The Spanish capital is one of the best European cities to visit as it offers both
low-budget backpackers and luxury travellers to fully experience the city. I recently spent 24 hours in Madrid, a city I go to at least twice a year because of what it has to offer: museums, football, food, shopping and great weather (most of the time).
This post will provide you with a Madrid mini-guide for those who are looking to get a bang for their buck :
On a budget:
Where to sleep: The Hat, Madrid
If you don’t mind sharing your space with other people, Madrid is a hostel paradise! Not only are many hostels a more affordable version of hotels, but they also offer private rooms for those who don’t want to deal with snoring for most of the night. The Hat Madrid is modern, clean, perfectly located, and social!
What to Visit: Museums and Walking Tours
The two most famous museums in Madrid are the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia. You don’t need to put a dent in your wallet in order to check out the massive collections on display for art lovers or travellers (like me) who aren’t very art savvy but would like to add a culturally-sound aspect to their weekend. You can visit both museums for FREE!
The Prado Museum: Monday- Saturday 17:00-19:00
Reina Sofia: Monday – Saturday 19:00-21:00, Sunday 13:30-19:00
Free Tours Madrid: Would you like to see the city while being guided by highly informed, friendly, and bilingual locals? Book a tour here. You decide the price of the tour! At the end of the visit, participants can tip their guides based on what they are able to afford (The average is 10-15 euros per person). These tours are offered not only in Madrid, but in several major cities see here.
A drink with a view: Food & Drink Terraza,
The Principal Hotel, Madrid
The Principal Hotel is a luxury 5 star hotel. Although I would like to include this hotel in my next post that focuses more on a “Where to Sleep If You Are Looking to Splurge in Madrid” they also fit the bill if you are looking to have a couple of drinks with gorgeous views. The hotel has a terrace on the top floor that overlooks Madrid. The bar offers both drinks and snacks (beer: 5 euros). The prices are reasonable, the staff is very friendly, and it provides a unique view of the city that you won’t get to see anywhere else. Book a table on the official site here!