Best Time To Go
Though Madrid is miles away from the sea, the city experiences a Mediterranean climate, which means warm, humid summers and mild winters. Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) have the mildest and most pleasant weather. The very heart of winter (January and February) can be quite cold and rainy, whereas July and August can be very hot.
Madrid has an excellent (and air-conditioned) Metro and bus network that connects virtually all the places a visitor may want to go, including the airport. A 10-ride ticket costs 12.20 euros (1.5 euros for a single ticket). For longer journeys, there are the Cercanias commuter trains and the Renfe national rail service. Taxis are abundant and provide a reliable and relatively inexpensive way to get around.
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 76°F (25°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 42°F (6°C).
Know Before You Go
The last decade has seen a tremendous normalization of business hours for many larger retailers and nearly all major cultural institutions, which no longer close for the long, late Spanish lunch (2 to 5 p.m.). But smaller independent shops and offices do still close at midday, and virtually all stores are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
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