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Autumn (September and October) is the best time of year to be in Madrid, with sunny days and mild temperatures. Winters are cold, though temperatures rarely dip deep below freezing... even at night. Spring tends to be beautiful with variable rains while summer, starting in June, is a veritable scorcher.

When planning your trip, keep in mind the following holiday seasons- great times to visit Madrid!

May: Dos de Mayo & San Isidro
Madrid welcomes the spring with a variety of celebrations. First, Dos de Mayo celebrates the May 2nd, 1808 madrileño rebellion against Napolean's occupation.. The Fiestas de San Isidro, Madrid's patron saint, are celebrated on May 15th and include week-long bullfights and typical music and dress, not to mention outdoor partying that lasts til dawn.

August: Neighborhood Fiestas
As the summer begins to cool off (if only a bit), a variety of barrios claim their saint's weekend to celebrate local fiestas. Bars serve drinks on the streets, mostly in old parts of the city like Lavapiés and La Latina.

December: Christmas & New Year's Eve
Madrid lights up during Christmas, its avenues and boulevards lined by brilliant Christmas fixtures and decorations. Shoppers pack the area around Puerta del Sol, and the season culminates here with debaucherous New Year's celebrations. The whole country counts down to Sol's clocktower, following the tradition of eating a grape at each toll. If you want to experience one of the world's craziest New Year's parties, this is the perfect time to study Spanish in Madrid.

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