Madrid offers more than classic European capitals. If you love spanish cuisine, you will return from Spain a few pounds heavier, and if you like interesting architecture, you will full memory card in your device. We present to you 10 free things to do in the capital of Spain.
Get down to the street Gran Via in the center of Madrid and enjoy in the interesting buildings. Walk is also interesting during the day and night. In this street there are many shops, cafes and restaurants and you can see a lot of people. The cult theaters and cinemas makes it unique. We guarantee that you will make largest number of photographs in the Gran Via.
2Enjoy the view from the building Gourmet Experience
Climb to the top floor of the shopping complex of El Corte Ingles to have one of the most beautiful views on the Madrid – absolutely free. From this building, you will see the Royal Palace and the Almudena cathedral, and you get the bird’s eye view on the Gran Via.
3Egypt in Madrid
Visit the temple of Debod, a building in the egyptian style, located on a hill Parque del Oeste. This prestigious tribute to Spain was given gratitude for the help in the preservation of the temples along the Nile. Visits are free.
4Palacio de Cibeles
This gothic building was the main post office of Madrid earlier, but since 2007 it is in the service of the city municipality. In front of it is the Cibeles Square, the place where a great number of events happenned throughout the year. White stone in combination with a blue sky is a perfect backdrop for photographs.
5Jump into the local vibe
Sundays locals rushing to the La Latina because of a special event – El Rastro. It is the largest open air markets in Madrid and one of the largest in Spain.
6Parque del Retiro
There you can see skaters, cyclists, dog walkers, street performers, musicians. This is the most popular park in Madrid. Locals and tourists go there to practice, to relax and especially love free exhibitions, such as the one in the Palacio de Cristal.
7Modernistical Reina Sofia
You can visit several museums in Madrid for free, but among them is a museum with collections of 20th-century Reina Sofia. In this museum are valuable works of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali. Free admission from Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 1:30 to 7:30. Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
8Mercado de San Miguel
This is one of the oldest markets. If you aren’t hungry, you’ll definitely get hungry when you come to this market. Here you can try various types of cuisine, including fresh fruit and vegetables, chocolates and other treats. You can drink a glass of fine wine or a pint of spanish beer.
9A walk by the river
When you fill your stomach, it’s time to food settle down so take a walk to the river. Madrid Rio offers a beautiful view, wallpaper for painting and ambiance to enjoy. There are also interesting bridges and one of them is Arganzuela designed by Dominique Perrault.
10Enjoying the music
Populart Jazz Cafe is a place where you can hear good music live. It is located in a part of town called Huertas and there the most listened are jazz, blues and reggae.