Do Madrid on the Cheap

Traveling to big cities doesn’t need to come with a big price tag. Here is our list of how to enjoy Madrid on the cheap (or for free)!

El Prado


Some museums offer free entrances at specific times.

La Reina Sofia:

The modern art center of the Golden Triangle, the museum trifecta in Madrid, is the Reina Sofia. See works from Picasso, Dali and other famous artists for free Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 7pm-9pm or from 10am-2:30pm on Sundays.

Museo del Prado:

Want to see the finest of Spain’s fine art? Head to El Prado. Between 6pm-8pm Monday through Saturday and on Sundays from 5pm-8pm you can walk around for free.


Mercado de San Miguel
Mercado de San Miguel


Thank goodness for tapas! These little morsels make trying the local fare fun and inexpensive.

Mercado de San Miguel:

Head to Madrid’s largest tapas market in the center of old Madrid for a wallet friendly lunch. Try a little bit of everything from fresh fruits and veggies to traditional cured meats and other gastronomic delicacies. Looking for a late night snack? The market is open until 2am Thursday through Saturday,

Plaza Dos de Mayo:

This neighborhood is a nightlife hotspot for locals and travelers alike. Lined with inexpensive bars and restaurants, you can sit outside for hours, drink in hand, then head inside to any of the incredible bars to dance.

Rooftop view from Círculo de Bellas Artes
Rooftop view from Círculo de Bellas Artes


The mix of Spanish and modern architecture blend throughout the city.

Teleférico de Madrid:

For 6 euros round trip, ride the Teleférico de Madrid cable car to Casa de Campo, the largest park in Madrid and former royal hunting grounds. Take in the panoramic views from above the city and enjoy a picnic at the top.

The Gourmet Experience:

Head to the top floor of The Gourmet Experience, located on Gran Via, for incredible views from above the city. It’s free to walk around and take in the panoramic views of Madrid’s main thoroughfare, the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral.

Azotea at El Círculo de Bellas Artes:

Want a combination of museums, views, amazing food and drinks? Head to the Círculo de Bellas Artes rooftop bar, Azotea. Enjoy the beauty of the museum itself along with the artwork within, then for 4 euros, head to the rooftop bar for incredible food, drinks and views of the city.


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