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Batalla Naval

The Madrid Vallecas district honours their patron saint, Virgen del Carmen, with a lively water battle!A thousand locals are dressed as pirates, monsters or as a saint, and engage in a fight with other people. They use water hoses and super soakers;...

San Silvestre Vallecana

The San Silvestre Vallecana marathon is held on 31 December every year. This New Year's Day tradition involves a 10 kilometre run through the Vallecas district. It was organized for the first in 1964. These days the marathon is sponsored by Nike. The...

Nochevieja (New Year's Eve)

See for yourself how the Madrilenos celebrate New Year. On New Year's Eve the square at Puerta del Sol fills with people. The tradition, known as Las Uvas de la Suerte or the grapes of happiness, dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Every...

PhotoEspana

PhotoEspana is an international festival of photography and visual arts that's being held in Madrid this year. Half a million visitors come to the exhibition each year. The great national and international masters of photography put their best photos...

La Fiesta de San Juan

The longest day of the year and the arrival of summer are celebrated together at the end of June every year. To getinto the proper festive mood, you must go to Plaza de San Juan and/or Las Huertas. Here, people gather from all around the world especi...

Christmas market at Plaza Mayor

There's a Christmas market at the magnificent Plaza Mayor a couple of weeks before Christmas, during which some 50 stalls sell Christmas wares. If you need something for your Christmas crib, for example, this is the place to buy it. There's a huge ra...

Madrid is de hoofdstad van Spanje

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