Tradition and Culture

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Discover the best spots in the city to enjoy Spain’s artistic expression par excellence.

Savoury dishes and sweets, tapas and local wines. What and where to eat in Madrid.

Don’t miss the weekly Changing of the Guard held every Wednesday and Saturday, and the Solemn Changing of the Guard on the first Wednesday of every month (Next Solemn Changing: 1 May).

From medieval times to the Movida movement, explore the city's rich history.

Thousands flock to the city to attend the processions and to enjoy the atmosphere created by the trumpets, drums and the hundreds of religious worshippers' bright and colourful attire (24 to 31 March 2024).

Every year on and around May 15th, Madrid honours its patron saint, San Isidro.

August is a fantastic month to experience a Madrid at its most traditional, as it celebrates the San Cayetano, San Lorenzo and Virgen de la Paloma festivities (2-15 August 2024).

As Christmas trees and decorations light up streets and squares, Madrid celebrates everyone’s favourite holiday with a programme packed with cultural and leisure activities.

Pick a costume, put on your dancing shoes and treat yourself to some carnival sardines! (1-5 March 2025).

The so-called chico genre, a Spanish-style opera, reflects the social reality of Madrid gone by.

DON'T FORGET YOUR GIFTS!

  • Let's take a look at some of the shops in the city devoted to one single product. Presenting an endless range of flavours and aromas!

    Gourmet shops
  • Check out our selection of original souvenirs to remember your visit to Madrid.

    Souvenirs from Madrid
  • Tiendas gourmet. Formaje. © Álvaro López del Cerro. Madrid Destino
  • Recuerdos de Madrid - La Violeta

A DIFFERENT MADRID

  • Discover 10 places off the beaten track that your trip to Madrid wouldn't be complete with visiting. 

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OFFICIAL PRODUCTS

The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.