In early August a colourful festival in honour of the Blessed Virgin of Paloma takes place in the La Latina district of Madrid.
Dressed in costumes, the people parade through the streets of La Latina and stage folkloric dances and play live music. In the evening many bars and cafes turn into live-music venues, where the locals celebrate until the early hours.
Explore Madrid in a hire car and get immersed in the unique atmosphere of this city. At the Verbena de la Paloma festival you can experience the warm hospitality of the Madrilenians. From the car rental office in Madrid it is often just a short hop to discover the best haunts of the city.
Car excursions: Madrid and the Royal Palace of Aranjuez
About 50 kilometres south of Madrid lies the famous Royal Palace of Aranjuez.
Not only is this the scene for Schiller's play Don Carlos, but it also inspired many other artists to literary and musical masterpieces. Particularly in the summer, when Madrid is very hot, many visitors come to the idyllic park on the Rio Tajo aka River Tagus.
In a hire car picked up in Madrid visit and experience the most beautiful destinations in and around the city. Under the Spanish sun, drive along beautiful country roads, discover romantic villages and admire breath-taking landscapes. Just hop into your hire car and start exploring.
El Rastro de Madrid: shopping with a difference in Madrid
Every Sunday merchants congregate in El Rastro, the flea market of Madrid, to showcase their goods in colourful stalls along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. Fashion, art, antiques, leather goods and much more are on offer here. Many lesser-known designers or specialist artisans use El Rastro to find customers for their often unusual products. Of course, the small shops in this hip district also open, as do the bars and cafes - all in all it is a vibrant corner of Madrid that tempts visitors to linger, look and pick up a bargain. From the car rental office in Madrid you can reach the market by driving in the direction of La Latina. If you feel like discovering the “real” Madrid in your hire car, you will be in the right place at El Rastro. Fashion lovers, especially, will be in their element and even in seventh heaven in the presence of such an eclectic array of inexpensive designer fashion.