10 Free Things to Do in Madrid

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So you’re traveling to Madrid and want to know how to navigate the Spanish capital saving as much money as possible in your budget? Do not worry, we show you some tips on how to get to know Madrid for free at any time of year. Just plan ahead for your travel dates, book a room in Madrid at a good price, do one of the routes that we propose and go with the magic and flair of the city. Are you ready to explore this complete tour without spending a dime? Here are 10 free things to do in Madrid…

Palacio Real

Palacio Real

Besides being one of the most important places to visit in the Spanish capital monuments, the Royal Palace allows free access to visitors if they can plan ahead your visit. And although the general entrance to the Palace is 10 euros per person, over the past two business hours Monday through Thursday is free. Remember that from October to March it is closed at 18 pm and from April to September at 20 pm.

Monasterio del Escorial 

Monasterio del Escorial attribute Ecelan

*Photo taken by  Ecelan.

Another jewel of the historical heritage of Madrid, the Escorial Monastery usually has a cost of 10 euros per person except for children under 5 years, teachers, tour guides or unemployed people. If you want to visit this place you can go for free during the last 3 hours before closing on Wednesday and Thursday. Closing times are similar to those of the Royal Palace; ie until 18 hours until March and until 20 hours until September.

Free Tours

If you want to know the essence of Madrid with professional guides but wanting to save the maximum amount of money possible on your trip, just go to the Puerta del Sol around 11 hours. Tours depart every day for about a 3 hour walk and guides will explain the secrets of the Spanish capital.

Museo del Prado y Reina Sofía 

Reina Sofia ATTRIBUTE Museoreinasofia

*Photo taken by Museoreinasofia.

One of the features of Madrid is that here are the tourist monuments and museums in the country, and what better than to visit two of the most important without paying. Although the entrance to the Prado Museum is 14 euros per person. In the case of Reina Sofia Museum, you can enter free of charge from Monday to Saturday from 19 to 21 hours or on Sundays from 13.30 to 19 hours. Saturdays from 18 to 20 hours and Sundays from 17 to 19 hours the Prado is free.

Catedral de la Almudena

Catedral de la Almudena

One of the most important and most visited religious shrines in Madrid can be visited without needing to spend a single euro. The Almudena Cathedral, next to the beautiful Royal Palace and where surprised with its beautiful stained glass windows and different from other Spanish cathedrals’ architecture.

Parque Europa

And just a few minutes from downtown Madrid, we can find the main monuments of our continent in one place: in the Europa Park Torrejon De Ardoz. It is open daily at 10 am and inside you can see completely free representation of monuments like the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Palacio Real del Pardo

Another essential visit to go to in Madrid, without spending money, is the Royal Palace of El Pardo which holds a lot of heritage of this city. As long as it is not occupied by other foreign heads of state who are visiting our country, it is open to the public. General admission is 9 euros but on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the last 3 hours it is free.

Panoramic View

You want to know the best views of Madrid? We are offering a free option! Just go to the Corte Ingles de Callao, climb to the top floor and go to its panoramic terrace. If you also want to snack on something, you will see they have the gourmet section of the mall which will be difficult to resist.

Monasterio de las descalzas

Very close to the Royal Palace and the Puerta del Sol, it is one of the most charming monuments Madrid: the Monastery of the Discalced. Large families, tourist guides, teachers, disabled or unemployed can always access it without any cost. You can roam free in the afternoons Wednesday or Thursday.

Parques y Jardines


And of course, one of the best things that Madrid offers travelers without paying are its numerous gardens and parks. The most famous and touristic one is of course the Retiro, but there are others that are worth visiting as the Jardines de Sabatini, Madrid Río, the Casa de Campo, the Campo del Moro or the Parque Santander. And remember the Debod Temple, located near the Plaza de Oriente is also free.

Enjoy these free activities in Madrid! If you need more ideas of what to do while in this city, there are plenty to choose from! 

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