Although for many the autumn season can be resumed in the feared “back to school” and in the first drop of temperature: for the residents of Madrid, and specially for the neighbours of the Barrio del Pilar, the arrival of autumn is synonymous with a great party, life in the street and with maximum enjoyment. October is the month of the Fiestas of the Barrio of Pilar, the local fiestas which attract not only the locals but tourists as well which fills the capital with light, colour, diversion and a lot, an enormous lot of fun.
Situated in the northeast of Madrid, the Barrio of Pilar celebrates the fiestas in honour of their patron saint between the days of 9th and 12th October so it is a perfect option to visit if you have chosen these days to treat yourself to a relaxing mini break in the capital. The best? The connection with the principal areas of the city. Also, if you take as reference the points of departure from the hotel Petit Palace Arturo Soria, the Petit Palace Ducal Chueca or the Petit Palace Alcala Torre you will be a little less than half an hour away in the metro.
With the 2015 edition that delighted the residents of Madrid, the 2016 edition of the patron’s festival promises so much more. What are the highlighted events that should really not be missed?
Sports for everyone
One of the principal attractions of this event is its sporting spirit and apart from the basketball and football tournaments for the smallest members of the family, the Fiestas of Pilar are the framework for the Cross Popular. A race that takes place on 12th October and which has two sections: one of 460 metres for small kids and the other of a little more than 7 kilometres for seniors.
Concerts and theatre
Live music and theatres in the streets and for all publics, this is another of the requests of the Fiestas of the Barrio of Pilar in Madrid. These fiestas finish every day with a programme which combines concerts of national artists and theatrical representations both classical and actual with first class high level actors.
The best: the fair
If you are travelling with the family and your children are really enjoying the event, you really cannot leave without visiting the fair of the Fiestas of the Barrio del Pilar. Apart from tombolas where you can win prizes but you can also enjoy the larger attractions for adults and children with special prices for all the family.