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Ten Top Places to Visit In Madrid – for Free!

Written by damien

Let’s take a look at ten of the best places to visit in fantastic Madrid. Incredibly, all these places are absolutely free of charge to see. ShMadrid have more top information on Madrid and monthly rental Madrid apartments that could be perfect for a longer term stay in this vibrant city.

  1. Museo del Prado – This art museum holds incredible paintings and sculptures by Goya, El Greco, Velasquez and other famous artists. It is free to visit on weekdays from six to eight in the evening, and on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
  2. El Parque del Buen Retiro – This is Madrid’s city park, centrally located with a nice lake, flower gardens and trees. If you stroll down there in the evening, you will be entertained by drum circles performing on the green lawns.
  3. Museo Taurino, the Bullfighting Museum – Not for the faint-hearted, this museum dedicated to the violent pastime of bullfighting features stuffed bull heads, bullfighter props and costumes, and bloodied outfits worn by past great fighters who were killed or wounded in action.
  4. Museo Archeologico – This archaeological museum has an impressive collection of artifacts from the Greek, Roman and Egyptian eras.
  5. Plaza Mayor. Madrid’s Central square or Plaza, this is the largest of its various plazas and it has numerous cafes and restaurants where you can savor Madrid’s social life and bustling crowds.
  6. Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – Spain’s modern artists such as Picasso and Salvador Dali among others have many of their works featured here. This is a must see for modern art lovers.
  7. Puerta del Sol – Another massive public space bearing Madrid’s historic city gates, this is the starting point for all Spanish national roads. Lovely fountains present here have swarms of people gathering around chatting in the evening.
  8. Gran Via – Madrid’s most well known street, seen in countless films, this is home to many classy restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Take a walk down the street to see some fine Spanish architecture.
  9. Royal Palace of Madrid – This beautiful building is the official residence of the Spanish King and is only used ceremonially.
  10. El Rastro. The quirky Spanish sub culture finds expression in this huge, lively flea market and is ideal for people watching and mixing with the surging masses. Buy a souvenir or two to take back home.

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damien

Originally from France, Damien has made Spain his home. He loves languages, learning, food and startups.

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