Of the many important events that take place in Madrid, San Isidro is the most significant. A local festival that is celebrated in the month of May and insures that for a few days the people from Madrid change their normal every day attire for the traditional suits “chulapo” for the men and “chulapa” for the women and take to the streets of the city with great pride.
To spend a few days in the capital during the San Isidro holiday is the perfect option for those who wish to disconnect from every day noise and stress, treating themselves to a quick getaway. Where is the best place to relax after a great day enjoying the local fiesta? We are very clear: the Hotel Petit Palace Posada del Peine, the oldest hotel in Spain. Although for many the most important events are the bullfights (some of the most important in the country), it is true that the San Isidro holiday are much more than this.
We can talk about how the streets are decorated in the style that characterizes the capital during these days. Yes, San Isidro invades every backstreet, every square and every corner, with so much to do and enjoy, including live concerts in the principal streets, contests, parades and street parties. The important days of the festivity? From 15th to 20th May.
This holiday is enjoyed by the whole city but the best place to enjoy the San Isidro holiday is in the heart of Madrid. Zones such as the area of Chamberi or the streets near to the Puerta del Sol and the Gran Via are some of those which live the “fiesta” with more passion during these celebrations. How? With popular meals and typical dances accompanied by a barrel organ until the early hours of the morning. From the Hotel Petit Palace Mayor Plaza you can check it out.
Which is the best way to experience these fiestas of high cultural interest? Although there will be many options to choose from, our recommendation is that you enjoy those mythical places in Madrid that you really should not miss (such as Fuencarral, Serrano street or the Retiro park) where you can start to prepare your stomach for the San Isidro holiday as midday approaches, enjoy a glass of wine and an excellent plate of authentic Madrid stew.
Loose yourself in the atmosphere that permeates the city during this time and do not hesitate to explore every backstreet and square to discover the puppet workshop, improvised dancing and the innately charming touch of Madrid.