Madrid summer activities and attractions, a well-kept secret
Madrid summer activities and attractions offer something for everyone.
A well-kept secret is the abundance of Madrid summer activities and attractions. Every summer there is a list of Madrid summer activities and attractions, some of which are free and others paid.
While New Madrid (the earthquake fault line in the USA) threatens to split the USA in two, old Madrid’s summer activities and attractions promise to unite its residents and visitors in an atmosphere of fun and relaxation from July to September.
The list of activities and attractions is generally badged as “Veranos de la Villa”. The problem is that the schedule is only available in Spanish so EBC is explaining a few of the highlights in English.
“Veranos de la Villa” is a programme of concert and stage performances that show off Madrid’s cultural sophistication during the summer months. Over a hundred top-ranking artists cover all the disciplines of pop, rock, flamenco, theatre, dance and film.
The “Puente del Rey” is the latest addition to “Veranos de la Villa”. The space is at the entrance to the “Casa de Campo” park and is right next to the river “Manzanares”. It replaces the “Jardines de Sabatini” as the new summer home for flamenco, musical theatre and dance.
Among other shows this summer we will be seeing the opera Carmen, the Montreal Jazz Ballet and the Moscow Ballet.
Address: Explanada del Puente del Rey
Nearest Metro: Príncipe Pío
If you have a wide range of musical tastes, try the “Teatro Circo Price”. This summer there are performances from musicians from Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Isreal, Mexico, Belgium, Norway and Africa.
Address: Ronda de Atocha, 35 Web site: http://www.teatrocircoprice.es
Nearest Metros: Lavapies or Embajadores
Every summer there is a free classical music concert in the “Plaza Mayor”. This year on July 11 at 10 pm. Víctor Pablo Pérez, Conductor of the Madrid State orchestra and choir, waves the baton over a programme containing the Works of Malcolm Arnold, Jean Sibelius, José Padilla, George Gershwin and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Address: Plaza Mayor
Nearest Metro: Puerta del Sol
For fringe and alternative theatre offerings go to the “Matadero” cultural centre. The centre itself is somewhat alternative as it used to be Madrid’s main abattoir.
Address: Plaza de Legazpi, 8
Nearest Metro: Legazpi
For cinema lovers there are two novel places to watch movies from sunset through to the early hourse. There’s an inside cinema venue in the spectacular, glass-roffed, “Galería de Cristal de Centero”, in the old “Palacio de Comunicaciones” next to “Plaza de Cibeles”.
Address: Plaza de Cibeles
Web site: http://sunsetcinema.es/
Nearest Metro: Banco de España
There’s an outside venue, “Cine de verano de la bombilla”, at the south-east end of “Parque de la Bombilla”. Bring a cooler and chill out watching movies under the trees until the wee hours of the morning.
Address: Plaza San Antonio La Florida, 1
Web site: http://www.fescinal.es/
Nearest Metro: Principe Pio
There are many more Madrid summer activities and attractions going on until the middle of September. Some during the day and some during the night. During the summer-nights there are also many beautiful terrace bars open from midnight until sun-up. The “Paseo de la Castellana” is one famous location where you can meet the beautiful people and those who think they are J especially between the “Plaza de Cuzco” and “Paseo del Prado”.
Summer in Madrid is pure entertainment.
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