Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 68°F to 78°F, rarely falling below 57°F or exceeding 88°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 8°F, from 46°F to 53°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 60°F.
For reference, on July 23, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Madrid typically range from 64°F to 92°F, while on January 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from 33°F to 50°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May in MadridMay112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313130°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FAprJunMay 168°FMay 168°F46°F46°FMay 3178°FMay 3178°F53°F53°FMay 1170°FMay 1170°F48°F48°FMay 2174°FMay 2174°F51°F51°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in May in Madrid
|May 2023||Illumination||Moonrise||Moonset||Moonrise||Meridian Passing||Distance|
|1||85%||–||5:26 AM||WNW||4:52 PM||E||11:22 PM||S||246,471 mi|
|2||88%||–||5:47 AM||W||5:55 PM||E||–||–|
|3||91%||–||6:07 AM||W||6:59 PM||E||12:03 AM||S||243,846 mi|
|4||96%||–||6:29 AM||WSW||8:06 PM||ESE||12:45 AM||S||241,009 mi|
|5||100%||–||6:54 AM||WSW||9:16 PM||ESE||1:30 AM||S||238,182 mi|
|6||100%||–||7:23 AM||WSW||10:29 PM||ESE||2:20 AM||S||235,569 mi|
|7||98%||–||7:59 AM||WSW||11:43 PM||SE||3:14 AM||S||233,337 mi|
|8||93%||–||8:44 AM||SW||–||4:14 AM||S||231,595 mi|
|9||86%||12:53 AM||SE||9:41 AM||SW||–||5:17 AM||S||230,390 mi|
|10||77%||1:55 AM||SE||10:48 AM||SW||–||6:22 AM||S||229,709 mi|
|11||66%||2:46 AM||SE||12:02 PM||WSW||–||7:24 AM||S||229,499 mi|
|12||50%||3:27 AM||ESE||1:19 PM||WSW||–||8:23 AM||S||229,694 mi|
|13||42%||4:00 AM||ESE||2:34 PM||WSW||–||9:17 AM||S||230,237 mi|
|14||31%||4:27 AM||ESE||3:47 PM||W||–||10:06 AM||S||231,096 mi|
|15||21%||4:52 AM||E||4:58 PM||W||–||10:53 AM||S||232,265 mi|
|16||12%||5:16 AM||E||6:09 PM||W||–||11:39 AM||S||233,751 mi|
|17||6%||5:39 AM||ENE||7:19 PM||WNW||–||12:25 PM||S||235,560 mi|
|18||2%||6:05 AM||ENE||8:29 PM||WNW||–||1:13 PM||S||237,674 mi|
|19||0%||6:34 AM||ENE||9:39 PM||WNW||–||2:02 PM||S||240,035 mi|
|20||1%||7:08 AM||ENE||10:47 PM||NW||–||2:54 PM||S||242,538 mi|
|21||4%||7:48 AM||NE||11:50 PM||NW||–||3:47 PM||S||245,032 mi|
|22||9%||8:36 AM||NE||–||–||4:40 PM||S||247,339 mi|
|23||15%||–||12:45 AM||NW||9:31 AM||NE||5:33 PM||S||249,266 mi|
|24||23%||–||1:31 AM||NW||10:31 AM||NE||6:23 PM||S||250,636 mi|
|25||32%||–||2:09 AM||WNW||11:33 AM||ENE||7:10 PM||S||251,303 mi|
|26||41%||–||2:40 AM||WNW||12:35 PM||ENE||7:54 PM||S||251,171 mi|
|27||50%||–||3:06 AM||WNW||1:37 PM||ENE||8:36 PM||S||250,203 mi|
|28||61%||–||3:29 AM||WNW||2:38 PM||ENE||9:17 PM||S||248,428 mi|
|29||71%||–||3:50 AM||W||3:39 PM||E||9:57 PM||S||245,943 mi|
|30||80%||–||4:10 AM||W||4:42 PM||E||10:38 PM||S||242,910 mi|
|31||87%||–||4:31 AM||W||5:47 PM||ESE||11:21 PM||S||239,548 mi|
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Madrid is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 25, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May in Madrid
Humidity Comfort Levels in May in MadridMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%AprJunMay 10%May 10%May 310%May 310%May 110%May 110%May 210%May 210%comfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Madrid is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 7.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 5, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.7 miles per hour, while on September 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May in Madrid
Average Wind Speed in May in MadridMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 mph0 mph3 mph3 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph20 mph20 mph22 mph22 mph24 mph24 mphAprJunMay 18. 0 mphMay 18.0 mphMay 317.5 mphMay 317.5 mphMay 167.8 mphMay 167.8 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Madrid throughout May is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 32% on May 26.
