ChicRoom Barcelona is proud to be expanding into the beautiful city of Madrid. We now have 12 different apartments to offer you for an incredible stay. They are located in different central areas of Madrid. All the apartments have been hand selected and are guaranteed to make your stay as comfortable and luxurious as possible. With San Isidro Festival in Madrid we have the perfect excuse for you to escape your day to day routine and explore the city during one of its most exciting and popular festivals whilst staying in one of our beautiful holiday apartments.
Festivities of San Isidro Festival in Madrid
The San Isidro Festival presents the best of Madrid culture whether it is old or new, from bull fighting to street dancing, you are bound to find everything you could want and enjoy the concerts, plays, parades, fairs and special exhibitions – most of these you can enjoy free of charge. This festival is said to be the most significant and emblematic festival of the year for Madrid. It is a festival where the whole city gets involved and it spreads across the 9 days around the 15th of May.
While visiting Madrid during the San Isidro Festival you will be able to fully immerse yourself in traditional Spanish culture and live like a Spaniard in one of our holiday apartments. The history behind this spectacular event is that the San Isidro Labrador was canonized on May 15th 1622 as he miraculously made water rise up a well in order to save his son. In order to find out more, you can visit the church on Calle Toledo during the festival – which is now built over the site where the miracle took place. The church puts on a small museum exhibition and it is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the history behind the festivities.
During the weekend of this festival you will be surrounded by partygoers day and night. If you want to let you hair down and join in with the masses then head down to the Plaza de las Vistillas, Plaza de San Andrés and Puente de Segovia in the neighbourhood of Austrias near Plaza Mayor. These plazas have bars and pop up ‘chiringuitos’ for everyone to enjoy a big glass of mojito, beer or whatever you fancy! There is a real party atmosphere that should not be missed!
Picnic in the Pradera
There are other events during the festival where the party atmosphere fills the city. You can enjoy free open-air concerts across the city or head to the Pradera and enjoy a picnic. The Pradera also has many food and drink stalls if you haven’t brought yours. This emblematic part of the festival on Sunday is considered the Pradera de San Isidro due to its picnicking tradition. It is the place where people gathered at the end of their pilgrimage.
If you enjoy music and don’t miss the free concerts in Casa Del Campo. There are huge open-air rock concerts for all to enjoy and are a sort of small music festival.
The full Spanish tradition
There are other traditions that are typically Spanish that you could experience. This includes the controversial Spanish sport of bullfighting; it might not be for you but you may want to experience this part of traditional Spanish culture. San Isidro is considered the biggest bullfighting festival in the world. The best fights with the most prized fighters are saved for this time. There is a bullfight every afternoon including one special event called ‘La Corrida Goyesca’ where traditional Goyesco outfits are worn.
To experience a traditional part of Spanish culture you should book your tickets as far in advance as possible as they go really quickly. Some days you are able to purchase tickets for as little as 8€.
Parades and street celebrations
There are various carnivals and fairs that are set up too throughout the festival. On the first Saturday afternoon of San Isidro (usually), head down to the main streets of Madrid to watch the parade. There are huge figurines that walk the street and smaller people with paper mache heads. It has been a tradition since the festival began and so you shouldn’t miss it!
You might also come across locals dancing the traditional dance of ‘El Chotis’. This is a traditional dance originally danced by the working class. And people dressed up and danced brightly despite not having much money.
Check out this link from 2016 to see what you might be missing