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Backpacker Travel Tips for Madrid

Tuesday 8th November 2011

Most capital cities are a challenge to stay in for any length of time for a backpacker on a budget, but Madrid can be as cheap as you like. It’s a beautiful city to just walk around admiring the architecture and to people-watch from a bench on the main strip known as Gran Via.

The best way to save money in Spain’s capital is to stay at one of the cheap central Madrid hotels, where prices start at just €14.02.

Cheap eats in Madrid

Head to El Cucurucho del Mar between Gran Via and Sol for intimate dining at a great price. For around €17 each you’ll get a giant platter of prawns, clams and scallops served on a cake stand. For anyone on a super tight shoestring get yourself to the Mercato de la Cebada, the incredible food market on Plaza de la Cebada and make use of your hostel self-catering facilities.

Make sure to visit one of the many Museo del Jamon’s dotted around the city too for a premium selection of tasty charcuterie.

Top attractions

Relax in the beautiful Campo del Moro – a huge park with amazing fountains. Madrid’s main square the Puerto del Sol is a great place to while away the day too. There are some incredible buildings flanking the square, including the Real Casa de Correos, as well as many statues for you to get snap happy with. Just stay away from all the shops up the side streets if you want to keep your trip budget!

Clubs and bars in Madrid

Check out super-kitsch bar Tupperware, pronounced by the locals as ‘Tupper-warry’. The décor is psychedelic with lava lamps, fake fur and Barbie dolls adorning the walls. Music is indie rock and the locals are chilled and trendy – get here early to score a seat. Entry is usually free.

Cool events

To enjoy a free Flamenco display on the streets time your trip with the Festival de Flamenco Caja Madrid in February, or the San Isidro fiesta in May.