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Top Attractions In Madrid For Free

Madrid is one of the most exciting cities in Europe, which is why millions of tourists would flock to this city each year. It’s filled with numerous historic sights and attractions that cater to all kinds of travellers. If you are a budget traveller, you’ll be happy to know that there are many cheap things to do in Madrid. As a matter of fact, by simply exploring the city streets, you’ll already be rewarded with lots of interesting sights, including historic buildings with beautiful architecture.

While Madrid may not be the cheapest places to visit in Europe, there are plenty of free things to do in Madrid that can keep even the most budget traveller entertained. If you love to learn more about the culture and history of the city, then visit the free museums in Madrid. Of course, there are several other free attractions in Madrid, such as the Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via street, Puerta del Sol, San Jeronimo el Royal, and many more.

One of the things that you’ll love about Madrid is that there will always be something to entertain you regardless of the season. For instance, one of the free things to do in Madrid this summer is to walk around the outside area of Madrid Royal Palace while enjoying the good weather. This beautiful palace is the official residence of the Royal Family, similar to London’s Buckingham Palace. To those who are going to Madrid with kids, one of the free things to do in Madrid with kids is to stroll and have picnic on some of the many beautiful parks in the city, such as the El Retiro Park.

Are you heading to Madrid soon? Then check out this list of free things to do in Madrid.

Free Attractions in Madrid

Top Rated Madrid Attractions

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Buen Retiro Park

TheBuenRetiro Park is among the largest parks in Madrid, Spain. The name says it all as this attraction is really a “Park Of The Pleasant Retreat”. Builtby Felipe IV in the 17th century,as a preserve of the Royal Family, it wasaccessible to the public in the late 19th century.Since then, whenever the weather is pleasant or on weekends, the Madrelenos gather here for a walk, read the paper in shade, go forboating, or have drinks. The park...

Madrid: Las Ventas Bullring and Museum Tour

clock Duration: 50 minutes
  • A self-guided tour that places the visitors to the very center of the bullfighting tradition in Spain.
  • A discovery tour of Las Ventas, the main bullfighting venue in the capital of Spain.
  • A detailed overview of the bullfighting...
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Walk around Madrid Royal Palace

Royal Palace is one of the most astounding places around the glove due to its royal and majestic nature that reflects from its every angle. Being the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, it holds the same value as the Buckingham Palace in London. Tourists to Spain and Madrid make it a point to visit the Royal Palace, adding a milestone to their travelling life. The Royal Palace is used mainly for state ceremonies and is open to...

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • A historical tour that reveals the legacy of the Spanish Inquisition, one of the most mysterious and tyrannical organizations in the history of the world.
  • A walking tour taking the participants to the sites that used to be in close...
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Plaza Mayor

A central plaza in Madrid which you visit on your trip to Spain. Built during the Habsburg period, it is just a few blocks away from Puertadel Sol. The plaza is a rectangular shape surrounded by three residential buildings with magnificent 237 balconies facing the Plaza Mayor and having a total of nine entry ways.The most well-known entranceways is the Arco de Cuchilleroswith steep steps leading up to the Plaza.

The Plaza Mayor has been...

Avila and Segovia Tour Full-Day from Madrid

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • A tour to Segovia and Avila from Madrid.
  • See the main sites of these 2 World Heritage cities in 1 day.
  • A guide will accompany you on the coach and guide you through the city streets and around the top attractions.
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Gran via

Located in Madrid,a street namedGran Via is a real showcase of the architecture of the early 20th century.Home to a lot of hotels, the Gran Via is also one of Madrid’s most famous shopping place. However, what makes it really special is the lavish design of the many large buildings.

Now this street is known as the Spanish Broadway and it is famous that this street never sleeps. It starts from Calle de Alcala, near to Plaza de Cibeles...

