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Historic Madrid Free Tour
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Total time
2 h 15 min
Meeting point
Puerta del Sol, in front of the statue of Carlos III. Look for a red umbrella.
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This tour is provided by our partner

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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!  

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message

This tour is organized in cooperation with our local partner, Tours Tilla!

  • Meeting Point: Puerta del Sol, in front of the statue of Carlos III. Look for a red umbrella.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 10 min before the start time.
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative & Tours Tilla! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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

Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers. In the best interest of our visitors, we aim to keep our free tours relatively small (up to ~35 people in one group). Hence, we cannot accept parties of 8 or more people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.


Rated 5 out of 5
28 September 2022

The tour with Melissa was one of the best thing we explore in Madrid. We find out a little bit about spanish past and city history, and she was really funny and interesting. I would recommend to everyone! Also, she is really friendly and you could ask her anything.
Matea & Matija, Croatia


Great tour!!

Rated 5 out of 5
28 September 2022

We had a great time with Melissa! She explained everything in a funny way!!! It’s the first time i remember the history of a place even after the tour ended!! Definitely recommended!!!


Best way to learn about the history of Madrid

Rated 5 out of 5
28 September 2022

How can a squid sandwich be so popular in Madrid when the city is not close to an ocean? The answer to that and so much more about the history of Madrid/Spain will be revealed in this informative walking tour. Thanks to our guide Mihaela for a wonderful time.


Excellent tour with Melissa

Rated 5 out of 5
27 September 2022

Really enjoyed our tour with Melissa, fun & informative, highly recommended.

Mandy, UK

Fantastic tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
26 September 2022

Our walking tour with Melissa was the best thing we did in Madrid. She was the perfect balance of knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. Would definitely recommend as it will give you a great understanding of Madrid.

Morag & David

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