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Madrid: Retiro Park and Literary Quarter by Bike

1. Madrid: Retiro Park and Literary Quarter by Bike

Escape the busy city streets of Madrid and enjoy a 2-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. Discover the green oasis of the city at the heart of its arts and museum district. Cycle through a green oasis in the heart of the city, and glide gracefully across the "Barrio de las Letras" (Literary Quarter). Learn more about some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Continue to the Prado Museum via Calle de las Huertas. Admire the façade of this temple of Spanish art and pass through the Prado promenade, where you'll discover the art triangle. See one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid as you pass the San Jerónimo el Real Church. Once inside the park, discover a lovely pond, a crystal palace, and a monument to the “Fallen Angel”, one of the only sculptures of the Devil in Spain. As you depart the park, pass through the largest street in Madrid and see sights such as the Alcala Gate, Cibeles Palace and Puerta del Sol in the true heart of the city.

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Scenic Madrid City Cycling Tour

2. Scenic Madrid City Cycling Tour

Enjoy the sights of Madrid as you cycle through the city, enjoying the freedom and convenience of traveling by bike. This 3-hour excursion takes in all of the city's major landmarks. The tour begins at the steps of Madrid's famous Templo de Debod. This is actually one of the few Egyptian temples found outside Egypt today. From here you'll cycle past the Royal Palace, and continue on to the Cathedral of La Almudena, Plaza de la Villa, and the San Miguel Market en route to the city’s main square - Plaza Mayor. After visiting the Plaza, cycle through some of the city's traffic-free zones to the Plaza de Santa Ana, then down to the Prado Museum. Afterward, climb up a gentle hill to arrive at Retiro Park. Leaving the park by the imposing Alcala Gate, the tour continues toward Calle Serrano and Plaza de Colon. Wind your way through the lively streets, past the boutiques and cafés of the Chueca district, to Calle Fuencarral and then Plaza de España.

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Madrid: Literary Quarter & Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

3. Madrid: Literary Quarter & Retiro Park Electric Bike Tour

Escape the busy city streets of Madrid and enjoy a 2 or 3-hour electric bike tour of Retiro Park. Discover the green lungs of the city in the heart of its arts and museum district. Cycle a green oasis in the heart of the city, and glide gracefully down the "Barrio de las Letras" (Literature Quarter). Learn more about some of Spain’s major literary figures, such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Continue to the Prado Museum via Calle de las Huertas. Admire the façade of Spain’s temple of Spanish art and pass through the Prado promenade, where you'll find the art triangle. See one of the most beautiful churches in Madrid as you pass the Iglesia de los Jerónimos. Once inside the park, discover a lovely pond, a crystal palace, and a monument to the “Fallen Angel” one of the only sculptures of the Devil. Apart from its monuments, Retiro Park is an ideal place to experience an electric bike. As you depart the park, pass over the largest street of Madrid and see sights such as Alcala Gate, Cibeles Palace and Puerta del Sol in the true heart of the city.

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Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

4. Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Cibeles Palace. This beautiful building, located at the intersection of Paseo del Prado and Calle Alcalá, was built in what at that time was known as the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Enter the building with your guide and get to know the opulent interiors. Then, head up to the rooftop for incredible views over Madrid and the Gran Vía.  After this, continue your tour by walking up Alcalá Street to enter Retiro Park. Find out how, in the 17th century, the Count-Duke of Olivares designed a space for the recreation of the king and his court, giving rise to the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Learn about how in 1868 the park became a municipal space and since then many elements have been added to its heritage. Listen as your guide explains the historical context behind the park's most outstanding attractions. Marvel at the size of the Big Pond and be dazzled by the beauty of the Crystal Palace.  Finally, contemplate the Fountain of the Galapagos or discover the legend of the statue of the Fallen Angel. At the end of the tour, you can stay in the park to discover more of its hidden corners, or sit down on the lawn and take a peaceful break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a guided visit to Prado Museum with an expert guide by selecting the relevant option when booking.

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What people are saying about Alcala Gate

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 262 reviews

Precious experience with an unbeatable guide (Agustín) and electric bicycles are the best invention for outdoor fun. Thanks for such a beautiful morning!

Our guide was Alex and he was very knowledgeable about Madrid. He took us to some very interesting places and gave us lots of ideas of where to visit.

Saw a lot of key sights and areas of the city in a short period of time. Caspar took a lot of time and trouble to make the tour enjoyable.

Our guide Vassili knew with it. enthusiasm and sensitivity to help us discover certain aspects of Madrid

Very nice. The tour guide, Agustín, very nice and friendly