Enjoy a Madrid walking tour… Take a stroll thru the streets of Madrid with our Expert local guide to show you all about the city on foot. Our guide can take you on a couple of routes we have planned out like one based on the art museums triangle visiting; Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen. Another one would take you thru the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and a visit of the Royal Palace. Apart from these two mentioned routes we can customize a walking tour of Madrid just for you based around many interests like; art, architecture, food & wine, etc…
Here are some of the important places and monuments you will visit with our guide on a Madrid walking tour…
THE PRADO MUSEUM
Among Spain’s contributions to world culture is her art, and represented here are three of its greatest masters; Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco, but you’ll also find the great works of Rubens and Titian. The Prado first opened in 1819 to display the Spanish royal art collection. With the anticlerical laws of 1836, many churches, monasteries, and convents were forced to hand over their collections. Now the museum holds some seven thousand pieces of art.
THE RENIA SOFIA MUSEUM
An old, grandiose and austere hospital building, the façade of which is embellished with outdoor glass lifts. The vaulted halls lend themselves wonderfully to the modern art to which the building is now devoted. Apart from its symbolic aspect, the entirely black, white and grey Guernica is, as well as a protest against the horrors of war, an undeniable pictorial masterpiece, summing up all the artistic trends of the time. In addition, the Centre houses a number of works by Spanish artists who have made their mark in the 20C: Juan Gris, one of the most important representatives of Cubism, Joan Miró, represented by paintings and sculptures which form a real retrospective of his work, Julio González, Salvador Dalí (who also knew how to be an artist), the Catalan movement Dau al Set, abstraction (Pablo Palazuelo), the members of the Equipo Crónica, theEl Paso group (Saura, Canogar and others), Antoni Tàpies and Eduardo Chillida all show the continuous vitality of Spanish art.
THE PALACIO REAL (ROYAL PALACE) OF MADRID
This is a solemn, magnificent building erected in the centre of Madrid as a symbol of solidity, strength and continuity. Built in granite and limestone, with no wood other than doors and windows to avoid the risk of fire, it is the official residence of the Spanish monarchs. Despite the fact that today’s Royal Family does not actually live there, it is used for numerous important ceremonies and events. The beauty of its serene, harmonious architecture is strongly accentuated by its surroundings, which are, perhaps, even more beautiful. The main entrance is in the grandiose Plaza de Armas Square. From here you can appreciate the elegance and majesty of the building’s main façade.
THE PLAZA MAYOR (MAIN SQUARE) OF MADRID
Plaza Mayor is a symbol of Madrid. Building work began on this huge open area in the city centre in the 17th Century under the orders of Felipe III, whose bronze equestrian statue adorns the square. It was opened in 1620 and is rectangular in shape, with arcades running around the edges. This site used to be the venue for many public events, such as bullfights, processions, festivals, theatre performances, Inquisition trials and even capital executions. Underneath the arcades there are traditional shops, as well as a wealth of bars and restaurants. In the square a number buildings stand out, such as Casa de la Panadería, with its fresco-decorated façade, and Casa de la Carnicería.
THE PUERTA DEL SOL (SUN SQUARE) OF MADRID
Puerta del Sol must not be missed. It features several attractions, such as the “Oso y Madroño” (the “Bear and the Strawberry Tree”) statue, next to Calle Alcalá, and the equestrian statue of Carlos III standing nine metres tall. The square is closely linked to the New Years Eve tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight, one on each chime. The large clock that dominates the square sees the new year in for many Spanish people.
Here is a great timelapse video from the Turespaña which shows many sites of Madrid that our guide can show you…
These are only a few places to mention, our local guides can basically show you around anywhere in the city as they know the city like the back of their hand!
Here is our Guide’s Tour Report from a tour with one of our clients…
We asked one of our VIP expert guides in Madrid to let us know from her view a recent walking tour of Madrid’s Old Town and Royal Palace with some of our clients. Here is her report back to us… Today I was with a very nice family from the USA. We had a morning […]
Here are links to our recommended tours which you can book online…
On this private half day walking tour our guide will show you the different Art Masterpieces in the Prado and Reina Sophia Museums […]
On this private half day walking tour of Madrid our guide will take you for a walk around the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and a detailed visit of the Royal Palace […]
As well we can add in transportation and can have a view by car of the city with our chauffeur and explanation with our guide with visits inside the monuments and stroll the main streets and squares…
On this private tour you will get an overview of Madrid with a Panoramic city tour and a detailed visit of one of Madrid´s most emblematic monuments, The Royal Palace […]
On this private tour you will visit the world-renowned Prado Museum. After we visit the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), constructed on the site of a Moorish fortress […]