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What to do on Sunday in Madrid?

Sundays are as a rule of thumb a boring day. The typical day-off to disconnect from the routine, doing the laundry and feeling a little bit more useful with ourselves. It is not made for the social life, but maybe for a moment of intimacy with the sofa and some movie to rest the Saturday’s hangover. This is the rule of thumb, but not in Madrid. In the Spanish capital city there are experts in setting-up the famous “Sunday Funday”. Actually, the last day of the week is the main one to redeem the monotony and find out some affordable plan which gets out of the tour clichés. If you want to enjoy a Sunday as a genuine Madrilenian in his environment, keep reading.

Each Madrilenian who was worthy of his roots had been gone, at least once, to take chocolate and churros. What is more, he had exactly been gone to the universally recognized chocolate shop “San Ginés”. It is hidden in a corner of the shopaholic Preciados street, which links Sol with the Opera’s square. The natives are used to go there in New Year’s Eve but, if you don’t have the chance, Sundays are the perfect alternative.

Its history dates back to 1890, when it worked as a tavern and a hostel as well. Even though at very first glance it seems like pure-blood, “San Ginés” also has its own branch in China, Japan and Colombia. Besides enjoying one of the best chocolates in Spain for a reasonable price, you will start your route in the most charming alley of the city.

If there is a tradition that helps you with stirring in your sleep on Sundays, this is to go to the Rastro’s flea market. We recommend you to go after the churros breakfast because we are going to need extra energy to walk through that crossroad which is Madrid’s downtown. You can get lost in Cascorro square between screams and more than 1000 second hand stands. It may sound terrifying, but it is one the best experiences that the capital city offers to get involved with the real face of its habitants.

From here, we bet you will always find something interesting in those baskets. There are gramophones, worn out suitcases, odd hats and even last century trading cards. Maybe it’s not very useful, but none relic is.

But not everything in our “Sunday Funday” is eating and shopping, we also will find an opening to cultivate the mind. In cultural activities, Madrid can be one of the most expensive cities in Europe, but at the same time there are some tricks that would definitely help you not expend even a coin.

For example, there is free entrance to Prado Museum every Sunday from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. We have only two hours, but if we manage well our time it will be enough to make a good review to Velazquez, Goya or Tiziano. The other principal museum of the city, Reina Sofia, specialized in modern art, is a little bit more generous in its sales and it opens the gates for free on Sundays from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. On top of that, there are tons of independent exhibitions in every district of the capital. It is not only about art, but also cinema cycles, charitable concerts and cultural conferences ¡A Madrilenian will be your best information source!

After that cultural time, it’s time to take it easy again in the most Sunday’s Madrilenian neighborhood: la Latina. This eccentric area boils in the last day of the week, when the youth meet at Paja square to drink something or to have dinner in one of its countless bars. For the less spendaholic people, it is also possible to buy a can of beer and sitting calmly in the square, one of the few places where the famous “botellón” (to drink on the streets) is allowed.

Whole Spain is gathered in this “cañas & tapas” area. There are taverns from Extremadura, Málaga or Galicia where you could relax after this intense “Sunday Funday”. But if you fancy more to nibble feast and drinking one famed Mahou for a small amount of money, we definitely recommend the newer places, experts in beer bucket’s offers. You can get five bottles of beer and some spicy potatoes or nuggets plate for less than 5 euros.

So, with that first four-plans recipe, you could blow your own trompet and tell everyone how to get the best on Madrilenian Sundays. ¿Who said resting day?

(Mónica, Spain)

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