Like between Rio and São Paulo, there is a “rivalry” between Barcelona and Madrid. My heart was already beating for Barcelona as I had been there twice, before we went to the Spanish capital. But after I got to know Madrid, I prefer not to take any sides. The truth is that the two cities are very different and both very interesting.

Madrid is a city with beautiful architecture and a pulsating cultural life. Here is where the main theatrical spectacles, concerts and musicals take place. In the capital are also the main museums of Spain, such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, which show art Spanish legends such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

Madrid also has beautiful buildings, parks and squares, highlighting Parque Del Retiro and Plaza Mayor, which are some of the most visited tourist spots in the city. But the best way to get to know Madrid and their habitants is by tasting the delicious tapas (Spanish snacks), in one of its numerous bars and restaurants. For those who like it, Madrid is also famous for its lively nightlife. The most famous clubs are in Chuenca, the GLS district.

To save money for tapas, wines and clubs, I prepared a 2-day itinerary in Madrid with just free tourists attractions (some are paid, but there are free visiting hours provided). To save up even more, if you are staying in a good location, you can walk everywhere and don’t need to pay for public transportation.

Buildings in Madrid’s city center
Buildings in Madrid’s city center

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