Let´s all be honest, winter time is a bit tricky when it comes to do activities or socialize. For those who are not familiar with the winter season in Madrid: it gets super cold, although the sun normally does not leave us (Thank God!). That is why you might find yourself staying in more, partying less and choosing indoor activities instead. Well, you are not the only one! As always, we are here to recommend you cool stuff to do in Madrid and have fun no matter how cold it gets.
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Gather your friends and go to an Escape Room!
What is more fun than playing a mysterious scene with your friends? You will find so many options and so many games, as Escape Rooms are getting more and more popular in Madrid. An escape room is basically playing a game to solve a mystery through hints and strategies. There is even one based on the famous Spanish series, La Casa de Papel which is the best for the fans of this popular TV Show. Here comes the webpage if you need more info or would like to book: https://lacasadepapelescaperoom.com/
Our top recommendations are “Fox in a Box Escape Room” and “Escape College” which are both 10 minutes by walking from Mad4You Hostel. You can find information on the games and make a reservation on their websites.
So, gather your best team and prepare to have some fun!
Skiing in “Centro Comercial Xanadu”
If you are a fan of skiing but do not know where to go, we have got some good news for you. In the municipality Arroyomolinos, there is an indoor skiing center inside the shopping center Xanadu that is open during the whole winter!
They offer skiing classes if you are a beginner, free parking, all the equipment and skiing clothes for rent. The entrance fee for 2 hours is 22€ and 36€ for a whole day.
We call it a perfect plan for families and friends!
Rain or sun-shine, we love going to museums and exhibitions. If you still have not visited Prado Museum, Reina Sofia or Thyssen, then those three museums should be your first destinations.
In Thyssen, you will see the finest paintings of Monet, Van Gogh, Carpaccio, Van Eyck and many more. The general entrance fee is 12€, but, shh!, there is free entry to the permanent collection on Mondays from 12:00 to 16:00.
For Picasso fans, Reina Sofia is a must see! You get to stare at one of hist most famous paintings, Guernica all day long. From Monday to Saturday between 7:00pm-9:00pm and on Sundays from 13:30 till 9:00pm there is free entrance. Hooray!
And if you are more into classical art, let us take you to Prado, which opens its doors for free from Monday to Saturday between the hours 6:00pm-8:00pm and on Sundays from 5:00pm till 7:00pm.
Lastly, we would like to present you a super deal of all three museums, in case you cannot decide: “Abono Paseo del Arte” which is basically a ticket that allows you to visit these three museums (just one visit for each) within a year. The ticket costs 29,60€ and you can buy it in any of these museums.
Wine and dine in the best restaurants of Madrid
There is always an excuse to eat! So, let it be the cold weather this time and do yourselves a favor, in other words check these restaurants in the center of Madrid. If you do not know where to start:
Some of our favorite restaurants from Malasaña are Lateral Fuencarral (Spanish cuisine), Ochenta Grados (international), La Mucca del Pez (Italian cuisine/International) and Madrid Madriz. And if you fancy something different, we recommend Goiko Grill (for those who cannot live without burger) and Vega (for vegetarians and vegans).
They are all very close to Mad4You Hostel, and in case you need directions we will be delighted to help you. Oh, and do not forget to make a reservation to guarantee a table, as they usually get very crowded, especially on weekends.
Lastly, speaking of food, the most typical way to enjoy Spanish cuisine in winter is having some vermouth in a “Mercado” or eat “Cocido Madrileño” in a local taberna. You should try the delicious vermouth from the tap in Latazo (Mercado de Antón Martín) for really good prices.
If you have a minute, we invite you to check our past blogs on where to have best wine in Malasaña and food markets in Madrid:
Please, do not forget that for anything you might need in Madrid or any questions you might have about our Hostel, you can always contact us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 0034915217549. We are more than happy to help with whatever you might need.
Hope to see you soon at Mad4You Hostel!
The Mad4You Hostel Team