St Patrick’s Day is celebrated the world over so why not choose a weekend in Madrid to show your love for the Emerald Isle. There are countless Irish bars throughout the city and you can be sure that, come 17 March, they’ll all be making their presence felt.
And with flights to Madrid offering great value, there’s no better time to pay a visit!
Madrid’s Irish bars
La Ardosa is one of the oldest Irish bars in Madrid, boasting the oldest Guinness tap in the city and claims to have been the first to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Finnegan’s celebrates the day with a special menu of Irish food while many others serve up an offering of live music to accompany a pint of the black stuff.
The morning after
Just as night follows day, so a hangover follows St Patrick’s Day, and what better way to deal with it than by taking a stroll around Retiro Park. Once a palace garden, the park offers a boating lake and cafe bars as well as Punch and Judy shows and candy floss stalls for the kids.
Pay a visit to El Rastro, a huge outdoor market that is one of Madrid’s most popular tourist attractions while one of the world’s most famous art museums, the Prado, offers masterpieces from the 12th to the 19th Century.
The newly constructed Suites Viena Hotel Madrid offers a good base for your St Patrick’s Day stay or perhaps try Hotel Suites 33, located in the Barrio de Palacio. Based in the heart of Madrid, the hotel’s helpful, friendly staff can advise you on the must see sights or where to go for car hire in Madrid. Alternatively, Petit Palace Ducal Chueca offers free bicycle rent and hydro massage showers to help you deal with your St Patrick’s Day excesses!