Free things to see and do in Madrid

For budget travellers arriving in Madrid this year, there are plenty of free things to see and do. You can hang out in jazz nights at the Café Jazz Populart, visit a free Egyptian temple and even get free entry to Spain’s biggest art museums. If you want to have a good time without spending a euro, then check out what we have got lined up for you.

#1 Free entry into Spain’s biggest art museums

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Image by Mike Norton (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Spain’s most popular tourist attraction is free every day! The Prado is home to some of the world’s greatest artworks, from Francisco Goya to Caravaggio.

Where? Paseo del Prado s/n, 28014 Madrid
Metro? Atocha
When is it free? 6pm until 8pm from Monday to Saturday – 5pm until 8pm every Sunday.

Image by Pedro Belleza (Flickr/Creative Commons)
Image by Pedro Belleza (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Reina Sofia is the best modern art gallery in Spain and is home to Picasso’s most famous painting, Guernica. You can view this masterpiece alongside major works from Salvador Dali and Joan Miró.

Where? Santa Isabel 52, 28012 Madrid
Metro: Atocha
When is it free? Sunday mornings (10am-2.30pm) and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9pm

#2 Free entry to Madrid’s Egyptian temple

Madrid’s Egyptian temple
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Madrid’s own Egyptian temple can be found in Parque del Oeste. It originally given to Spain for their assistance in preserving temples along the River Nile. It’s an amazing place to have a picnic with locals, with spectacular views of the Royal Palace and Casa de Campo, and once more it’s absolutely free!

#3 Free trip to Madrid’s largest open air flea market – ‘El Rastro’

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Image by Hans Dinkelberg (Flickr/Creative Commons)

On Sunday mornings, Madrid locals head over to La Latina to go shopping at the ‘El Rastro’. This is the biggest open-air flea market in the city and one of the largest in Spain. Thousands of locals and travellers come here to soak up some vibes and pick up a new handbag or two.

#4 Hang out in Parque del Retiro for free  

Parque del Retiro
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Parque del Retiro is Madrid’s most popular park and attracts students, artists and cyclists all year round. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic with friends and hang out in the sunshine. There is also a boating lake, boutique cafés and free exhibition spaces such as Palacio de Cristal.

#5 Listen to free live music at Café Jazz Populart 

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Image by anpalacios (Flickr/Creative Commons)

After a long day sightseeing for free, why not throw in some free live music into the mix? Head over to Madrid’s hottest jazz bar, Café Jazz Populart, and unwind with a cocktail or two. You only have to pay for the drinks because all the music shows are free! Café Jazz Populart is one of the coolest places in Madrid so its definitely worth a late night trip.

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*Header image by Jose Maria Cuellar (Flickr/Creative Commons)