Great Unconventional Things To Do In Madrid

Boating in Parque del Buen Retiro is just one of many things to do in Madrid on a budget
Boating in Parque del Buen Retiro is just one of many things to do in Madrid on a budget | © Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo
Laura Kauffmann

In Madrid and out of ideas what to do or not quite sure where to go besides the usual tourist attractions? Buckle up, for we have the ultimate guide to Madrid’s most original and intriguing places.

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Microteatro Por Dinero

How about you give the Microteatro por Dinero a try? Every day, five ‘micro-plays’ are staged simultaneously, every 15 minutes. You will be in an audience of around 15 people, watching a play which usually stars two actors, performing for no more than 20 minutes.Even if your Spanish isn’t perfect, this experience will be worth taking the linguistic plunge for.

Campo de la Cebada

The Campo de la Cebada does not look like much when it’s closed, consisting of little more than the foundations of an old swimming pool and some wooden stands, it is in fact the melting pot of different people which bring this occupied public space to life.

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Círculo De Bellas Artes, Madrid, España

If you’re looking for a place bursting with atmosphere, head for the Circulo de Bellas Artes. In its building on the beautiful Calle del Alcalá it not only hosts wonderful art exhibitions of all schools and styles, but it also has a lovely café on street level, decorated with antique-themed sculptures, as well as a breathtaking rooftop terrace with a stunning view over the roofs of Madrid.

Closed-down Chamberí station

Go visit the eerie closed-down Metro station of Chamberí, once having been the last stop of the Línea 1, the first Metro line ever to have run in Madrid. Learn all there is to know about the fascinating history of the Madrid Metro as you visit the 97 year-old tunnels, now turned into an interactive museum.

Escape Rooms

Real-life escape room games are non virtual adventures, in which the daring participants are locked into a room, given a mission and clues and are only allowed to use their brain cells and nerve to escape. So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and test your brains. Establishments such as Escape Room, The Exit-Game, Enigma Express, The Rombo Code offer outrageous scenarios also available in English!

Secret Gardens

The existence of many hidden gardens right in the bustling center of Madrid often goes unnoticed. The Huerto de las Monjas, for example, once a pristine retreat for nuns of the convent it belonged to, now lies hidden behind inconspicuous apartment buildings. If you are looking for refreshment, the café on the patio of the Museo del Romanticísmo will allure all your senses with delicious homemade cakes and tarts in an almost surreal atmosphere of quiet contemplation.

Madrid markets

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

A great way to pick up some Madrid flair is by meandering through one of the many markets it has to offer every weekend. If you’re lucky, you might catch the Mercado de los Motores, which opens every second weekend of the month. Vintage-lovers, pioneers of fashion and adorers of design will feel beguiled as they rummage through the pleasant Camden-style market in the breathtaking hall of the old train station Delicias.

Take a Trip

Magnificent monasteries and enchanting castles, not even speaking of the sublime forests and mountains of the Sierra de Guadarramá, all at an hours reach. These sights might be outside of the city, but they are still inside the Community of Madrid. So don’t hesitate and enjoy your very own, extended Madrid experience.

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