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Insider's Old Madrid Tour

Archway near the plaza mayor

Madrid

City walls, town squares, professional gossips and thieves, epic inventions, sinners, saints and the soul of the city all await you on our Madrid tour!

Walk through Madrid’s oldest barrio, the Austrias neighbourhood, to get a sense of what life was like in old Madrid: Who were the people that lived here and how was their lifestyle compared to ours today? As you descend into the atmospheric, medieval streets you’ll leave the beaten path to be transported through time.

Our Madrid tour starts in the year 711 when Madrid was under the Iberian Caliphate’s reign. We will journey through medieval streets and learn how Madrid became the capital of Spain in 1561. We’ll discuss the dark days of the Inquisition and finish in 1725, when the oldest restaurant in the world first opened its doors: Restaurante Sobrino de Botín.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Explore hidden city walls.

Still visible are parts of Madrid’s original walls, built in the 8th century!

Learn tantalizing Royal Secrets.

Centuries of royal family stories that will give you context to the times they lived in.

Discover how Madrid became Spain’s capital.

Felipe II chose Madrid to be the capital in 1561 for many reasons  – including its strategic position close to the mouth of hell.

DETAILS & BOOKING

Available: Everyday
Meeting Place: In front of Restaurante Sobrino de Botín, Calle Cuchilleros, 17.
Meeting Time: 10:45am or 5:45pm 
Duration: 1 hour, 15 min
What’s included: Guided tour
Price per person:
€77 per person for 2-9 people, minimum 2 people.
10+ people in your group? Please contact us at meg@insiderstravel.io
♥ Availability may change due to national or local holidays.
♥ Please be aware that when traveling from the historic center, arrival to our meeting point at Botín, is often the fastest on foot!
♥ This is a quick walking route, uphill, downhill. Please wear comfortable shoes.
♥ Please inquire to include a visit nearby to the Valley of the Fallen monumental memorial that includes an impressive 500 foot stone cross!

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