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Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

1. Madrid: El Prado Museum and the Royal Palace Walking Tour

Explore the most emblematic attractions of Madrid throughout a guided walking tour. Begin with a skip-the-line guided tour inside the Prado Museum, which houses outstanding rooms and paintings, and has a special emphasis on the paintings that have changed the History of Art and became universal referents. Admire works of Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, and Tiziano, among many others. You then continue with a 1.5-hour walking tour of the entire area between the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Accompanied by your guide, discover the essentials of the city, including the Fountain of Neptune, the Congress of Deputies, the house of Cervantes, and the Puerta del Sol. Finally, your tour concludes with a guided skip-the-line tour inside the Royal Palace, a building of gigantic dimensions that is bound to surprise you with its rich decoration and incredible rooms and lounges. This monument is considered a cultural reference for European monarchies, and is the perfect way to conclude your walking tour.

Madrid Historical Centre & Old Town Walking Tour in French

2. Madrid Historical Centre & Old Town Walking Tour in French

Meet your guide at the central square of Puerta Cerrada, a symbolic and interesting departure point. After a short meet and greet with your guide you will start the tour as you stroll through the colorful streets and learn about Madrid's history. Visit the beautiful and famous Mayor Square, explore San Miguel Market and arrive later to Plaza de la Villa, the oldest square in town. Continue towards the famous square of Puerta del Sol, home of the Bear and the Tree statue. Walk through Arenal Street and arrive at the Opera House. Explore the Orient Square and the Sabatini gardens. Admire the impressive Royal Palace, the former residence of the Spanish royal family, and Almudena Cathedral. To finish, follow your guide through the narrow and medieval looking streets of La Latina district. Admire its beautiful and quiet squares, its old churches and local markets. Enjoy the traditional architecture, learn the origins of its name, and find out why this area was once the heart of the city and home to the Patron Saint of Madrid.

Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

3. Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

Explore Madrid’s past and see its contemporary side as well on a comprehensive sightseeing bus tour, which ends with a guided visit to the Royal Palace.  Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city. Spot significant sights such as the Puerta de Sol on our way to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most artistic street in the city and look at the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. There will be stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring where your guide will share some insights on this famous monument. The last sights you will see on the first part of the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, well-known as the Broadway of Madrid. But no trip to Madrid would be completed without a visit to the Royal Palace. Thus, a local guide will pick you up from our office for a guided visit to the same. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace.  Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931.  Once your guided visit finishes, you can stay inside the Palace and go to the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square.

Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

4. Madrid: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide at the popular Prado Museum before setting off on a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour, which has been designed to showcase the very best of Madrid in a short space of time. Follow your guide through the bustling city, watching the locals go about their day in the busy capital. Pass by historical landmarks including Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace, and learn about their fascinating history from your guide. You’ll also wander through narrow streets, bursting with authentic charm and tales of the city. Discover ancient stories and hidden treasures as you explore and see sights including Cervantes House and the Old City Hall. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Madrid’s impressive history, as well as of the landmarks themselves.

Madrid Walking Tour & Royal Palace Guided Visit

5. Madrid Walking Tour & Royal Palace Guided Visit

Start the tour from Debód Temple and continue on to Puerta del Sol Square. Pass by the Plaza de Oriente and the outside of the Sabatini's Gardens, and the Almudena Cathedral. Walk through the beautiful Plaza de la Villa and its winding streets which was the core of medieval Madrid. Continue on to San Miguel Square and see its famous market. Take a look at the Arco de Cuchilleros, Plaza Mayor and many more sights. End your tour with a visit to the Royal Palace of Madrid. Enjoy a guided visit through the former residence of the Spanish Kings. See the beautifully furnished and decorated interiors. Admire the reception rooms, museum area, the royal chapel, the throne room and the private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.

Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English

6. Madrid 3-Hour Bike Tour in English

Discover the monuments and people of Madrid on an intimate cycling tour and see places not accessible to other modes of transport. Whether travelling alone or with friends, the 3-hour bike tour is the perfect way to spend your time in the city. You will be in the company of a knowledgeable English-speaking monitor, who will provide useful tips and advice about what to do and see while in Madrid. Pedal through Plaza Mayor, the Paseo del Prado, home of the legendary Prado Museum, and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), official residence of the Spanish monarchy. See the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, and ride through the city’s landmark Parque del Retiro. You will stop en route at various points of interest, to hear the fascinating history and stories of Madrid’s people and places. Get to know all the must-see attractions of the Spanish capital, and discover spots away from the typical tourist paths.

