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Madrid: 5 ways to dress like a local

Madrid: 5 ways to dress like a local

The day has come. You’re packing a bag for your trip to Madrid, Spain’s largest city. Seeing that lugging three rolling suitcases is neither savvy nor cost-effective, you have to be choosey with clothes, shoes and accessories. So should you pack the sandals or the sneakers? Just jeans or slacks, too? Here are some tips » Read more

Bullfighting In Madrid: Tradition or terror?

Bullfighting In Madrid: Tradition or terror?

There are a few “hot topics” sure to stir the pot at any dinner party in Madrid: language (Castilian vs Basque, Catalan, etc), football (Barça vs Real Madrid) and bullfighting. While many defend bullfighting as an art and tradition important to Spanish culture, others think of it as barbaric and archaic. Where do you stand? » Read more

Madrid: Free and reduced times to visit the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums

Madrid: Free and reduced times to visit the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums

It’s always interesting to see who among my visitors is a “Museum Geek.” Some friends come and get a museum pass to see all of Madrid’s museums at a discount, while others could care less where Picasso’s Guernica is located, and skip museums opting for city strolling and shopping. If you are a “Museum Geek,” » Read more

Madrid: The most we’d pay for everyday items

Madrid: The most we’d pay for everyday items

When you’re just getting to know a city it can be hard to determine if you’re paying “local” prices or “tourist” prices. Chances are if you’re in a very popular, central area of the city and the menu is translated into 20 languages, you’re paying a premium. While rates and prices vary, here’s what I » Read more

Madrid: Inexpensive and tasty restaurants in Chueca

Madrid: Inexpensive and tasty restaurants in Chueca

By Regina W Bryan— There’s a rivalry between Spain’s two largest cities, Barcelona and Madrid. From soccer—Real Madrid vs. Barça—to which city has better nightlife, there have been many a heated debate between locals from both sides. I live in Barcelona and love it here, but I have to admit: Madrid is pretty cool! Every » Read more

Madrid: The tastiest sandwiches in town for Cheapos

Madrid: The tastiest sandwiches in town for Cheapos

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— Sandwiches in Madrid are simple and cheap, and that’s what makes them a hit. Forget about going all gourmet by adding texture, exotic ingredients, and multi-grain bread—who needs all the fancy fillings when staple ingredients will do. The best bocadillos around the city stick to what they know, no bells » Read more

Madrid: A café connoisseur’s 5 favorite cafés

Madrid: A café connoisseur’s 5 favorite cafés

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— Imagine letting the hours pass by in Madrid. What comes to mind? My mind always conjures up images of the city’s cafés. And this is nothing new: Before moving to Madrid I dreamed about sitting at an outdoor café enjoying a café con leche, or finding the coziest corner inside » Read more

Madrid: Bars to get your (board) game on

Madrid: Bars to get your (board) game on

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— Bars that offer stacks of board games for their patrons are becoming more and more popular in Madrid. And although you can find one here or there in every neighborhood, two barrios in particular are packed with Trivial Pursuits, Taboos, checkers, chess and more: Malasaña and Lavapiés. Here are my » Read more

5 art museums in Madrid with free admission

5 art museums in Madrid with free admission

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— High on any visitor’s “must see” list when traveling to Madrid are the city’s fine art museums. The capital city is overflowing with classic, contemporary, abstract, expressionist and experimental art. What many may not know is that many of the best museums offer free admission–at least at some point during » Read more

Madrid in Winter: Skiing and outdoor markets

Madrid in Winter: Skiing and outdoor markets

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— The holidays in Madrid kicked off some of the best winter activities in the city. The Christmas markets may now be a sweet memory, but you won’t have to venture far from the center of our (usually) temperate and sunny locale to enjoy some other winter activities, including skiing and » Read more

The Three Best Hamburger Restaurants in Madrid

The Three Best Hamburger Restaurants in Madrid

By Florencia and Rafa in Madrid—The classic hamburger is making a comeback in Madrid. So, in addition to trying the Spanish sandwich equivalent to this American standby—like pork with cheese, or ham and tomato or even veal with fried peppers—you might be tempted by one of our city’s very own sliders. And when you are, we’ve got » Read more

5 Ways to Save on Shopping and Food in Madrid

5 Ways to Save on Shopping and Food in Madrid

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— If shopping is on the agenda while you’re in Madrid, you’ll surely come across price tags that will make you scratch your head. The good news is that although most trendy stores will drain your funds, there are some spots that won’t. Clothing: Lefties Multiple locations, including: Calle Carretas, 10 » Read more

Madrid: 5 Bars with Free Live Music

Madrid: 5 Bars with Free Live Music

By Nina Derham in Madrid— Madrid’s live music scene is alive and kicking with both local and international artists setting the bar high. One of the most wonderful things about live music in Madrid is that you can enjoy it without breaking the bank! The cheapest way to catch a concert is to frequent one » Read more

