Many think of the beach when they think of their summer holidays but that doesn't necessarily have to be the case. Madrid in summertime is wonderful!
The city offers all types of activities and spaces: concerts, terraces, pools, etc., without forgetting everything the Spanish capital has to offer all year round. We therefore recommend you spend your summer holidays in Madrid.
There's no beach here, but pools … there are plenty!
Those who most feel the heat and can't spend a day in the summer without getting wet, will find pools spread around the city: from municipal pools and natural pools... You won't have to be any warmer than necessary when you're in Madrid.
The city of Madrid has twenty public pools where you can swim for a very reasonable price. The season begins in May and runs through to September, so you're bound to find a pool open when you're in the city. For more information on the services offered at the Madrid municipal pools, visit the city council's website.
If you're looking for something more natural, visit one of Madrid's “beaches”. Reservoirs, lakes, rivers or ponds, there is nothing more “eco-friendly” than these natural pools. From the famous Pantano de San Juan reservoir, considered Madrid's beach par excellence, to the recreational area of Riosequillo, as well as the Embalse de Picadas reservoir. There is something for everyone: some wilder and quieter, and others that are busier with all amenities.
Let's go to the park
Some prefer to stay under the shade of the pine trees (or any other type of tree) to stay cool without having to get wet. Madrid has many parks and gardens (some of which are secret) that will help with this. For example, you can buy an ice cream and go to the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid to enjoy the fresh atmosphere provided by the plant life. You can also visit the Capricho, which is perfect for couples thanks to its romantic feel. If you're looking for a small oasis in the middle of the city, you can visit the Huerto de las Monjas or the Jardín del Príncipe de Anglona, “secret” corners in the centre of Madrid where you can relax in the shade. And, of course, there's always El Retiro.
From Madrid to heaven!
Of course, there's not just shade in Madrid's parks and gardens. Another great plan for the summertime in the Spanish capital is to find a terrace (with sunshades, of course) and enjoy a cold drink and something to eat. Which are the best terraces in Madrid? Those touching the sky. High up, you'll not only find a good drink and peace and quiet, but you'll also be able to enjoy the fantastic views.
From the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes to the rooftop terrace on the seventh floor of The Principal Madrid, which offers one of the best panoramic views of the city. With different spaces and a gourmet menu, this is one of the best places in the city to spend the hot summer days.
If we've convinced you and you've decided to spend your summer holidays in Madrid, we recommend you book a room quite far in advance, as it is the high season in terms of tourism. Único Hotels has two five-star hotels in the Spanish capital: The Principal Madrid (with one of the best rooftop terraces in the city) and the Hotel Único Madrid. The former is located in the city centre and the latter in the Salamanca district, and they're both the perfect option for enjoying Madrid during your holidays.