August is summer vacation time for most Spaniards, and Madrid slows down its pace with less traffic jams and business activity, but greatly increases the action in terms of traditional feasts and festivals.
The best known are the Fiestas de La Latina, and La Paloma, held on a public holiday, on August 15.
Thousands of locals and tourists, many dressed in the typical costumes, called Chulapas for the women, and Chulapos the men, fill the streets of La Latina area, the old part of town, near where the Rastro flea market is held on Sundays. Plaza de la Cebada, Plaza de la Paja, Puerta de Moros, San Francisco, etc., are the most typical sites where this feast is held.
The best known festivals are San Cayetano, held from 6 to 8 of August. Fiestas de San Lorenzo, from 9 to 11 of August, culminating with the Fiesta de La Paloma, from the 13 to August 17.
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