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Madrid Nightlife: Movies and live music on the cheap

Madrid Nightlife: Movies and live music on the cheap

Madrid is known for its great nightlife — from thumping clubs to tapas bars. But did you know that the city also offers its share of Cheapo-friendly nighttime entertainment options? Here are some of our favorite spots for finding film and music in Madrid. Cine Doré Tuesday – Sunday Calle de Santa Isabel 3 28012 Madrid, Spain +34 » Read more

Madrid Cheapo Night Out: Tapas tasting and bar hopping (with free drinks!)

Madrid Cheapo Night Out: Tapas tasting and bar hopping (with free drinks!)

For affordable eating in Madrid, you can choose between tapas or more expensive entrees in regular restaurants. Tapas, the famous side plates served in bars throughout Spain, are usually served with a caña (small beer) or a “caña doble,” if you’re really thirsty (it’s a better deal). If you opt for tapas, you should consider hopping from one » Read more

Madrid: Top five Cheapo-friendly restaurants

Madrid: Top five Cheapo-friendly restaurants

Although Madrid is a pricey city, there are still many restaurants that offer up great food at a low, low, price! From €1 sandwiches to prix fixe Argentinean dinners under €20, Madrid has your tastes (and your wallet) covered. Below you’ll find five of our favorite cheap Madrid restaurants. Glorieta de Montera Caballero de Gracia, » Read more

Moving to Madrid: 8 tips for before the move

Moving to Madrid: 8 tips for before the move

(Editor’s note: Stephanie is moving to Madrid from Los Angeles in one week. EuroCheapo will be checking in with her before and after she makes the big move.) You have a travel visa and you’ve booked your flight. It’s official: You’re moving to Madrid. If you’re like me, you want to have everything figured out » Read more

Madrid: Free tours, bikes, museums, and food!

Madrid: Free tours, bikes, museums, and food!

Looking for things to do in Madrid that won’t put a hole in your wallet? If so, check out the following list of activities you can do for absolutely free! Free Madrid walking tours If you’ve just arrived in Madrid (or even if you’ve been here for a while but haven’t yet explored the city), take » Read more

Madrid Tip: Visit Congress for free!

Madrid Tip: Visit Congress for free!

Madrid is filled with Cheapo-friendly activities, including complementary admission to the Prado museum and nightlife options that are easy on the wallet. For a less conventional Madrid freebie, however, consider paying a visit to the Spanish capital’s Congreso de los Diputados. The Congreso de los Diputados is a democratically elected body, 350 members in total, and is » Read more

Madrid’s Ghost Town: El Escorial

Approximately 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Madrid, el Escorial still functions as a monastery, school, museum and royal palace. The sprawling historic site first broke ground in 1563, led by the architects Juan Bautista de Toledo and later Juan de Herrera, under the reign of King Phillip II. The architectural project set King Philip’s » Read more

Madrid’s Fall Colors: Red and orange photos of Madrid

Madrid’s Fall Colors: Red and orange photos of Madrid

MADRID, Spain—EuroCheapo’s “Wandering Cheapo” Kari Hoerchler arrived this week in Madrid, where she’s spending the week strolling about town. While there, we asked her to snap some shots of everyday life in Madrid on her fancy new iPhone. While touring the city yesterday, Kari realized that orange and red, typical fall colors, show up in » Read more

Madrid’s Monuments at Night: A photographic tour

Madrid’s Monuments at Night: A photographic tour

MADRID, Spain—EuroCheapo’s “Wandering Cheapo” Kari Hoerchler arrived Monday morning in Madrid, where she’s spending a week strolling about town. While there, we asked her to snap some shots of everyday life in Madrid on her fancy new iPhone. Last night, Kari wandered Madrid, photographing the city’s finest monuments. Is it just us, or do the » Read more

Madrid: Greetings from Retiro Park!

Madrid: Greetings from Retiro Park!

