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Copyright Aida Pascual

Last updated: 07 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

During June and July, the focus is on photography in Madrid with events and exhibitions popping up at museums, galleries and bookshops all over the city. Grab your camera and join in with one of the biggest cultural events in Spain, which attracts professionals and enthusiasts from across the globe.

The programme includes exhibitions, competitions, workshops and talks by internationally renowned photographers. Events spill out onto the streets, particularly along Paseo de la Castellana and Calle Huertas.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
Frequency: annually
When: June-July
Duration: 8 weeks

Getting there & doing it

Events are held at more than 70 venues across the city. The complete catalogue of events – with exhibition details and a festival map – is downloadable via the festival website. Most of the city’s major art museums and venues will have dedicated exhibitions, so wander freely at your will. Tickets are available from individual venues, but aren’t required for most of the events.

When to do it

The festival takes place over eight weeks from early June to late July.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Mayerling Hotel

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

Four-star fixtures at two-star prices – a budget but stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Madrid.

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Gran Hotel Ingles

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

This swanky, pampering Art Deco hotel in the heart of Old Madrid has a rich history and design to die for.

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Hostal Gala

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

A great budget choice – this modern-day hostel housed in an elegant, 19th-century building has chic rooms and the perfect central location.

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Hotel Unico Madrid

Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

An intimate, expensively furnished townhouse in Madrid’s most upmarket neighbourhood, with boutiques and galleries nearby.

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