10 Free Things to Do in Madrid, Spain
The capital city of Spain and 5th largest European city in terms of population, Madrid is waiting for you to discover its cultural secrets and many amazing and unique attractions. Unfortunately, some of these attractions cost money to enter, but not all of them. In order to avoid making a dent in your travel funds consider visiting the attractions listed below. They are completely free to attend and for you to both, admire and capture on film, for an everlasting memory of the heart of the country.
1) Puerto del Sol, Madrid
This large, vibrant and bustling square is located in central Madrid and is home to two monuments, and absolutely must not be missed. The first is the large, colourful and unmissable Tio Pepe sign. To see it simply look up. The second is a beautiful statue of a standing bear leaning against a strawberry tree. This is the official Coat of Arms of Madrid and deserves an epic selfie. The Great Bear has been the motif used to represented the council of Madrid since 1212.
2) Museo del Prado, Madrid
The most popular art gallery in all the city, Museo del Prado, is located at Paseo del Prado s/n, 28014 Madrid. It is home to some of Spain’s greatest works of art. For any art lover or fan of Spain this is a fantastic place to get a taste of past Spanish culture. Free entry has limited hours. To take full advantage of this you need to visit:
- Monday to Saturday, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
- Sunday, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
3) Museo Taurino, Madrid
If you can’t attend an actual bullfight, consider visiting the next best thing, is the bullfighting museum. Entry is always free and will also provide you with extensive knowledge about this popular spectacle and displays intriguing apparatus about the historical sport.
4) Panteon de Goya, Madrid
After Pablo Picasso, perhaps the most famous Spanish painter is Francisco de Goya. His career flourished in the late 18th century as he became the official painter to a variety of kings, such as Charles IV of Spain. His most ell know masterpiece the clothed and nude ‘Majas’ can be viewed in the Museo Prado Prado (1). But many other pieces can be viewed, for free, at his burial place – Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, 5 28008.
5) Palacio Real, Madrid
Normally, it is €10-€11 to enter depending on the season. However, free entry into the Palacio Real is available for EU and Latin American citizens, Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (October to March) and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (April to September). Take your national ID card, passport or driver’s licence as proof when you visit. It is also free admittance, for everyone, on May 18, which is International Museum Day.
6) Anden O, Madrid
If you are looking for something a little different, and want to start your day later than usual, visit the re-opened underground train station Anden O. It is now a free museum that opens at 11 a.m.
7) El Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid
The most magnificent public park in Madrid is found in city centre, only steps away from the busy city streets. Stroll through the park with a full battery in your camera because there is lots to see and enjoy. You can admire the lake, tree displays, chapel ruins and the glass palace. All are absolutely free!
8) Museo Tiflológico, Madrid
If you love visiting museums but hate their no touch policy, visit Museo Tiflológico. This interesting and different museum is designed for the blind, but everyone is welcome. So enjoy a free morning or afternoon discovering more about Spain with this fun twist.
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9) Templo de Debod, Madrid
Located within Parque del Oeste is an incredible gift from Egypt, well worth the hike to see it. The Egyptian temple, originally stood in the Egyptian town of Debod, but now proudly stands looking out over a spectacular view. While, it is free to visit and admire, don’t enter the water as patrolling security may give you a fine.
10) Museo de Reina Sofia, Madrid
The modern museum has free admittance during limited times. Here you can see the original masterpiece ‘the Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso and ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Hieronymus Bosch. Visit during:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday – 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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