Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado

SPRING IN PRADO MADRID


The spring months in Madrid are especially beautiful as trees and flowers bloom and people head outside to enjoy the atmosphere of the City’s patios and plazas. There are plenty of activities to discover during your spring stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Padro.
 

Top things to do in Madrid this spring

  1. Enjoy a Jazz Concert at Café Central

If you’re a jazz lover, head to Café Central in Plaza del Ángel for a delicious meal, drinks and amazing music. The Café has offered nightly concerts for over 35 years.
  1. Attend Madrid’s San Isidro Celebrations
From May 11 to 15, Madrid celebrates its patron Saint San Isidore the Farmer (San Isidro) with its largest festival featuring parades, music, dancing, concerts, art exhibits and fireworks. You’ll find traditional costumes and dancing in Las Vistillas near the Puente de Segovia bridge and open air concerts in Plaza Mayor and Casa de Campo.
 
The festivities end on the Saint’s Feast Day, May with the Pradera of San Isidro (Parade of San Isidro), a pilgrimage to San Isidro’s shrine in Pradera de San Isidro. Participants traditionally drink from the Saint’s spring in the Pradera de San Isidro and then attendees enjoy a picnic in the meadow.
 
The festival also coincide with the beginning of the bullfighting season at Las Ventas. Be sure to ask our team Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Padro for tips on how to get the most out of this year’s San Isidro festivities.
  1. Enjoy the View at the Faro de Moncloa
To enjoy some of the best views of Madrid, head to the Lighting and Communications Tower of Madrid City Hall. Better known as the Faro de Moncloa (Moncloa Lighthouse), the tower is located in the University of Madrid district and stands 110 meters high. There are two elevators that take visitors up 92 meters to the observation deck.
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 – 20:00 (last entry is at 19:30)
  • Ticket prices:
    • Adults: 3 €
    • Children (ages 7 – 14): 1.50 €
    • Concessions: 1.50 €
  • How to get there from the Hotel – Walk to Lavapies Metro station and line 3 to Moncloa station, the Museum is located at 10 Boulevard Montmartre
 

3 indulgences to taste in Madrid this spring

If you love food, chocolate and a gastronomic experience, let our top three ways to indulge in Madrid this spring guide your visit, your taste buds will thank us!
  1. Try the Best Bocata de Calamares
If you love fried calamari, you’re sure to love Madrid’s beloved dish - bocata de calamares. The city’s much loved fried squid sandwich is best paired with a refreshing cold Mahou beer. You’ll find plenty of restaurants around Plaza Major serving up this Spanish delicacy, Magerit and La Ideal are some of the most popular in the area.
  • How to get there from the Hotel – It’s a 18-minute walk from the Hotel to Paza Major
  1. Savour Churros with chocolate
Take Spain’s sweet fried dough pastry to next level by enjoying it with chocolate. Two of the best places in Madrid to indulge in this delicious combination is at Chocolatería Valor in San Martin or San Ginés where they’ve been serving churros with chocolate since 1894.

Chocolatería Valor
  • Opening hours:
    • Monday to Friday: 8:00 – 22:30
    • Saturday: 09:00 to 01:00
    • Sunday: 08:00 to 24:00
  • How to get there from the Hotel:
    • It’s a 15 – 20 minute walk from the Hotel Chocolatería at Valor  Calle del Postigo de San Martín, 7, 28013 Madrid
San Ginés
  • Opening hours:
    • Open 24 hours daily
  • How to get there from the Hotel:
    • It’s a 15 – 20 minute walk from the Hotel to Chocolatería San Ginés at Pasadizo de San Gines, 5, 28013 Madrid.
  1. Taste Madrid’s Much Loved Torrijas
Madrilenian torrijas are a traditional dessert enjoyed in the spring specifically during Easter. Torrijas are slices of bread soaked in milk, which are then coated in egg and fried – they are similar to French toast, they’re best washed down with sweet wine. You’ll be able to find them in restaurants and pastry shops throughout Madrid.