Following on from the previous post about Unique and Clandestine date ideas in Madrid, I have created a version for those on a shoestring budget but still want to impress your date and create an unforgettable experience.
Here are my favourite free or almost-free date ideas in the city:
Picnic and sunset at Parque de Siete Tetas, Vallecas
The park known as the park of seven breasts (formal name Parque de Tio Pio) is situated in Vallecas. I know the concept of Vallecas and romantic don’t seem compatible but this park which was built upon a rubbish dump offers amazing views of Madrid. Pack a picnic and a good bottle of wine and admire the sunset from the hill for free.
Calle Benjamin Palencia 2. Nearest metro: Nueva Numancia.
Teatime at the Museo de Romanticismo, Malasaña
This little gem is a small patio inside the Museo de Romanticismo which is a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Calle de San Mateo 13. Nearest metro: Tribunal
Museo de Sorolla, Alonso Martinez
This museum is one of my favourites in Madrid, the home of the artist who painted the sun and the sky like no other painter, Joaquin Sorolla. A glimpse of his beautiful home and garden kept in the same state as when he was alive, it has a beautiful and calming garden where you can escape the noise and chaos of the city. The house was established in 1932 and houses an incredible collection of his paintings.
Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37. Nearest metro: Ruben Dario / Gregorio Marañon
Sala Equis – the old porn cinema, Tirso de Molina
This new establishment is a cool bar and cinema in a historic building near Tirso de Molina which used to be an old porn cinema, hence the name “Sala X”. Home of concerts, film showings and events this is THE new cool place in Madrid and friendly for the pocket too.
Calle del Duque de Alba, 4. Nearest metro: Tirso de Molina
Templo de Debod, Plaza de España
A classic place to take a stroll on a date, the Templo de Debod is an Egyptian temple dating back to 2nd Century BC which was dismantled and reassembled in Spain’s Plaza de España as a gift from the Egyptian government and is a popular place to view the sunset among other romantic couples.
The original temple was constructed under the orders Meroë King Adijalamani, who built a chapel dedicated to the god Amun and the goddess Isis. The construction of the temple was finished after Egypt was annexed by the Roman Empire.
Calle Feraz 1. Nearest metro: Plaza de España.
Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes, Banco de España
Another popular place to visit on the cheap is the Rooftop terrace of the Circulo de Bellas Artes, home of incredible panoramic views of Madrid.
Entrance costs 4 euros to go up to the terrace, 3 euros if you have a student card.
Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 2. Nearest metro: Banco de España.
Phantom Metro Station, Chamberi
Did you know that you can visit an original metro station from 1919? Travellers on the Madrid metro line 1 will notice the flash of an old station through the windows between Bilbao and Iglesia. This station is one of the original eight stations of line 1, when the metro ran a mere 4 kilometres of distance between Cuatro Caminos and Puerta del Sol.
During the Spanish Civil War, the station was used as a bomb shelter protecting people from the assaults form the Nationalist forces and Nazi allies.
The Chamberí staton was closed on May 22, 1966 but it was reopened in 2008 as a msuem called Andén 0, or “Platform Zero.” Here you can see beautiful original tiling on the walls and reconstructed original adverts as they appeared in the day and you can hear the rumble of the metro passing through from the other side of the glass partition as you visit the exhibition.
Best of all it’s free!!
Plaza de Chamberi. Nearest metro: Bilbao / Iglesia
Mercado de San Miguel, Sol
One of the most iconic markets in Madrid and the most touristy, this is a great place to taste some tapas and marvel at the selection of food on offer. Even though it is touristy it is a must-do in Madrid. Important advice: beware of the pickpockets!
Plaza de San Miguel. Nearest metro: Sol / Opera
Mercado de San Fernando, Embajadores
Now this is one of my favourite markets in Madrid, it’s where locals go and much less touristy than Mercado de San Miguel. This market is home to cheap eats and often there are events held in the market such as swing dances, flash mobs etc. My favourite place in the market is Exargia, towards the back of the market, which is a Greek place where you can eat delicious Greek dishes for around 15 euros for two people. There is also a craft beer stall that is worth visiting to marvel at the selection of beers.
Calle de Embajadores, 41. Nearest metro: Embajadores