Lucky for us, the winters in Madrid aren’t as harsh as say, Chicago, or Boston for example. Although there’s not as much sunlight as we’d like, there are still plenty of things to do in this lovely city! Here are a few of our suggestions for plans this winter.
Indoor skiing at Xanadu Madrid SnowZone
Chocolate and Churros at your Favorite Place. Here are a couple of our suggestions.
Ice Skating in Callao
Nothing screams winter like ice skating! This is a fun activity that you can do with your significant other, or in a group of friends.
Shopping Spree at the Outlet mall in Las Rozas. Why a shopping spree? Well, stores have heat… so that’s one reason. The other is that in Spain, 3 Kings is much more popular than the traditional Christmas that North Americans celebrate. The gifts given during 3 Kings are the most anticipated of the entire year. The outlet store makes a fun (if you like shopping, that is) day trip to get all of your presents taken care of in one go.
These are some of our favorite things to do in Madrid in winter. What’s on your list? Do you stay in town, or escape to the mountains? Or are you someone who heads directly for the beach? Madrid is so very charming during the winter months. They hang lights on the main streets, and put up a gigantic Christmas tree in the Plaza del Sol. There’s also the possibility of strolling through one of the many picturesque parks in Madrid such as Retiro, or El Capricho.
Madrid gastronomy changes too during the winter months. Instead of cold soups, and salads, you can find more platos de cuchara such as callos, bean-heavy dishes, soups, stews and of course the most famous of them all: cocido. The terraces however are an almost current fixture in Madrid: restaurants even give you big, fuzzy blankets so that you can continue to dine out in open air. Although temperatures in Madrid aren´t as extreme as say New York, it can get quite cold. Don’t worry, it’s nothing a big glass of hot chocolate can’t fix.