Tourism

Free things to do in Madrid

In Madrid you can find a lot of things or visit for free. Here we will provide you a guide of things you can do where you don’t have to spend any money.

Parque del Retiro
It is the most popular park in Madrid for both locals and foreigners. Along the paths of the park you can find musicians, street artists, cyclists, and skaters. There is also fountains, gardens, a big boating pond, outdoor activities, free outdoor fitness classes, restaurants and much more.

Royal Palace Grounds
If you want to enter de Royal Palace you have to pay a small fee, but you can explore the maze-like hedges of the Sabatini Gardens, see the changing of the guards at noon on Wednesdays and enjoy an afternoon in the Palace courtyard.

Palacio de Cristal
Inside the Parque del Retiro you can find a beautiful glass palace. It is a great work of art in and of itself and on regular basis you can find free exhibitions.

Debod Temple
In Madrid you can find an Egyptian temple that was originally form Aswan, Egypt. It was sent to Madrid as a gift in 1968, you can admire the sunset from here or just relax in the gardens that surround it.

Gran Via
It is one of the most iconic streets in Madrid, you can find stores, rooftops, theaters and restaurants. You can find big stores like Primark or Zara but also wander down on the side streets and find smaller stores and boutiques.

Almudena Cathedral
It is one of the few churches in Madrid that doesn’t charge an entrance fee, but donations are suggested to keep the cathedral in a good state. The crypt here is home to a 16th century image of the Almudena Virgin.

La Tabacalera
A building that was once tobacco factory, is now an open space where you can check out street art like theater, music, dance and art. The tunnels in the building are covered in graffiti and murals.

El Rastro
On Sundays in La Latina neighborhood you can find the biggest open-air flea market in Madrid. There are a lot of stalls where you can pick up vintage accessories, clothes, home goods, local items, art, and much more. It opens at 9:00 and closes at 15:00.

Madrid Río
It is a newly renovated Riverwalk area where you can go to refresh for free. There is no sand but locals refer to it as “the beach”, there’s a grass area to relax and fountains to get in.

Mercado de Motores
During the second weekend of every month, the Mercado de Motores opens at the Museo de Ferrocarril. You can shop booths from local designers, chefs and artists; enter some of the museum’s vintage trains or grab something to eat and the different food trucks you can find in the courtyard.

El Matadero
It was once a slaughter house, now it is a cultural complex hub. They have exhibitions, workspaces, cinema, theater and once a month there is a design market.

Atocha Station Tropical Garden
Atocha is the main train station in Madrid, inside you can find a free indoor tropical garden. This garden in home to 4000 square meters of plants, and ponds full of turtles.

Dome at Basílica de San Francisco
The main attraction of this neo-classical church is the dome that spans 180 feet (33m) in diameter. It is also home to an early Goya painting and several other works by artists dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

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It is an old abandoned metro station that was turned into a museum. You can walk the underground tunnels for free and find the advertisements up when it was a working station.

National Library
It is the largest library in Spain and one of the largest libraries in the world. It was founded in 1712. It has a huge collection of over 26 million items that include 15 million books, 30.000 manuscripts as well as music scores, newspapers and more.

Rosaleda Parque del Retiro
Inside Parque del Retiro you can visit the rosaleda, where you can see different types of flowers depending on the season you are visiting.

If you know other places or activities you can do for free in Madrid, tell us and we will include them in our list.

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