Planes en Madrid

Yes, Madrid is one of the most expensive cities in Spain to live in, but it is not the first. According to Idealista, it ranks third, behind San Sebastian and Barcelona. This is good news, but, if you live in the capital or are thinking of moving there, you will also know that leisure is not cheap either, is it?

To go out in Madrid you don’t need to spend a fortune, and we are going to prove it to you. Here is a list of plans that you can do in the capital for 10€ per person (or less):

Starting the day: breakfast in Madrid

No matter if you are more sweet or savory, Madrid has places to have breakfast for less than 10€ for all tastes. These are some of the options:

  • Cafeterias and pastry shops. For those with a sweet tooth, Madrid has many affordable breakfast options. You can enjoy coffee with lecho and a piece of pastries or churros in places like: La Mallorquina, La Duquesita or Café Oriente.
  • If you prefer salty, the bars in Madrid are also a good option. You can enjoy a coffee with toast or a mollete in places like: El Brillante, El Tigre or Casa Dani.
  • Gastronomic markets. For those looking for a wider variety for breakfast at reasonable prices, the markets are a good option. You can visit the San Miguel, San Antón or San Ildefonso markets.

A Sunday at the Rastro

There are few plans more typical of Madrid than strolling through the Rastro on a Sunday. This is one of the most emblematic and popular flea markets in the city. Located in the neighborhood of La Latina, the Rastro is famous for its varied offer of products, ranging from antiques and second-hand items, to clothing, accessories, handicrafts, books and music.

On Sundays and holidays, the streets of La Latina are filled with stalls where you can find real bargains, but that’s not all. In addition to the commercial offer, the Rastro is also a social and cultural meeting point. Among its streets, you can listen to street musicians, enjoy live performances and stop at the many bars and terraces in the area to have a drink and recharge your batteries.

Visits to museums and cultural galleries

If you are interested in the cultural offerings of the capital, you should know that some museums in Madrid are free for students (with their university card) and for the youngest (Youth Card of the Community of Madrid). Others, simply, have a reduced admission. Here are some examples:

  • Sorolla Museum: Entrance at 3 euros, and half price in groups of 8 to 20 people.
  • Cerralbo Museum: Admission at 3 euros.
  • Museo Reina Sofía: Free admission on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm to 10 pm.
  • Museo del Prado: Reduced admission at 7.5 euros.
  • Thyssen Museum: You can visit the museum for free on Mondays at reduced hours, from 12 to 16 h.
  • Chamberí Ghost Station: Free admission.
  • Cultural spaces (free admission): Sala Alcalá 31, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Casa Encendida and Matadero.
  • Exhibitions of the Fundación Juan March: Free admission.

But, pay attention: even if you don’t have a card or discount, many museums have days or time slots when admission is free. For example, in the Prado Museum, from Monday to Saturday the visit is free if you go from 18:00 to 20:00, and on Sundays and holidays from 17:00 to 19:00.

Madrid in the open air

A boat ride

If you are going to visit the Retiro, take the opportunity to get on one of its boats to cross its famous lake. The price of the pier is 6€ from Monday to Friday and 8€ on weekends.

Picnic in Madrid (h3)

If you feel like enjoying a picnic with friends, family or partner, Madrid has great parks such as: Madrid Rio, Europa Park, Retiro, Juan Carlos I or the viewpoint of Paracuellos.

The Royal Botanical Garden

Enjoy a walk full of plants and flowers of different species. The entrance includes a guide and is priced at 8 euros. If you want to include a visit to the Villanueva Pavilion, the price goes up to 10 euros.

The Temple of Debod

This is a temple in honor of Amun, father of all Egyptian gods. It was donated to Spain by the Egyptian government (1968) as thanks for its contribution to the rescue of Abu Simbel.

The Moorish Field

These gardens are located behind the Royal Palace. They are fenced and only open from 10 am to 7:30 pm, but admission is free. In this park are the 19th century pavilions and the Queen’s Chalet, which, although they cannot be visited inside, are unusual constructions in the city.

El Capricho

This park, former residence of the Dukes of Osuna, can be visited on weekends. This stately and historic garden keeps its biggest secret in plain sight: a Civil War bunker that can be visited only at specific times of the year.

The sky of Madrid

If you want to enjoy Madrid from the sky, you can take the cable car of the city, located in the West Park of Moncloa. The trip is priced at 4.5€, but if you pay for a round trip, the cost is reduced to only 6€ and 5€ if you use the youth card.

Other plans for Madrid

As you have seen, Madrid has many offers of leisure, culture and gastronomy to enjoy the city for 10€ or less, even free. But, if you are still not convinced, here are three other infallible plans:

  • An afternoon at the movies for the day of the spectator. Wednesday is the best day of the week to go to the movies in Madrid, as many cinemas offer discounts on their tickets for the day of the spectator.
  • A specialty coffee. Although usually expensive, there are several coffee shops in Madrid that offer these drinks at an affordable price: Plántate Café (Spanish latte with condensed milk and mocha for 3,50€), Naji Speciality Cafés (Pistachio latte for 4,50€) and Bucólico Café (Cold brew with orange and ginger for 4,50€).
  • A visit to a gourmet chocolate factory (free for half-hour visits with prior reservation). Located in Lavapiés, Kaicao is a small chocolate shop that offers a unique tour of chocolate making while you sample some of their star products.

With all these options at your fingertips, there is no reason to stay at home. Madrid offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy without spending a fortune. So get ready to explore the city without worrying about your budget.


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