MADRID, Spain—EuroCheapo’s “Wandering Cheapo” Kari Hoerchler arrived yesterday morning in Madrid, where she’ll spend a week strolling about town. While there, we asked her to snap some shots of everyday life in Madrid on her fancy new iPhone. Today Kari visited Retiro Park. Part of Madrid’s Jeronimos district, Retiro Park was originally part of Real » Read more

Madrid cheap souvenir: Spanish fans

Cheapos in search of a bargain take-home-prize from the land of flamenco need only peek at the sophisticated ladies of Spain. Not only do decorative fans provide personal air-conditioning in Europe’s balmy southwestern country, they’re also a fan-tastic piece of history to bring home. Cool! Wave to the folks back home The first known use of human-hand powered fans, made of » Read more

Madrid: The Prado Museum for free — every day!

Madrid: The Prado Museum for free — every day!

The Museo Nacional del Prado is Madrid’s most famous museum. Opened to the public in 1819, today it boasts a world-class collection of European artwork, including more than 7,000 works spanning from the 12th century to the early 19th century. At any time, about 1,300 pieces of art are on display. The museum started out as a royal collection of art, » Read more

Madrid Nightlife: Cheap Night Out

Madrid Nightlife: Cheap Night Out

Hitting the town in Madrid doesn’t have to rip into your bank balance faster than a speeding bull. As in all good cities, nighttime budget-friendly options abound! Here’s our cheapo guide to living it up for a night in Spain’s vibrant capital. Get in the mood Start out near central Plaza de Chueca, an area where there’s no shortage of trendy clubs » Read more

MAP: New Madrid Publication

Recently launched: MAPMagazine, an online publication that devotes itself to Madrid’s Anglophone expats and visitors. The magazine, which feels to us like a cross between the NYT and Facebook, is a useful compendium of news and calendar items. There are lists of free (and cheap) things to do, restaurant reviews, and coverage of the capital’s » Read more

Madrid: Playmobil convention

Photo by punch_for_lunch3 In the Chamartín train station in Madrid, Playmobil will set up extensive dioramas for the nostalgic public in its third annual convention in Spain, April 20 through 22. For only €2, adults can rediscover the imaginative plastic dolls, toy pirate ships, gas stations, helicopters, and the rest of Playmobil’s microcosmic world that » Read more

Madrid: Places to get free Internet access

Madrid: Places to get free Internet access

Photo by kevinturner Internet Cafés are so last year. Unfortunately, foreigners and locals alike discover free Internet access in Madrid only by word of mouth. Take Spain’s mega store Corte Ingles for example. Most people don’t know there’s free Wi-Fi in all of its cafeterias. Our favorite for the best views of the city: its » Read more

Madrid: Argentine Doll Talks Back

photograph by Elizabeth Gorman Merlina Morada is a self-proclaimed freaky doll in gothic dress. She represents the most startlingly glamorous and alluring collective of fashion-ista drag queens in Madrid, Teatro Lírico de Muñecas. One of many street artists doing their thing in the center of Madrid, she’s our favorite for her sassy, urban-chic mime performance. » Read more

Madrid: Red-Eye Flamenco

photograph courtesy of david_fisher There’s a bar across the street from our apartment in Madrid. The joint serves chicken, though we’d never order it. It’s the only bar on the street open late—by which we mean through the night. In the wee hours, lurking locals duck under its half-closed garage door, emerging moments later. It’s a safe » Read more

Madrid: ARCO, Contemporary Arts Fair, vs. Spanish Tortilla

Anyone who’s anybody is currently walking the floors of ARCO, Madrid’s most prestigious international contemporary arts fair. ARCO attracts the best international artists, highbrow art editors, connoisseurs, and collectors from Spain and around the world, and is being held from February 15 through 19, 2007. Of course, if you’re no one who’s nobody and can’t » Read more

Amen to La Latina

Sunday bar hopping in Madrid’s La Latina neighborhood is just as much a Spanish ritual as going to church was 30 years ago. Although mostly Catholic by birth, Madrileños don’t go to church on Sundays anymore. Instead, they meet with friends and family in the afternoon, bringing their children along with them into smoke-filled bars. Needless to say, » Read more

Madrid: Cervantes Institute exhibit features war-time journalists

Elizabeth Gorman’s ghostly capture of a photograph of Hemingway and Gelhorn The Cervantes Institute’s current exhibition, “Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War,” documents the lives of journalists in Spain during the War. Big hitters Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell—both of whom took up arms—were just a few members of the A-list writers’ club whose harrowing work » Read more