After a long winter, spring has finally bloomed and with milder weather and longer days, it’s a fantastic time for Brits to explore a new destination and plan their next summer break.
For anyone after some sun, culture and relaxation, Madrid is an excellent option. Breathtaking architecture, fascinating history and glorious food awaits in this sublime city.
What’s more, many of the attractions are actually free of charge, so you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy yourself in this historic location, you really can make it a cheap holiday. Here are some amazing places to visit:
1. Reina Sofia Museum
Reina Sofia Museum boasts one of the world’s leading collections of art and hosts a variety of modern and contemporary pieces. It originally opened in 1998 with a mission of collecting some of the best Spanish and international exhibitions.
Donations to the museum have ranged from artists such as Jacques Lipchitz, Robert Capa and Antonio Saura. Many of the works focus on film, video, historical context and geography and its variety of pieces is constantly growing with new donations.
To explore the collection free of charge, visit between the hours of 7pm and 9pm on Monday and at the same time from Wednesday to Saturday. It will also carry no costs on Sundays from 1:30pm to 7pm.
2. Parque del Buen Retiro
Summer is the perfect time for a relaxing stroll in the great outdoors and Parque del Buen Retiro is the ideal destination for exploring the natural beauty of Madrid.
The scenery here is bursting with amazing monuments, beautiful gardens and some magnificent architecture, making it a fantastic spot for some tranquility away from the city centre. Among the highlights here are the enormous Monument to King Alfonso XII and the majestic Palacio di Cristal, a truly captivating landmark made up of metal and glass.
It was originally designed in the 17th century by former king of Spain and Portugal Felipe IV and has become one of Madrid’s most treasured attractions.
3. El Rastro flea market
On Sunday mornings, the El Rastro flea market is the place to be for shoppers looking for some unique gifts to take back home. It takes over the streets near Plaza de Cascorro and up to 3,500 stalls are here every week between 9am and 3pm and entry is completely free.
With so much to choose from, it is easy for holidaymakers to lose themselves in this vast collection of Spanish wares and boutique products. The atmosphere here is electric and gives tourists a great insight into the community spirit of the area.
There is some delicious food available at the bars and restaurants surrounding the market, so there are plenty of places to put your feet up after exploring the stalls.
4. Temple of Debod
Perhaps the last thing you’d expect in Madrid is an ancient Egyptian temple, but the Temple of Debod is exactly that!
The structure was built in the 2nd century BC at the village of Devod and was donated to Spain as a thanks for the country’s help in protecting its artefacts. It was rebuilt in West Park close to the Royal Palace and opened in 1972.
As an added bonus, there are some magnificent views available from the gardens close to the temple. The whole area is blissfully peaceful and is sure to make for some extraordinary photo opportunities.