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I am usually the go-to person when it comes to information on quick getaways. Spontaneity and networking with locals is a sure-fire way to discover those hot spots that tourists rarely get to try out.

However, sometimes a little bit of forward-thinking can make all the difference, especially when it comes to saving money. Spain is one of such places: planning ahead can mean saving plenty of money, as heritage sites offer free entrance hours to tourists and locals alike. If you have a week or two around Madrid, check the list and plan your whereabouts and schedules – it might mean an extra night at a tapas bar!

Prado
https://www.museodelprado.es/
One of the world’s largest art collections, accessible to all from Monday to Saturday, 6 to 8 pm, with a short, 15 minute queue that allows several consecutive (and needed!) visits. On Sundays, ticket-free visiting hours run from 5 to 7pm, but prepare for a long wait before getting in.

Reina Sofia
http://www.museoreinasofia.es/
Art lovers might also enjoy this museum, especially when searching for modern or contemporary works. Have a peek from 7 to 8 pm on weekdays (except Tuesdays), or a longer look on Sunday, between 3 and 7 pm.

Palácio del Oriente (Palácio Real)
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/palacios/6039
Home to Royalty, this tour has luxury and exuberance to spare. The palace opens its doors to EU and Iberoamerican citizens for free from Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 pm – remember to bring your passport, it is checked at the door!

Museo de América
http://www.mecd.gob.es/museodeamerica/el-museo.html
Spain helped shape a significant part of the world. Investing your Sunday – from 10 am to 1 pm – here is a smart way to dodge queues at other spots. The collection includes pre-Columbian, ethnographic and colonial items.

Museo del Romanticismo
http://museoromanticismo.mcu.es/
If you like class, this is the place for you. From 2 til 8:20 pm on weekdays and from 10am to 3pm on Sundays, you can walk the halls and enjoy not only paintings, drawings and stylish furniture, but also photographs will offer you great insights into everyday life.

Monasteries
http://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/monasterios
Spain wouldn’t be Spain without the influence of the Catholic Church. You can better understand this aspect of the Iberian culture by visiting some of its still fully-functioning structures, such as these monasteries. Free entrance for EU and Iberoamerican citizens on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 pm.

Words by Scheila Farais Silveira

Picture by Javier

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