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Free Activities in Madrid in 2019

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Written by Daniella

Madrid is a city where you can try and explore many different leisure activities, and not all of them have to cost much. Some are even totally free of charge.

So if you are one of those people who believes that you need to spend money to have fun, then this article is definitely not for you.

If, however, you want to do some fun and entertaining activities in Madrid that are free, then keep on reading, because this article by ShMadrid will be right up your alley. Today, this blog post tells you what you can do in Madrid for free in 2019.

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Enjoy free activities in Madrid

Visit the Temple of Debod

temple of debod in the evening

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The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple from the 2nd century BC, and it was installed near Plaza de España in Moncloa in the Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña.

The temple was donated by the Egyptian government to Spain, to prevent it from being flooded after the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

In the sixth century, after Nubia turned Christian, the temple closed and became abandoned. Then in the twentieth century and due to the construction of the aforementioned dam, the Egyptian government donated the temple to the city of Madrid.

It was transported and rebuilt stone by stone in its current location, and it was opened to the public in 1972.

The reconstruction of the temple in Madrid maintained its original orientation, from east to west. In order to understand the importance and meaning of the location, the decorative details, and history of the building, you can see scale models, videos and audiovisual projections on walls.

Susi Sweet Dress

Susi Sweet Dress is a temporary pop-up market that gives you the opportunity to search for a dress in its collection of more than 800 beautiful and unique vintage dresses. It allows you to try on dozens of different dresses, and this time it is all about spring season: dresses with or without sleeves, dresses with ruffles or a polka dot print and a large selection of vintage items at 30 euros a piece.

You can also find skirts, tops, t-shirts, jackets, trousers, and dresses in the Susi Sweet Dress Collection. If you don’t mind adding a new dress to your wardrobe (Who really does?), and you want to recharge your batteries, you can try delicacies from Nocilla, a cold beer or even a glass of cava at the market.

The location is La Industrial, Malasaña, and the market takes place on October 18-20, 2019.

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Wearable Art

leather mask

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Cecilio Castrillo can demonstrate the darkest side of humans through his transgressive pieces of leather. Inspired by the punk, science fiction and horror films he devoured as a child, his creations have been exhibited in places such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

This man from Burgos has been focusing all of his creative activities on making masks, corsets, headgear and any other body piece imaginable since 2005, and leather has always been his preferred material to work with.

Many of his work has been published in international magazines’ fashion editorials, like Vogue Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, Schön Magazine, etc.

From his workshop, in Burgos, his creations have ended up on the stages of the Paris National Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Billboard Music Awards ceremony and the Grammy Awards.

You can see his work from September 13 to December 31, 2019 at Naves Matadero in the Arganzuela neighbourhood. Centro Internacional Artes Vivas.

The history museum

The history museum is located in the former San Fernando Hospice, which is one of the great buildings of Madrid’s Baroque period.

This museum is one of the best examples of Madrid’s historical evolution, and it exhibits a nice overview of art, daily life, industry, and Madrid’s residents’ habits, starting back in 1561 when the city was chosen as the Spanish capital and lasting all the way up to the present day.

What free activity do you like best?

About the author


Daniella loves to write and translate. Her bucket list is filled with beautiful places she still needs to visit.

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