Always Free

  • Templo de Debod
    templo_debod_atardecer.jpg
  • Palacio de Cristal
    Palacio de Cristal.jpg
  • Turismo Halal en Madrid
    turismo_halal_1.jpg

Whether you prefer to be out in the fresh air or in one of the city's numerous renowned cultural centres, municipal museums or churches, Madrid offers an abundance of activities that won't cost you a penny. From local works of art to national and international masterpieces, the capital's artistic wealth awaits you, and it comes without an entrance fee! Be sure to consult our guide to free museums, cultural centres and events to maximise your experience without missing a thing!

 

NOT TO BE MISSED

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a few hours relaxing in one of  Madrileños' favourite spots, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A beautiful 18th-century garden found off the beaten track.

Found in the former location of the Royal Palace's stables, this quaint park is a wonderful place from which to watch the sun set.

Fabulous English-style gardens in Hapsburg Madrid located right behind the Royal Palace.

Running along the banks of the River Manzanares, this beautiful park is the perfect place to have a long, laid-back lunch or spend the afternoon strolling, cycling or simply people-watching.

Impressive cathedral that, together with the Royal Palace nearby, forms one of Madrid’s most popular tourist attractions.

This lake, with exceptional views of Madrid, is a recreational area where people of all ages can spend their free time.

This small hermitage in the area known as Madrid Río boasts a ceiling covered in original Goya frescoes.

Between the Royal Palace and La Almudena Cathedral, this observation deck offers wonderful vistas of the Casa de Campo and Campo del Moro parks.

A 2nd-century Egyptian temple donated to Spain following the construction of the great Aswan Dam.

CULTURAL SPACES

The city's old slaughterhouse, at Madrid Río Park, has been transformed into a cultural megacomplex.

This extraordinary cultural centre lends its name to the nearby Conde Duque tourist area. Check out the 2023/2024 programme.

Municipal cultural centre housed in an industrial building dating from the early 20th century. Set within the Landscape of Light, the space is dedicated to promoting cultural dissemination, encounters and reflection.

Where Calle de Alcalá and Gran Vía meet, here stands this monumental building offering one of the finest views of Madrid.

The spectacular Palacio de Linares hosts all kinds of events and, according to legend, is haunted by a ghost.

The past, present and future of telecommunications and art go hand in hand in one of the most prominent buildings on Gran Vía avenue. 

Madrid headquarters of this Spanish cultural foundation located in Chamberí, where you can take part in all kinds of cultural and educational activities as well as exhibitions.

This active, family-run cultural heritage institution produces exhibitions as well as concerts and lecture series. 

Located at the beginning of Paseo de la Castellana, next to Plaza de Castilla, this small exhibition hall hosts free exhibitions all year round.

Here the most avant-garde artistic expressions come together in this Neo-Mudéjar building in Lavapiés.

This centrally-located cultural centre and bookshop has been disseminating Catalan culture in Madrid since 1993.

The headquarters of the renowned public institution is housed in a monumental building and hosts cultural activities all year round.

Training sessions, debates, exhibitions and shows all take place at the cultural centre of France in Madrid.

This 17th-century manor, which was renovated in the 19th century, now houses the Italian Cultural Institute.

This cultural institution hosts and promotes events that celebrate both German culture and language.

The headquarters of Mexican literature and art reside within this institution, which serves as a cultural bridge between Mexico and Spain.

A Neo-Mudéjar building houses this cultural institution, which hosts exhibitions, talks, films, and a delightful Lebanese restaurant.

 

This public consortium hosts cultural activities aimed at fostering a deeper understanding between Spain and Asian countries.

MUSEUM VISITS

17 abstract sculptures by avant-garde artists are displayed outdoors, next to Paseo de la Castellana 

In La Latina, one of the most authentic neighbourhoods of Madrid, you can immerse yourself in the city’s history.

Housed in the former San Fernando Hospice designed by architect Pedro Ribera, this museum contains a scale model of the city in 1830.

Discover part of Madrid City Council’s modern art collection in a museum that also includes the office of the illustrious writer, Ramón Gómez de la Serna. Open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Independent body that houses Spain's repository of bibliographic works and a valuable collection of different documents.

This museum, which comprises one of the world's finest collections chronicling the history of money, is tucked away in the Barrio de Salamanca area.

Housed in a beautiful building with stained-glass windows, this little-known museum boasts a fascinating collection of fossils, minerals and gem stones.

A wonderful collection that reflects Spain’s rich naval history, from the Middle Ages right up to the present day.

Close to Paseo de la Castellana, you can find this museum that allows blind people and people with visual impairments to appreciate and experience art.

The childhood home of the author of Don Quixote showcases the traditions and customs of the 16th and 17th centuries.

This museum located near Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) is dedicated to hosting exhibitions centring around architecture and photography.

A total of 30,000 historic decorative objects including furniture, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and fabrics can be found here.

This small hermitage in the area known as Madrid Río boasts a ceiling covered in original Goya frescoes.

In the Literary Quarter, this typical seventeenth-century house is where the playwright and poet lived for the last 25 years of his life.

CHARMING GREEN AREAS

  • This green space offers extensive leisure areas and facilities for various sporting activities.

    Santander Park (Parque del Tercer Depósito)
  • One of the best places to watch the sun set in Madrid, known popularly as the "park of the seven boobs". 

    Cerro del Tío Pío Park
  • New

    New green area in the district of Hortaleza, located between the residential area and the Felipe IV country park.

