After months of rain, summer is finally here and with temperatures warm enough to sit outside, it’s time to embrace Madrid’s terraza culture. Spain delivers when it comes to a good climate, and sitting outside and enjoying it is one of the many things I love about living here.
Olavide is a round square that features lovely planting, plenty of benches, a cooling fountain and several playgrounds for children with all the usual slides, swings and climbing frames. It’s one of my favourite places between May and October, but nothing stops Madrileños sitting outside all year! It is leafy, pedestrianised and completely circled by bars and restaurants with large popular terrazas – find a spot and settle down for an evening of typically Spanish food, drink, people watching and a good busker too if you’re lucky!
It can be easy to spend a lot of money when you are on holiday, so I think finding some cheap and cheerful places where you can spend a few hours without spending a fortune is always welcome. Classic sharing menus, such as a large mixed salad and a whole potato omelette are a good deal, for example. Add a some “tinto con casera” (red wine and white lemonade) to the mix, and you’ll be all set for lunchtime like a local in Spain’s capital!
I’ve spent many happy hours here with friends, kids and colleagues, and it’s one of the most laid-back places you’ll find in central Madrid.