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What to do on a rainy day in Madrid

6 Rainy Day Activites in Madrid

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I’m sorry, what? Five days of rain in Madrid? …. “It never rains in Madrid.”

If you’ve checked the upcoming forecast, you’ve realized it will be on-and-off torrentially down pouring until Tuesday. Ugh. There goes my Sunday hiking plan.

Still, I am determined not to let a little wet weather completely ruin my weekend. Sure it’s nice to veg on the couch sometimes and waste away watching movies, but us auxiliars have 3-day weekends! Even I say that’s too much sofa time.

So, if you’re like me, dwelling over the weekend weather forecast, you’re probably brainstorming rainy day activities for the fin de.


Here’s what I came up with:

Go get artsy.

Madrid’s Avenue of Art is home to Madrid’s 3 top art museums: Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museum. The three museums are within short walking distance down the regal green, Paseo del Prado, which is known as the “Golden Triangle of Art,” so you can probably run from entrance to entrance without getting too soaked.

Each museum has a unique feel, so look them up beforehand and see which best fits your taste. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, give them all a try. If paintings are just a bunch of brush strokes on canvas to you, go give Picasso’s Guernica at the Reina Sofia a go. I’m not really a museum person, but even I found this piece extremely moving. Hey it’s raining, why not!


Eat the rainy day away.

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that eating is my most treasured activity- and tapas crawling through the streets of Madrid is hard to top. What better way to spend a rainy day than eating and drinking with friends?

Thankfully, Madrid is home to several “weatherproof” AKA covered markets. When the weather’s not ideal for roaming outside, simply move the crawl indoors. Instead of sloshing around from restaurant to restaurant, choose one of these indoor areas: Madrid’s famous central Mercado San Miguel, Chueca’s beloved Mercado San Anton, Fuencarrel’s alternative Mercado de San Ildefonso, Barrio Salamanca’s upscale Platea and Malasaña’s new and improved Mercado Barceló. The list goes on and on. Eat, drink and be merry my friends.


Hit the movie theaters.

It’s obvious that rainy days are perfect to kick back and relax in the comfortable sanctuary of a dry movie theatre. Most of Madrid’s theaters play the big box office hit films, but the tricky part is finding these movies in their original version. I don’t know about you, but I CAN’T STAND dubbed films. They’re just not the same.

Here are some theaters where you can find original version films:
– Yelmo Cines Ideal (Sol/Tirso de Molina- metro line 1)
Cines Verdi (Quevedo- metro line 2)
Cines Renoir Princessa & Renoir Plaza de España (metro lines-3, 10)

Cozy up in a café

One of my favorite things to do, rain or shine, is cozy up in one of Madrid’s numerous cafés. There’s just something about Spain’s “café con leche” that puts all other coffee to shame. Avoid Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Instead, seek out a homey neighborhood spot, where the coffee is probably better quality and cheaper anyway!

Invite some friends, or fly solo. Either way, snuggle up with a warm mug and read, write, people watch or whatever it is that you fancy.

My favorite cafés with comfy couches are Café de la Luz, La Bicicleta, Gorilla & Lolina in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood.
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Rainy day = excuse to shop. (Or is that just me…..) Madrid has fantastic shopping streets, housing Spanish bargain brands from Pull and Bear and Bershka to international powerhouses Zara and H&M. But, instead of trudging through the rain down Gran Vía, seek shelter in one of Madrid’s many indoor malls. Some of Madrid’s malls are complicated to get to and for most you need a car, but here are a few that are easily accessible by metro:
Centro Commercial Príncipe Pío (lines 6 & 10)
La Vaugada (Lines 7 & 9)
Moda Shopping (Line 10)

Practice Spanish

Finding it hard to peel yourself from the couch? You can still be productive- practice your Spanish. Watch a Spanish series on Antenna 3 or download an app like Duolingo. You could even find someone to intercambio with at LingoBongo!

Whatever you do–stay dry!

What do you like to do on rainy days?

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