The holiday season in Spain doesn’t end when January 1st rolls around. There are so many things to do all month long. Spain’s beautiful capital is a great place to spend the first month of 2020 as a whole. When Christmas ends ( after January 7th) Madrid becomes quieter and its a nice and calm period for those who prefer to avoid the tourist rush and enjoy their walk around the center, the famous Plaza Mayor and the attractions like the Crystal Palace, Almudena Cathedral. Here you will find what to do in Madrid for a perfect start to your year.
Roscón de Reyes
In early January people in Madrid go crazy for the special Three Kings cake, roscón de Reyes. It’s a ring-shaped cake which is a sweet bread decorated with colorful candied fruits and inside usually has chocolate cream. On January 6 is the best breakfast, dessert or snack to taste. But be careful when you eat it because there are two surprises inside the cake! If you get the piece with the small king you are the king or the queen of the party and you have to wear the crown that most of the cakes come with, but if you are not that lucky and you get the bean you have to pay for the cake according to the tradition. This definitely would be a funny experience.
Snow in Navacerrada
If you cant imagine your winter without snow don’t cross Madrid yet out of your list. You can do a day trip out to Puerto de Navacerrada which is a ski resort away in the scenic Guadarrama mountains and is one great option for what to do in Madrid in January if you like snow and sports. It is less than an hour north of the city and it is better to do the trip by car because you can see better the great views but if it's not possible there are also trains from the city.
Take a walk through Retiro Park
Madrid´s Retiro Park is like you are in a fairytale and you will enjoy a lot your walk there especially on a mild sunny winter´s day which are most of the days like that in January, also, you can see the exhibitions in the Palacio de Velázquez and the Palacio de Cristal which is located against all the bare trees with frosted tips and it looks magical in the winter is a perfect sight to take some amazing photos.
Museo National del Prado
If you are very interested in traditional art the Museo de Prado exhibits the world´s most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries and is located in central Madrid. You will enjoy a lot your visit in January as there are not many tourists and would be better. The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sites in the world.
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