Wind Direction in May in Madrid
Wind Direction in May in MadridWNWMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%AprJunNowNowwestsouthnortheast
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Madrid typically lasts for 7.6 months (232 days), from around March 28 to around November 15, rarely starting before February 27 or after April 22, and rarely ending before October 27 or after December 7.
The month of May in Madrid is very likely fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from 96% to 100% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Madrid
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Madridgrowing seasonMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AprJun96%May 196%May 1100%May 31100%May 3199%May 1199%May 11100%May 21100%May 2190%Apr 2290%Apr 22NowNowvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Madrid are increasing during May, increasing by 363°F, from 361°F to 724°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May in Madrid
Growing Degree Days in May in MadridMay1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930303131300°F300°F400°F400°F500°F500°F600°F600°F700°F700°F800°F800°F900°F900°FAprJunMay 1361°FMay 1361°FMay 31724°FMay 31724°FMay 11456°FMay 11456°FMay 21576°FMay 21576°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of May, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Madrid is gradually increasing during May, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 6.6 kWh to 7.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in Madrid
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in MadridMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 kWh0 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhAprJunMay 16.6 kWhMay 16.6 kWhMay 317.6 kWhMay 317. 6 kWhMay 167.1 kWhMay 167.1 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Madrid are 40.417 deg latitude, -3.703 deg longitude, and 2,182 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Madrid contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 472 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,114 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (781 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (6,617 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Madrid is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (61%) and cropland (19%), and within 50 miles by cropland (50%) and trees (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Madrid, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Madrid.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Madrid according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Madrid is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Madrid and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
- Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (LEMD, 95%, 9 mi, northeast, -184 ft elevation change)
- Salamanca Airport (LESA, 2. 7%, 101 mi, west, 413 ft elevation change)
- Valladolid Airport (LEVD, 2.5%, 107 mi, northwest, 591 ft elevation change)
LEMD, 95%9 mi, -184 ftLESA, 3%101 mi, 413 ftLEVD, 3%107 mi, 591 ft
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To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Madrid and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source’s contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun’s position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA’s MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Provincia de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain – May Weather
What’s the Weather Like in Madrid in May
The sun has got its hat on in May, as summer fast approaches and temperatures in Madrid warm up. You can expect an average temperature of 15°C during May, reaching a high of 22°C, and an average low of 8°C during the evening.
Rain and Average Sunshine Hours
Whilst April showed major signs of precipitation, it does slow down a little in May, averaging 40mm throughout the month, over 11 days in total. The major perk however is the sun, with around 10 hours of beautiful sunshine to enjoy per day, giving you freedom to head out and explore not only everything Madrid has to offer, but the surrounding area too.
Madrid Hotels in May
Far Home Hostel
For contemporary and affordable lodging near the heart of the action in the Madrid, choose Far Home Hostel. Located just off the bustling Gran Via street, this friendly and convenient hotel comprises spacious private rooms and suites with TVs, parquet flooring, and desks. Private rooms come with their own en suite bathrooms, while suites add kitchenettes and living areas with pull-out sofas. A complimentary breakfast is served daily.
An exceedingly popular mid-range option among travellers in Madrid is the Hotel Regina. Dating back to the early 20th century, this sophisticated hotel features sleek, airy rooms with TVs and room service; upgrade to a suite to make use of the rain showers in the bathrooms. Penthouse suites command stunning views of the city, while there’s also an onsite restaurant that has its own terrace and wine cellar. Other facilities include laundry, cafe, business rooms and a free airport shuttle.
Those in search of luxury accommodation during their may visit will be well served by Hotel Orfila. A short walk from the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, this grand hotel is known for its formal period decor and its rooms all feature WiFi, TVs, whirlpool baths and mini-bars; suites come with living areas, balconies and sound systems. A haute cuisine restaurant serves the finest fare in elegant settings, and the hotel is also home to a relaxing garden terrace with a fountain. Room service is available.
Bars and Restaurants
Something of a hidden gem, Concepto Bistro is quietly tucked away in Madrid’s Latina neighbourhood and serves delectable Spanish and Argentinian cuisine, with a range of options to cater to all diners. From the prime steaks, to the tapas and empanadas, everything on the menu at this small and friendly restaurant will be to appeal to your taste buds. A nice wine selection accompanies the food on offer.
Located very near Plaza Mayor, Mimi’s Creperia makes an excellent and inexpensive place to stop by during the afternoon or evening for a sweet or savoury snack. Crepes are the mainstay of this eatery and they come in a variety of flavours and editions, while there’s also a simple and satisfying selection of other dishes on offer such as sandwiches and omelettes.
