Best cosy plans to escape the cold in Madrid

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Best cosy plans to escape the cold in Madrid

Waking up in the morning to a grey sky and a real nip in the air usually makes you think about going back to bed. But if you are on holiday in Madrid, one of the most vibrating cities in Europe, staying in bed is not an option!

Although temperatures have already dropped quite drastically in the city and winter is here, get ready for an eventful day: From enjoying delicious Spanish food to seeing exhibitions and practice winter sports, we bring you the best plans to escape the cold in Madrid. Because every cloud has a silver lining.

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Dive into Mercado de San Miguel

Plaza de San Miguel, Madrid

Photo credit: @MercadoDeSanMiguel

We are starting our day by visiting the San Miguel Market, which stands out as one of the world’s main gastronomic markets, and it’s located right in the heart of Madrid.

Now that traditional markets have become trendy gastronomic spaces, this building which opened its doors for the first time more than a century ago, is living in a new golden age. It allows visitors from all over the world to experience the essence and most significant flavours of every corner of Spain.

From the finest Iberian ham to Mediterranean rice dishes and the most exquisite cheeses from Castile, Asturias, and the Basque Country, you will be able to walk and be delighted among their more than 20 stands, full of fresh Mediterranean food and high-quality tapas.

Practice ice skating

Calle de Silvano, 77, Madrid

Photo credit: Pista de Hielo Madrid

Maybe instead of escaping the winter, you can enjoy it, so what better way to experience it than an afternoon of ice skating? A fun plan for everyone, with a cosy, fun atmosphere. Pista de Hielo Madrid is open all year round, and you can skate freely on Fridays from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 3 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The price is 12€ a day if you bring your own skates and 14€ if you rent them there.

Wrap up well before going and enjoy while you practice this beautiful sport at your own pace, no matter your age or experience. Have fun and skate away!


Artistic afternoon inside the museum

Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid

Photo credit: @museonacionaldelprado

Walking among beautiful masterpieces in an art Museum is a pleasure all year round, but even more when it’s cold out. That’s why our next suggestion is an artistic afternoon enjoying the best museums in the city.

The Prado Museum is one of our favourites. Here you’ll be able to see some of the most important works of art in the world, like Las Meninas (Velázquez) or The Garden of Earthly Delights (El Bosco). But Madrid has a lot to offer in terms of museums; the Reina Sofía or the Thyssen-Bornemisza are world-renowned too. If you want to dive into Spanish artwork, don’t miss our previous blog post about Five famous art museums in Madrid you don’t want to miss.

Chocolate with churros

Pasadizo de San Ginés 5, Madrid

Last but not least, we can’t finish our day tour without talking about the sweetest treat in Madrid: Chocolate con churros. Our perfect ending for the day consists in beating the cold with a steaming cup of thick hot chocolate and delicious churros. One of our favourite chocolaterías in the city and surely the most well-known one is Chocolatería San Ginés, which started in 1894. This shop is open 24 hours a day, serving the chocolate cravings of the citizens and the numerous tourists. This is really the perfect way of ending a day tour, avoiding the cold weather in the capital of Spain.

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Sara Barrio

Sara Barrio

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