When traveling through Europe, one city I absolutely fell in love with was Madrid, Spain. Not only did it have a ton to offer, but it was perfect for a budget-traveler like me, with many worthwhile things to do that wouldn’t break the bank. First of all, there are a slew of free museums, such as the Museo Naval de Madrid, Goya’s Tomb, Museo Archeológico Nacional and the Madrid History Museum. Taking a stroll along the Gran Via, the capital’s main artery, is also enjoyable and free. Here, you’ll find arts and cultural attractions like the Palacio de la Prensa for great films, Museo Chicote for cocktails and art, and the Metrópolis building to admire its stunning Beaux-Arts architecture. The stunning Parque del Retiro is also worthwhile, a 19th-century park home to historical monuments, public art, statues from the Royal Palace, the Velázquez Palace, sports courts and and a row boating pond. Events and festivals regularly take place here, although on any day you’ll find entertaining buskers.
In Madrid, there are also numerous budget-friendly bites. El Tigre is one recommendation, as you get free Spanish tapas with the purchase of a drink. Moreover, at Museo del Jamón you can savor Jamón ibérico — the culinary jewel of Spain — and daily discounted menus. And if you want to cheaply dine for a good cause, Subiendo al Sur puts a portion of their proceeds toward globally conscious projects.
You can check out the video above for a taste of what to expect in this beautiful city.