If you want to make your Spanish tour memorable, then you must add Madrid in your travel list. With plenty of galleries, and museums, drinking cocktails sitting on the rooftop terrace followed by a romantic dance until dawn is enough to make an awesome trip.
As Spain is a pretty expensive destination, the cost of the city can add up if not guarded. So, to keep expenses within check, here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your Madrid tour even when you are on a tight budget.
Abundant free activities
Madrid offers a wide range of spectacular free sights that includes walking around the streets and plazas of the city. Admire the wonderful architecture in the “Plaza Mayor”, walk down to the most famous street “the Gran Via”, or watch the sunset in the “Puerta del Sol”.
If you are on a Europe tour, you must not miss watching the ornate Palacio Real. It is regarded as the largest palace in Europe. It is the official residence of Spanish Royal Family with interiors that are dripped with marble, gold, and frescoes. The cost of entry is nil for EU citizens. You need to bring your ID proof to get free entry. The time for free entry is between 6 pm to 8 pm from Monday to Thursday between October to March.
If you are looking for free things to do in Madrid, then walking tours are a good option. There are several walking tours that offer free of cost tours where you only need to provide a just tip to your guide.
Most of the travel companies offer such type of tours to visitors. This tour comprises of the significant Madrid de los Austrias neighborhood that begins from Puerta del Sol. Sandeman’s tours provide city highlights tour that departs from Plaza Mayor at around 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm daily.
Madrid parks make a fabulous escape from the streets. This park stretches across 330 acres comprising of a boating lake, sculptures, fountains, and monuments. The glass Palacio de Cristal is one of the monuments that hosts free of cost exhibitions.
Casa del Campo park is a huge amusement park that provides attractions such as zoo and hiking. You will also find an old Egyptian temple, “Temple of Debod” that was donated by the Egyptians after saving their archaeological treasures. It is a remarkable place to watch the sunset.
Free entry in museums and galleries
Most of the museums and galleries are absolutely free at certain period of time. The very famous Prado art gallery provides free entry to all of its permanent collections from Monday to Saturday at 6pm to 8pm and 5 pm to 7pm on Sundays.
Entry to Reina Sofia contemporary art museum is completely free from 7pm to 9pm on all days except Tuesdays. Both these museums are free for people below 18 years and students between 18 to 25 years of age. People who are above 65 would avail half-price entry to both these museums.
Madrid is a vibrant and energetic city that has a lot to offer to its visitors. All these tips will help you enjoy the major attractions of the city without spending a lot of money.