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Majestic Madrid 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Majestic Madrid 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Get to know part of Madrid on a 2-hour walking tour of some of its more majestic streets and districts. Begin your tour directly east of the ancient heart of Madrid in the literary neighborhood, the Barrio de las Letras. It's here where some of the greatest writers, poets, and playwrights in history lived. The memorable quotes lining the streets make it one of the cultural highlights of the city by day, and the busy bars and cafés make it a party hotspot by night. As you walk through the area, discover one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite bars, along with his passion for bullfighting. Then visit the Cervantes House, where one of the world's greatest novels, Don Quixote, was written. Next, walk down Calle de Alcalá and the Paseo del Prado, where you'll find iconic buildings that form an incredible skyline of bold designs, vibrant colors, and monumental grandeur.

Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

2. Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

After gathering at the Monument to Felipe IV in Plaza de Oriente, depart from Madrid in the direction of Alcalá de Henares. Once there, begin to explore the native city of Miguel de Cervantes, the greatest writer of Hispanic Literature. Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many secrets of this famous character. Through its streets you can also find elements of the different cultures that have been part of Spain throughout the centuries. Learn how the rich historical and artistic heritage of this city is reflected in its imposing monuments, among which you will see the Cathedral of the Holy Children, the Palace of Laredo, the picturesque Calle Mayor, or the centennial University of Alcalá. This guided trip is a perfect option to spend half a day, a mere 20 minutes away from Madrid.

Madrid: Electric Tuk Tuk City Tour with Barrio de las Letras

3. Madrid: Electric Tuk Tuk City Tour with Barrio de las Letras

Explore the local hot spots and hidden gems of Madrid on an electric tuk tuk tour. See the Madrid de los Austrias, the Barrio de las Letras, the Royal Palace of Madrid, Catedral de la Almudena, San Miguel Market, and Sobrino de Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world. Ride in a tuk tuk and cover more ground than you would by walking, immersing yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of Madrid. Cruise through the streets to the Madrid de los Austrias, the old center of the city. Travel back in time to the Barrio de las Letras, the Literary Quarter which was home to the golden age writers of Spain like Lope de Vega and Miguel Cervantes. See the Plaza del Ángel, Neptune Fountain, Paseo del Prado, Cibeles Fountain, the Puerta de Alcalá, and the Plaza de Santa Ana.

Madrid: Hidden City Gems Exploration Game

4. Madrid: Hidden City Gems Exploration Game

Explore the magical Madrid and its intriguing neighborhoods. Visit the spots of famous authors and artists such as Ernest Hemingway, Francisco de Goya, and Lope de Vega. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Untangle the past and learn about Spain's most beloved and famous author Miguel de Cervantes. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in 2 hours. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

Madrid: Haunted City Exploration Game

5. Madrid: Haunted City Exploration Game

Discover highlights of Madrid while playing an engaging game on your phone. Follow clues and solve puzzles as you explore the city and learn more about it. See the Royal Basilica of Saint Francis the Great, the Real Church of Saint James and Saint John the Baptist, and more. Start the game at the Royal Basilica of Saint Francis the Great, and take on the role of Diego Velázquez, the greatest painter of the Spanish Golden Age. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 1.5-2 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, the Velázquez Monument (Prado Museum). 

Madrid: Barrio de las Letra Guided Walking Tour

6. Madrid: Barrio de las Letra Guided Walking Tour

Visit Puerta del Sol, Madrid's most famous and central square and home to some of the city’s landmarks like Kilometre Zero. Explore the Literary Quarter (Barrio de las Letras) on foot and discover Plaza de Santa Ana, a charming square that has always been closely linked to the performing arts, and its sculpture of two of the most important dramatists in the history of Spain: Calderón de la Barca and García Lorca. Learn about the fascinating life and tragic death of Federico García Lorca, see the House-Museum of Lope de Vega and pass by the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, where Miguel de Cervantes was buried in 1616. Finish the tour by Palacio de las Cortes, the building that houses the Congress of Deputies, and see the statue of Miguel de Cervantes in Plaza de las Cortes.

Madrid: Retiro Park and Literary Quarter by Bike

7. Madrid: Retiro Park and Literary Quarter by Bike

Escape the busy city streets of Madrid and enjoy a 2-hour 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.

Madrid: Diego Velazquez Artistic Guided Walking Tour

8. Madrid: Diego Velazquez Artistic Guided Walking Tour

The tour stars at Plaza de Oriente, where a monument dedicated to this Habsburg king, Philip the IV can be seen. At this point, we will introduce you about the life in the Spanish Royal Court, how the ancient Alcázar of Madrid used to be like, where the artist used to live while working for this important people. The tour continue to talk about Velazquez’s life in Plaza Ramales where the artist was buried as noble in the cemtery of St John Church,and whose tumb was found during the archeological diggins made in 90s. Continue walking through the Old Madrid, arriving to places as Plaza de la Villa, where the ancient council of Madrid was located. IT was built by another important artist who met Velázquez at those times called Juan Gómez de Mora. After this, we will arrive to main and great square of the Old Madrid, Plaza Mayor. The ancient Plaza Mayor, the previous one, was inaugurated the same year as Velázquez arrived to Madrid. There wyou will discover about the main secrets related to this particular and overstanding place in Madrid. At the end of this, tour you will explore some of the main highlights of Barrio de las Letras, el Barrio de las Huertas,to arrive to Prado Museum where one of the most important monuments dedicate to the grear artist, Diego Velázquez, can be admire. This tour is a must! You can enjoy the Old Madrid but in a different way from another new point of view.

Madrid: Footsteps of Famous Writers Interactive Game

9. Madrid: Footsteps of Famous Writers Interactive Game

Discover Madrid as never before with this original interactive game experience. Use your mobile phone and solve intriguing location-based riddles to learn all about the famous Literary Quarter. The place was home to famous writers, poets, and playwrights such as Miguel de Cervantes, Lope de Vega or Maria de Zayas. The rules of the game are easy, as each riddle is made up of directions and a question. To answer the question, you can try as many answers as you like. If you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint, but this adds 10 minutes of "penalty time" to your overall completion time. If you’re lost, you can skip a riddle but this also adds 20 minutes of "penalty time". Sharpen your senses and appreciate the most wonderful and often hidden details around you. Also, unlock lesser-known local stories and recommendations as you solve the clues. Whether you know the Literary Quarter or not, this experience will inspire your curiosity.

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What people are saying about Community of Madrid

Joaquin was the tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I used to live in Madrid a few years ago but he took us to cool places that I never knew about before. He talked about the history of this beautiful city in detail which I found fascinating. I highly recommend this tour but make sure to wear comfortable footwear.

Nice ride, several useful and practical tips. Perhaps it would have been nice to receive more historical information, but in general, positive judgment. Great tour in relation to the price. Our guide, Jovan, was really helpful!

Fully recommend this tour, our guide Sebastien was very knowledgeable and kept the group engaged throughout. Interesting and enjoyable.

Sympathique jeune homme. Désireux de nous faire voir le plus possible ce qu'on n'avait pas vu. Excellent service. XXX

Very interesting tour, well organised, the guide was friendly and shared lots of information with us.