July in Spain is the height of the summer season. Madrid’s summer days mean blue sky and bright sunshine, which we come to expect from this gorgeous continental climate.
There is so much to see and do in Madrid. From the magnificent castles in Madrid to the many museums, art galleries, and parks, there are lots of options to enjoy this beautiful capital city.
If you’re planning a trip to Madrid in July, we’ve put together everything you need to know to get the best out of this city.
Weather in Madrid in July
July is the middle of summer in Madrid, so you can expect it to bring the heat. Being Madrid’s hottest month, you can look forward to dry, hot weather with temperatures reaching the high 80s and little to no rain. It’s also the sunniest month, with at least 13 hours of sunshine daily.
- Average daytime and nighttime temperatures: 91°F (33°C) and 61°F (16°C)
- Average rainfall in Madrid in July: 10mm
We recommend packing light. Summer dresses, shorts, and tank tops in airy fabrics like linen will keep you cool. Don’t forget a few dress-up items for your nights out and a pair of comfy walking shoes.
Things to Do in Madrid in July
There are so many reasons to visit Madrid in June or July. The days can be scorching, so it’s good to find ways to cool off or escape the sun for a little while.
1. Cool Off in the Water
With Madrid’s July weather being as hot as it is, taking a dip in one of the many swimming pools in the city is a no-brainer.
If you’re looking for adventure, try out the Aquopolis Villanueva Canada, Europe’s largest water park. There is also the Mad Beach club, which opens its door to visitors in the summer, as well as the Warner Beach Park, a 50’s California-themed water park.
2. Catch a Show
Need to escape the heat of Madrid in the summer? Dress up and go to a play at Teatro Lope de Vega or watch a movie under the stars at one of Madrid’s many outdoor cinemas.
Be sure to see a traditional flamenco show before you leave. You’d have to be undoubtedly mad to miss out on this gorgeous art!
3. Visit the Paseo del Arte
The half-mile stretch known as the Paseo del Arte is home to 3 of the world’s best Art museums. The Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums boast some of the best Spanish artwork.
See masterpieces from Picasso, Raphael, and Goya. We recommend a museum pass, which will give you a guided tour and the best value for your money.
4. See the San Antonio de la Florida Chapel
Completed in 1798, this little chapel may seem modest, but you’ll find absolute wonder inside.
The fantastic frescoes painted by Francisco de Goya depict the miracles of Saint Anthony and represent some of his best works. We also discovered the chapel is the site of his tomb after his remains were moved there in 1919.
5. Picnic at Casa de Campo
Casa del Campo is Madrid’s largest park. Besides forgetting you’re in a city when you visit the park, you can enjoy the amusement park, the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium, and Venta del Batán, where bulls are traditionally kept before the bullfights.
There is a stunning lake which is lined with restaurants and bars. You can also hop on the Cable Car, which will take you across the Manzanares River to Oeste Park.
6. Tour the Royal Palace
Experience the lifestyle of Spain’s Royal Family when you tour the Royal Palace, which is the largest palace in Western Europe. There is so much to see in what used to be the home of kings.
The Royal Armoury holds immaculate weapons from the 13th century, while the Painting Gallery has pieces from many well-known artists on display. The splendor of the massive Royal kitchen will have you planning your own home renovations.
Don’t miss out on the changing of the guard on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the Solemn changing of the guard on the first Wednesday of each month.
Events and Festivals in Madrid in July
There’s a lot going on in the city this month, so we’ve compiled a list of the highlights to help you plan your trip:
- Madrid Pride: One of the largest Pride festivals in Europe, it runs from the end of June until the first Sunday in July.
- Veranos de la Villa cultural festival: Running throughout July and August, this festival features over 200 cultural events all over Madrid. Check out Madrid’s official tourism site to see what’s in store at Veranos de la Villa each year.
- Pilgrim race: this mountain bike race starts in Madrid and runs over 600km. Catch it in the first week of July.
- Caixa Forum summer nights: The cultural center presents shows featuring music, poetry, and cinema on Thursday and Friday nights in July.
- Botanical Nights concerts: music lovers will be enthralled from late June to the end of July at the Royal Botanical Garden of Alfonso XIII.
FAQs About Madrid in July
Just in case you still have some questions about Madrid’s weather in July and the entertainment on offer, we’ve included some answers to commonly asked questions.
Are There Beaches in Madrid?
Madrid is a landlocked city, so the sea is a little far out, with the nearest beach being La Malvarrosa in Valencia. If you need a place to cool off, visit one of the water parks or pools in the city.
If you’re willing to drive out a little, go to the Manzanares River to feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the many water activities on offer.
Is It Too Hot to Visit Madrid in July?
While Madrid is hot in July, if you enjoy the sun, it’s certainly not too hot. Take care to dress light, use sunscreen, stay hydrated, and limit being in the sun during the middle of the day.
If you don’t do well with heat, plan your visit for the Fall when it’s cooler.
Closing Thoughts on Madrid in July
Madrid is an elegant city, shown by its beautiful buildings, polished facades, and extensive art collection. Visiting the city in July will expose you to a fantastic cultural experience you’ll never forget.
And if you really want to visit the beach or the nearby vineyards, you can always join one of these private day trips from Madrid for an epic outer-city adventure.