Paseo del Arte Golder Triangle of Art Tour

clock Duration: 7 hours
  • A 7 hour long guided tour of Madrid's 3 best art museum's, The Reina Sofia, The Prado, and The Thyssen.
  • Take in the top paintings and sculptures in Madrid's top art museums in 1 just day.
  • Learn about the most important artworks...
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Plaza de Espana

The Plaza de Espana, also known as Spain Square is quite a famous sight for tourists. Located in Madrid, at the end of Gran Via, it isa large square featuring a monument. History tells you that this Plaza was once a barrack and then created into a beautiful square.

In the centre of the square stands the monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, famous Spanish novelist, poet and playwright. While in the tower portion, includes a...

Scenic Madrid City Cycling Tour

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A 3 hour city cycling tour around Madrid.
  • Cycle past the top scenic sites in the city on a group tour.
  • Hear about the attractions you're passing from a friendly bilingual guide.
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Atocha Railway Station

Atocha Railway Station also known as the Madrid Atochaand is the only largest railway station ever constructed inMadrid. Primarily it provides commuter trains, regional and intercity trains from the southern part of the country and high-speed AVE trains from cities like Barcelona, Seville etc. Spanish Railway Company, Renfe, operates the train services. The Rail Station is located in the Atocha neighbourhood of district Arganzuela. It looks...

Toledo & Segovia Tour from Madrid

clock Duration: 11 hours
  • A full day coach trip with guide to see the main attractions in the picturesque cities of Toledo and Segovia.
  • Toledo is a UNESCO world heritage site. The picturesque medieval city has narrow streets, historical bridges and city walls to...
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Puerta del sol

One of the busiest and best known places in Madrid includes Puerta del Sol, situated in the very heart of Madrid. It is the centre of the outspread networks of the Spanish roads. This square contains the well-known clock whose bells mark the start of the New Year. Puerta del Sol comprises of a number of renowned sights of Madrid.

The south side has the old Post Office or the Edificio de Correus belonging to the Regional Government of...

Prado Museum Skip-the-line

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  • Fast-track entry into Madrid's National Art Museum.
  • Full-day entry including access to the temporary exhibitions.
  • Over 1,500 of Europe's best paintings, drawings, and sculptures to be enjoyed.
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Teatro Joy Eslava

Teatro Joy Eslava started as a theatre situated on Calle Arenal, however after many reforms has changed into the Disco Joy Eslava. It’s a must place visit for people who like to party at night. A theatre converted into a nightclub has been open for the last 29 years.

Though it’s not just a nightclub, due to the beautiful structure Joy Eslava hosts many concerts and various events. So if you’re lucky, you may catch your favourite...

Parque Warner Madrid

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • A general entrance ticket for a fun-filled day at the Warner Brothers theme park in Madrid.
  • Meet your favourite cartoon characters and ride on all the roller coasters and other rides.
  • Splash around in the water parks and enjoy...
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El Rastro Flea Market

Located in the heart of the city, El Rastro is Madrid’s best open air flea market which is popular equally amongst locals and tourists to this marvelous city. The flea market comes to life every Sunday and on feast days with over 3500 stalls that spread over alleys and streets. You name anything and you will find it here! From books to antiques, furniture that has its worth increased over time to clothing that is fit for all times, you...

Madrid Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

clock Duration: 60 to 80 min
  • A hop-on-hop-off city sightseeing bus tour with 2 interconnecting routes allowing you to easily see, and reach, all of the top sites in Madrid.
  • Travel on a comfortable open-top double-decker bus with multilingual audio...
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San Jeronimo el Real

Located behind the Prado Museum, San Jeronimo el Royal or St. Jerome the Royal is a late 16th century piece of architecture that is built with late Gothic and early Renaissance influence. The place is mystique and radiates an aura that captures the hearts and minds of the visitors. The church basically served as a monastery for the now Prado Museum which came under the proximity of the Royal Family, making San Jeronimo el Royal serve in royal...

Real Madrid Stadium Tour: Priority Entrance

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  • 45 minut
    • Priority entrance to Real Madrid FC Bernabeu Stadium.
    • Learn about the history of Real Madrid football club and its players in the on-site interactive museum.
    • Go behind the scenes with access to player exclusive areas.
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    There are many things you can do for free in Madrid like booking free entry into some Madrid museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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