When people think about Spain, they think in Madrid. Madrid is a fantastic city not only for its architectural beauty but also for its almost limitless activities that you can do with a little money. Madrid keeps you busy no matter if it is during the night or during the day, it is possible to choose between its gastronomic attractions, beautiful green spaces, monuments, culture, history and art.
If you are going to Madrid and want to make the most of your stay by watching and doing as much as you can, you are lucky because in this post we will give you a list of places where you can enjoy your stay cheaply.
Explore the old town of Madrid
Castles, monasteries, ancient churches, but above all streets full of magic. This is the most historic district of Madrid (Madrid de Los Austrias) and it’s in the old town. It is an ideal place to get lost. In this part of Madrid, there are shops with history and artisan workshops that give even more colour to their streets.
Visit the Museo del Prado
If you are a fan of the artistic paintings and you want to see the largest art gallery in the world, you have to visit the Museo del Prado. This museum opened its doors in 1819 and now contains more than 8,000 works of art. The best time to visit is before five in the afternoon when it is not so full. If you wish you can also participate in the free educational activities offered inside.
Free from Monday to Saturday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Sundays and holidays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Learn about art, science and Spanish culture in the “Ateneo de Madrid”
The Athenaeum was founded in 1835 and in this building there is the second largest library of Spain. Although you have to be a member to study in the library, everyone can attend the numerous concerts, exhibitions, conferences, series of screenings and works that are done during the year paying a small amount.
You will love Retiro’s Park
If you need to detoxify your mind of technology a walk through El Retiro is what you are looking for. This beautiful 18th-century style gardens together with the wildlife of the park will give you the relaxation you need.
In addition, you will find different buildings that exhibit modern and very interesting art. If art is not your thing, you can also find various activities like exhibitions, concerts, street performers and fortune tellers in the park.
La Zarzuela’s theatre
La Zarzuela is a Spanish musical theatre where you can listen to the classical Spanish music par excellence and you can enjoy it at its best. This is a beautiful 19th-century theatre with live musicians, dozens of performers, top-notch singers, magnificent performances and reasonable prices.
Even if you do not understand any Spanish, you will love the music, costumes, sets and dances.
The cheapest and best food in Madrid: The San Miguel Market
If you want to have an experience of Spanish tourist cuisine try visiting Mercado de San Miguel. In this traditional market, you can experience the best food tasting but sometimes is a little bit expensive, is aim to tourist.
There is a wide variety of products: sausages, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, seafood, chocolates, frozen yoghurt, juices, sangria, wines, etc, all with a delicious flavour and very fresh.
The Microteatro despite being a new invention has become a resounding success and is one of the most popular sites in Madrid today. In this Microteatro five plays are made simultaneously. A curious fact of this Microteatro is that previously it was a brothel.
The plays have a duration of 15 minutes and are worth 4€ each, with several presentations per day. As it is always full, especially on weekends, you have to arrive early, because the tickets sell out quickly.
The best gastronomic experience in Lavapiés
Imagine a place where you go to eat every day and every day you will find a different kind of food to enjoy. This place does not only exist in your imagination it also exists in the Lavapiés neighbourhood. This neighbourhood has the curious merit of having 50% of its population of foreign descent; this makes it a place where you will find all kinds of food.
From Chinese, Moroccan, Thai to Indian, Greek or Cuban food: good food for little money. It is best to go at night when there is a good atmosphere of bars, tapas, terraces and multiculturalism.
Free tour guides of flamenco and tapas
If you want to experience the full Spanish culture you’ll need some experienced travellers to show you the best places in Madrid, as the free tours of flamenco and tapas. The free tour guides of flamenco and tapas will show you the true flamenco’s atmosphere in a local way, going to the places that the locals go for a few beers, accompanied by some good tapas, while you listen to a flamenco’s group playing the guitar and playing the palms.