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Madrid: Insider's Historical & CULTURAL Walking Tour

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Felipe II wanted "A capital at the heart of the country."

Madrid

The English novelist Zadie Smith has called Madrid a “beautiful, unknowable city”, and she’s at least half-right. Much of that beauty and mystery is concentrated in the historic centre, where centuries of monarchs, matadors, and merchants have walked the narrow lanes and cobbled plazas

This tour follows in their footsteps to the grand architectural landmarks and hidden corners of Austrias – the princely quarter around the Royal Palace, designed by the Hapsburg kings to resemble their native Vienna – and neighbouring Barrio de las Letras, once home to the great poets and playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age. En route you’ll take in the imposing classical facade of the Congress building, the glorious forum of Plaza Mayor, and the monumental, old-world Palace Hotel, where past guests include Sigmund Freud, Mata Hari, and Marie Curie.

Our convivial historian shares trade secrets and local legends while leading you behind these facades to a flamenco tablao, a bullfighter’s bar, an elegant array of tapas counters inside the iconic iron-and-glass food hall of Mercado San Miguel. Down the wonky, witchy Cuchilleros Street you’ll visit the world’s longest-serving restaurant to hear stories from the life and times of bygone diners like Ernest Hemingway. And by time you break for coffee at a 1930s cafe, you’ll realise this city is not so unknowable when you’re with the right guide.

 *** Please note: For an additional cost, we can include a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Please contact us to set this up!

WHAT TO EXPECT

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SEE THE SITES

Top sites include the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Congress building, The Palace Hotel, Barrio de las Letras, Barrio de los Austrias – including Cuchilleros street & Mercado San Miguel.

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Meet Locals

Along your route, meet some local legends manning some of Madrid’s oldest establishments. 

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Take a moment

Stop at a historic local cafe for refreshments en route. Remember, this tour is at your pace!

DETAILS & BOOKING

Available: Everyday

Meeting Place: Plaza Santa Ana, by the statue of García Lorca

Meeting Time: 10 am or 4 pm

Duration: 4 hours

What’s included: Privately guided walking tour, refreshments.

*** For an additional cost, we can include 

a guided tour of the Royal Palace. Please contact us to set this up!

Prices:

Our Half Day Tours are priced from €400 for 1-2 participants for the guiding service only (this excludes any entrance fees, meals, beverages, or transportation costs).

 

For exact pricing tailored to your needs, please contact Meg at meg@insiderstravel.io or simply click the ‘Book Now’ button.

 

♥ Availability may change due to national or local holidays.

♥ This tour takes you through cobblestone streets, with some gentle inclines.

♥ Comfortable shoes recommended.

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