Where to Go and What to do In Madrid
Madrid doesn’t have to be really expensive if you are here on a budget. For a start, Madrid is full of history and Beautiful Monuments to visit and view. They are mostly Free and can be visited 7 days a week. Try the Temple de Debod which is free and an interesting sight in the middle of Madrid. It’s a Pyrimid that was presented to the Spanish Government as a gesture of thanks after the Spanish helped out with Egypt’s flooding – many,many years ago.
Museo Sorolla is Free for Students and is well worth the visit to see master works by this famous Spanish painter, Joachuín Sorolla. Landscapes and portraits were a strength of his but if you have the opportunity to see his works of Spanish Peasants enjoying the Fiestas and at work, don’t miss it – it’s wonderful.
If you know the work of John Singer Sargent then you will like and understand the beautiful brushwork of Sorolla.
Museo Reina Sofia Free on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Exhibitions change regularly and you should check details in the above link. Spanish and International contemporary artists of different medias and disciplines are represented at Museo Reina Sofia.
Museo del Prado You Can’t come to Madrid and miss this. It’s the pride and joy of Madrid’s Cultural scene. The museum is so large that you need hours to get around the place. Permanent exhibitions and always a temporary exhibition of a very well known European Painter.
Museo thyssen Bornemisza This is my favourite and most people would agree the most interesting collection in Madrid. Temporary exhibitions of some of the most impressive artists from around the world as well as contemporary Spanish artists.
The collection represents works from the finest artists of each Movement. German, Spanish through Russian to North American works that are a feast for the eyes. If you don’t have time to visit many galleries, then I recommend this one as the best of the pick for variety and therefore something for everybody to enjoy.
Barrio Chueca is the gay district and can be found close to Gran Vía. Very easy going, relaxed place to go out and enjoy the Night and eat and drink till your hearts delight. Look for small bars where you can get a free tapa with your beer. The tapas in Madrid are always good and a good tip if you are snackish. Some places offer olives or nuts but many will give you a tapa of fish with your beer then the next beer is accompanied by a couple of slices of Jamon/ham etc. Three beers and you’ve had a nice snack.
Calle Cave Baja in La Latina is very popular with young people and offer an unending variety of bars and cafés. Beer and tapas again are a good bet. The area gets busy after 9 pm and smaller popular bars become shoulder to shouder standing with little seating areas. 10 minutes from Sol on foot. Although it’s very popular, prices for drinks vary between simple barrio prices of about 1,10 for a beer to tourist like prices of 3,- Euros for a double that is probably not quit a double size beer.
Flamenco Show Madrid is Multi-Culti and Flamenco is not really the culture of Madrid. Neverthe less, Flamenco shows are on offer and it’s worth the visit if you have never seen a Flamenco show. It is possible to experience the real thing in some bars in various neighbourhoods where Flamenco singing and dancing can happen according to who’s in the bar and the spontaneous feeling that evening.
Night-Life in Madrid Malasaña, Chueca, Lavapíes and anton Martin are just a couple of the more popular areas and barrios to visit for local entertainment and cheap but interesting bars and cafés to visit without losing your shirt.
Retiro Park one of the well known parks in Madrid that offers a peace and quiet from the noise of traffic and some space to breath fresh air again. Long paseos through the woods and then a stop at a café for coffee is pleasant or a take out a rowing-boat for a spin around the artificial lake. Don’t miss the Statue of Lucifer or The Falling Angel which is a fascinating work considered to be the only one of its type in the world. Retiro Park Location
El Rastro open Market finally, on Sunday Mornings till about 2pm you can take a walk through the Rastro Market which is enormous,crowded and where something of interest can be found for everybody. Of course, it’s a pick-pocket’s paradise so hang on to your bag and wallet.