    Princesa Leonor Park
  • Unmissable stop along Paseo del Arte (Art Walk), this creation by botanist Patrick Blanc reaches 24 metres.

    CaixaForum Vertical Garden
  • This wonderful natural space, which is home to a zoo and an amusement park, is Madrid’s largest public park.

    Casa de Campo Park
  • Parque Santander
  • Parque Cerro del Tío Pío
  • Parque Princesa Leonor
  • Jardín vertical CaixaForum
  • Casa de Campo

UNIQUE METRO STATIONS

Discover the Chamberí “ghost station”, which still preserves original elements from when it first opened. Limited places, reservation required. 

Don't miss

An example of industrial architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, this engine room supplied energy for all of Madrid. Prior booking for visits is required

Discover this refurbished former metro station, opened in 1923 in the Retiro district.

Paseo del Arte (Art Walk) has a surprise in store for visitors: a tropical garden in this important train station.

MORE GUIDED VISIT SUGGESTIONS

One of the few remaining examples of 15th-century military architecture in Madrid.

Cultural centre located in the heart of Madrid dedicated to printing, graphic arts and the history of the book.

This puppet theatre hosts fantastic shows for children most Saturdays and Sundays.

The Palacio de las Cortes, in the Literary Quarter, is one of the masterpieces of Spanish neoclassicism.

 

A little-known but stunning Baroque church whose interior is decorated entirely with wonderful frescoes.

This 17th-century manor, which was renovated in the 19th century, now houses the Italian Cultural Institute.

The Glass Palace in El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the finest examples of cast-iron architecture in Madrid.

Unique building dedicated to innovation and the dissemination of new technologies, located in the district of Villaverde.

One of the most iconic places in El Retiro Park has reopened after being closed to the public for almost two decades.

DON’T MISS

Free-admission days and times for state-owned museums and other tourist attractions.

Money-saving tips for visiting Madrid. Enjoy film, art and nature at affordable prices.

  • Don't miss

    This late 19th-century architectural jewel is the only frontón (traditional pelota court) still standing in Madrid.

    Beti Jai Pelota Court
  • Frontón Beti-Jai
  • Discover the city's most popular sights and attractions, from one of Europe's largest royal palaces to the magnificent Prado Museum and the Real Madrid football stadium. 

    Madrid Top 10
  • Palacio Real
Advertisement

OUR MONTHLY MAGAZINE

  • Check out online or download our monthly bilingual magazine, packed with events, useful information and a map of Madrid and its metro.

    esMADRIDmagazine July / August
  • Revista esMADRIDmagazine julio - agosto 2024

Gourmet Markets and Gastronomic Spaces

  • Madrid is brimming with revamped markets where locals do their weekly shopping and meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat.

    Gourmet Markets and Gastronomic Spaces
  • Mercados y espacios gastronómicos
  • A selection of one-of-a-kind moments and experiences that you can only enjoy in Madrid. Come and share them with us!

    Things you can only do in Madrid
  • Sala de trofeos del Real Madrid con las 15 Copas de Europa
Advertisement
  • Enjoy Madrid in a different way: get a tattoo, visit a peculiar haberdashery store or escape from an enchanted house. Power to the imagination!

    Unique romantic getaways
  • Escapadas originales en pareja
Advertisement
  • Madrid has lots of activities for children. Check out our suggestions to make the most of your great family holiday.

    Madrid for Kids
  • Primavera con niños
  • Different experiences and places for people looking for new trends and original offers.

    Alternative Madrid
  • Impact Hub
  • Look out for museums tucked away in old mansions and ancestral homes offering an intimate glimpse into history.

    House Museums
  • Museo Cerrallbo

A DIFFERENT MADRID

  • Discover 10 places off the beaten track that your trip to Madrid wouldn't be complete with visiting. 

    Alternative Top 10
  • Top 10 alternativo
  • Contemporary spaces hosting the latest avant-garde theatre shows and exhibitions.

    Top Cultural Centres
  • Shop windows, facades, museums, workshop, groups, festivals, fairs… Madrid signs up for street art and we will show you how to enjoy it.

    Urban Art in Madrid
  • Arte urbano en Madrid - Pinta Malasana

DON’T MISS

  • A one-kilometre stretch that is home to three of the best museums in the world: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. 

    Paseo del Arte
  • Un paseo por las galerías de arte de Madrid
  • Madrid boasts an array of public parks and gardens from Casa de Campo, Spain's largest green space, to El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Parks and Gardens
  • Rosaleda de El Retiro © Álvaro López del Cerro
  • A unique underground tourist route to discover the attractions that the Metro hides.

    Tourism on the Metro
  • Trenes históricos
  • Museums are always a great place to seek refuge, and even more so when temperatures rise above thirty degrees. Join us on our search for wonderful beaches in Madrid’s museums.

    A Refreshing Dip at the Museum
  • La nageuse (La nadadora) Pablo Picasso (Pablo Ruiz Picasso).  © Museo Reina Sofía. Sala 205.13 - André Breton. Mago del surrealismo
  • Get around the city easily, quickly and economically with our tourist travel card which gives unlimited use of all public transport.

    Tourist Travel Pass
  • Abono Transporte Turístico Madrid
  • Madrid's excellent transport system allows you to get around the city quickly and safely by bus, metro, train or taxi.

    Getting around Madrid
  • Colonia de la Prensa
  • Contemporary spaces hosting the latest avant-garde theatre shows and exhibitions.

    Top Cultural Centres

OFFICIAL PRODUCTS

The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.