What would a Spanish vacation be without delectable Tapas and some wine to give you company for the evening? Also, now would be a good time to find a restaurant which lets you enjoy a live performance of Flamenco - the most famous Spanish dance form. Maybe you might want to head to the most experimental and hip part of the city, marked by technicolor artworks on walls and colorful buildings all around. Drenched in the colors of display and satiated by the delightful Spanish local cuisines, you'll instantly know your wanderlust thanks you for the weekend you treated it to - after all Madrid does not let anybody down!!
Where to stay
Hostel beds can be found between 12-25 euros based on how far they are from Plaza Mayor. While Wifi comes standard with most hostels, some also offer free breakfast. You can check out the extensive list of options here. A budget hotel can cost you anywhere between 40 to 100 euros depending upon location and time of the year. This link will help you make the right choice for your hotels.
Madrid is an amazing city to cover on foot and is not as large as other major European capital cities like Paris and London. Metro tickets will cost you around 1.5 euros for central zones while the prices will increase the farther away you move from the city center. This link will provide you the information regarding metro fares across the city. Getting to and from the airport costs around 3 euros on train. Renting a bike is another great way to see the city, with prices around 15 EUR for the day.
Money saving tips :
You can save up on your expenses by following these handy tips:
1. Lunch is usually the cheapest meal of the day in Madrid. You will find "menu del dia” in many restaurants around the city, which will cost around 10-15 EUR.
2. Many museums, including the ones highlighted in the itinerary above, in Madrid have free entries on certain days and certain times of the year. So research on internet for these time slots in order to enjoy a free view of the beautiful art installations in these museums.
3. Join one of the many free walking tours in the city to know more about the history and culture of the attractions. New Madrid Walking Tours and Cat’s Hostel Walking Tours are among the most popular walking tours in Madrid.