May and October are considered the best months for touring Spain. June, July, August or September, while crowded, are best months for the beach. Winters in Spain are cold.
The heart of Spain lies where mucha marcha drives a lively, independent spirit that keeps its capital pulsing with the culture, energy, art, and vibrancy Madrileños are known for. Balmy summer nights and more sunny days than any other city in Western Europe lead to a zest for life that's Spanish to the core. Flamenco music and its sensual dance light up evenings spent in cabarets or enjoying wine and tapas; the soundtrack changes at the pubs and discotecas in the early hours. Soccer games, the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, and an urban beach can keep the pace up all day, but visitors should be sure to slow it down to enjoy Madrid's more than 60 magnificent museums dedicated to sculpture, archaeology, science, or classic and contemporary art; the Prado Museum is world renowned for its collection by 12th- to 18th-century masters like Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Goya. With more attractions now than even in the age of the Habsburgs, who made this city their capital, going home will be the only thing harder than choosing what to do.