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San Isidro in Madrid

San Isidro in Madrid

Feria of San Isidro in Madrid, Bulls and Rosquillas. 

Each 15th of May in Madrid are celebrated the festivities of San Isidro, the patron of Madrid, and during five days the locals take to the streets to celebrate their pilgrimage in the Pradera of San Isidro, and to enjoy music, the dancing and the Madrid cuisine in the gardens of the Vistillas.

The day before the party, in the streets of downtown Madrid you can hear the excitement of the parade of Giants, announcing the arrival of the Proclamation that occurs on the afternoon of the 14th in the Plaza de la Villa.

On the morning of the 15th, the festival of San Isidro begins , procession and Mass in honor of the saint, with the tradition of drinking water from the well where San Isidro worked during one of his most important miracles. The son of San Isidro Labrador, had fallen into the well, and his father through prayer managed to make the waters rise and therefore, freeing him from drowning. The Mass of the Bell is celebrated at 12am.

Concerts and festivals are held every day in the meadow of San Isidro from the 14th to the 18th with performances for children and adults and orchestras and shows so that the girls and the boys can dance the "chotis" dressed in their traditional costumes, and show for one day the openness and the sassy nature of most traditional Madrilenians.

Every day in the meadow you will be able to taste great dishes from the community, such as the Madrid stew or tripes. In the stalls you can try specialties such as gallinejas and other intricacies with a good beer. You can also take the tortilla (potato omelet) from home to share with a good glass of wine or a glass of beer with your friends and family.

For snacking, another San Isidro traditions is typical Holy donut, the “smart” ones with a hole and sugar and the "dumb" ones with sugar but without hole. Today you can find lemon, chocolate and more modern variations. Another typical San Isidro sweet these days is the wafer, and its fun roulette.

San Isidro festivities cannot be complete without bulls, since two weeks before May 15th and until early June are held every day at the Monumental Plaza de las Ventas, different bullfights, with less experienced toreadors “novilleros” to more experienced “toreros”, that give fame to more prestigious bullfighting festival worldwide.

The fair of San Isidro is a unique spectacle for fans of bullfighting, by bringing together the most recognized figures in the bullfighting roster of the moment, the best farms, all in an iconic scene of Spanish bullfighting in the center of the capital.

Between the San Isidro bullfights, we need to highlight two bullfights for their importance and tradition, the bullfight of La Prensa and the Charity bullfight, were you will surely find someone from the Royal House.

Another show worth seeing live are the zarzuela concerts that are represented in the Plaza de la Villa, or in the Plaza Mayor, the so called "opera girl" for its more popular and folkloric character that brings joy to the nights of San Isidro.

But if the zarzuela is not your musical genre, you can choose between different rock concerts that take place daily in the Vistillas or Pradera of San Isidro, from 9 to 12 at night.

To end each day at midnight, the skies of Madrid fill with color with the nights of fire and music in the gardens of Retiro, to end the 18th with a large fireworks display on the Prairie of San Isidro.


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