Madrid in February: Best Things to See & Do

It may be low season, but here in Madrid, we’re keeping busy and staying warm.

As the European equivalent to the city that never sleeps, there’s always something going on in Spain’s bustling, vibrant capital. We’re talking world-class museums, cozy cafes, lively tapas bars and so much more.

Grab a warm coat and a stylish pair of sunglasses, and you’ll be all set to enjoy the best of Madrid in February.

Trees full of light purple flowers in bloom along a road.
Madrid’s almond blossoms spring into bloom this month! Photo credit: JavyGo

February is one of the best times to visit Madrid if you want to experience the city like a local. Low season means little to no tourist crowds, making for a much more relaxing experience.

And if you happen to be in town with your special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck. Madrid is one of Europe’s most passionate destinations, full of romantic things to do that will create lasting memories for any couple.

Ready to explore? Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Madrid in February!

Weather in Madrid in February

February in Madrid is still crisp and on the chilly side, but for the most part pleasantly so. Temperatures average out between the mid-40s and the mid-50s Fahrenheit (7–12 degrees Celsius), and sunshine begins to gradually increase as well.

As far as precipitation goes, snow is rare but rain is still relatively common compared to other months. There are a total of about seven rainy days on average throughout February in Madrid, so pack a small umbrella just in case!

Group of people in winter clothes standing in a city plaza.
February can still be pretty chilly, so bring warm clothes!

Things to Do in Madrid in February

1. Visit a Small Museum

Madrid is a museum buff’s dream come true, with international icons such as the Prado and the Reina Sofía drawing millions of visitors each year. However, while these places have earned their fame for good reason, they’re not the end-all-be-all of museums in Madrid.

If you’re visiting Madrid in February, get off the beaten path and check out a lesser-known museum, like the Museo del Romanticismo. Housed in a gorgeously restored 19th century mansion, this small but fascinating museum is packed with history and culture from the Romantic period. Paintings, musical instruments, housewares and more will transport you back in time to one of Spain’s most magical areas.

Cap off your escape with a cup of coffee and slice of homemade cake at the museum’s lovely little onsite cafe. There’s no better way to spend a chilly February afternoon!

Interior of an old-fashioned dining room with light blue walls and a crystal chandelier above the table.
Feast your eyes on this beautiful dining room in the Museo del Romanticismo. Photo credit: Manuel M. V.

2. Try a New Wine

Spain is truly a wine lover’s paradise, with fantastic bars on practically every corner. However, many people still haven’t expanded their horizons beyond the classics: Rioja and Ribera.

There’s a whole world of Spanish wine out there just waiting to be discovered. And all of it is easily accessible right here in Madrid thanks to the abundance of excellent wine bars.

Remember that here in Spain, we usually order wines by the region rather than by the grape. With this in mind, order a glass from the hidden gem of Somontano or a big, bold red from Toro. Both are perfect options to enjoy with a cozy Spanish winter meal!

Learn more about ordering wine in Spain with the tips and tricks in the video below!

3. Experience an Evening of Gastronomy and Culture

While daytime temperatures are slowly on the rise here in Madrid in February, nights can still be on the chilly side. Warm up and treat yourself to an unforgettable gastronomic experience at Platea, one of Madrid’s foremost culinary and cultural spaces.

What was once an old theater has been beautifully restored and converted into Europe’s largest and most elegant gastronomic space, with several floors of sleek food and drink areas and plenty to see and do. As a bonus, they even feature concerts most nights of the week for a full cultural experience. Grab your glass of wine, a plate of tapas, and settle in for a fantastic show.

Insider’s tip: This hugely popular space fills up quickly, so go early in the evening to grab a table with views of the stage!

Interior of a large multi-story food hall with people sitting at tables eating
Platea will take your breath away with its grandiose design (and incredible food selection, of course). Photo credit: Platea

4. Eat Cocido

Madrid’s signature stew is a one-pot wonder and the perfect winter warm-up. 

Cocido madrileño is traditionally served in three courses: first a simple noodle soup, then a portion of vegetables and chickpeas, and finally the stewed meats. It’s Spanish comfort food at its best (and most delicious).

If you’ll be in Madrid in February, be sure to duck into a cozy local restaurant to enjoy this homemade classic like a local.

Plate of cocido madrileño: blood sausage, chickpeas, cabbage, pork, potatoes
Be sure to come hungry if you’re craving cocido!

5. Go Shopping

It’s no secret that Spain is a shopper’s paradise. With everything from iconic international brands to tiny, charming local boutiques, you’ll find anything you could possibly want here in Madrid.

If you’ll be visiting Madrid in February, even better: you’ll be here right during the heart of winter rebajas, Spain’s semi-annual sales period offering unbeatable deals nearly everywhere.

Where to begin, though? The ritzy Salamanca neighborhood is often hailed as Madrid’s best shopping hub, home to glitzy European labels, tiny independent designers and everything in between. Another excellent option nearby is trendy Chueca, with scores of great locally owned boutiques.

6. Eat Cake

On a chilly day in Madrid in February, there’s not much better than ducking into a cozy cafe for a sweet pick-me-up. Luckily, we’re spoiled for choice here in the capital, with literally dozens of fabulous cafes, bakeries, and pastry shops offering mouthwatering sweet treats. Order a frothy cappuccino and a slice of homemade cake to enjoy as you crack open a good book or sit and people-watch.

Overhead shot of two slices of cake with berries on white plates and two lattes.
Few things in life can beat the simple pleasure of enjoying coffee and cake in a cozy cafe. Photo credit: Oksana Kurochkina

7. See the Almond Blossoms

One of the most beautiful things to see in Madrid in February are the gorgeous almond blossoms that spring into bloom in the latter half of the month. Many Madrid parks like Quinta de los Molinos and Parque del Capricho are full of bright almond trees that make for the perfect early-spring photo op.

Pale pink almond flowers blooming on a tree against a bright blue sky.
Don’t miss the gorgeous almond blossoms in February and March! Photo credit: David Ceballos

Madrid in February FAQs

What should I pack for Madrid in February?

Think in terms of layers: February temperatures in Madrid can be quite mild and sunny during the day, but still get quite chilly, especially mornings and evenings. Be sure to keep a hat, scarf, and gloves handy, though you may not need them all the time.

Is February a good time to visit Madrid?

February is a quiet time of year in Madrid as far as tourism goes. However, this just makes it easier to explore the city with fewer crowds! Temperatures can also be a bit chilly, but are generally starting to warm up from earlier in the winter.

Update Notice: This post was originally published on January 22, 2016 and was updated with new text and photos on April 12, 2021.

3 Comment

  1. Kate says
    January 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Great list! Can’t wait to give a few of these a try next month!

  2. February 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Going to Visit Madrid next week as I don’t know much about it so I was looking for a blog to know the best things to there thanks for this information. As Know I know What to do there.

    1. Devour Tours says
      February 14, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Thanks for reading, Jagjit! We’re glad our blog was helpful. Enjoy Madrid!

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