Historic Madrid Tour

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Basic Information
Total time
2 h 15 min
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Puerta del Sol, in front of the statue of Carlos III. Look for a yellow-orange umbrella.Go to map
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Madrid was once a capital of the powerful Spanish Empire, whose influence reached every continent. A city that changed hands many times and eventually became the capital thanks to the Habsburgs, who moved the capital here from the stately Toledo (a city combining Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), but truly blossomed under the Bourbons. Here the decisions were made that resulted in colonial conquests (like the one of Christopher Columbus) and the expansion of the empire further and further. A mix of amazing architecture funded by far-flung expeditions that always attracted poets and artists – Cervantes, Velázquez, Goya and Picasso to name but a few. Here sits one of the world’s greatest museums, the Prado.  

On our tour, we will explore the oldest parts of Madrid. We’ll start at the symbolic entrance to the city, the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate), from where we’ll head into Madrid’s narrow streets. Expect the Spanish Inquisition (although no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!) and a solid dose of historical knowledge about the city, from the Habsburgs and the Bourbons up to the dark times of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. But it will be much more than a historical lesson. We will also learn where the bullfights – corridas – were held and why native Madridis call themselves “Gatos” (Cats). You will also get to know what you have to do to become a Cat. We will show you what the local people eat and where they drink, that is a must as nowadays Madrid is considered to be one of the European culinary hotspots.

Today, its old grandeur faded away somewhat, but Madrid is still a vibrant and captivating metropolis. A place that despite being colder than most of Spain (it’s located at an altitude of 667 meters!) still exudes a hot Spanish soul! Experience it yourself by going to a party in Madrid or attending a Real Madrid match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu! But most of all by joining our tour, learning its history and getting to know the true soul of Madrid!

On this 2 h 15 min tour we will see and discover:

  • Puerta del Sol square – the beating heart of the city

  • why calamari is so important to the Madrid diet

  • Plaza Mayor – the most recognizable square of Madrid

  • the oldest restaurant… in the world!

  • Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral

  • …and much, much more!

After visiting Madrid do check our tours in other Spanish cities: Seville and Cordoba!  

Meeting Point
Puerta del Sol, in front of the statue of Carlos III. Look for a yellow-orange umbrella.

Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Superb Madrid tour with Pablo

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 weeks ago

We spent two great hours with Pablo in Madrid – charismatic, engaging, knowledgeable, he was everything we could wish for in a guide and the tour itself was packed with both historical and quirky info in a relatively short time. Loved the fun “quiz” at the end! Thanks also for the eating and drinking tips.

Steve Partridge


Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Guia Daniela é perfeita, extremamente alegre e interativa, bom humor, com grande conhecimento!

Ela fez grande diferença na minha experiência em Madrid, obrigado, Daniela ❤️


Melissa - best tour guide ever!!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 weeks ago

She did an amazing job, made our tour super chill and interesting! Got entertained while learning about history (burgerssss). Thanks!

Lukas Valentina

Interesting, enjoyable tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
4 weeks ago

A great introduction to this city. Osmel gave us lots of interesting and fun facts and we saw places we otherwise would have missed. Highly recommend this tour

Jane Williams

Interesting and fun tour with Pablo

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

The 2 hours with Pablo flew by as he informed and entertained us on our way through Madrid’s historic centre

Aron Rolle

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a Private Tour.

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