With Madrid being the fourth hottest city in Europe, you can imagine the heat definitely hits the high numbers.
Between June – July it’s absolutely hot! Without fail most days will reach up to 40 degrees Celsius I don’t know about you, but I feel as though I am going to drown with the amount of water I consume each day.
Tip number one: you need to drinks lots and lots of water! Most places are air conditioned, but the moment you step outside you will feel the heat smothering you, until around 10pm when the heat settles down.
So understand, staying hydrated is a priority!
It is essential that you dress appropriately, that consists of light clothing: thin tops, shorts, skirts, hats and anything that doesn’t have sleeves, if not you will sweat as if you’ve just left the sauna and I can guarantee you do not want that.
Learn the ‘sun schedule’ there are certain hours of the day where the sun is at its peak, during midday and 3pm so try to avoid that by staying indoors!
Visit the museums which take around 1-2 hours to have a look if you’re a quick stroller like me or enjoy wondering through the shops and stores across Madrid. There’s lots to keep you busy and out of the peak sun time.
If you have sensitive skin, in the power invested in you do not try and think you can catch a tan! Instead what you will catch is a heat stroke, so let’s avoid that by using sun protection. From as little as 3 euros you can invest in your skin at most convenient stores – that are pretty much on every other corner in Madrid.
Nutrition is key! You’re in a city that is well known for its delicacies, don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of it. Having a well-balanced nutrition will allow your body to stay energised, which is what you need!
Food is the best remedy for your body, with the amount of walking in the close to 40 degree sun and the standard tourist adventures you’ll find yourselves in, your body will thank you for this.
Every neighbourhood will differ, some even sheltering you from the sun with some shade, whilst still being able to admire your surrounding – almost a perfect tourist package right?
Most of all, explore the city and its avenues, you won’t be disappointed!