Spain, you're hot. No, not in that "ooh, baby, work it" kinda way. You're literally hot. I mean, back-of-the-knee-sweat, pants sticking to the seat, take 4 showers in a day kind of heat. Well, dear friends, it's only the beginning, so let's start finding ways to adapt. I've compiled a few tried and true ways to combat the scorcher that is summer in Spain (especially, Madrid, where I'm currently sweating).
Sittin’ on top of the world, indeed! The cool part about some of the rooftop bars here is that they have pools! Hello, where do we sign up? Naked Madrid compiled a list of the best rooftop bars in Madrid aka they did the work for you, so just grab your sunglasses and go! Check out the first round of picks here.
These traditional fans are not just for show; their purpose is to keep all the abuelos and abuelas cool when the temperatures soar. At first, I thought they were a bit dramatic, then sweat began to pour down my face from simply opening the front door. Needless to say, I gave in. They come in a variety of colors, prices and designs. They’re lightweight and can fit in your purse, murse, or fanny pack. Looking cool is for the birds, grab a fan and save your life!
In the summer, lots of terraces are covered, and some of them, shhh, come close: spray you with water periodically. This refreshing mist is one of the few reasons I can tolerate the heat here.
Go to the movies
I can see it now: darkness, comfortable chairs and sweet, sweet air conditioning. You didn’t hear this from me, but I may or may not have seen a group of Spanish people having a three-course meal complete with alcoholic beverages while watching Jurassic World. Just sayin, be discreet.
Mooch on someone else’s air conditioning
This is the season to explore the mall, the museums and art galleries that always caught your attention, but you—for some reason or another—never explored. Check out this site for the latest happenings in Madrid and don’t forget to investigate your local ayuntamiento’s agenda too!
Madrid has a number of public pools, a river, natural pools and mountains to keep you cool. Here is a list of the public pools. Check the prices and find a pool that’s closest to you!
And one more for good luck: For all my fellow lazy girls and guys—ride that metro/cercanias. You better believe I sit my swassy tail down and ride the trains and busses till my heart’s content. Ain’t no shame!
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Danni, Community Director at Las Morenas de España, is a twenty-something, Chicago native currently residing in Madrid. Lover of language, words, and travel, she's managed to combine all of her passions through her work. In her free time, you can find her exploring the winding streets of Madrid, hunting down good flight deals, planning her next adventure and writing & researching for LMDES. Danni loves spicy food, natural hair, music and of course, her wonderful life partner. If you need to find her, she’s the girl with huge hair and her face buried in her Kindle.