While cocktail bars are a relatively new concept to the Madrid drinking scene, there are a number of evening hangout spots popping up across the city, of which Baton Rouge is one. Based near the Puerta del Sol in the heart of the city, this friendly and fashionable bar has coveted popularity among the locals thanks to its welcoming interiors and tasty concoctions.
Denay Coffee Bar
Situated down by the Rio of Madrid, Denay Coffee Bar is another excellent establishment that serves both a delicious range of sweet snacks (desserts, ice creams, smoothies and milkshakes) and cocktails for later on in the day. Pretty much everything served here comes highly recommended, and there’s a small selection of tapas available to graze on while you sip your drinks.
Things to do in Madrid in May
Honouring one of Spain’s most famous impressionists, Joaquin Sorolla, the Sorolla Museum is located inside the painter’s family home and is an excellent showcase to his work. While the artist painted in a variety of styles, he was most prominently known for his well-lit beach scenes, which are heavily emphasized in the museum. An excellent addition to some of the other art museums and galleries in Madrid, this is a popular option for art aficionados looking for an alternative to the Golden Art Triangle. Concessions are available to students, under 18s and pensioners.
One of the quirkier attractions in Madrid, Platform Zero offers a fascinating insight to the subterranean world of the city. Originally a Metro station which was later abandoned, this was recently re-discovered and opened to the public, restoring it to its former glory. The former Chamberi station closed in 1966 and has been completely recreated to its original early 20th century style. Audiovisual displays bring the history of the Metro to life and visitors can stroll down to the platforms while taking in its period features.
If you need to let off some steam or find somewhere to relax in downtown Madrid, head to the Rio, a sprawling expanse down by the city’s river which is home to various monuments and green spaces. Children are well-served by the park’s 17 play areas, all catering to different ages and abilities, while the Madrid Matadero houses a range of cultural events throughout the year – check their website to see what’s happening during your visit.
Madrid Book Fair
Held annually in the Retiro Park, the Madrid Book Fair is a must-visit for any literature lover and has been a feature of city life for the last 85 years in Madrid (it’s been in its current spot for the last 50 of those). You can pick up practically any kind of reading material at this sprawling event and there are regular talks and book signings.
rest and weather in Madrid (Spain)
Spain in May is already full of joy with truly summer weather, the whole country is immersed in greenery and flowers. Madrid is especially beautiful at this time of the year.
The city impresses with its splendor in any season, but it is in the last month of spring that its heady charm is fully felt here.
Kidpassage found out what to do in Madrid during the May holidays and what kind of weather Spain will please you at the end of spring.
Holidays in Madrid in May: advantages and disadvantages of the resort
Reviews about holidays in Madrid in May are more like a laudatory song – almost 100% of tourists return here happy and confident that the vacation was a success.
It is simply impossible not to fall in love with this city. Its exquisite sophistication seems to take you back to the past, shares the secrets of the palace, introduces you to majestic architecture and gives unforgettable impressions to foreign guests.
- City of Madrid
What are the main benefits of holidays that Madrid gives visitors in May?
- Weather conditions. In Spain, real summer already reigns, only without the sweltering heat. May is just the perfect month for excursions.
- Many holidays and events. Of course, Madrid Day, which is celebrated on May 2, deserves special attention.
- Variety of recreation. It is simply impossible to see all the sights of the Spanish capital in one vacation. This magical city has a lot of palaces, ancient monasteries, museums and parks.
As for the shortcomings of ‘s holiday in Madrid during this period, they are not numerous. Tourists who were dissatisfied with the trip were probably just unlucky.
The downside is the unpredictable weather. It’s usually warm in May in Madrid, but on overcast days you might regret your decision to leave your windbreaker in your hotel room.
The second disadvantage is that the May holidays attract more tourists, which means that you will have to forget about a calm and measured rest.
Weather in Madrid in May
Late spring and early summer are ideal times to visit the Spanish capital. The weather in Madrid in May – June is quite warm, but not hot. I’m also happy about the lack of rain.
The weather in early May is not characterized by the highest temperatures – during the day it will be approximately from +13 °С to +19 °С, and at night it can drop to +11 °С.
The temperature in Madrid in mid-May takes a course to rise. Every day it gets warmer and sunnier.
But the weather in Madrid at the end of May already resembles a typical summer – at this time, the citizens and guests of the capital bathe in the rays of the sun and warmth.
The climate of Madrid combines features of continental and Mediterranean climate areas.
In the ranking of the hottest capitals in Europe, this city ranks fourth, and in May you will be able to see that this is absolutely justified.
