Avoiding the heat in Madrid

Old Jun 15th, 2004, 02:30 AM
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Avoiding the heat in Madrid

I am going to Madrid in mid-July for a couple of days. I would never normally go on a city break in the summer because I am not the biggest fan of the heat but I found such a good deal and because I am a smoker (I know - boo, hiss..) I couldn't resist the chance to stock up on cheap cigarettes.

Anyway, my question quite simply is where can I go to cool down... i.e. air con places to visit and air con restaurants??

I have been to Madrid before, so am flexible about where I visit this time. Any suggestions welcome. Thank you.
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Old Jun 15th, 2004, 06:44 AM
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ttt...
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Old Jun 30th, 2004, 03:13 AM
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Topping once more... just in case!!
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Old Jun 30th, 2004, 08:38 AM
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Yes, it was HOT in Madrid when I visited in July! Museums are always a cool place to take refuge...and many have nice cafes to linger. There are many wonderful ones: Reina Sofia, the Prado, the small but wonderful Museo de Sorolla (Spanish Impressionist...charming home and studio). I brought a plastic mister bottle with fan and it was heaven sent while walking outside. I also had a fold up paper fan that I used while inside.
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Old Jul 1st, 2004, 08:05 AM
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Did you notice that it broke 50C (122F) in Sevilla yesterday, the 30th of June. You can expect it to be rather warm by the time you reach Madrid in mid-July when the average temperature is always in the upper digits. That's one reason those who can leave Madrid from late July through August. Take some sun screen. As far as finding relief from the heat, you may have to spend your days, and nights, in the El Cotre Inglés.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2004, 07:31 AM
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I am in Madrid now. The temps reached 110 F in the past few days and tour guides are saying they normally get this type of weather in mid-July so expect the heat. Humidity is not so bad and some are ok with that but you'll be looking to be indoors in a museum, store, hotel. Plan your outings well so you'll have places to go and not be wandering around in the heat. Especially in the summer, there is quite a good reason for siesta!
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Old Jul 3rd, 2004, 09:14 AM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I am beginning to regret my decision to go in July, even though it was a complete bargain. At least my hotel has air-con. I am stsying at Best Western Atlantico - has anyone stayed there?

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I was thinking of your query as I was stuck in traffic on the I-5 going to San Diego. Good ways to beat the heat in Madrid: gazpacho
sangria
and the best...limon sorbet with either cava or vodka!! That will cool you off,guaranteed!
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Old Jul 5th, 2004, 12:58 AM
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Thanks Andeesue - love the limon sorbet with vodka idea, where do i go to get that?

Today is 35 degrees in Madrid, but down to 24 by Friday - yea!!

Off on 15th, hope it stays cooler by then!!
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Old Jul 12th, 2004, 12:08 AM
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Boo hoo 36 degrees C on Friday...
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