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Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

1. Madrid: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Get a bike fitted to your size, meet your guide, and get ready to explore the sights and history of Madrid. Visit Retiro Park, a huge green area often referred to as "the lungs of Madrid." Venture into the Old Town where your guide will fascinate and entertain you with the interesting history of Madrid. Stop for a short break at a local market. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere or explore at your own pace. On the way back, ride through the amazing Las Letras neighborhood and the Paseo del Prado.

Madrid: City Highlights Private Bike Tour

2. Madrid: City Highlights Private Bike Tour

Start your private tour from the bike shop in the heart of Madrid near Puerta del Sol. Get a guide that speaks English, French, Dutch, or Spanish to ensure that you can understand their fascinating commentary. Tour for 3 hours through small streets and parks. Ride through the hippest areas of Madrid, the neighborhoods of Chueca and Malasaña. Soak up the modern shopping and dining area of Chueca. Enjoy the bohemian vibe of Malasaña to ‘La Movida de Madrid'. See splendid views from El Parque Del Oeste. Cruise to an Egyptian/Roman Temple of Debod that was a gift from the government of Egypt and hear the story behind this impressive present. Marvel at the mighty Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor. Stop in the old market and get recommendations on what to eat. Bike to El Barrio Las Letras, El Parque Del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park), pass by the Fountain of Neptune, Prado Museum, and the incredible city hall of Madrid (el Palacio de Cibeles). See this and more on this thrilling tour of Madrid.

Madrid: Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show

3. Madrid: Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show

Visit Madrid’s iconic Royal Palace to admire this important landmark and take photos of its exterior at sunset. Another fascinating site on this 3-hour tour is the Gran Via, where you'll walk along the most famous street in Madrid and join in the nightlife of the city’s residents. On your walk along this important thoroughfare, be sure to look up and take in the lavishly decorated buildings that are all around you. Some of the most eye-catching of these are the Edificio Metrópolis or Metropolis building and the Telefónica building, a skyscraper built for the Spanish telecommunications company in the 1920s. The ending point of the tour is the Plaza Major, one of the oldest squares in the city. Located in the center of Madrid, it is just a few meters from the Puerta del Sol. Take a leisurely walk past the main restaurants and bars and stop to enjoy some great food and drink after the tour as you continue enjoying the night in Madrid.

Madrid: Tapas and Wine Tasting Trip with a Local

4. Madrid: Tapas and Wine Tasting Trip with a Local

Get an authentic taste of local bites and drinks on this guided tasting tour around Madrid. Explore local favorites like La Latina and Plaza Mayor on foot, tasting Spanish specialties, traditional sweets, wine, and more along the way. Your tapas adventure begins in Plaza de la Villa, the old main square in central Madrid. After a brief introduction to the city and its tapas credentials, head towards Mercado de San Miguel, the first gourmet market in all of Spain, for the first of many food tastings. Try traditional vermouth and taste some of Spain’s most succulent olives. Enjoy a glass of wine and sample some of the best cheeses on offer in the market. Next, head to the pulsating barrio of La Latina to explore its narrow lanes and fascinating history. La Latina is ultra-trendy and is popular with locals for its vibrant food and drink scene. Visit a tiny restaurant off the beaten path that is well known for its traditional tapas dishes - with a fusion twist! From there, you will head back to the oldest part of Madrid and you will learn about the city’s history and food culture along the way. Your guide will point out some artisanal stores where you can pick up authentic, handmade souvenirs.  Your next stop, right in the heart of Plaza Mayor, is to try the iconic bocadillo de calamares, the famous sandwich of the city. Back on the streets, your local guide will point out interesting sights and alternative food and drink stops for you to explore on your own.  At the penultimate stop, try some of Madrid’s most famous croquettes at a heritage tavern, originally built in 1860 and which only specializes in these treats. Your final stop will be at of the most iconic spots in Madrid. Finish your tapas adventure with local dessert and sweet wines in yet another historic location. This joint has been run by the same family for over 100 years, serving a traditional Spanish dessert that might just remind you of something familiar. Once you’ve finished your dessert, your guide will take you back to Puerta del Sol, where they can help you out with directions back to your accommodation or ideas on where to go next.

Madrid: Local Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

5. Madrid: Local Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

Experience Madrid through its food culture on a tapas walking tour through various bars in the center of Madrid. Together with a culinary expert guide, you’ll discover authentic signature cuisine, gourmet products, and a vast amount of culinary culture, nowadays hidden in the reformed markets of San Miguel and La Cebada in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid. Start the tour at the famous San Miguel Market, where you’ll taste the famous pintxos of Bilbao. After the San Miguel Market visit, head to La Latina and enjoy traditional Croquettes in the renowned street Cava Baja. Continue the tour through different bars in the center of Madrid, where you’ll taste delicious Spanish omelet and cod tapas, mushrooms tapas accompanied by a glass of wine or cider. After your tapas walking tour, experience another side of Spanish culture. Flamenco, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2010, is the most authentic and popular expression of Spanish culture. Enjoy an intimate flamenco show surrounded by the fantastic atmosphere of The Tablao Flamenco, a hidden treasure in the center of Madrid. Enjoy a complimentary drink during the show.

Madrid: 1-Hour Segway Tour with Chocolate and Churros

6. Madrid: 1-Hour Segway Tour with Chocolate and Churros

Climb aboard an eco-friendly, self-balancing Segway for a short but comprehensive tour of Madrid’s historic heart, and discover many of the main monuments from the Middle Ages and Modern Age. Meet your guide for a brief training session. Make your way to Plaza de la Villa, one of the oldest in the city and home of a 15th century palace and the beautiful Casa de la Villa, Madrid's old town hall. Then, cruise over to Armory Square, where you can admire two of the city's most important landmarks: the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Enjoy the grand Plaza de Oriente as you glide towards the Sabatini Gardens and the Royal Theatre. Continue down Calle Arenal, a lively commercial street, and finish at Puerta del Sol, the true heart of Madrid. Drive your Segway back to the meeting point and stop by the historical San Miguel Market for a hot Chocolate and Churros.

Madrid: Private 3-Hour Tour

7. Madrid: Private 3-Hour Tour

Discover the highlights of the inner city of Madrid on a tour catered specifically to your wishes and interests. Decide between a classic route covering the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Plaza Mayor and more historical buildings, or an alternative route following in the footsteps of poets and thinkers, learning all about the Golden Age. Tour the hip districts and experience neighborhoods like Chueca, Malasaña and Lavapiés. Visit a viewing platform with an incredible view over the city or integrate a museum visit into the tour. Relax at countless tapas bars and enjoy the relaxing Spanish way of life.

Madrid Walking Tour & Royal Palace Guided Visit

8. 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: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights and Hidden Gems

9. Madrid: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights and Hidden Gems

See Madrid at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Madrid: Downtown Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Puerta del Sol

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 126 reviews

Great historic stroll through the streets of Madrid, with discoveries of tapas and their history! our guides Juan Carlos and Cynthia were very nice, ready for all the explanations and detours... end of the evening with the discovery of the original Flamenco! We recommend, thanks again to them.

A big thank you to Abdul our Franco-English guide who made us discover Madrid in all its splendor, sharing his historical knowledge with kindness and humor. A great organization, good bikes. In a word PERFECT

Super visit of the city with our guide Abdoul who was really interesting and friendly ! Plenty of good anecdotes to share with us. The visit is very well organized and the places visited as well :)

Xavier is an excellent guide, a good guide for the use of electric bikes for people who have never done one... The tour is well appreciated, good discovery of the city.

Excellent tour very knowledgeable guide would definitely recommend