Air temperature in Madrid in May
Feel free to leave your sweaters at home, as the average daytime temperature in Madrid in May is +23.3°C.
At night, the thermometer drops to +12.6 °C.
The April rains are behind us, so the average rainfall has dropped to 30.6 mm. There will be about two rainy days for the whole month.
Sunny, cloudy, cloudy days
In May, Madrid will also confirm its title of the sunniest city in Spain – 77% of sunny days are expected in late spring.
It will be cloudy in the capital about 19% of the time. The number of cloudy days is only 3%.
Excursion rest in Madrid
Wayward Madrid knows how to conquer even the most sophisticated travelers. It is not in vain that the million-plus city attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world – there really is something to see here.
Madrid has more than 70 museums, about 40 parks, as well as many cathedrals, squares and monuments.
Golden Art Triangle
The Golden Triangle includes three of Madrid’s most famous museums: the Prado, the Reina Sofia Art Center and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
The collections in these museums are considered the best in the world. But aesthetic pleasure can be obtained not only from the exhibits themselves, but also from the surrounding beauties, because the Golden Triangle is located on the way from Cibeles Square to Prado Boulevard, where there is also a lot of interesting things.
Visit these places at the beginning of May, and take the end of the month for sightseeing of natural attractions.
The first thing that attracts in the Almudena Cathedral is its appearance: the temple is built in the shape of a cross. The architecture of the church also has one unique feature – a mixture of styles.
The interior decoration of the main church of the diocese of Madrid is distinguished by refined taste and luxury, there are sculptures, wall paintings, and ancient icons.
Museum of the Americas
A trip to Spain can also add new knowledge about the Americas. There are no analogues to such a museum in Europe, so you should definitely visit this unique place.
About 25,000 exhibits are located in five thematic areas: Knowledge of America, Real America, Communications, Society and Religion.
Not only expositions deserve special attention, but also the building itself, made in neo-colonial style.
- Museum of America in Madrid: detailed description, opening hours, ticket prices
Casa de Campo
At the end of May nature is so full of colors that it would be a crime not to visit one of the city parks.
One of the best is Casa de Campo. Here, vacationers enjoy beautiful scenery, feed squirrels and birds, go on boat rides on the lake, have picnics on May holidays, and also visit the zoo and the amusement area.
- Casa de Campo Park: detailed description, opening hours, ticket prices
If you doubt that children will enjoy excursions to museums and cathedrals, then in Madrid there are many other good places for family holidays:
- Warner Brothers Amusement Park .
- AquaMadrid .
- TC Xanadu (where, by the way, you can ski even in the heat of May).
- Perez Mouse Museum .
Holidays, events, festivals
It seems that this is a city of eternal fiesta. Holidays in Madrid in May are a real extravaganza of impressions, because the Spaniards know a lot about entertainment.
Saint Isidro’s Day deserves special attention. Some tourists come here just to see the celebrations in honor of the city’s patron, Isidro. But let’s talk about everything in order.
Labor Day (May 1)
As in many other countries, the May holidays in Spain begin with Workers’ Solidarity Day, which is traditionally celebrated around the world on May 1.
Rallies and parades are held in the city on this day. In addition, the holiday has a second name – because of the support of the church, Labor Day in Spain is also called Memorial Day San José Obrero (Sana José Worker ).
Day of Madrid (May 2)
The day after Labor Day, the Spaniards celebrate the capital. On Madrid Day, the city hosts military parades, entertainment events, concerts, theatrical performances and many other activities. Many restaurants even develop a special holiday menu for visitors.
Saint Isidro’s Day (May 15)
Saint Isidro the Farmer is considered the patron saint of Madrid and all Spanish peasants. On May 15, a lot of interesting things happen in the city: a series of bullfights begins at the Las Ventas arena, from that day on, fights will take place daily for almost the entire month.
On May 13, processions and parades are held on the main squares of the city, opening the holiday. On this day, it is customary for the townspeople to perform the national dance “chotis”: both children and adults, dressed in traditional costumes, demonstrate their choreographic talents to the public everywhere.
St. Isidro’s Day is celebrated for three days, all this time Madrid hosts concerts, music and pyrotechnic shows, thematic exhibitions and more.
Cathedrals celebrate solemn masses. The end of Saint Isidro’s Day is celebrated with bright fireworks.
Prices for vacations in May
At the end of spring, the high tourist season begins in Spain, the city is already flooded with vacationers. The number of tourists increases especially sharply during the May holidays. Accordingly, prices in Madrid rise in May.
Price of tours
In May, a trip through a tour operator will be 10% more expensive than in April. In June, there will be another jump in prices – the cost of the tour will increase by another 5-10%.
