Madrid Weather December Averages, Spain
What's the Weather Like in Madrid in December
The fact that Madrid only experiences an average of one full sunshine hour in December may paint a rather murky picture, however that is not the case, as even with this statistic in mind, Madrid is a very bright and vibrant place to visit during the festive month.
You can expect a December average temperature of around 7°C, with a high of a very mild 11°C, before falling to a chilly 2°C in the evenings. Expect many sunny but chilly days, and prepare for the elements by packing lots of layers and wrapping up warm, especially later in the day.
Rain is consistent in December from the previous month, with around 50mm of precipitation on average throughout the month, affecting 10 days. It's likely that your day may be broken up by sudden downpours during your visit, so make sure you're prepared by bringing lots of waterproof clothing.
Average Sunshine Hours
Perhaps not surprisingly, sunshine hours are at their fewest at this time of the year in Madrid and the average daily amount to expect is 4 hours a day. That being said, the combination of the low-lying sun against the terracotta buildings of Madrid and the surrounding hills/ mountains makes the city an exceptionally beautiful place to be in December - all the more so thanks to fewer crowds.
Despite the grip of winter, Madrid is very popular during December and its many colourful festivities.
Madrid Hotels in December
Way Hostel Madrid
For cheap and cheerful accommodation during your December visit to Madrid, book a stay at Way Hostel Madrid. Comprising a range of colourful mixed dorms and private rooms, this friendly accommodation is only a 7-minute walk from the Plaza Mayor and offers guests free WiFi and lockers for belongings. Amenities include guided local tours, a TV lounge, along with evening meals (for a surcharge).
Exe Suites 33
Those looking for a modern mid-range hotel with all the necessary amenities should look into the Exe Suites 33. A short walk away from the Plaza de Espana, this fashionable hotel features streamlined rooms with all the creature comforts. Ideal for romantic getaways and family visits, this is the place to stay if you want to be near the sights, shops and restaurants of central Madrid. Other facilities include room service, laundry, paid parking and a business centre.
Petit Palace Preciados
Only a block away from Puerta del Sol, Petit Palace Preciados offers quality accommodation in one of the best locations in town. This esteemed 3-star hotel provides bright, finely-furnished rooms with all the conveniences you'd expect; family rooms add bunk beds for younger guests. Amenities include bike rental, business rooms and laundry service. Breakfast is served daily for a fee in the hotel's contemporary dining room.
Bars and Restaurants
December makes an ideal time to escape the cold temperatures and explore the coffee shop scene of Madrid. One of the latest offerings in this area is the ultra-trendy and homely Cafelito, located near the Mercado de San Fernando. Featuring an open library and recycled furniture, this friendly establishment exudes the air of a living room and stocks a range of hot drinks that will impress even the pickiest of coffee drinkers.
Another place worth retreating to is El Bistro (La Central de Callao), which greets diners with its wooden furniture and cosy touches. Celebrated for its informal atmosphere, the bistro's menu serves tasty dishes throughout the day, making it ideal for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner. Keep your eyes peeled for their daily dishes as well as their tempting display of cakes, tarts and pastries.
Tucked away amid the narrow streets of central Madrid, El miniBAR deserves its reputation as one of the hidden gems of the Madrid culinary circuit. Serving up a wide range of exquisite meals which cater to both meat-eater and vegetarians, the restaurant offers considerable value for money, friendly service and a joyous atmosphere. Whether you want to stop by for some tapas, or tuck into something a bit more substantial, you won't be displeased by this lovely establishment. Their house wines are also recommended.
If you're looking to sample the flavours of the Andalusian region in a friendly, family-owned establishment, look no further than Bar Lambuzo. Selling many local food products from southern towns such as Seville, Cadiz and Huelva, the restaurant refers to itself as an 'abraceria' for this reason and brings a feel for rustic Spanish life to the centre of Madrid. Order a round of generously-sized tapas, sample some regional wines and lap up the ambiance of this charming and uncomplicated eatery.
Things to do in Madrid in December
Christmas is big business in Madrid and anyone who visits the city in December will find the place decked out extravagantly, while a number of authentic markets pop up across town. Easily the largest and most prominent of these is the Christmas market at Plaza Mayor, where citizens and tourists rub shoulders to sample festive treats, stock up on souvenirs and toys and ogle at the various Nativity Scene figures on display.
If you have a sweet tooth, head to the market held outside the Teatro Real, which exclusively sells Christmas sweets; try the classic turron, a nougat almond block which is only ever sold at this time of year.
Sandemans New Europe Tours
Those who want to explore the sights of Madrid but also want to save money on entry to museums and galleries should register for a free walking tour of the city with Sandemans New Europe Tours. Taking place throughout the day and across the week - at regular intervals - the history and context of the city will be brought to life for you with the help of an engaging, knowledgeable and friendly guide. With a range of different tours on offer, you can opt for a classic sightseeing tour or something a bit more niche.
Museo del Aire
Situated in the suburbs of the city, the Museo del Aire (Air Museum) is a must-visit for aviation enthusiasts. Compiling an array of aircraft from the early 1900s right through to the present day, the museum contains a collection you'd rarely find elsewhere and there's also a range of insignia, uniforms and miniature models to take a look at.
If you've got a bit of time to spare during your Madrid visit and want to see what the surrounding area has to offer, visit the neighbouring town of Chinchon. Only 45km from Madrid, this characterful Medieval town can easily be reached by public transport and is most recognised for its historic square and collection of quaint houses tucked into the hillside.
The ideal jaunt for lovers of history or architecture, this small town provides an insight into traditional rural Spanish life which juxtaposes the fast pace of Madrid city centre.