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Hannah from Milwaukee asked

What are the best free things to do in Madrid?

Going to Madrid but on a tight budget. What are fun things to do around the city that I can do for free/on a low budget? I love being outdoors and exploring local culture. Thanks! 


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top answer by
Maria from Dublin

I LOVE Madrid and there's SO much to do while spending very little. Firstly most of the galleries and museums are free in the evenings from 6pm or 7pm, including the Museo del Prado and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía  The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is free on Mondays from 2-4pm. There will be queues but the art is spectacular. There is a small charge (€3) to visit the Museo Sorolla which houses the most famous and wonderful paintings of Joaquín Sorolla the "painter of light". You can also visit his studio which is part of the museum and is amazing.Visit Mercado de San Miguel and after you admire the beautiful stalls buy some bread, wine, serrano, cheese and olives for a picnic in Parque del RetiroWander around Sol and Plaza Mayor early in the morning to catch the sunrise and then breakfast on coffee and churros with the Madrilenos heading to work.Visit Casa de Campo which is a huge green space with a lake where you can run, hire a boat, kayak or cycle. You can eat cheaply in the La Latina district where the tapas is good and the people watching even better!

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  2. Museo del Prado (attraction)
  3. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (attraction)
  4. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (attraction)
  5. Museo Sorolla (attraction)
  6. Mercado de San Miguel (attraction)
  7. Parque del Retiro (attraction)
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  9. Plaza Mayor (attraction)
  10. Casa de Campo (attraction)
  11. La Latina (attraction)
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Lynnette from Madrid

Well your first stop should be Plaza Mayor but you can also get a bocadillo de calamares (sandwich ) for 2.25.  This place is on the entrance where Calle de Toledo is.  You can also to Gran Vía which is walking distance and take photos in front of the Iconic Metropolis building.  Also, walk to la Puerta del Solwith is center of the city.  Near sol go to San Gines for churros with hot chocolate. Then, walk over to Círculo de Bellas Artes there is usually an exhibition but the best part is to go to the terrace which is 4 euros but worth the view.  Then walk over to Parque del Retiro.   Go to la Latina in Calle Cava Baja there is a place called La Conchita they have awesome food and for a good price you must eat there.  La Latina has the best cuisine in all of Madrid.  Finally, go to Opera... were Mercado de San Miguel and stroll by and look at the Royal Palace. If you are there on a Sunday go to the Street Market called El Rastro.  It is a great place to by souvenirs and nice unique items. 

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  1. Plaza Mayor (attraction)
  2. Calle de Toledo (attraction)
  3. Gran Vía (attraction)
  4. Puerta del Sol (attraction)
  5. Círculo de Bellas Artes (attraction)
  6. Parque del Retiro (attraction)
  7. Calle Cava Baja (attraction)
  8. Mercado de San Miguel (attraction)
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