Madrid hot air balloon ride

Allow yourself to experience panoramic views of the Spain capital, a bird’s eye view of some medieval squares and the chance to spot from the sky some of the great monuments in Madrid.

This is a marvelous opportunity to make your visit to Spain a memorable, a once in a lifetime occasion, moving with the wind on a great, relaxing and peaceful journey with no noise apart from the quiet whisper from the burner and the sounds from the countryside below.

Madrid hot air balloon ride


Hot air balloon ride, a safe way to fly

Ballooning is the oldest form of flying. Since the first flights in 1783, the hot air balloon remained almost unchanged, although its technology and materials have advanced significantly in time. Today, riding a balloon is no longer a flight into the unknown, but one of the safest ways of flying.

Who invented the first hot air balloon?

In 1783, two French brothers showed up a new invention – the hot air balloon – to a crowd in Annonay, France. Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier have experimented before with some lighter-than-air devices after they noticed that heated air directed to a bag made that bag rise. After several tests, the brothers decided to demonstrate their invention in public.

How was the hot air balloon?

The Montgolfiers brothers made up a balloon out of silk. This balloon had about 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter and they launched it (with nobody aboard) from the marketplace in their village according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The first hot air balloon rose between 5,200 and 6,600 feet (1,600 to 2,000 m) and remained in the air about 10 minutes while it was traveling. This was the first hot air balloon flight in history.



These two guys thought that it was the smoke that helped their balloon to rise. So, they initially filled the balloon with dense smoke. Then they realized that what was rising the hot air balloon was the hot air.

An interesting fact: The first public flight of a hot air balloon was in 1783, in Annonay, France. That balloon rose to a height of 1,000 meters, and went up in the air about 2 km.

The first hot air balloon has been destroyed when landing by some local peasants because it was flying over and landed in their fields.

Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
The hot air balloon in 1783

The French brothers Joseph and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier are the inventors of the hot air balloon


The invention of hot air balloons became successful for some scientific reasons. A long time ago research informed that cold air is heavier than the warmer air. So, if you put a flame that lights the area underneath the balloon, the air in it becomes very hot. Besides, the air that surrounds the balloon is colder and it has more weight and density that the air inside it. This difference of temperature makes possible for the balloon to rise.

Madrid hot air balloon ride
Madrid hot air balloon ride

To have some fun, you can have your own homemade hot air balloon on a small scale. For instance, you can recreate the hot air heating part and the gondola with a candle and aluminum foil. Grab two separate rolls of aluminum foil and then tape a candle in the middle of this structure you just joined. Then place a bag over it and when the candle is lit, the bag will rise due to the heat.


About the hot air balloon basket

The basket is the bottom part of the balloon. This part carries the passengers, pilot and propane gas cylinders. Baskets come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, some can even carry 20 or more people!

The basket must be very strong as a structure as it is constantly on the move. In order to be easier to handle, the flexibility of the cane helps with the balloon landing as wicker material flexes a little, absorbing some of the impact energy.

Madrid hot air balloon ride
Madrid hot air balloon ride


Our Hot Air Balloon Experience from Madrid is the ideal adventure for those looking to take part in an old tradition and see Spain from a completely unique point. You’ll experience the oldest form of flight with an expert guide, and making memories that will last a lifetime.

Have your camera ready to capture the most stunning scenario you can imagine

During the trip you take in the hot air balloon tour, a ground team follows the balloon by car and it maintains the contact with the balloonist, so it´s all very safe.

This hot air balloon ride that takes place near Madrid ends with the return to the starting point. This experience will be one of your favorites, trust our word for that!

Madrid hot air balloon ride
Madrid hot air balloon ride


Taking a Madrid hot air balloon ride is definitely an amazing and different experience to try. You should know that the balloon ride always starts in the early morning hours, because this hot air balloon ride depends on the wind and in the morning the wind is always better.

When the hot air balloon is set up, you’ll get into the basket and then enjoy its gentle flight over Madrid and some other cities nearby. Be ready to look forward to spectacular views over these cities in the golden morning sunlight and to enjoy the beautiful landscapes.

Madrid hot air balloon ride
Madrid hot air balloon ride


By taking this hot air balloon ride, you will live a unique experience in the sky of the capital of Spain. If you want to go up to the sky in a balloon and contemplate wonderful views, sign up for this unique adventure to enjoy with family and friends. We are waiting for you!

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