How to visit Madrid’s best museums for free.

For those of you planning a weekend city break in Madrid, it has some fabulous museums packed with troves of impressive masterpieces. But don’t be overwhelmed. If you feel that, rather than spend a long session in a museum, you’d just like to pop in to take a look say, at the modern art section, but feel obliged to do the rounds as you’ve paid a steep entry fee, we can help. We’ve chosen the best of the town’s museums that you can visit for free at certain times of day so you can just focus on what you like best and then head for the tapas bars and a stroll in the plazas.

After spending Saturday morning getting the feel of the city and doing some window shopping, why not spend some time in the afternoon at the Reina Sofia Museum (www.museoreinasofia.es) where Picasso’s famous painting ‘Guernica’ is on display? Entry is free from 14.30 – 21.00 so take advantage of the air-con in the summer months to escape the after lunch heat. The nearby Thyssen Bornemisza (www.museothyssen.org) is also free on Saturday afternoons, and on Sunday mornings, you can visit the Museo Sorolla (www.museosorolla.mcu.es) free from 10.00 – 15.00. The museum is housed in Sorolla’s beautiful home and the low-key shady gardens are a hidden gem. Just spend as much time as you like enjoying the famous Spanish artists’ work: it won’t cost you a penny!

Easy Jet, Ryanair and Aer Lingus all offer cheap flights to Madrid, as well as full-service airlines British Airways and Iberia.

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