The May airfare will be only 3% lower than in April. In June, prices will drop another 1%.
At the end of spring, hotels will raise prices by a few percent compared to April prices. In June, the average cost of a hotel room will decrease and return to the level of April prices.
In May, the average room rate per night is 154 euros.
- Best hotels in Madrid
Meals and transfers
Sangria, jamon, fabada, tapas, tortilla – even the names of Spanish dishes sound like music. Be sure to visit the local cafes and restaurants, where you are provided with a real gastronomic ecstasy.
You can eat in an inexpensive middle-class cafe for about 15 euros. But the cost of lunch in a fashionable restaurant is already an order of magnitude higher – from about 35 euros.
You can get around the streets of Madrid by bus, the city also has a well-developed subway.
For one trip on both modes of transport you will have to pay about 1.5–2 euros, it will be a little more profitable to purchase a subscription for several trips at once.
How to dress in Madrid
Despite the fact that in May it is already warm in Madrid in summer, just in case, put some warm clothes in your suitcase – light sweaters or windbreakers. The weather in Spain is unpredictable, and it is often windy here.
T-shirts will also come in handy in the Spanish capital at the end of spring, because in sunny weather it is most comfortable to walk in light clothes. Don’t forget your sunglasses and hat.
Clothes and shoes should be practical and comfortable, because people come to Madrid mainly for the purpose of sightseeing, which means long walks.
In Madrid, money can be spent literally on every corner: the city has many shopping centers, boutiques with branded items, more budget shops, cozy little shops and city markets.
Do you need to buy designer items from the latest collections? Head to the Salamanca area. Do you want to buy some technology? Then you are in the Barquillo.
The most popular shopping areas in Madrid, apart from those mentioned above, are:
- Sol and Preciados.
- Ourense and Asca.
- Gran Via.
- Fuencarral and Chueca.
Here you can buy absolutely everything: from souvenirs and magnets to jewelry. But it is most convenient to make purchases in shopping centers, where all the shops are gathered in one area.
Among the most popular for shopping are the following shopping centers:
- El Corte Ingles.
- Jardin de Serrano.
- Palacio de Hielo.
Visit one of these malls and you will definitely not leave empty-handed. Pleasant and fruitful shopping in Madrid is guaranteed.
Recommendations for families with children
If you are still in doubt about whether to take small children with you on a trip, then the answer is definitely yes! When else to go to Madrid, if not in the warm spring?
The off-season weather conditions are perfect for even the youngest travellers. .
In addition, the infrastructure of the city is perfectly adapted for parents and their kids. There will definitely not be any problems with baby food, or with medicines, or with travel in public transport with a stroller, and with other nuances that moms and dads face every day.
- Entertainment in Madrid for children
Kidpassage hopes that it has collected for you only the most useful tips for visiting Madrid in May. I just want to add that this magical city deserves to be captured in memorable pictures that will take pride of place in your photo album with the most precious memories.
Air temperature in Madrid in May
May is almost like a little summer, which both children and adults look forward to. And in the capital of Spain, and even more so in May, it is very warm and sunny. The golden rays of the sun warm the residents and guests of the city for almost 10 hours a day, so your trip will be unforgettable. In addition, the weather in Madrid in May is characterized by an almost complete absence of precipitation, which is also an incomparable advantage in choosing a holiday destination at this time of the year. In addition, May is full of holidays and interesting events. Therefore, we advise you to familiarize yourself with the meteorological data below, and after that think about whether it is worth going on a trip.
There is a clear trend towards an increase in temperature towards the end of the month. The average air temperature during the month is 25 degrees during the day and 22 degrees at night. At the beginning of the month, the temperature fluctuates from 13 to 19 degrees during the day and from 11 to 17 at night. Later, the temperature goes on increasing, up to 33 degrees during the day and 30 at night. In addition, the difference between day and night temperatures is only a few degrees, and sometimes even zero. This temperature persists until the end of the month, however, the possibility of a sharp, but short-term drop in temperature to 15 degrees during the day and 11 at night is not ruled out. In general, the weather in Madrid in June or May is simply wonderful and ideal for both business and leisure (or even romantic) trips.
The hot breath of the approaching summer
Yes, the May weather in Madrid is very sunny, but not yet as hot as in summer. Half of the month the weather in May is generally sunny, and the second half is cloudy or partly cloudy. During some of the cooling described above, precipitation in the form of rain is possible in Madrid. In general, the weather in Madrid in May is perfect for relaxing.
At this time, the city hosts many unusual, fun and unforgettable events, such as bullfighting, mass skating on the squares, the Dos de Mayo parade on May 2, the San Isidro festivities on May 15 and other.