Madrid Day Trip: Exploring the Sierra mountain ranges

Madrid Day Trip: Exploring the Sierra mountain ranges

By Nina Derham in Madrid— If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Madrid, you’re in luck. Spain’s capital is flanked by mountain ranges including the Sierra de Guadarrama, Sierra del Norte and the Sierra de Gredos, all of which offer city dwellers some well-needed respite from the urban grind. Day tripping » Read more

Madrid: Three Hip Brunch Spots Worth the Splurge

Madrid: Three Hip Brunch Spots Worth the Splurge

By Florencia & Rafa in Madrid— Until not long ago, if you happened to wake up late in Madrid on a Sunday with a bit of a headache after a long night out, your breakfast choices were mostly limited to the typical Spanish fare: pincho de tortilla (eggs and potatoes omelet with bread on the » Read more

Free Art Gallery Tour in Madrid’s Lavapies Neighborhood

Free Art Gallery Tour in Madrid’s Lavapies Neighborhood

By Nina Derham in Madrid—  Madrid’s Golden Triangle of art museums is world renowned, but there is much more to the city’s art scene than the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia. So when you’re all Prado-ed out hit the streets of Lavapies to experience Madrid’s art and culture in its most eclectic, current and raw » Read more

Three cheap and tasty tapas spots in Madrid

Three cheap and tasty tapas spots in Madrid

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid— Madrid has no shortage of restaurants specializing in tapas, traditionally a small meal or snack. While technically a lighter plate, these dishes are supposed to deliver big on taste. For Cheapos in Madrid, here are my picks for three tasty tapas spots that won’t strip your wallet or leave your » Read more

Madrid: Which neighborhood is right for you?

Madrid: Which neighborhood is right for you?

  Heading to Madrid but don’t know where to put down your bags? We’ve been there, Cheapos. After all, how can you know where to book a room without having a feel for the different areas in town? After reading our rundown of Madrid’s most central and vibrant hoods, you should have more of an » Read more

Madrid: 5 tips for passing through Madrid’s Barajas International Airport

Madrid: 5 tips for passing through Madrid’s Barajas International Airport

When planning a trip to an unknown (or even a familiar) destination, there’s one part of the equation that’s often overlooked: the airport. Since moving to Madrid, I’ve spent a lot of time arriving in and departing from the Barajas International Airport. I’ve been in all four terminals and have learned the hard way how to » Read more

5 English-language bookstores in Madrid

5 English-language bookstores in Madrid

Books are great travel companions and if you find yourself without one, well, it’s possible to feel a bit lonely. If you’re in Madrid, there’s no need to panic: Plenty of bookstores carry English titles. Here are five of our favorites: J & J Books and Coffee Calle Espiritu Santo, 47 Metro: Noviciado Telephone: +34 » Read more

The best cafés with free Wi-Fi in Madrid

The best cafés with free Wi-Fi in Madrid

Madrid offers lots for the budget-conscious traveler: inexpensive restaurants, live music, art, and cultural activities. Don’t forget to add to this list absolutely free Wi-Fi! In many cafés around town, you’ll find free Wi-Fi connections and in some places you can even plug in your computer. Here are some of my favorite spots to find free Internet in » Read more

Madrid Fitness: Cheapo exercise options in Madrid

Madrid Fitness: Cheapo exercise options in Madrid

After the holidays, cold weather, and eating and drinking your way around Madrid, you may find that your body is craving a trip to the gym and a round of any kind of exercise. Exercising in Madrid is still a relatively new phenomenon: Gyms only popped up about six years ago and yoga and pilates » Read more

Madrid Metro and Taxis: Cheapo tips for getting around

Madrid Metro and Taxis: Cheapo tips for getting around

Transportation is easy in Madrid, but if you aren’t aware of your options, you may end up losing money when you’re trying to save it. Here are some tips to help you get to where you’re going and still have money to spend once you get there! 10 bus or metro rides with the “billete » Read more

Madrid: A visit to the Rastro flea market

Madrid: A visit to the Rastro flea market

By Cynthia Kane in Madrid– If you’re looking to buy clothes, household goods, furniture, or trinkets on the cheap in Madrid, Sunday is your day. This is when the city’s sprawling outdoor flea market, the Rastro, is open between La Plaza Mayor and Puerta de Toledo. History of the Rastro The Rastro is the largest » Read more

Moving to Madrid, Part II: Five Things that Surprised Me

Moving to Madrid, Part II: Five Things that Surprised Me

(Editor’s note: Stephanie recently moved to Madrid from Los Angeles. EuroCheapo checked in with her before the big move and is now following up to hear about her experience.) I was worried I wouldn’t like Madrid. Or even sillier still, I was worried that Madrid wouldn’t like me. But as it turns out, we are » Read more

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