Madrid: Downtown Walking Tour

7. Madrid: Downtown Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Walk through the medieval streets and the majestic squares of the Old Town accompanied by your friendly local guide. The tour begins at Debód Temple and heads to Puerta del Sol square. Along the way, see the Royal Palace of Madrid and its gardens and sprawling plaza. As you explore the city, your tour guide will share with you the history of the Habsburg and Bourbons families. Pass by the Almudena Cathedral and the Plaza de la Villa in the core of medieval Madrid. Wander the winding streets around San Miguel Square, the famous San Miguel Market, Arco de Cuchilleros, and Plaza Mayor. End your tour at Plaza de Oriente.

Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

8. Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

Discover the main sights of Madrid on a 2.5-hour orientation tour, and visit the most important monuments, squares and commercial avenues. Learn the history of the Spanish capital, from the old Habsburg and Borbon quarters, to the contemporary developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Discover the art deco buildings of the Gran Vía. Go to Plaza de España at its western end to see 2 of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers. Venture into Ciudad Universitaria (University City) to see the Palace of Moncloa, official residence of the Prime Minister of Spain since 1977. Continue down Calle Mayor to Puerta del Sol, where you will discover the clock with the bell that marks the traditional eating of the “Twelve Grapes” on New Year's Eve. Marvel at the monumental gate of Puerta de Alcalá, and go to Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square) for a complimentary soft drink at the Hard Rock Café. Continue along the wide Paseo de la Castellana to the Real Madrid stadium of Santiago Bernabéu. See some of Madrid’s most striking contemporary architecture in Plaza de Castilla, including the Caja Madrid Obelisk. Then, go inside the Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish kings, and look at the opulent furnishings of the official reception rooms, Royal Chapel, Throne Room and private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.

Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

9. Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Walk through the medieval streets and the majestic squares of the Old Town accompanied by your friendly local guide. The tour begins at Debód Temple and heads to Puerta del Sol square. Along the way, see the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Plaza de Oriente, the outside of Sabatini's Gardens, the Almudena Cathedral, the Plaza de la Villa, the core of Medieval Madrid and the winding streets around it, San Miguel Square and the famous market, Arco de Cuchilleros, and Plaza Mayor.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Prado Museum. The Magnificent 18th-century building holds masterpieces by Spanish masters including Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, and Murillo. It also displays works by important foreign painters including Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian.

Madrid: Guided Walking Tour with Professional Photographer

10. Madrid: Guided Walking Tour with Professional Photographer

Enjoy the highlights of Madrid and let a professional photographer capture pictures of you on this guided walking tour in Madrid. Get digital access to your photos to ensure that you can share them across all your social media accounts. Start your tour by meeting in Plaza de Oriente square where you can get some shots in front of the Royal Palace. Stop at the Royal Theater on the way to the colorful and lively San Miguel Market. Continue to Puerta del Sol square where you can take a picture with the most famous clock in Spain. Pass by Plaza Mayor in the center of the old city. Strike a pose in front of the spectacular façade of the Four Seasons hotel. Finally stop at the iconic Metropolitan Building where you will have the opportunity to get shots of the century-old Gran Via street which is full of lights and charming old architecture.

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What people are saying about Puerta del Sol

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 106 reviews

The positive: The visit to the Palace was very good, the guide Pedro Excellent !!! Time and form was fulfilled. The visit to the Museum, the guide Cecilia, also excellent, came out a lot. THE NEGATIVE: For those of us who are not from Spain, the monument of Philip IV, nowhere says so, so you have to ask everyone what it is to locate the meeting point, they should solve it. People should have been told that between the 2 visits there were several blocks for those who wanted to go by taxi, there were older people who had a hard time doing it. And finally a passenger was late and we were more than half an hour to enter the museum a shame. Things to improve. For the all very good.

We had the visit in French with Rebecca who made us discover the barrio de las letras that I did not know. Very enriching cultural visit with Lope de Vega, Cervantes... Transit through Santa Anna Square and we arrived at Puerta del Sol at the time of the Holy Week procession

The guide provided us with a lot of interesting information and along the tour he pointed out some details that we most certainly would have missed. Great experience!

José Maria is very knowledgeable and informative! Great flow of story telling allows insight into the history of Madrid!

Out guide was humorous and knowledgeable. Fun tours.