Welcome to Madrid

An Artistic City

Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s: many art lovers return here again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. Three in particular are giants – the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – but in Madrid these are merely good places to start.

A Culinary Capital

Rising above the humble claims of its local cuisine, Madrid has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe. The city has wholeheartedly embraced all the creativity and innovation of Spain’s gastronomic revolution. But this acceptance of the new is wedded to a passion for the enduring traditions of Spanish cooking, for the conviviality of the eating experience and for showcasing the infinite variety of food from every Spanish region. From tapas in sleek temples to all that’s new to sit-down meals beneath centuries-old vaulted ceilings, eating in Madrid is a genuine pleasure.

Killing the Night

Madrid nights are the stuff of legend, and the perfect complement to the more sedate charms of fine arts and fine dining. The city may have more bars than any other city on earth – a collection of storied cocktail bars and nightclubs that combine a hint of glamour with non-stop marcha (action). But that only goes some way to explaining the appeal of after-dark Madrid. Step out into the night-time streets of many barrios and you’ll find yourself swept along on a tide of people, accompanied by a happy crowd intent on dancing until dawn.

Beautiful Architecture

Madrid may lack the cachet of Paris, the monumental history of Rome, or Barcelona’s reputation for Modernista masterpieces. And no, there is no equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum or La Sagrada Família that you can point to and say ‘this is Madrid’. But Madrid has nothing to be envious of. Spain's broad sweep of architectural history provides a glorious backdrop to city life, from medieval mansions and royal palaces to the unimagined angles of Spanish contemporary architecture, from the sober brickwork and slate spires of Madrid baroque to the extravagant confections of the belle époque. Put simply, this is one beautiful city.

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Madrid 4-Hour Evening Walk and Tapas-Tasting Tour

On the walking tour you'll visit four traditional bars/restaurants to try authentic Spanish delicacies. It might be chorizo in cider, octopus from Galicia, cider from Asturias, sherry from Andalucia or other regional specialties. The tour price includes your first drink and tapas at the first bar you'll visit. You can then choose how much or how little you'd like to eat and drink at the other bars/restaurants you'll visit on the evening walking tour. For a satisfying night out you should expect to spend about 30 to 35 euros per person.Along the way, your English-speaking guide will explain the traditions behind Madrid's food and wine, and advise on local specialties. Your local guide will also assist with language and translation, while providing interesting facts about Madrid's history, culture and customs.As the average maximum group size is eight people, you will enjoy a unique personalized experience on this special evening walking tour of Madrid's fabulous tapas bars and restaurants. It's the perfect way to discover local insights, while sampling traditional food and drink in great company. Ultimately, adding more color and flavor to your Spanish sojourn!

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Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour

ItineraryRoute nº 1 (Blue color)Route Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesStops on the Route nº 1 (Blue color):Museo Del Prado - Jardín Botánico Puerta De Alcalá Salamanca Plaza de Colón Cibeles Calle Gran Vía Plaza de Isabel II Templo De Debod Teatro Real Palacio Real Puerta de Toledo San Francisco El Grande Catedral de la Almudena Plaza Mayor Puerta del Sol Círculo De Bellas Artes Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Museo Reina Sofía Museo Del Prado - Jardín BotánicoAttractions on the Route nº 1 (Blue color):Plaza MayorOperates: The operational frequency, depending on the season of the year, ranges approximately between 7 and 15 minutes. High season (March-October): 9am-10pm Low season (November-February): 10am-6pmRoute nº 2 (Green color)Route Duration: 1 hour 5 minutesStops on the Route nº 2 (Green color):Neptune Fountain Cibeles Plaza de Colón Museo de Arte Público Museo Ciencias Naturales Nuevos Ministerios Santiago Bernabéu CSIC Museo Lázaro Galdiano Serrano Museo Arqueológico Puerta De Alcalá Puerta del Sol plaza de las Cortes Neptune FountainAttractions on the Route nº 2 (Green color):Fuente de NeptunoOperates: The operational frequency, depending on the season of the year, ranges approximately between 7 and 15 minutes. High season (March-October): 9am-10pm Low season (November-February): 10am-6pm

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Madrid to Avila and Segovia Sightseeing Tour with Lunch Option

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cathedral of Avila, Avila, Province of Avila, Castile and LeonWe will visit the outsideDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Basilica de San Vicente, Avila, Province of Avila, Castile and LeonBasilica de AvilaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Cathedral of Segovia, Segovia, Province of Segovia, Castile and LeonCathedral of SegoviaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Alcazar de Segovia, Segovia, Province of Segovia, Castile and LeonAlcazar de SegoviaDuration: 30 minutes

$85.63 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Evening Guided Spanish Food Tour

Meet your guide in Santa Ana Square, and set off on a tapas crawl of the city, exploring the best bars that only locals really know of. As you stroll, your guide will chat to you about Madrid, the local cuisine and, of course, the tapas bars that no great evening in Madrid should be without!Like all Spanish cities, Madrid has its own regional cuisine with an emphasis on use of local ingredients. Perhaps more so than others, Madrid has been influenced by its immigrant population, who’ve brought in flavors and ideas as cosmopolitan as the city itself.Visit up to four bars on your tour of the town, enjoying wine tastings in each. Sample beautiful Spanish wines made from well-known grapes like tempranillo, malvar, garnacha, and parellada, and enjoy a complimentary tapa (tapas dish) to complement the wine's flavors. Beer and soft drinks (one per bar) are also included should you prefer this to wine! While the dishes vary on each occasion, you can be sure it’s a taste bud tingling treat! Examples of dishes include eggplant with honey, cod brandade, Spanish omelet, Iberian ham and chickpea stew. See the example itinerary for details on the different bars you may visit.Your tapas tour finishes in a centrally located bar so that you’re well-placed to continue your night out independently.

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Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Mirador del Valle, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La ManchaWe will enjoy a beautiful view of Toledo before we start the guided tourPass By: Plaza de Zocodover, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La ManchaWe will start our tour in this square and from here our guide will lead us through the narrow streets of ToledoPass By: Catedral Primada, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La ManchaWe will pass by this impressive Cathedral and the guide will give you all details about its construction. On the free time you can choose to enter this monumentStop At: Acueduct of Segovia, Segovia, Province of Segovia, Castile and LeonThis impressive roman construction would be the first thing that we get to see at the city of Segovia before we start to walk through the city in our way to the AlcazarDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Cathedral of Segovia, Segovia, Province of Segovia, Castile and LeonSegovia Cathedral is the Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral located in the main square of the city of Segovia. The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built in a Gothic style in the mid-16th century.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Alcazar de Segovia, Segovia, Province of Segovia, Castile and LeonThe Alcázar of Segovia is a medieval alcázar located in the city of Segovia and is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Enjoy this monument and get inside before leading back to Madrid.Duration: 30 minutes

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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day from Madrid

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La ManchaSynagogue Duration: 1 hourStop At: Iglesia de Santo Tome, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La ManchaWe will see "The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz", masterpiece of El GrecoDuration: 1 hourStop At: Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La ManchaMonasteryDuration: 1 hour