrounding Sierra de Guadarrama forms a beautiful backdrop to this peaceful and finely-preserved site.