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 brothers demonstrated their invention – the hot air balloon – before a crowd of dignitaries in Annonay, France. Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier experimented with lighter-than-air devices after observing that heated air directed into a paper or fabric bag made the bag rise. After several successful tests, the brothers decided to publicly demonstrate their invention.

How was the hot air balloon?

The Montgolfiers brothers built a balloon made of silk that was 33 feet (10 meters) in diameter and launched it (with nobody aboard) from the marketplace according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The balloon rose to between 5,200 and 6,600 feet (1,600 to 2,000 m) and stayed in the air for 10 minutes, traveling more than a mile (about 2 kilometers). This was the first hot air balloon flight in history.



French brothers, Joseph and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier  invented the hot air balloon

They first thought that smoke provided the lift for their balloon. So, they filled their balloon with smoke from a fire of straw and humidified wool from old shoes. The denser the smoke, the better, they thought. Only later they realized that it was the hot air provided by the fire that mattered, not the smoke.

The first public demonstrated flight of a hot air balloon took place on 4 June 1783, in Annonay, France. The balloon rose to a height of 1,000 meters, and traversed a distance of two kilometers approx. It was made of cloth, lined with paper, coated with alum as fireproofing, and its segments held together by about 2,000 buttons.

The first hot air balloon was destroyed on landing by local peasants who were alarmed by the highly unusual fact of it flying over and landing in their fields.

Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
in 1783, the hot air balloon


The invention of hot air balloons is successful due to basic scientific reasoning. Research reveal that cold air is heavier than warmer air. When a flame lights the area underneath the balloon, it becomes very hot because the air is trapped. The air surrounding the balloon is colder and has more weight and density. This discrepancy allows the air contained within the balloon to rise and float along the cooler air source.

Madrid hot air balloon ride
Madrid hot air balloon ride

In order to make a hot air balloon fly, an opening (called a throat or a mouth) must be left at the bottom of the balloon shape for the hot air’s entrance. Besides, a burner must be fixed to the opening above the basket. The burner creates a flame that is usually sustained via a liquid gas called propane.

As a learning experiment, you can make a hot air balloon on a small scale. For example, the hot air heating property and gondola could be recreated via a candle and some aluminum foil. If you get two separate rolls of aluminum foil and then tapes the candle in the center of these joined structures, this will work as a stand-in for the structures. And for example, a bag can be placed over the device to serve as the balloon, so when the candle is lit, the bag will rise.


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 hot air balloon tour, a ground team follows the balloon by car and maintains the contact with the balloonist.

The hot air balloon ride 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


The Madrid hot air balloon ride is an amazing and different experience. The balloon ride always starts in the early morning hours, since the hot air balloon ride depends on the wind and in the morning, the meteorological conditions are perfect.

As soon as the hot air balloon is set up, you’ll get into the basket and enjoy the gentle flight with the balloon over Madrid and some other cities nearby. Look forward to spectacular views over the cities in the golden morning sunlight and 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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