The spring-summer season in Madrid will make a rooftop pool seem like one of the essential things in daily life come July. However, there are other more culturally stimulating ways to keep cool, such as the plethora of world-class art galleries with their powerful air conditioning systems.
On a cultural level, Madrid is actually happy not to be Paris. Modern-day author Michael Paternity has written: “After the cafes of Paris with their exquisite wines and creamy fromages, crêpes and steak tartares — screaming ‘Adore me!’ — Madrid was these store-bought hunks of unyielding cheese and brick-hard baguettes, consumed in leafless Buen Retiro Park. Madrid, dressed as it was, tasting as it did, prideful as hell, didn't care what you thought about it on your junior-year backpacking trip. That was your problem.” Here's our pick of culutural and sporting highlights in the Spanish capital this season.
Set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, the Kit Kat Klub transmits the growth of Nazism and their inability to continue a normal life in a world that has changed forever. Cabaret’s songs include Broadway classics songs such as Willkomen, Cabaret or Money Money. Cabaret, the Broadway musical, is on at the Teatro Rialto every day except Mondays until 12 June www.teatrorialto.es
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The Spanish National Ballet will take to the stage of the Teatro de la Zarzuela in homage to the late Spanish flamenco dancer, Antonio Ruiz Soler. His most emblematic moves will be choreographed into world-class ballet by artistic director Antonio Najarro. Curtains rise at 8pm apart from Sundays when it’s ‘all quiet please’ from 6pm. From 18 June until 3 July www.teatrodelazarzuela.mcu.es
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Hippodrome de La Zarzuela
Visit Madrid’s Zarzuela Hippodrome on a Sunday morning at 11.30am for six high-adrenalin races, or at 5.30pm in June. Celebrating its 75th year in 2016, the racecourse’s spring season includes the LXXX Gran Premio de Madrid, with €60,000 in prize money for the winner, and the Villapadierna Spanish Derby, with €40,000. Until 26 June www.hipodromodelazarzuela.es
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‘Bosch. The Centenary Exhibition’ is this summer’s hottest exhibition in the capital city. It will be the largest and most important collection of works by the Flemish painter ever to have been exhibited, and it runs from 31 May to 11 September at Spain’s iconic Prado. It is 500 years since Bosch’s death and the museum is pulling out all the stops by not only showcasing works from their own collection of Bosch but also acquiring exceptional loans for the occasion, such as The Triptych of the Temptations of Saint Anthony from the Museo de Arte Antiga in Lisbon and many more from across the globe. This is a one-off chance to soak up the best of Bosch and, well, it’s always pleasant to go to the Prado. Until 11 September www.museodelprado.es
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Return of La Vuelta
The Vuelta de España © Miquel C./Flickr
The Vuelta de España – Spain’s Tour de France – covers 21 stages in 3,277.3 kilometres and winds up in the capital. The route of the 71st edition starts from the province of Ourense in Galicia, and three weeks and many revolutions later the final stage will see the peloton charge into the Las Rozas area of the city, having left Calpe and then Benidorm in their dust. Check out the website for the exact streets near to the date. Until 11 September www.lavuelta.com