|Quoting Schoenorama (Reply 4):|
Not entirely true, I am afraid. Madrid also can be quite expensive hotel-room wise, specially when there is high demand (ie, during congresses, etc.).
Yeah, every city has expensive hotels, but in Madrid there are also hotels and hostels everywhere for 20-30 euros. That is not the case in a place like Milan for example.
I don't remember the exact prices, but it seemed to me that the metro was also the cheapest I had ever seen in a major city. But, I was only there for 4 days, so I maybe didn't get a good idea of everything.
Caribb- If you are interested in painting, there are 3 good museums in a small area. They are:
The Prado, which I mentioned. This is the most famous, and contains mostly 16th-17th century spanish painting like Velazquez and El Greco.
Reina Sofia-More modern painting, 19th-20th century.
Thyssen (??)-a good collection of painting from most all periods.
You can look up more about them if you are interested. The Prado is the only place to see a great collection of Velazquez pictures. The other 2 museums are okay, but don't have much that can't be seen in any big city.
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