5 Reasons to Visit Madrid in March 2020
(other than LibertyCon of course!)

1. Pleasant weather

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March in Madrid usually means pleasant weather. Although there is unfortunately no guarantee, temperatures can reach around 16°C (61°F) during the day, while rarely dropping below around 4°C (39°F) at night. This is considerably milder than would be expected in most of Europe at this time of year. Rainfall is normally light, falling on only eight days in the month, on average.

For many people, March could be considered an ideal time to visit the city, as the colder winter months give way to milder spring weather, while also avoiding the intense summer heat.

2. Sporting events and attractions

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Several sporting events will be taking place in Madrid around the time of LibertyCon. On the weekend of March 7-8, Atlético Madrid will face Sevilla in La Liga, at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

For those who are prepared to arrive early, on the weekend prior to LibertyCon, the famous El Clásico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will be played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

Apart from attending these games, visitors can enjoy stadium tours which can be booked either in advance or at the stadium box office.
Motorbike enthusiasts may also want to check out the Motorama Madrid 2020 exhibition, which will be held at the Pabellón de Cristal, to the west of the city center.

3. Nightlife

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Madrid is known for its vibrant nightlife, with many lively bars and clubs. Some of the best nightlife locations include the Sol/Gran Vía area, right in the heart of the city, and the Barrio de las Letras, an area that is very popular with students, centered around Calle de las Huertas. Other famous locations for nightlife include the Malasaña, Lavapiés, La Latina, Chueca and Princesa areas.

During the week of LibertyCon, the city will also be hosting several live music events, including the Iboga Winter Fest, with a lineup covering ska, punk, psychedelic, and electronic music. Half Moon Run, a Canadian indie rock band, and Foyone, a Spanish rapper, are scheduled to perform.

4. Food and shopping

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Madrid is renowned for its thriving food scene. It is home to many restaurants serving both local delicacies as well as famous regional dishes from across Spain. Despite being several hundred kilometers from the coast, there is no shortage of opportunities to enjoy seafood. The city also offers many places to try authentic international cuisine, with a variety of Latin American, North African, and Indian restaurants. However, one of the best ways to get a taste for Madrid’s cuisine would be to visit one of the city’s many famous tapas bars.

Madrid is also recognized as a major shopping destination, with some of the best-known shopping districts including the areas around the Gran Vía, Plaza Mayor, and Puerta del Sol. El Corte Inglés, a famous Spanish department store, is well worth visiting at one of its many locations across the city.

5. Cultural visits

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Another reason to visit Madrid is that it is exceptionally rich in culture and heritage. Throughout the city, visitors can expect to find many fascinating monuments and museums, as well as magnificent parks. One of the main cultural sites to visit is the Museo Nacional del Prado, home to an impressive collection of famous paintings ranging from the 12th to the 20th centuries. Another of Madrid’s major art museums is the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which holds many recognizable works.

Part of the Palacio Real, one of Spain’s most famous landmarks and the official residence of the Spanish royal family, is open to visitors for a relatively modest entrance fee, not exceeding €13. The palace is in close proximity to some of the city’s most beautiful parks.

The Gran Vía, Madrid’s most famous shopping street, also has many theaters, with a great variety of shows on offer year-round. For instance, some shows happening in March include The Lion King (El Rey León), Billy Elliott, The Musical, as well as some Flamenco shows.

There are clearly many ways to enjoy yourself in Madrid this March. We hope to see you at LibertyCon Madrid 2020 and that you will enjoy your time in the city. Don’t miss out - book early to avoid disappointment!