• Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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Things to do in Madrid for Free

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Madrid is the beautiful capital city of Spain and it can be found right in the centre of the country. The city of Madrid is always bustling, both day and night, with plenty to see and do here throughout the whole day. Whether you are after art and culture, shopping, nightlife or just a relaxing few days away, Madrid has it all. This metropolitan capital is an ideal choice for a European city break at any time of year regardless of your budget. But if the purse-strings are a bit tight on your trip then a look at some of the great things on offer in Madrid for free!

Free Museums In Madrid

Things to do in Madrid for FreeArt and museums are a huge part of city life in Madrid and its many museums will be busy all week with both tourists and locals. The two most popular and probably well-known museums in the city are the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. You can easily spend a day, if not longer, in both of these museums with all the famous and breathtaking art on display. Entry to the Reina Sofia is normally €6 on general admission, but free entry is worth waiting for and is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 9pm, Saturdays 2.30pm - 9pm and Sundays 10am - 2.30pm (closed on Tuesdays). The Prado Museum also does free admission at 6 - 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday and 5 - 8pm on Sundays. There are also a lot of other museums and art exhibitions on display around the city, many of which offer free admission at times, so do your research on free entry times before you go.

Free Parks In Madrid

Things to do in Madrid for FreeMadrid is regarded as a 'Green Capital' due to the large amount of public parks the city houses. The most popular of these is the Buen Retiro Park which lies in the centre of the city. This beautiful park has a lake, many trees and gardens, the Palacio de Cristal and many monuments. Many people flock to the park on hot Madrid summer days for a brief respite from the city. The Buen Retiro Park is a popular choice all year around for relaxing in, taking a stroll or a jog, and also for a chance to row some boats around the little lake it houses.

Parque de Ouste is another of Madrid's top choices when it comes to parks. This park is within close proximity to the popular Plaza de Espana and is beside the Egyptian temple Templo de Debod. There are some amazing views on offer here and offers a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

Free Squares In Madrid

Things to do in Madrid for FreeOne of the best things about Madrid is the many squares or 'Plaza's' that are around the city. These squares are a great place to spend some downtown and just watch the world go by! Whether you want to perch yourself by a cafe table or on the side of a fountain or large monument, these areas are always busy with people on sunny days and fine evenings. Puerta del Sol is a busy area where you will find many locals, tourists, street entertainers and shoppers all week. Its fountains and monuments make it an interesting square to stroll through, or to sit in and relax.

Plaza Mayor is also another great square for the above. This square is enclosed with beautiful architecture that you could spend hours walking around and examining. There are also plenty of cafes with outdoor seating available and the atmosphere here on a fine evening is second to none.

Free Historic Buildings In Madrid

Things to do in Madrid for FreeThe architecture of Madrid is a mix of old and new throughout. There are some historic and dated buildings alongside some new and contemporary ones. Many of the historic buildings are worth a visit with lots more to see inside. These include the Palacio Real which is Madrid's Royal Palace. This stunning palace dates from the eighteenth century and although it is no longer a royal residence, it is still used for state occasions. There are over 2,000 rooms in the Palacio Real and many of these are open to the public The Reception Room and the State Apartments are two of the best areas on the tour and are a must see. There are various admission fees to the Palacio Real, but if you are there on a Wednesday it's free.

Another building that is a must see is the Catedral de Santa Maria le Real de la Almudena - the main cathedral of the city. This building is quite modern as it was not fully completed until 1993, over a century after it was first begun. The cathedral is open to the public for free daily, but is closed to tourists during mass times.


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By:  Tracy Lynch




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