Madrid: we stayed at Motion Chueca hostel for two nights and paid 16.50 euro per night including breakfast. We always ate heavy breakfast at hostel so that we can skip our lunch and have something cheap while exploring the place. We never took a taxi in Madrid. Madrid metros are really convenient and cheap. Fun fact: Madrid metro system is 100 years old as they began operating in 1919.
Do not forget to carry your student ID card for amazing deals everywhere.
You can easily cover major portion of the city in 2 days.
Places we visited for free:
1. El Retiro Park- A great place to walk around, go boating and clicking pictures with your friends. Or just sit by the lake and watch people walk by.
2. Plaza Mayor- Its a major city centre square with restaurants playing live music and cozy coffee shops.
3.Gran Via- A hustling street of Central Madrid lined with famous outlets and restaurants. You can easily spend couple of hours walking around, enjoying the stunning Spainish and French architecture. And if you don’t fancy spending on high end brands you can enjoy bargaining with local shop keepers.