Madrid is a good place to live, specially if you have enough time to enjoy it and enough money to spend. Nevertheless, you can also make it without spending too much. In this post, I will propose you some #MadridHacks to make the best of your Madrid experience without spending more than 15 euros per person. Wait, 15 euros? You won’t need more than 5 euros per person!
#1 A ghost Metro Station
Originally built in 1920’s Chamberi Metro station was closed in May 1966 due to a change in regulations (new trains didn’t fit into the station because they were longer). During the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) it became a shelter for people scaping from bombs. I must say this place is completely amazing, one of my best recommendations. The station still has the same adverts that were carefully painted in their walls by the time it was closed, along with the original Metro cabin were tickets were sold and maps from the original Metro Line. And entrance is free!
The station is placed in Plaza de Chamberí and it’s opened from Thursdays to Sundays, except bank holidays. The closer Metro Station is Iglesia. Check the schedule:
Thursdays from 10:00 to 13:00
Fridays from 11:00 to 19:00
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00
If you’ve enjoyed the experience, you can also visit for free the Engine Room (Nave de Motores), placed in Pacífico Metro Station. Built between 1922 and 1923, this bulding has three impressive diesel engines and more heavy machinery to run the old Metro. During the Spanish Civil War, it provided electricity to the whole city. It became obsolete during the 1950s and finally closed in 1972.
Entrance is also for free, and this is the schedule:
Thurdays from 9:00 to 13:00
Fridays from 9:00 to 14:00
Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 14:00.
Closed at bank holidays.
#2 An evening at the Museum
Museo del Prado is the most important art museum in Spain, with a rich collection of painting masters of all times: Goya, Velázquez, Rubens, Zurbarán, El Bosco, Tintoretto, the Greco, Rembrandt… You can have the chance of visiting this stunning collection totally for free from 18:00 to 20:00 from Mondays to Saturdays and on Sundays and bank holidays from 17:00 to 19:00.
If you are more into modern art, you can also visit Museo Reina Sofía for free. This collection has impressive paintings from Salvador Dalí, Georges Braque, Antoni Tàpies or Joan Miró, plus the astonishing Gernika painting and other Pablo Picasso’s paintings. Its photography collection is also remarkable, with well-known names like Robert Capa or Man Ray.
Check the schedule for free visits above:
Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:00
Sundays from 14:30 to 19:00
#3 A long walk at Capricho park
Capricho means caprice in english, and this park was named like this because of the Osuna Duchess, who wanted a very special garden for her palace. This impressive park, not as popular as Retiro park, was created in 1784 and used to be visited by important artists, politicians and other personalities that were protected by the Duchess. Inside its walls you can visit a very rich variety of plants and trees, a chapel, the Osuna Palace, a doll house built in actual side and even a bunker from the Civil War.
You can visit Capricho park completely for free on weekends and bank holidays from October 1st to March 31th from 9:00 to 18:30. Schedule from April 1st to September 30th only weekends from 9:00 to 21:00. Please note it isn’t allowed to eat inside the park, nor to bring animals or cycles with you.
#4 A very charming cinema
Cinema Doré was built with a modernist style in 1922. This little jewel of Madrid’s architecture is nowadays the headquarters of the National Film Library. It has three different sitting rooms were you can watch international and Spanish movies (all subtitled) of all times, for only 2,5 euros each. Its programming changes once per month, and you can check it through this link.
Cinema Doré is placed in the also charming Santa Isabel street, when you can eat, drink and visit the Antón Martín market.