Highlights of this tour
- Outside visits:
- Royal Palace
- Almudena cathedral
- Plaza Mayor
- Puerto Sol
- Theatro Español
- Gran via
- Alcalá gate
- Cybele’s square
- City hall
During this half-day walking/rolling tour through Madrid, you explore the old city center of the capital and biggest city of Spain, together with your private guide. He will meet you in the lobby of your accommodation in the center of Madrid, and your tour starts directly from here. Your guide makes sure you stay on the wheelchair-accessible sidewalks while you explore this beautiful city, and you learn all about the history and culture, as well as local life.
You stroll along different historical museums, magnificent buildings, districts, and squares in the city. First, you walk/roll along The Habsburg district. A historic area where you can see various architectural style buildings, ranging from the late Renaissance through the early Boroqeuis. The second district you pass is the Letras District, which is the literary area of Madrid. Some of the greatest literati from Spain used to live here. Nowadays, this district combines literature, bohemian, entertainment, shopping, and great food. The last area is the Latina district, which is one of the oldest areas of Madrid.
Next is Madrid’s Royal Palace, the former home of the Kings of Spain. The Royal Palace tells the story of the history of Spain. Even though the palace is no longer the home of the royal family, it is still their official residence. The court covers an area of 135,000 m² and has 3418 rooms. Therefore, it is currently the largest functioning royal palace in the world.
The following highlight of this Madrid Walking tour is the catholic Almudena Cathedral. The construction of this cathedral has taken over 100 years and opened to the public in 1993. It is mainly known for its size and the beautiful colorful ceiling of the dome inside.
Another magnificent building that you see during this part of the tour is Opera House, also known as Teatro Real.
Next up, you find the old town hall and visit Plaza Mayor, a historic 16th century square in the city center of Madrid. Nowadays Plaza Mayor is one of the most famous squares in the city, where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. In the middle of the plaza, you see the bronze Giambologna’s equestrian statue of King Filipe III.
Near the square, there is another remarkable building, that is called Casa de la Panaderia. It is the former building of the bakers’ guild. Nowadays, you can go there to get information about the city.
A highlight not to be missed, is San Miguel’s food Market, the most popular indoor food market in Madrid. Here you can enjoy typical Spanish dishes, such as Jamón Iberíco and Spanish tortilla. You find the market at Plaza de San Miguel, which carries the same name.
Puerto del Sol is a public pedestrian square and one of the busiest places in the city. Puerta del Sol means ‘gateway to the sun.’ It is the center, ‘km 0’, of the radial network of the Spanish roads. At this square, you find many fountains and statues, and it is a popular attraction for tourists and locals. Furthermore, on the plaza, you find Casa de Correos, a clock that counts down on New Year’s Eve. At every stroke, people eat a grape. They say it brings you luck in the upcoming year!
Nearby Puerto del Sol is Plaza de Santa Ana, where you find Theatro Español, the oldest theatre of Madrid.
Gran Vía is the exclusive shopping street, and one of the most essential traffic points in Madrid. You find Gran Vía in the center, between Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de España. The streets consist of many impressive buildings, such as the Metropolis, with the colossal bronze statue on top.
You continue towards Alcala Gate, one of Madrid’s most famous landmarks, with the magnificent museums, Casino de Madrid, and The Congress and followed by Cybele’s Square. This square is best known for its grand fountain with marble statues in the middle. Also located here is Madrid’s city hall. The City hall is the former main office of the postal service, Palacio de Comunicaciones.
At the end of your walking/rolling tour, your guide takes you back to your accommodation, or if you wish to stay in the center for further self-exploring, he can advise about sights and local places to have a coffee or lunch.
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