Highlights of this tour
- Plaza Mayor
- Puerto del Sol
- Palacio Real
- Puerta de Alcalá
- Plaza de Colon
- Bullring Plaza de Ventas
During this full day, you visit the must-see sights in Madrid. Madrid is the Spanish Capital, the most centrally located city of this country, and one of the biggest cities in Europe.
Throughout this Highlights of Madrid tour, you have an English-speaking private guide and a wheelchair accessible vehicle at your disposal. The historical center of Madrid will be explored with a short walking/rolling tour. The guide makes sure to use the wheelchair-accessible sidewalks and pedestrian streets. During the day there are various stops for some souvenir hunting, to have a coffee and lunch. If you wish to include an inside visit to any of the museums, monuments or, for instance, the Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid’s football stadium), let us know prior, so we can customize the tour and route accordingly.
During the tour, you admire several buildings and monuments from different historical periods. First, you visit Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Plaza Mayor is a large historic square from the Habsburg period. Nowadays it is a bustling square where you find many street artists, shops and restaurants. Due to its large surface, the square is also often used as an event location. Another square from the similar Habsburg era is Puerto del Sol, the square of the Sun. The most central and well-known square of the city.
You continue with the Bourbon period, and see Palacio Real. This is still the largest functional royal palace in the world. In front of this Royal Palace, you find Teatro Real, a major opera house in Madrid, designed by the architect Antonio López Aguado.
Not to miss is the Museo del Prado, one of the largest and most famous art museums in the world. The building is two hundred years old and opened as a museum to the general public on the 19th of November 1819, initially as a Royal Museum full of paintings and sculptures.
The next stop is the old Atocha railway station. The station is a junction of the Spanish trains with high-speed trains running from and to Atocha, Malaga, Sevilla, and Barcelona. Today, Atocha is more than just a train station and place to admire the architecture. In the main hall of the station, you find a beautiful Botanical garden with several restaurants.
Next to the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro, you find Puerta de Alcalá. This building used to be the entrance to the city. However, this function was lost in 1869 when the city wall was demolished. Nowadays, the gate is one of Madrid’s most impressive monuments and tourist attractions. You also see the city’s beautiful and majestic fountains of Neptuno and Cybele.
You continu to Plaza de Colon and its monuments. The first monument is a statue of Columbus standing at the pinnacle of a tall column. The second monument consists of concrete macro-sculptures by Joaquín Vaquero Turcios.
Furthermore, you go to the famous Bullring, Plaza de las Ventas in the Salamanca district. Followed by a stop at Plaza de España, a central square located at the end of the chic Grand Via boulevard. On this square, you find various monuments and statues, as well as the two highest buildings of the city: the Torre de Madrid with a height of 142 meters, and the Edificio España with a height of 117 meters.
Finally, you drive through the aristocratic quarter of Salamanca, where distinguished designers have their boutiques, and along the elegant avenue of La Castellana, which leads to the Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid’s stadium). As mentioned, if you would like to see the Real Madrid stadium, or any other of the highlights, from the inside, let us know prior and we can add this to your tour*.
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