Madrid Weather July Averages, Spain
What's the Weather Like in Madrid in July
Hot, hot, hot! July is officially Madrid's hottest month, with the most sunshine hours on average to boot. If you enjoy city exploration in total wall to wall sunshine then this is the month for you. Do be aware however that shops and some cafes are likely to close during peak sunshine hours for a siesta break, before opening again in the late afternoon.
You can expect an average temperature of 25°C, which rises to a very steamy 33°C as an average high. During the evening you can expect an average low of 16°C, so if your hotel has air conditioning, this may be an idea.
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Madrid Hotels in July
Hesperia Madrid Hotel
Visitors in search of elegant and contemporary accommodation should consider the Hesperia Madrid Hotel. Located just across the street from the National Science Museum, this luxurious and exclusive hotel offers guests rooms with lavish furnishings, marble bathrooms and a range of mod-cons. Room service is available, while there are a range of amenities to make use of, such as 3 fine dining restaurants, 2 bars, a fitness centre and spa treatments.
URSO Hotel & Spa
Another luxury accommodation in central Madrid that's definitely worth considering is URSO Hotel & Spa. Set within a former palace, this grand hotel oozes a decadent atmosphere which is most evident in its rooms and suites. Airy rooms come with TVs, wifi, coffeemaking facilities and plush bathrooms, with the availability of room service; some rooms command garden rooms while suites provide terraces and/or living rooms. Onsite facilities include a spa and gym, while breakfast is served daily for a surcharge.
For something a bit more affordable, that doesn't compromise on service or quality, try the Artrip Hotel in Lavapies. Set in an early 20th century townhouse, this quirky and attractive hotel comprises cosy and individually-furnished rooms with sloped beam ceilings. Upgraded suites include living areas with sofa beds, making it ideal for either romantic getaways or multi-party family trips. Breakfast is served downstairs for a fee, while there's a gallery onsite that showcases and promotes the work of local artists.
Bars and Restaurants
Madrid offers much in the way of vintage concept cafes and HanSo Cafe stands out as one of the most prominent in this category, and for good reason too. Offering an interesting and tempting array of cakes and breads, while there are the regular breakfast and lunch options for the less gastronomically adventurous. The usual selection of espresso, chai teas and lattes ensue.
Located in the Puerta de Sol area, Malaspina retains the air of a classic Madrid tapas bar and is the ideal place to visit of an afternoon or evening for a quiet drink or a quick meal. The food and drinks here are nothing particularly fancy, but that's not the focus; the emphasis is on authentic local food which remains unchanged in the face of modern eateries and bars which are popping up across the city. Order some food to share and a round of beers while you watch the city whizz past in this quaint and friendly establishment.
Taberna Antonio Sanchez
Another classically Spanish option which has endured the wave of modern dining trends and is very popular with locals is Taberna Antonio Sanchez. Located in the centre of the city, this characterful establishment exudes charm by the bucketload and features friendly service, no-frills dining and value for money. A great place to escape the midsummer Madrid heat, share some unmistakably Spanish tapas and nurse a wine or pint of beer, there's lots to like about this unpretentious taberna.
For sumptuous cocktails in an unbeatable location, pay a visit to Radio, which, as its name suggests, provides some rather spectacular views over the city skyline. Sitting atop the ME Reina Victoria Hotel, this bar is a somewhat exclusive affair and it's worth dressing up for the occasion. Ideal for warm summer evenings, the atmosphere and ambience of the bar is second-to-none and it attracts a young crowd.
Things to do in Madrid in July
Museo de America
Housing a dazzling collection of ancient art and artefacts from Latin America, the Museo de America is home to more than 25,000 lovingly-preserved objects and is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in art, history, ethnography or other cultures. Split across two levels, the museum is organised into five collections which follows the history of South America from the ancient period to the present day; the Colombian gold collection, dating from the 2nd century, is particularly noteworthy.
Those who are interested in maritime history should check out the impressive Naval Museum, which comprises a large and impressive collection of model ships and other naval paraphernalia, which attests to Spain's long and powerful colonial history. Possibly the museum's most prominent artefact is the Mappa Mundi, dating back to 1500 which was drawn on vellum to chart the exploration of the Americas at the time of Christopher Columbus.
Teatro de Lope Vega
Standing proudly on the Gran Via boulevard, Teatro de Lope Vega certainly stands out as one of Madrid's most elaborate theatres and should be visited by anyone with an interest in performing artists. Known for its spectacular stage, which sees a whole host of shows throughout the year, there's always something going on here; check their website to see what's happening during the time of your visit.
San Antonio de la Florida Chapel
Madrid has no shortage of churches and San Antonio de la Florida Chapel merits a visit thanks to its fabulous murals and frescoes which adorn its walls. Situated near the West Park, its fairly modest exterior juxtaposes the lavish beauty of its interiors, which also signify the power and prestige of the Catholic church in Spain at the time it was built. Entry is free and there are guided tours that take place between 9.30am and 1pm.
One of the summer seasons most hotly-anticipated events, the Madrid Pride sweeps through the streets of the city every July and reflects Spain's reputation as one of the most progressive and tolerant societies in Europe and the world. Centred on the Chueca neighbourhood, this makes for a brilliant day of fun and festivity.