What are the free things to do in Madrid?

What are some of the interesting things to do for free in Madrid?

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15 free things to do in Madrid

1. Free walking tour

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2. Madrid’s Royal Palace

If you are in Madrid mid-week, then allocate Wednesday for visiting the Palace as the entry is free. If you are a European citizen then on weekdays from 4 to 6 pm from October to March and 6 to 8 pm from April to September, the entry is free.
Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Website

3. Plaza Mayor and Puerta del sol

One of the beautiful squares in Madrid, Plaza Mayor is rectangular and surrounded by stunningly designed residential buildings. Not far from this square is the Puerta del sol. Both the squares are popular tourist attractions and best place from where you can imbibe the culture of Madrid.
Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid

4. Madrid Artwalk

Madrid is home to some of Europe's most famous museums. Along the stretch of just over one kilometer, you'll find three prominent museums - the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum. All the museums have free admission, check their respective websites. You can get more details on how to visit Prado museum for free in this post.
Paseo del Arte, Madrid. Website

5. Museo Taurino

This museum dedicated to the sport of bullfighting has interesting collection of bulfighting costume, history, and much more. Entry to the museum is free.
Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid, Website

6. Anden

Fancy visiting an offbeat place in Madrid? Then, this metro station turned museum will be ideal. It was closed in 1966, later restored, and now opened as a museum. The ground floor has a modern spiral staircase and a glass elevator. Through a historical film, the background of the metro station is well explained.Entry is free on all days.
Plaza de Chamberí, s/n, 28010 Madrid Website

7. El Parque del Buen Retiro

A massive public park that comprises of a lake, galleries, sculptures and monuments, artificial mountain, rose garden, and much more. It is an ideal way to explore and spend peaceful time in Madrid, for absolutely no cost.
Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid

8. Madrid Local Markets

Squeeze in some time to check out the open flea market on weekdays held in various parts of the city where you can shop till you drop for products new and old. In particular, do not miss the El Rastro flea market, the largest flea market in Spain. It is held every Sunday from 9am to 3pm in the historic center of Madrid. Also, do not forget to visit the local markets of Madrid.

9. Templo de Debod

Perched on a small hill in between Rio Manzanares and Plaza de España is the 4th century BC Egyptian temple that was brought to Madrid in 1971. The temple was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government for assisting Egypt during the construction of the Aswan Dam. Entry to the temple and the surrounding lovely park is free. Don't miss watching the sunset at the temple.
Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008, Madrid

10. Stroll along Gran Via

Gran Via is one of the most famous boulevards linking the popular plazas in Madrid. Stroll down the road to do some window shopping and admire the buildings on both sides of the road.

11. Caixaforum Madrid

Right next to the big 3 museums is Caxiaforum famous for its architecture and the living wall outside the building. You can go in to admire many of the exhibits for free.
Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid. Website

12. El Tigre

Twenty years back it was common for bars to offer tapas free with every drink. However, not many bars maintain that tradition. Luckily, El Tigre still does. Order a beer for 2,50€ and receive tapas for free.
Calle Infantas 30, 28004 Madrid

13 Stunning view of Madrid

Madrid is an attractive city. To admire the skyline of Madrid, head to the top floor El Corte Inglés at Plaza del Callao. One of the best rooftop views of Madrid accessible for free.

14. Madrid Rio Park

A huge and beautiful park along the bank of Manzanares river with plenty of sports and recreation amenities. Perfect place for cycling and walking along landscaped gardens and stunning bridges.

15. Matadero

Former slaughter house now converted into a cultural center. Most of the events and exhibitions organized at Matadero are free. Check the official website to know what's going on.

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Things to do for free on Sunday in Madrid

1. Museums

On Sundays entry is free at the following hours
Prado : 5pm – 7pm
Reina Sofia Museum : 1:30 - 7:00 p.m
National Archaeology Museum and Museo de América : All day

2. El Rastro Market

El Rastro, Madrid's most famous flea market is held in La Latina on Sundays until 3 pm.

3. Concerts

Canal Foundation hosts free concerts on Sundays. Café Jazz Populart also hosts many free shows on Sundays. You also have free concerts or exhibitions hosted at Cuartel del Conde-Duque

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What to do for free at night?

Madrid is known for its buzzing nightlife. Unfortunately, there are limited options for those looking out for free options. Here are some interesting ideas

  • Madrid hosts many international nightclubs. Most of them do have a hefty cover charge. However, some are free. For instance, Tupperware waives cover charges for early birds. You can get more ideas from this article written by students of Madrid university.
  • Flamenco shows are your best bet for nightlife in Madrid. However, most of the performance has an entry fee. Book a ticket to the show and avoid having expensive dinner at the tablao.
  • Madrid has the highest concentration of bars anywhere in the world. The ones which are easy on the pocket is found in areas like Malasaña, Alonso Martinez, Arguelles and Chueca.
  • Often there are many concerts and shows that are free. Get hold of the latest edition of Time Out for the listing
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Free child friendly attractions in Madrid

If you are travelling with children, you might want to explore following child-friendly activities, all available for free:

1. Parks

Madrid has some of the best parks: Retiro Park, Madrid Rio, Casa de Campo and Juan Carlos I Park. Of the lot, Madrid Rio has many free entertainment for kids like playgrounds, splash pads, big slides, skating rink and bike trails.

2. Planetarium

The entry is free but the planetarium looks outdated. It is going in for a major renovation and hopefully, the new avatar will be more engrossing for children.

3. Juvenalia

Madrid city administration runs children focused festival Juvenalia. During the festival, you will have many shows, workshops and educational and cultural activities for children from 0 to 12 years.

4. Parque Europa

Little away from Madrid at Torrejon De Ardoz but definitely worth the trip. The park has replicas of many of the world's famous monuments and a large children play area. Entry to the park is free on all days.

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In Madrid, Museums and most of the attractions are free for students aged 18-25. You should get your student ID from your college/ university. EU citizens should get International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

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