Typical stay in madrid

Madrid is the capital city of Spain, nested in the center of the country. Other than its exceptional architecture and museums, the city life is exceptional in itself: the tapas restaurants and bars, the music scene and the city nightlife has nothing to envy to other European capitals.

Attraction and museum prices

Madrid offers a wide range of attractions, and many of them are cheap or even free on certain days of the week. Furthermore, Madrid is a great city for strolling the streets and gawking at the architecture.

  • Museo Nacional del Prado: €15
  • Royal Palace of Madrid: €10
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: €12, free on Monday afternoons (noon-4pm)
  • Basilica de San Francisco el Grande: free during mass, €3 guided visit
  • Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida: free
  • Walking tour: Free (but you should tip the guides) or €15–€50 (for paid tours)
  • Bike tour: €22-€35

Madrid food prices

Like most of southern Europe, Madrid’s food prices are quite reasonable, so it’s not too difficult to eat well on a budget.

Locals traditionally don’t eat lunch until later in the afternoon so places serving lunch at noon are probably catering to tourists. Similarly, dinner doesn’t start until around 9 pm — so keep that in mind when planning your day and meals.

However, you can usually stop into a bar at any time of the day to feast on cheap tapas. As always, try to scope out where locals go since that is a good sign that the food is good quality. Be especially wary of paella restaurants catering to tourists because they’re notoriously bad.


Safe city

Madrid is a safe city. With a rating of 85% Spain, is ranked 17th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries. Madrid is a bit more dangerous because of the high number of tourists being targets for pickpocket.

Madrid is generally very safe for women travelers.


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